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Inadequate flow, untreated sewage behind Yamuna pollution: Minister

According to a Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) report, in Delhi the Yamuna flows for 46 km, and receives around 70 per cent of the total pollution between Wazirabad and downstream Okhla barrage. This length is less than two per cent of the entire river stretch. 
 

Indian Ocean level rising faster than the global estimate
Indian Ocean level rising faster than the global estimate

Recent studies by Indian scientists had revealed that the trend of sea level rise in the north Indian Ocean is slightly higher than the global estimate of 3.2 mm per year, Minister of State for Earth Sciences YS Chowdary told the Rajya Sabha in a written reply.

Incredible! New elusive sunfish species called 'Hoodwinker' first to be discovered in 130 years
Incredible! New elusive sunfish species called 'Hoodwinker' first to be discovered in 130 years

Marianne Nyegaard from Murdoch University in Australia uncovered the new species while researching the population genetics of ocean sunfish in the Indo-pacific region.

Snooty, world's oldest captive manatee, is no more - South Florida Museum mourns his death
Snooty, world's oldest captive manatee, is no more - South Florida Museum mourns his death

Officials said the giant marine mammal was found dead at Bradenton`s South Florida Museum early on Sunday.

US biologists discover three new toad species
US biologists discover three new toad species

The discoveries, detailed in a paper published in science journal, are extremely rare in the US. reports Xinhua news agency.

Bizarre! Locals in Argentina in shock after birth of 'demon' goat – See pic
Bizarre! Locals in Argentina in shock after birth of 'demon' goat – See pic

Even though the goat was born with the distorted features, her rest of the body was normal.

Pet parrot gets owner convicted of first-degree murder after mimicing victim's last words!
Pet parrot gets owner convicted of first-degree murder after mimicing victim's last words!

Glenna Durgam was convicted after eight hours of deliberation after her husband's last words were repeated by the parrot who witnessed the attack.

Pollution levels in your car cabin during rush-hour are higher than previously believed, warns study
Pollution levels in your car cabin during rush-hour are higher than previously believed, warns study

The pollution contains twice the amount of chemicals that cause oxidative stress, which is thought to be involved in many diseases including respiratory and heart diseases, cancer and some types of neuro-degenerative disorders.

Researchers mourn killing of Cecil the lion's cub
Researchers mourn killing of Cecil the lion's cub

Xanda, a six-year-old lion fitted with a radio collar, was killed on July 7 in northwest Zimbabwe, close to where US dentist Walter Palmer shot Cecil with a high-powered bow and arrow two years ago.

Ten-year-old stumbles on rare 1.2 million year-old fossil
Ten-year-old stumbles on rare 1.2 million year-old fossil

A 10-year boy has accidentally discovered a rare, mostly intact 1.2 million year-old skull of stegomastodon - a prehistoric ancestor of elephants - while hiking in the Las Cruces desert in the US.

'Superalgae' to protect world's corals from bleaching
'Superalgae' to protect world's corals from bleaching

These micro-algae are called Symbiodinium, a genus of primary producers found in corals that are essential for reef health and, thereby, critical to ocean productivity, said researchers from University of New South Wales in Australia.

Humans turning Earth into 'plastic planet', says study
Humans turning Earth into 'plastic planet', says study

Researchers, including those from the University of Georgia (UGA) in the US, found that by 2015, humans had generated 8.3 billion metric tonnes of plastics, 6.3 billion tonnes of which had already become waste.

Bid to save Rhinos –  British zoo uses IVF technology to protect white Rhino species from extinction
Bid to save Rhinos – British zoo uses IVF technology to protect white Rhino species from extinction

This initiative has been taken to protect remaining three northern white rhinos.

Trillion tonne iceberg that broke off the Larsen C ice shelf is drifting out to sea; new cracks spotted!
Trillion tonne iceberg that broke off the Larsen C ice shelf is drifting out to sea; new cracks spotted!

The iceberg, dubbed A68, is already shifting shape along with the remaining Larsen C ice shelf itself.

Environment Minister urges use of bicycle once a week
Environment Minister urges use of bicycle once a week

Harsh Vardhan also called upon people to protect and conserve the flora and fauna. 

Vijay, the Delhi zoo white tiger, who mauled a man to death in 2014, turns 10
Vijay, the Delhi zoo white tiger, who mauled a man to death in 2014, turns 10

There was a special birthday feast of his favourite meat, a cake and no disturbance from the crowd.

Search for missing Malaysia Airlines plane MH370 uncovers hidden undersea world
Search for missing Malaysia Airlines plane MH370 uncovers hidden undersea world

Although no trace of the missing Boeing 777 could be found in the southern Indian Ocean, yet the hunt led to the discovery of this unknown undersea world.

Social media sites like Twitter can apprise public of adverse weather conditions – Here's how
Social media sites like Twitter can apprise public of adverse weather conditions – Here's how

A significant rise or drop in the level of temperature leads to an increase in the number of weather-related tweets, finds the study.

Sole African white rhino of Assam zoo, Mohan, dies at 47
Sole African white rhino of Assam zoo, Mohan, dies at 47

Mohan, was brought here for Rs 50,000 from the United States in 1974.

T rex dinosaur could not have run at high speed: Study
T rex dinosaur could not have run at high speed: Study

In Stephen Spielberg's original adaptation of the Jurassic Park, a rampant Tyrannosaurus rex (T rex) is shown chasing Jeff Goldblum's character, Ian Malcolm, as he sits injured in the back of a 4x4 vehicle.

Australian state prepares for drought after driest June
Australian state prepares for drought after driest June

According to a new threshold introduced by Premier Daniel Andrews, Victoria begins preparations for drought when dams sink to 60 per cent full, compared to the previous threshold of 54.1 per cent.

Human-induced climate change may cause significant rise in sea levels, warns IPCC
Human-induced climate change may cause significant rise in sea levels, warns IPCC

Valerie Masson-Delmotte, co-chair of IPCC Working Group I, said at the Australian National University (ANU) that human influence on the climate has contributed to changes in the warming of the Greenland ice sheet, something which is affecting sea levels the world over.

Cleaning oil spills could be easier with waste human hair, say scientists!
Cleaning oil spills could be easier with waste human hair, say scientists!

The secret lies in the amount of oil our hair have the power to absorb.

NGT notice to Centre on air pollution caused by ships
NGT notice to Centre on air pollution caused by ships

The tribunal was hearing a plea filed by lawyer Shibani Ghosh seeking directions to monitor the pollution caused by ships and vessels entering the Indian maritime coastal waters and submit a report to the NGT.

Swati – Oldest tigress in captivity dies in Assam zoo at 20 years of age
Swati – Oldest tigress in captivity dies in Assam zoo at 20 years of age

She was born in 1997 and would have turned 21 in January next year.

Fossil site shows impact of Jurassic's low oxygen oceans

The study was co-authored by Martin Aberhan, a curator at the Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science at the Natural History Museum in Berlin, Germany.

Scientists discover unique species of hermit crab in South Africa
Scientists discover unique species of hermit crab in South Africa

The newly discovered crustacean is called Paragiopagurus atkinsonae or the 'Green-eyed hermit crab'.

NGT shifts focus on Phase-II of Ganga rejuvenation
NGT shifts focus on Phase-II of Ganga rejuvenation

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar has convened a meeting of all stakeholders involved in cleaning of the river from Unnao in Uttar Pradesh to the state's border with Bihar to chalk out an action plan for cleaning the Ganga.

Climate change to bring 'devastating consequences' to countries in Pacific and Asia, claims study
Climate change to bring 'devastating consequences' to countries in Pacific and Asia, claims study

The study also said that Southern India may witness a decline in rice yields by five percent in the 2030s.