Tests conducted on soil samples to determine level of macro and micro nutrients

Study on the availability of micro and macro nutrients in soil samples collected from Valapurnadu Panchayat atop Kolli Hills reveals that it lacked three of the four main macro ingredients – organic carbon, nitrogen and potash. “On the other hand availability of zinc (micro nutrient) is also below average,” M. Janakiraman, a Soil Pedologist and Consultant said.

Mumbai London-listed Vedanta’s iron ore mining arm in India, Sesa Goa, is likely to produce only a third of its fiscal 2012-13 production target of 15 million tonne from Goa as the company faces a lengthy spell of non-production in the state.

In September, the Goa government first announced a ban on iron ore mining due to environmental concerns raised by the Justice MB Shah commission. However, on October 5, the Supreme Court extended the ban for a further one month till the Central Empowered Committee submitted its report.

The first tunnel close-pit mining in Rajasthan started here in Kayar area to produce zinc and allied minerals, including silver and lead, will bring pump in Rs 1 crore every month initially as royalty to government's coffers.

The first production of mineral from the Kayar mine was sent to a refinery in Rampura Agucha of Bhilwara district. Kayar has the third largest zinc deposit in Asia with an expected 35,000 metric tonnes of the mineral.

Mumbai London Stock Exchange-listed Vedanta Resources moved a step ahead to merge its Indian subsidiaries to create a diversified mining and metals group.

A study funded by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and published in The Lancet on Thursday — that shows a 43 per cent reduction in mortality among babies suffering from bacterial sepsis when a

AHMEDABAD: Few months ago, fields of mustard in Nugar village of Mehsana district refreshed the memories of Shahrukh Khan and Kajol meeting in Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge. But, barely had one started cooling his eyes with this countryside view and a strong stench of chemicals became a big put off.

Surprisingly, one could hardly spot the source of this reek, as hidden amidst these lush green fields was an unscrupulous unit manufacturing various chemicals. Away from eyes of any authorities, the acidic effluents released from these units was flowing away merrily in the fields.

About one tenth of China's farmland is polluted by lead, zinc and other heavy metals to "striking" levels exceeding official limits, a government expert said according to reports on Monday.

Australia's parliament passed landmark laws to impose a price on carbon emissions on Tuesday in one of the biggest economic reforms in a decade, giving new impetus to December's global climate talk

Parents, please note —— children with low levels of zinc may be at higher risk of autism, according to a new study.

Electronic waste, or "e-waste", is a major problem of the information age.