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Human compost funerals ‘better for environment’

Human compost funerals ‘better for environment’

Science
A US firm has given scientific details of its "human composting" process for environmentally friendly funerals.A pilot study on deceased volunteers showed that soft tissue broke down safely and completely within 30 days.The firm, Recompose, claims that its process saves more than a tonne of carbon, compared to cremation or traditional burial.It says that it will offer the world's first human composting service in Washington state from next February.Speaking exclusively to BBC News, Recompose's chief executive and founder, Katrina Spade, said that concerns about climate change had been a big factor in so many people expressing interest in the service."So far 15,000 people have signed up to our newsletter. And the legislation to al...
New high school puts focus on environment, climate change

New high school puts focus on environment, climate change

Technology
A new high school in New Orleans is preparing students for careers in coastal protection and restorationBy STACEY PLAISANCE Associated PressJanuary 6, 2020, 9:53 AM4 min readNEW ORLEANS -- A new high school in New Orleans is preparing students for careers in coastal protection and restoration, anticipating a future with ongoing climate change and sea level rise. New Harmony High School opened in the fall of 2018 and currently serves about 100 south Louisiana students, including 14-year-old Mei Miller. She commutes 30 miles (50 kilometers) one-way from her home in Slidell, Louisiana, to attend New Harmony. Though just a freshman, Miller said, she already knows she would like to be an engineer working on renewable energy sources and coastal restoration. “I think that things like wind turbin
Consolidating environment presents growth opportunities for Kotak Mahindra Bank: Uday Kotak

Consolidating environment presents growth opportunities for Kotak Mahindra Bank: Uday Kotak

Finance
MUMBAI: Only the fittest will survive the difficult financial sector landscape and the "consolidating" environment presents Kotak Mahindra Bank (KMB) growth opportunities, its head Uday Kotak said on Wednesday. In a New Year message to employees, Kotak urged everyone to be on the toes in the current environment where Charles Darwin's 'Survival of the Fittest' is most applicable and also gave examples of sectors like telecom, airlines, real estate and finance, where there have been troubles. "It is a great opportunity for Kotak to grow in an environment which is consolidating? he said. The well-capitalised private sector lender's name has constantly featured in speculation as the entity looking out for acquisitions. Possibly taking cue from the same, heads of its peers SBI and Axis Bank las...
The big science and environment stories of 2019

The big science and environment stories of 2019

Science
This year, millions of people around the world mobilised in protest to highlight the dire emergency facing our planet. Could 2019 prove to be the year when talk turned to action on the climate crisis? We looked back at some of the biggest stories of the year in science and the environment.The year the world woke up? In 2019, the reaction to the ongoing climate crisis switched up another gear. Inspired by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, the climate strike movement exploded this year. Millions took part in mass protests during the course of the year in countries as diverse as Australia, Uganda, Colombia, Japan, Germany and the UK.Greta chose to make a statement when she sailed - rather than flew - to a UN climate meeting in New Yor...