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TAGES ANZEIGER(Switzerland)

ZURICH – Clear, sunny skies typically make for safe airplane travel. But according to the Swiss Tages Anzeiger newspaper, airport officials in Zurich are worried that the reflected sunlight from solar panels planned for a nearby church steeple could blind pilots while they are landing.

This is not the first time this issue has arisen in Switzerland. Experts using 3-D technology to calculate the exact path of the sun's rays determined that changes had to be made to a "green" home whose solar panels were blinding fighter pilots landing at a nearby military airport.

In the vicinity of Zurich Airport, there have been problems in the past regarding windows reflecting the sun at an angle that could be dangerous for pilots. As there are more and more solar panels, the glare from sunlight is becoming a real issue.

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Fading Flavor: Production Of Saffron Declines Sharply

Saffron is well-known for its flavor and its expense. But in Kashmir, one of the flew places it grows, cultivation has fallen dramatically thanks for climate change, industry, and farming methods.

Photo of women harvesting saffron in Kashmir

Harvesting of Saffron in Kashmir

Mubashir Naik

In northern India along the bustling Jammu-Srinagar national highway near Pampore — known as the saffron town of Kashmir —people are busy picking up saffron flowers to fill their wicker baskets.

During the autumn season, this is a common sight in the Valley as saffron harvesting is celebrated like a festival in Kashmir. The crop is harvested once a year from October 21 to mid-November.

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