Made from Jatropha crop, the fuel has been developed by the CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun. IMAGE: Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan, MoS for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and others pose for photographs as Spicejet’s first flight to run on biofuel landed at Delhi Airport on August 27, 2018. Photograph: Kamal Kishore / PTI Photo. SpiceJet on Monday operated India's first test flight powered by biojet fuel, according to the airline. A Bombardier Q400 aircraft, partially using biojet fuel, took off from Dehradun and landed at the airport in the national capital. The airline said it successfully operated "India's first ever biojet fuel flight". The flight was powered with a blend of 75 per cent air turbine fuel (ATF) and 25 per cent biojet fuel, it said. In a release, the airline said the advantage of using biojet … [Read more...] about Spicejet flies into history books with India’s first biojet-fuel run flight
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Over three lakh rural habitations across the country continue to be deprived of the government’s minimum prescribed provision of 40 litre per capita per day (lpcd) of potable drinking water with assured quality.With the ambition to now achieve a service level of 55 lpcd by 2024, the data presented by the Ministry of Jal Shakti in the Lok Sabha this past week notes that Rajasthan, West Bengal, Assam top the list where the coverage is facing quality issues or seeing diminished supply.Bihar, Punjab, Karnataka and Uttarakhand are the other States which too are battling the problem. The Ministry noted that the coverage was monitored in terms of habitations having provision of a minimum 40 lpcd with sources at a reasonable distance. “As reported by States/UTs till Dec., 2019, 81.27% rural habitations having 76.61% population have provision of minimum 40 lpcd of potable drinking water and 15.56% rural habitations having 19.69% population have service level of less than 40 lpcd, … [Read more...] about Three lakh rural habitations lack quality drinking water supply
Email By Megan MacKenzie Posted December 15, 2019 05:00:02 Photo: Male resistance to climate action has bipartisan support. (ABC News, AAP) Related Story: There are three types of climate change denier, and most of us are at least one Map: Australia Growing up in Moose Jaw, Canada, it never occurred to me that some people didn't know what truck nuts were. For all you city-slickers, truck nuts (or truck nutz, depending on your preferred provider) are crafted testicles designed to hang from the back of your truck. You're welcome. What's the link between Australia's politicians, truck nuts and big bush fires? Photo: Trucknuts (Wikimedia) The answer to this question might be the key to overcoming the global climate crisis, so buckle up.Trucks and fast cars have long been understood as symbols of wealth and masculinity. Truck nuts just added a ball-shaped exclamation point to this statement. But driving a big truck has been used to convey more than manhood. There's a … [Read more...] about Is fragile masculinity the biggest obstacle to climate action?
There is a wry old saying in the bush: The worst time to talk about drought is in the middle of a drought. In other words, the time to talk about drought is when there is no drought – that’s when you need to plan for it, prepare for it and mitigate against it. That’s when cool heads prevail, when money is most efficiently spent and when resources are most effectively deployed. But of course, it is human nature to bask in the good times and blow a gasket in the bad. By the time the crisis hits, it is too late. A perverse proof of this wise old truth has come to pass in recent weeks, as Australia’s largest city has become cloaked in an apocalyptic smoke. The prevailing theme is that now, as fires rage uncontrollably and homes and lives are under threat, is the time to talk about climate change. In fact, precisely the opposite is true. RELATED: NSW, QLD bushfires: Australia’s shameful response RELATED: Firefighter’s open letter to Scott Morrison over … [Read more...] about Joe Hildebrand: Who’s really to blame for climate failure
NGC Petro Additions Ltd (OPaL), which runs a mega petrochemicals complex at a special economic zone (SEZ) at Dahej, has decided to exit a programme that mandates overseas export from a unit located in an SEZ. Driven by huge domestic demand for plastics in the country, the company has initiated the process to get access to domestic tariff area to gain from the lower tax regime, said sources close to the development. Also the promoter ONGC, which owns 26% stake in OPaL, plans to increase its stake up to 70%. This would put an end to all plans of finding overseas partners for the project, said a company official aware of the development. "More than 80% of OPaL’s demand is from the domestic market. The plant is running at 100% capacity, up from about 70% last year. After ONGC acquires additional stake, OPaL will become a subsidiary of ONGC. Plans regarding expansion or further investments will be made thereafter," the official said. OPaL’s Rs 30,000 crore petrochemical complex, … [Read more...] about New wave of petrochemicals expansion in Gujarat