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Skin cancer cream may prove fatal for dogs
Skin cancer cream may prove fatal for dogs

The FDA had received reports of five dogs that became ill and died after accidentally ingesting the topical cream.

This footage of skeletal sun bears begging visitors for food at Bandung zoo is distressing – Watch!
This footage of skeletal sun bears begging visitors for food at Bandung zoo is distressing – Watch!

Visitors were filmed throwing candy and crackers into the enclosure in an attempt to feed the starving animals. 

Air pollution: About 81,000 premature deaths in Delhi, Mumbai in 2015; Rs 70,000 crore loss to economy
Air pollution: About 81,000 premature deaths in Delhi, Mumbai in 2015; Rs 70,000 crore loss to economy

Delhi, which has been witnessing a levels of air pollution, recorded more premature deaths due to ingestion of PM 10.

Earth breaks heat record in 2016 for third year in a row
Earth breaks heat record in 2016 for third year in a row

The data, supported by findings from other organisations, was issued two days before the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, who questions whether climate change has a human cause.

Climate change havoc: Year 2100 set to make Mumbai hotter!
Climate change havoc: Year 2100 set to make Mumbai hotter!

The effects of climate change on hurricanes, droughts, floods, blizzards and other severe weather have been extensively studied, mild weather has so far been overlooked.

Change in diet may reduce cow methane release: Study
Change in diet may reduce cow methane release: Study

In a study at four sites in Mexico, researchers found cows that fed on grasses mixed with the leaves of delicate tropical leucaena trees belched about 36 per cent less methane than those on a straight grass diet.

Amid rising public outrage, China decides to suspend local smog alerts
Amid rising public outrage, China decides to suspend local smog alerts

The local departments can issue alerts for "fog" when visibility is less than 10 km, Chinese website

Combating climate change: Delhi girl crowdfunds to fight phenomenon
Combating climate change: Delhi girl crowdfunds to fight phenomenon

 An employee at Google, Digantika is one of the 100 people selected for the expedition, from more than 5000 applications.

'Lonely leopard shark learns to reproduce by herself'
'Lonely leopard shark learns to reproduce by herself'

 It is a much-needed breakthrough and coincides with release of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species which identified the leopard shark as an endangered species.

Say hello to the new moth species named after Donald Trump!
Say hello to the new moth species named after Donald Trump!

Another reason why scientists decided to honour Donald Trump by naming the moth after him is to encourage the conservation in the fragile areas.

Oldest gorilla in captivity dies in Ohio at 60
Oldest gorilla in captivity dies in Ohio at 60

Colo, a Western lowland gorilla, was found dead on Tuesday morning in her enclosure, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium said in a statement.

Bees, wasp stings pose greater threat than snake and spider bites!
Bees, wasp stings pose greater threat than snake and spider bites!

Spider bites were the second most prevalent cause of hospitalization in the 13-year period, accounting for 30 percent of all admissions, while snake bites were third at 15 percent.

This is how a bobbit worm captures its prey and it's not a pretty sight!
This is how a bobbit worm captures its prey and it's not a pretty sight!

It hides in the sea floor at depths of 10 to 40 metres and is a blind predator, but has five antennae that it uses to sense its prey.

Delhi: EPCA to enforce graded response plan to tackle air pollution
Delhi: EPCA to enforce graded response plan to tackle air pollution

If pollution levels touch emergency proportions, the Supreme Court-appointed EPCA may enforce a host of emergency measures, including implementation of the odd-even scheme on Delhi roads.

Air pollution: Thick blanket of smog returns to Beijing
Air pollution: Thick blanket of smog returns to Beijing

The National Meteorological Centre said smog will hit parts of north and central China starting Sunday. Xinhua news agency reported.

1,600 lives fell victim to extreme weather patterns in India in 2016, says IMD report
1,600 lives fell victim to extreme weather patterns in India in 2016, says IMD report

 40 percent of the population fell victim to severe heat wave, with the rest killed by flooding and lightning.

Man's best friend to hero: Dog saves owner's life by lying on him in freezing conditions
Man's best friend to hero: Dog saves owner's life by lying on him in freezing conditions

 Bob claims Kelsey kept him warm by laying on top of him, licking his face and hands to help keep him awake.

New soy-based air filter can capture toxic chemicals
New soy-based air filter can capture toxic chemicals

 Poor air quality causes health problems worldwide and is a factor in diseases such as asthma, heart disease and lung cancer.

New seadragon species makes first appearance; filmed in deep waters!
New seadragon species makes first appearance; filmed in deep waters!

The seadragon is believed to be a part of the seahorse family and has never been seen alive until now.

Bumblebee population declining; US adds species to endangered list for the first time
Bumblebee population declining; US adds species to endangered list for the first time

These once common bumblebees are now "balancing precariously on the brink of extinction," said a statement from the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Delhi declared free from H5N8 avian influenza
Delhi declared free from H5N8 avian influenza

Animal Husbandry Department of Delhi government on Tuesday issued a circular declaring the National Capital Territory of Delhi was "free from H5N8 strain of Avian Influenza."

Human blood is actually a vampire bat's favourite poison, discover scientists!
Human blood is actually a vampire bat's favourite poison, discover scientists!

This first-time discovery has raised concerns about the spread of disease, scientists said.

Hearing voices: Baboon calls contain evidence of origins of human language, say scientists!
Hearing voices: Baboon calls contain evidence of origins of human language, say scientists!

They also found similar muscles in baboon tongues as human tongues which are key to our ability to make vowel sounds.

Delhi zoo opens its doors to the public after nearly 3 months post bird flu scare
Delhi zoo opens its doors to the public after nearly 3 months post bird flu scare

When asked about the preparations post-bird flu scare in the zoo, the official said, measures to protect the animals have been stepped up.

Air pollution: These are India's most polluted cities; Delhi tops the list
Air pollution: These are India's most polluted cities; Delhi tops the list

The study pointed out that it's not just Delhi, but none of the 168 Indian cities monitored comply with the WHO standards.

Global warming: 70% of Japan's biggest coral reef killed by bleaching
Global warming: 70% of Japan's biggest coral reef killed by bleaching

The temperature of the seawater surrounding Japan's Sekiseishoko coral reef was one to two degrees Celsius higher than normal between last June and September.

Meet 'Skywalker' - The newly discovered gibbon species in China!
Meet 'Skywalker' - The newly discovered gibbon species in China!

The name is also a nod to the fact that the Chinese characters of its scientific name, Hoolock tianxing, mean “Heaven’s movement”.

British man indicted for capturing and killing UK's rarest butterfly
British man indicted for capturing and killing UK's rarest butterfly

The prosecution is believed to be the first involving offences related to Large Blue butterflies in the UK.

India witnesses 12 lakh air pollution-related deaths annually; Delhi most polluted city: Greenpeace
India witnesses 12 lakh air pollution-related deaths annually; Delhi most polluted city: Greenpeace

The Greenpeace report also claimed that none of the 168 cities it assessed complies with air quality standards prescribed by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Scientists discover new wasp species in Western Ghats
Scientists discover new wasp species in Western Ghats

The new species of wasp is harmless and makes mud nests.