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NextGen energy: German scientists testing world’s largest ‘artificial sun’ to make hydrogen fuel
NextGen energy: German scientists testing world’s largest ‘artificial sun’ to make hydrogen fuel

The device called Synlight, which they believe could pave the way toward creating hydrogen to use as a green fuel, is being developed at the German Aerospace Center near Cologne, Germany.

President Pranab Mukherjee raises concerns over environmental degradation
President Pranab Mukherjee raises concerns over environmental degradation

President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday said it was high time to think about intensity of the environmental degradation and steps to stop it.

Do you know what led to mass extinction of Australian animals 35 million years ago? Scientists have a clue
Do you know what led to mass extinction of Australian animals 35 million years ago? Scientists have a clue

This period of intense and rapid climate change occurred at the same time when Australia separated from Antarctica.

Earth Hour 2017: Join the big switch-off to support world's biggest environment event tonight
Earth Hour 2017: Join the big switch-off to support world's biggest environment event tonight

The year 2017 makes the 10th anniversary of Earth Hour and millions of people worldwide will exihibit their love for planet Earth by switching off their lights at 8:30 pm for an hour.

Climate change: At 37 degrees, March 23 hottest day in seven years in Delhi
Climate change: At 37 degrees, March 23 hottest day in seven years in Delhi

This year's March 23 has broken the last six years' hottest day record. We noted 30 degrees temperature in 2016, 32 in 2015, 2014 and 2013, 27 in 2012 and 34 in 2011, an official of the IMD said. 

Scientists find new tree-climbing crab species
Scientists find new tree-climbing crab species

The new species named Haberma tingkok have been placed in a small genus, which contains merely three members.

Arctic, Antarctica sea ice sinks to record low this year
Arctic, Antarctica sea ice sinks to record low this year

This winter, a combination of warmer-than-average temperatures, winds unfavourable to ice expansion, and a series of storms halted sea ice growth in the Arctic, the scientists said.

Gangetic dolphins sighted in highly polluted pockets of Hooghly river
Gangetic dolphins sighted in highly polluted pockets of Hooghly river

The study was conducted by observing and counting dolphins from the riverbank at specific locations along the 534-km stretch of the Hooghly in West Bengal.

Cloud recognising book gives thumbs-up to 'new' wave-like asperitas
Cloud recognising book gives thumbs-up to 'new' wave-like asperitas

Reportedly, apart from the 'famed' asperitas, the new entrants in the list include contrails and the roll-like volutus, formed from the vapour trail of airplanes.

Australian night parrot, thought to be extinct, spotted after 100 years
Australian night parrot, thought to be extinct, spotted after 100 years

The sighting of the night parrot, a small nocturnal bird native to Australia, came three years after the bird was declared extinct and 2,000 km from where it was first rediscovered in Western Queensland.

Formerly abused shelter dog saves abandoned 3-year-old girl in US – Know how
Formerly abused shelter dog saves abandoned 3-year-old girl in US – Know how

The former shelter dog, now named 'Peanut' by her new family, with her 'sixth sense' saved the little girl who was found naked and shivering in the cold weather.

China's coastal sea levels hit record highs in 2016, spelling disaster
China's coastal sea levels hit record highs in 2016, spelling disaster

The report by China`s State Oceanic Administration showed that average coastal sea levels in 2016 were up 38 millimetres compared to the previous year, and saw record-breaking highs in the months of April, September, November and December. 

WWF to start counting Ganges river dolphin in November
WWF to start counting Ganges river dolphin in November

After the rains stop in October-November, we will undertake the survey along a 534 km stretch of Bengal in six-seven spots, but with a difference from previous practice, Sen said.

World Meteorological Day: Understanding clouds that play a pivotal role in weather forecasts, warnings
World Meteorological Day: Understanding clouds that play a pivotal role in weather forecasts, warnings

The theme for this year's World Meteorological Day is 'understanding clouds', which highlights the enourmous importance of clouds for weather climate and water.

Half of people facing water scarcity live in India, China
Half of people facing water scarcity live in India, China

 Half of the world's two-third population that live in areas that experience water scarcity at least one month a year are from India and China, a UN report said on Wednesday.

World Water Day: PM Modi urges people to save every drop of water
World Water Day: PM Modi urges people to save every drop of water

On 'World Water Day', lets pledge to save every drop of water, Modi said in a tweet.

World Water Day: 600 mn children will face extreme water shortage by 2040
World Water Day: 600 mn children will face extreme water shortage by 2040

According to a UN report, nearly 600 million children - one in four worldwide - will live in areas with extremely limited water resources by 2040.

Recycling world's wastewater will ease global water crisis, protect environment: UN report
Recycling world's wastewater will ease global water crisis, protect environment: UN report

Two-thirds of humanity currently live in zones that experience water scarcity at least one month a year. Of which, half of those people are in China and India.

Ancient quakes may point to sinking risk for part of California coast
Ancient quakes may point to sinking risk for part of California coast

The last known major quake on the San Andreas fault occurred in 1857, but three quakes over the last 2,000 years on nearby faults made ground just outside Los Angeles city limits sink as much as three feet, according to a study published Monday in the journal Scientific Reports.

World Water Day: Five simple ways to reuse waste water!
World Water Day: Five simple ways to reuse waste water!

World Water Day is an annual event observed on March 22 every year, to celebrate the precious resource, water and raise awareness about water related issues.

Wild chimpanzees have surprisingly long life spans, says study
Wild chimpanzees have surprisingly long life spans, says study

Do you know that wild chimpanzees have surprisingly long life spans? 

Extreme weather continues in 2017, pushing world into 'uncharted territory': Report
Extreme weather continues in 2017, pushing world into 'uncharted territory': Report

While the year 2016 made history, with a record global temperature, exceptionally low sea ice, and unabated sea level rise and ocean heat, extreme weather and climate conditions have continued into 2017, pushing the world into "truly uncharted territory", said the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). 

Developed countries to phase down greenhouse gas by 2036: Govt

The Minister said it has been agreed that the developing countries will have a differentiated time schedule for such phase down.

At 63 million, India has highest number of people living in rural areas without access to clean water: Report
At 63 million, India has highest number of people living in rural areas without access to clean water: Report

According to the report released to mark World Water Day, which is observed on 22 March each year, without access to clean water, 63 million people are living in rural areas in India.

Uttarakhand HC declares Ganga, Yamuna rivers as 'living entities', gives them legal rights
Uttarakhand HC declares Ganga, Yamuna rivers as 'living entities', gives them legal rights

Besides Ganga, which is one of the largest rivers in India and considered to be the holiest river and holds a high place in the mythology of India, similar status has been given to river Yamuna, the tributary of Ganga.

Pollution pushing New Zealand to environmental limits: Report

The report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said New Zealanders enjoyed a high environmental quality of life and access to pristine wilderness, Xinhua news agency reported.

Man-animal conflict: 59 tuskers, 121 tigers, 450 humans died last year

Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave said in a written reply that out of the 31 people, who died of tiger attacks in 2015-16, the highest toll of 18 was reported from West Bengal.

Chimp mother filmed cleaning dead son's teeth for first time – Watch emotional video
Chimp mother filmed cleaning dead son's teeth for first time – Watch emotional video

Researchers, including those from University of St Andrews in the UK, filmed a female chimpanzee sitting down near the dead body of a young male, selecting a firm stem of grass, and intently removing debris from his teeth – hinting that animals, like humans, too have mortuary practices.

House Sparrow - What led to the decline of the little brown bird?
House Sparrow - What led to the decline of the little brown bird?

Here are some reasons why the population of the little brown birds are declining.

World Sparrow Day: 'Mindless urbanisation', lack of emotional connect has threatened sparrow population
World Sparrow Day: 'Mindless urbanisation', lack of emotional connect has threatened sparrow population

The house sparrow that was declared the 'State Bird of Delhi' in 2012 is becoming a victim of 'mindless urbanisation', which is depriving the bird of its natural habitat.