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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.

More than 200 whales refloat themselves in New Zealand
More than 200 whales refloat themselves in New Zealand

However they had not left the area and there were fears they could become stuck on the coastline again.

Endangered Chinese white dolphin dies in river
Endangered Chinese white dolphin dies in river

Ten days after mistakenly swimming in a freshwater river in the southern part of Chine, the beautiful white dolphin passed away.

Kiwi rescuers come to the aid of stranded whales
Kiwi rescuers come to the aid of stranded whales

A group of about 100 volunteers, supported by three boats, successfully turned the whales away from shore by blocking their path, conservation officials said in a statement.

Nepalese authorities discover new bird species
Nepalese authorities discover new bird species

Upper Dolpa happens to be the largest district of the mid-western development region.

Steps urged for ecological sustainability in industrial region

Governance is an important factor here. Adoption of regulations should be done in a way so that the industries flourish and yet the environment is preserved and protected.

Monarch butterfly population drops by more than a quarter in Mexico

The orange and black butterfly covered 2.91 hectares (7.2 acres) of pine and fir forest in the 2016-2017 season, compared to 4.01 hectares last year, a 27.4 per cent fall, the government said.

At least 300 whales found dead in mass stranding on New Zealand beach - Watch
At least 300 whales found dead in mass stranding on New Zealand beach - Watch

Although the reasons why these whales have been stranded are still unknown, the Golden Bay, which has shallow waters, is known for these kinds of incidents.

Authorities seize more than 1,600 crocodile skins in China
Authorities seize more than 1,600 crocodile skins in China

As per a report, authorities seized more than 1,600 pieces of crocodile skin and 500 kilogrammes of crocodile meat from a boat in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

Biodiversity Act to be implemented soon in entire Himachal

In the first phase, it was implemented in Chamba, Kullu, Sirmaur and Shimla districts.

Tyre recycling – A viable way to save environment!
Tyre recycling – A viable way to save environment!

An environment-friendly person from Nagaland is living upto it and has taken a pledge to better the environment.

New Zealand's research buoy to study how ships can navigate gigantic waves 'liquid Himalayas'
New Zealand's research buoy to study how ships can navigate gigantic waves 'liquid Himalayas'

The moored wave buoy was launched about 10 km south of the remote Campbell Island, the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) said on Thursday.

Growing Louisiana deltas make for a rare phenomenon – NASA studies the coastline
Growing Louisiana deltas make for a rare phenomenon – NASA studies the coastline

 When the tide goes out, water drains from the marshes, carrying sediment and carbon.

Scientists to start South China Sea expedition
Scientists to start South China Sea expedition

 The study will contribute to understanding how marginal basins grow.

Himalayan glaciers retreating, but no abnormal trend documented, says govt
Himalayan glaciers retreating, but no abnormal trend documented, says govt

The glaciers in the eastern and central Himalayas are retreating "continuously", while some in the western part of the mountain range are reportedly advancing.

ISRO collaborates with lifeguard agency to examine killer tides
ISRO collaborates with lifeguard agency to examine killer tides

A rip tide is a strong sea current which pulls the water away from the shore, often catching swimmers and people enjoying the sea in the shallows unawares and can drag them into the sea.

Scientists discover new species of geckos that shed their skin to escape predators!
Scientists discover new species of geckos that shed their skin to escape predators!

While others might take a long time to regenerate their scales, fish-scale geckos can grow them back, scar-free, in a matter of weeks.

Delhi's air quality plunged sharply in 2016
Delhi's air quality plunged sharply in 2016

The annual prescribed standards of PM 2.5 and PM 10 are 40 and 60 micrograms per cubic metre (ug/m3) in India. The corresponding 24-hour standards are 60 and 100 respectively.

Largest-ever undersea landslide 30 times the volume of Australia's iconic rock Uluru found on Great Barrier Reef
Largest-ever undersea landslide 30 times the volume of Australia's iconic rock Uluru found on Great Barrier Reef

The remains of the landslide, known as the Gloria Knolls Slide, measures 30 times the volume of the iconic Uluru rock and are located 75 km off the coast of Innisfail.

How some plants acquired taste for meat decoded
How some plants acquired taste for meat decoded

 The new study builds on this older work, conducting a deeper investigation into how unrelated pitcher plants came to share so much in common.

Man-animal conflicts claimed over 400 lives this year: Government
Man-animal conflicts claimed over 400 lives this year: Government

 In a bid to maintain balance, it is necessary to ensure that neither humans, nor animals are killed and such conflict is avoided.

French astronaut Thomas Pesquet looks out at warming signs over  Antarctica’s Larsen ice shelf from ISS!
French astronaut Thomas Pesquet looks out at warming signs over Antarctica’s Larsen ice shelf from ISS!

The massive Antarctic region serves as a measuring unit when it comes to climate change.

Rising deaths connected to increase in air pollution, says Greenpeace; slams govt for taking no action
Rising deaths connected to increase in air pollution, says Greenpeace; slams govt for taking no action

The Greenpeace India's report 'Airpocalypse' had said Delhi tops the list of 20 most polluted cities in the country where 12 lakh deaths take place every year due to air pollution.

Experts note six percent rise in tiger population, call for more measures to protect them
Experts note six percent rise in tiger population, call for more measures to protect them

Experts from all the 13 tiger reserves of the country stressed on greater flexibility to increase tiger habitat and other favourable measures that could boost the population of the big cat.