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Bonn climate talks under shadow of Trump threats
Bonn climate talks under shadow of Trump threats

The 11-day haggle in Bonn is meant to start drafting a "rulebook" to guide member countries in the practical execution of the pact, which seeks to brake global warming by curbing fossil fuel emissions.

Oldest orchid fossil dating back 45-55 million-years-old discovered!
Oldest orchid fossil dating back 45-55 million-years-old discovered!

The orchid family has some 28,000 species – more than double the number of bird species and quadruple the mammal species.

Antarctic ice sheets in a stable condition now, says study
Antarctic ice sheets in a stable condition now, says study

Researchers from the Universities of Edinburgh and Northumbria studied rocks on slopes of the Ellsworth Mountains in Antarctica, whose peaks protrude through the ice sheet.

Surveillance system to keep eye on Rajasthan wildlife parks
Surveillance system to keep eye on Rajasthan wildlife parks

Technology-enabled surveillance and anti-poaching system will also be in place at Mukandara hills tiger reserve (Kota and nearby region), Jawai bandh (Pali) leopard conservation reserve and Jhanana nature park (Jaipur).

Noise pollution in US is a big threat to protected wildlife areas, says study
Noise pollution in US is a big threat to protected wildlife areas, says study

Protected areas in the US represent about 14 per cent of the land mass.

Rare dolphin rescued in China
Rare dolphin rescued in China

A rare rough-toothed dolphin, which beached itself in south China's Guangdong Province, has been rescued and will soon be released back into the sea, a nature reserve said on Saturday.

Not beef, eat edible insects like crickets, mealworms to fight climate change: Study
Not beef, eat edible insects like crickets, mealworms to fight climate change: Study

The study further says that consuming these insects and imitation meats like tofu and other soyabean-based foods require the least land and energy to produce and are therefore, more sustainable.

Oxygen level in world's oceans declining since 1980s
Oxygen level in world's oceans declining since 1980s

For the study, the researchers looked at a historic dataset of ocean information stretching back more than 50 years and searched for long term trends and patterns. 

World leaders advised to step up climate change efforts
World leaders advised to step up climate change efforts

Bill McKibben, Co-Founder of 350.org, a grassroots climate campaign based in the US, said on Thursday that the rest of the world now had to choose one of two options in the light of Trump`s stance on climate change. 

NGT fines three industries for polluting Bagad river in UP
NGT fines three industries for polluting Bagad river in UP

A NGT bench headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar found that Gajraula-based ASP Sealing Products Ltd, Dairy India Pvt Ltd and Umang Dairies Ltd were discharging untreated effluents into the river and contaminating ground water.

Delhi air quality shows improvement this year as crop fires reduce
Delhi air quality shows improvement this year as crop fires reduce

Air quality in Delhi is another indicator of reduced crop burning this year. 

Swachh Survekshan 2017: Delhi cleanest north Indian city
Swachh Survekshan 2017: Delhi cleanest north Indian city

But under the zone-wise Swachh Survekshan 2017, Delhi was found to be the cleanest among the northern cities, based on solid waste management, access to sanitation and other parameters of cleanliness, under the zone-wise Swachh Survekshan 2017, according to a TOI report.

Scientists call for more precision in global warming predictions
Scientists call for more precision in global warming predictions

A new, more precise way to measure the effects of greenhouse gas emissions on Earth`s climate in an article was published on Thursday in the academic journal Science.

How noise pollution interfere animals`survival in the wild
How noise pollution interfere animals`survival in the wild

According to a report in the journal Science, sounds were recorded at 492 sites meant as havens for biodiversity across the country.

At last it's spotted – Scientists discover 'Last African dinosaur' in Moracco
At last it's spotted – Scientists discover 'Last African dinosaur' in Moracco

Researchers from the University of Bath in the UK studied a rare fragment of a jaw bone discovered in the phosphate mines at Sidi Chennane. They identified it as belonging to an abelisaur.

Indore pips Mysuru as cleanest city in Swachh Bharat survey –  List of top 10 cleanest cities in India
Indore pips Mysuru as cleanest city in Swachh Bharat survey – List of top 10 cleanest cities in India

Indore in Madhya Pradesh overtook Karnataka's Mysuru to claim the top spot in the survey which included 434 cities across the country.

Swachh Bharat Awards: Indore cleanest city in India; Delhi slips to 7th spot in latest ranking
Swachh Bharat Awards: Indore cleanest city in India; Delhi slips to 7th spot in latest ranking

The Swachh survey, which included 434 cities across the country, showed Indore in Madhya Pradesh, as the cleanest city, overtaking Karnataka's Mysuru.

China: Team of paleontologists discover new bird-like dinosaur species
China: Team of paleontologists discover new bird-like dinosaur species

The three-feet fossilised skeleton, named Jianianhualong tengi, is a troodontidae -- a family of bird-like theropod dinosaurs.

New crack found in one of Antarctica’s largest ice shelves
New crack found in one of Antarctica’s largest ice shelves

Scientists fear the new branch that has appeared in a huge crack on one of Antarctica's largest ice shelves could be about to break. 

NGT to inspect most polluted parts of Ganga
NGT to inspect most polluted parts of Ganga

The tribunal said the NGT Registrar General would communicate the date and time when it would carry out the inspection.

Arctic waters littered by trillions of plastic debris swept in by currents
Arctic waters littered by trillions of plastic debris swept in by currents

Every year, about eight million tonnes of plastic gets into the ocean, and scientists estimate that there may be as much as 110 million tonnes of plastic trash in the ocean.

CO2 levels on Earth cross 410 ppm for the first time in history! - Is climate change winning?
CO2 levels on Earth cross 410 ppm for the first time in history! - Is climate change winning?

The first time the observatory recorded CO2 levels passing 400 ppm was back in 2013. Since then, 400 ppm is considered the new normal.

Female dragonflies fake death to avoid unwanted mating
Female dragonflies fake death to avoid unwanted mating

According to Dr Rassim Khelifa, lead author of the study, said it’s the first time scientists have seen dragonflies feigning death as a means of avoiding mating.

Paris climate deal: India contributing nothing to it, says Donald Trump
Paris climate deal: India contributing nothing to it, says Donald Trump

Calling the Paris Agreement on Climate Change as 'one sided', Trump promised to make big decision on the deal.

Lakhs of Delhi vehicles plying without pollution under control certificates
Lakhs of Delhi vehicles plying without pollution under control certificates

The blatant violations, that potentially imperil the health of millions, have put the spotlight on around 970 centres in the city, that are certified to check the emission content of around 70 lakh vehicles in the city.

Material that changes properties according to environment developed
Material that changes properties according to environment developed

The team found that at the molecular level, the structure of protein material is strengthened when the environment contains zinc ions and certain pH indexes.

US President Donald Trump calls Paris climate deal 'one-sided'; says will make 'big decision' soon
US President Donald Trump calls Paris climate deal 'one-sided'; says will make 'big decision' soon

Trump claimed that it is estimated that for compliance with the agreement could ultimately shrink America's GDP by USD 2.5 trillion over a 10-year period.

Climate change and sparrows: PM Modi's Mann Ki Baat was all about the environment – Here's what he said
Climate change and sparrows: PM Modi's Mann Ki Baat was all about the environment – Here's what he said

Merely four months into the year, the people of India are already experiencing what seems like peak summers.

Photosynthesis inspires scientists to convert sunlight-induced CO2 into solar fuel!
Photosynthesis inspires scientists to convert sunlight-induced CO2 into solar fuel!

 Even though, previously, researchers had successfully managed to implement similar operations, they couldn't be realized due to unavailability of proper resources.

Beijing sees April's hottest day in 66 years
Beijing sees April's hottest day in 66 years

The temperature was unusually high for city residents who were still enjoying spring.