Black carbon (BC) deposits produced by human activity that accelerate glacier and snow melt in the Himalayan region can be sharply reduced through new, currently feasible policies, a new research by World Bank (WB) specialists has said.
The research report from the WB covers the Himalaya, Karakoram and Hindu Kush (HKHK) mountain ranges, where glaciers are melting faster than the global average ice mass.
The rate of retreat of HKHK glaciers is estimated to be 0.3 metres per year in the west to 1.0 metre per year in the east.
Full implementation of current policies to mitigate BC can achieve a 23% reduction but enacting new policies and incorporating them through regional cooperation among countries can achieve enhanced benefits.
Kerala's claim for KSRTC acronym and symbol was approved by the Controller General of Patents Design and Trade Marks under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
The registration will make Kerala RTC the lone custodian of the trademarks. All buses of the state-run corporation will showcase KSRTC with the mark to indicate the registration.
The tussle between the two states over ‘KSRTC’ began when Karnataka RTC moved for trademark registration in 2014. Kerala moved to act only after a legal notice from Karnataka RTC to get custody of the trademark properties.