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Connecting with nature means connecting with oneself, says PM Modi in Mann Ki Baat
Connecting with nature means connecting with oneself, says PM Modi in Mann Ki Baat

He spoke about conservation and said that we have to connect with nature to nurture a better planet.

Have trouble sleeping? Climate change is about to make it worse!
Have trouble sleeping? Climate change is about to make it worse!

Researchers have long known that being too hot or too cold at night can disturb anyone’s sleep, but nobody had thought to ask how that might affect people in a world grown hotter because of climate change.

Dolphin intelligence to be studied via newly-developed underwater touchscreen!
Dolphin intelligence to be studied via newly-developed underwater touchscreen!

In addition to the touchscreen, the dolphin's habitat at the US National Aquarium in Baltimore has been outfitted with equipment to record their behaviour and vocalisations as they encounter and begin to use the technology.

NASA study on hottest summers in Greenland churned out a new discovery and it's worrying!
NASA study on hottest summers in Greenland churned out a new discovery and it's worrying!

This solitary wave is a new discovery that may increase the potential for sustained ice loss in Greenland as the climate continues to warm, with implications for the future rate of sea level rise.

Water level in Nainital Lake sinks 18 feet below normal
Water level in Nainital Lake sinks 18 feet below normal

As per reports, the water level in the freshwater body has gone down by an unprecedented 18 feet below the normal level this summer, causing huge concerns amongst environmentalists and tourists alike.

At last, it's decoded! This is why flamingos stand on one leg
At last, it's decoded! This is why flamingos stand on one leg

Researchers showed that flamingos employ no active muscular effort when they are on one leg. A passive mechanism is engaged in the one-legged position, allowing flamingos to stand even while taking a nap.

Beef ban can be effective in reducing climate change, global warming
Beef ban can be effective in reducing climate change, global warming

A team of researchers from four American universities report that "eating beans instead of beef would sharply reduce greenhouse gasses (GHG)" responsible for climate change.

Trump yet to make up his mind on Paris Climate Agreement: White House
Trump yet to make up his mind on Paris Climate Agreement: White House

During a press conference on Wednesday, the White House said Trump was still deciding even as 40 Senate Democrats signed and sent a letter to him to not back out of the international climate change pact.

Decoding Arhar dal's genetic secrets can boost yield: Expert
Decoding Arhar dal's genetic secrets can boost yield: Expert

Decoding the Arhar dal's (pigeon pea) genome, a staple legume, has paved the way to correct issues of affordability, production and availability of the nutrient-rich crop in India, a scientist said on Wednesday.

Switzerland voters back govt's plan to replace nuclear power with renewable energy
Switzerland voters back govt's plan to replace nuclear power with renewable energy

In a referendum on Sunday, May 21, more than 58% voted in favour of a government's law that will ban new nuclear plants in the country.

Snakes are not lone hunters, they slither in groups to increase success
Snakes are not lone hunters, they slither in groups to increase success

Researchers from the University of Tennessee (UT) in the US observed the Cuban boa - the island nation's largest native terrestrial predator - in bat caves for the study.

Scientists reveal how planet's biggest animal 'whale' became big
Scientists reveal how planet's biggest animal 'whale' became big

According to new research from scientists, it was only recently in whale's evolutionary past that they became so enormous.

Lava within Earth's mantle still as hot as it was 2.5 billion years ago!
Lava within Earth's mantle still as hot as it was 2.5 billion years ago!

A mantle plume has been discovered – an upwelling of hot material from deep inside the Earth towards the surface – that still seems to be bubbling away even after 2.5 billion years.

Labrador interrupts news broadcast for 15-seconds of fame; video goes viral! - Watch
Labrador interrupts news broadcast for 15-seconds of fame; video goes viral! - Watch

The 56-second video clip of the adorable canine interrupting the broadcast was uploaded by the channel on YouTube and has received more than 3 million views.

Hillary Step - Mount Everest's famous rock face named after climber has collapsed
Hillary Step - Mount Everest's famous rock face named after climber has collapsed

The Hillary Step is believed to have been damaged during the 2015 Nepal earthquake that killed nearly 9,000 people and injured nearly 22,000. 

Sea lion grabs girl, drags her into water - WATCH what happens next!
Sea lion grabs girl, drags her into water - WATCH what happens next!

In the video, the sea lion was seen grabbling the little girl by her dress and pulling her into the water to her family's horror.

World's most endangered marine mammal may go extinct in 365 days
World's most endangered marine mammal may go extinct in 365 days

Known as the 'panda of the sea' because of its distinctive markings, the vaquita is endemic to the Upper Gulf of California.

2025 to be a period of forest downfall? ISRO scientists predict India's green cover loss!
2025 to be a period of forest downfall? ISRO scientists predict India's green cover loss!

Published in the Journal of Earth System Science in February, the study investigated the distribution of forest cover in India by reconstructing the previous forest cover and predicted the ever-continuing deforestation in selected parts of India with high deforestation rates.

NGT directs Delhi govt and civic bodies to restore, clean city's water bodies
NGT directs Delhi govt and civic bodies to restore, clean city's water bodies

The NGT said that similar approach should be adopted by all the public authorities including Delhi Development Authority, municipal corporations to restore the water bodies existing within their jurisdictions in various parts of the city and not used for open defecation.

Environmentalist Purnima Devi Barman wins Green Oscar

Assam's renowned environmentalist Purnima Devi Barman has won the prestigious Whitley Awards, also known as the Green Oscars, for her efforts in conserving greater adjutant storks.

Tree plantation not a substitute to cut CO2 emissions, says study
Tree plantation not a substitute to cut CO2 emissions, says study

Plants suck CO2 out of the atmosphere to build their woody roots, stems and leaves.

Antarctica is on the verge of turning green, thanks to climate change!
Antarctica is on the verge of turning green, thanks to climate change!

The scientists analysed data for the last 150 years, and found clear evidence of “changepoints” — points in time after which biological activity clearly increased — in the past half century.

Melting permafrost floods Arctic's doomsday global seed vault entrance!
Melting permafrost floods Arctic's doomsday global seed vault entrance!

The Global Seed Vault, opened in 2008, is a concrete bunker, 100 hundred metres deep inside a mountain. The refrigerated unit was designed to be a secure place to store seeds from many of Earth's 3 million known plant species.

NGT tightens the screw; bans open defecation, dumping of waste on Yamuna floodplains
NGT tightens the screw; bans open defecation, dumping of waste on Yamuna floodplains

An environment compensation of Rs 5,000 has been announced for those who violated the dikhat.

Here's a nanomaterial that could cut down car exhaust pollution
Here's a nanomaterial that could cut down car exhaust pollution

Catalytic converters reduce the pollution from vehicle exhaust by converting toxic gases and pollutants to less toxic pollutants.

Thailand's chunky monkey's new diet chart: Lean protein, fruits and vegetables!
Thailand's chunky monkey's new diet chart: Lean protein, fruits and vegetables!

Wildlife officials got wind of the male long-tailed macaque last month after photos of the animal started circulating on social media and immediately decided to rescue him.

Climate change could potentially wipe tiny island nations off the map: Prince Charles
Climate change could potentially wipe tiny island nations off the map: Prince Charles

Charles said some northern nations seemed worryingly ambivalent about the difference.

50 sea turtles released ahead of Endangered Species Day
50 sea turtles released ahead of Endangered Species Day

At least 50 critically endangered turtles were released by the Environment Agency of Abu Dhabi (EAD) in collaboration with the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project (DTRP) ahead of Endangered Species Day on Friday.

Over 1,730 new plant species discovered in past year: Report
Over 1,730 new plant species discovered in past year: Report

Their report found that 1,730 plants were recorded as being new to science in 2016, which include 11 new species from Brazil of the Manihot shrub known for its starchy root, cassava.

China: Court sentences man to five years imprisonment for selling endangered animals
China: Court sentences man to five years imprisonment for selling endangered animals

The man, who has been identified by his surname Wei, conducted his business on social media platforms and managed pet stores that sold animals including otters, boa constrictors and toucans since 2015, the people's court of Dongxing city said.