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Air pollution claims two Indian lives every minute, says study!
Air pollution claims two Indian lives every minute, says study!

The study says causes of air pollution and climate change are intricately linked and needed to be tackled together.

Good looks, attractive scent, both carry equal weightage in insects
Good looks, attractive scent, both carry equal weightage in insects

It could explain why, when looks are deceiving, the insects are still able to show a preference for mates from the same species ?

Air quality inspectors investigate air quality in China
Air quality inspectors investigate air quality in China

The teams went to cities in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and neighbouring areas, including Shanxi, Shandong and Henan provinces, the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) said.

Dedicated to climate-change, 'Science Express' train flagged off to cover 68 stations
Dedicated to climate-change, 'Science Express' train flagged off to cover 68 stations

India's Science, Environment and Railway ministers on Friday flagged off, the world's largest "science exhibition on wheels", the Science Express train to create an awareness on climate change in the country.

India's only live volcano 'Barren Islands' active again after 150 years
India's only live volcano 'Barren Islands' active again after 150 years

Scientists attached to the Goa-based National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) said that India's only active volcano, the Barren Islands volcano which is located in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, erupted for about four hours in January this year.

Indian animals residing in surprising harmony, says study
Indian animals residing in surprising harmony, says study

Using dozens of non-invasive camera traps for sampling entire populations, rather than track a handful of individuals, the research team recorded some 2,500 images of the three predators in action.

A small effort of ours can reduce global warming – Read
A small effort of ours can reduce global warming – Read

The study simulated the effects of painting roofs white to reflect incoming solar rays and found that it could help cool cities and reduce the effects of global warming.

'Extinct' woolly mammoth may be back to Earth in two years – Know how
'Extinct' woolly mammoth may be back to Earth in two years – Know how

A team of scientists from Harvard University is producing a hybrid woolly mammoth embryo using DNA from specimens found frozen in Siberian ice.

Seagrasses can improve water quality of sea by suppressing pollution
Seagrasses can improve water quality of sea by suppressing pollution

According to researchers, seagrass meadows reduce bacteria pathogenic to humans and marine life by up to 50 percent.

Climate change winning? Scientists confirm receding Antarctic sea ice has hit record low!
Climate change winning? Scientists confirm receding Antarctic sea ice has hit record low!

The sea ice is likely to decrease further as it usually melts to its smallest for the year at the end of February in the summer of southern hemisphere, researchers said.

Earth has a new guest – Scientists unearth new continent called 'Zealandia'
Earth has a new guest – Scientists unearth new continent called 'Zealandia'

Scientists say that 5 million square kilometer landmark east of Australia is a continent and this theory is backed by satellite data and rock samples.

World's oceans lost 2% of oxygen over last 50 years, warn scientists
World's oceans lost 2% of oxygen over last 50 years, warn scientists

The authors said they needed to conduct more research to determine how much of the oxygen loss was due to global warming and how much was related to natural climate cycles.

Do you know where Asia's cleanest village is? - Read
Do you know where Asia's cleanest village is? - Read

Mawlynnong has a environmentally conscious village population to alomost zero tolerance for littering and throwing waste.

Washington zoo gears up to send off giant panda Bao Bao
Washington zoo gears up to send off giant panda Bao Bao

In addition, a ceremony will be organised by the zoo on February 21, to bid farewell to Bao Bao.

Air pollution woes: European Union furnishes 'final warnings' to five nations
Air pollution woes: European Union furnishes 'final warnings' to five nations

Nitrogen dioxide pollution, much of it caused by road traffic, represents a serious health risk.

January 2017 third-warmest-January on record, says NASA
January 2017 third-warmest-January on record, says NASA

According to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by scientists at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York, last month's temperature was 0.20 degrees Celsius cooler than the warmest January in 2016.

Maximum deaths in India occur due to ozone pollution: Report
Maximum deaths in India occur due to ozone pollution: Report

The report further mentions that India's toll is 13 times higher than Bangladesh's and 21 times higher than Pakistan's.

Chennai oil spill: Environment Ministry to issue show cause notice to Kamarajar port
Chennai oil spill: Environment Ministry to issue show cause notice to Kamarajar port

Ministry sources said that the clearing of the oil is at an "advance" stage and a team of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) also visited the port for monitoring the situation.

Climate change impact on animals and birds 'under-appreciated': Researchers
Climate change impact on animals and birds 'under-appreciated': Researchers

Researchers have found that climate change harmed nearly half of endangered land mammals and a quarter of birds, a much higher segment than previously thought.

This dog-sized mammalian reptile was the first animal to produce venom
This dog-sized mammalian reptile was the first animal to produce venom

According to the new study, computerised tomography (CT) scans of fossils of the dog-sized reptile, Therapsid Euchambersia, showed anatomical features, designed for venom production.

In a first, scientists discover banned toxic chemicals in deepest reaches of ocean
In a first, scientists discover banned toxic chemicals in deepest reaches of ocean

As per a new study, this is the first time that scientists have uncovered the evidence that man-made pollutants have now reached the farthest corners of our Earth.

India's Deccan Traps formed by two eruptions: Study

Previous studies have suggested it came about due to an eruption associated with a plume that now lies directly below Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, about 66 million years ago.

Photographs of 'obese' Siberian tigers go viral; raises questions on their upkeep
Photographs of 'obese' Siberian tigers go viral; raises questions on their upkeep

When contacted, a zoo official blamed the 'unflattering angle' from which the photo was taken.

Say hello to 'Harryplax severus' – elusive coral reef crab named after Harry Potter characters!
Say hello to 'Harryplax severus' – elusive coral reef crab named after Harry Potter characters!

The name is in honour of the one who discovered it – Harry Conley who died in 2002 and Harry Potter – the fictional boy wizard who was a creation of the franchise's author, JK Rowling.

Nature 170 times behind humans in the race to cause climate change, warn researchers!
Nature 170 times behind humans in the race to cause climate change, warn researchers!

They have for the first time come up with a mathematical equation - known as the Anthropocene equation - to describe the impact of human activity on the Earth system.

New Zealand whale stranding: Authorities begin clean-up of carcasses
New Zealand whale stranding: Authorities begin clean-up of carcasses

In total, an estimated 666 whales had been stranded at Farewell Spit, on the northern tip of the South Island, in one of the largest mass beachings recorded in New Zealand.

Climate change, overfishing reason behind decline in penguin population
Climate change, overfishing reason behind decline in penguin population

The region has suffered from decades of overfishing and environmental changes, reducing the number of fish.

Mass culling of dogs in China after women dies of rabies?
Mass culling of dogs in China after women dies of rabies?

The woman, a dentist by profession, was bitten by her own pet Husky in July and died in January.

Eco-friendly paper made from elephant 'poop'! - Is it the next big thing?
Eco-friendly paper made from elephant 'poop'! - Is it the next big thing?

On manufacturing process of paper from elephant poop, she said the dung is collected, recycled and disinfected by workers. The non-fibre content is removed later.

Giant flying reptile terrorised dinosaurs in ancient Romania
Giant flying reptile terrorised dinosaurs in ancient Romania

Palaeontologists examined the creature's unusual gigantic neck vertebra fossils and believe it was a formidable carnivore of Cretaceous-age Transylvania.