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Bye bye Bao Bao – Here's why the giant panda is moving back to China from US
Bye bye Bao Bao – Here's why the giant panda is moving back to China from US

Bao Bao, who was born on August 23, 2013 at the Washington zoo, will be welcomed aboard the FedEx Panda Express for safe travels to her new home - Chengdu - in China on February 21.

‘Weed-like’ algae killing Great Barrier Reef corals: Study
‘Weed-like’ algae killing Great Barrier Reef corals: Study

The research was undertaken at Heron Island, a coral cay on the southern end of the reef using underwater reef experiments and outdoor lab studies.

Scientists express concern over impact of LED lights on plants and animals
Scientists express concern over impact of LED lights on plants and animals

LEDs made up just 9% of the global lighting market in 2011, but forecasts suggest they will account for 69% by 2020.

This is how a man's attempt at a selfie with a cobra he rescued resulted in death!
This is how a man's attempt at a selfie with a cobra he rescued resulted in death!

He managed to click the selfie, but the scared creature suddenly panicked and sharply bit his rescuer on the chest.

“Not a single drop of river Ganga cleaned so far,” says NGT; slams govt agencies on wasting public money
“Not a single drop of river Ganga cleaned so far,” says NGT; slams govt agencies on wasting public money

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar asked the agencies to work together on the project to clean the river, saying, "The Prime Minister has given you a goal, take it as a national project".

Arsenic affected drinking water in 66,663 habitations: Govt
Arsenic affected drinking water in 66,663 habitations: Govt

There are 66,663 areas where drinking water is affected due to the presence of arsenic and fluorides," Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation Narendra Singh Tomar said in Rajya Sabha.

Chennai oil spill: Human error caused ships to collide, says Tamil Nadu Minister D Jayakumar
Chennai oil spill: Human error caused ships to collide, says Tamil Nadu Minister D Jayakumar

It is an unfortunate incident caused by human error. The government is making all efforts to remove the oil slick from the sea," Jayakumar told reporters here.

NGT issues notice to Centre, others on plea seeking compensation to people affected by Chennai oil spill
NGT issues notice to Centre, others on plea seeking compensation to people affected by Chennai oil spill

The development came after a petition, which has also sought constitution of an expert committee to oversee and monitor the entire clean up process and assess the damage caused to the environment.

Hyderabad: Leopard 'Preeti' undergoes surgery to remove 200 gram mammary tumour
Hyderabad: Leopard 'Preeti' undergoes surgery to remove 200 gram mammary tumour

As per reports, the 14-year-old female leopard named Preeti, who was born at the Nehru Zoological Park in Hyderabad, developed a mammary tumour two months ago. 

National Green Tribunal to hear plea on recent oil spill off Tamil Nadu coast today
National Green Tribunal to hear plea on recent oil spill off Tamil Nadu coast today

The petition, which is likely to be heard by a bench headed by NGT chairperson Swatanter Kumar on Monday, has also sought constitution of an expert committee to oversee and monitor the entire clean up process and assess the damage caused to the environment.

ISRO's SCATSAT-1 data reveals sea ice cover in 2016 is lowest ever recorded
ISRO's SCATSAT-1 data reveals sea ice cover in 2016 is lowest ever recorded

The Ku-band Scatterometer on-board SCATSAT-1 is ISRO’s second space borne scatterometer similar to OSCAT on-board Oceansat-2. 

New bucktoothed ghost shark species discovered
New bucktoothed ghost shark species discovered

Like some other ghost sharks, the newfound species has rabbit-like buckteeth, prompting researchers to put it in the genus Hydrolagus, which translates to"water rabbit" or "water hare."

Malnourished whale found beached in Norway had consumed 30 plastic bags; euthanized
Malnourished whale found beached in Norway had consumed 30 plastic bags; euthanized

 The whale was found with 30 plastic bags inside its stomach.

Empathy makes you understand your dog better

In a latest study at the University of Helsinki and Aalto University, researchers have found out how empathy and other psychological factors affect people`s assessments of the facial images of dogs and humans.

Scientists spot rare leaf-nosed bat after 37 years
Scientists spot rare leaf-nosed bat after 37 years

This species originally belonging to the Thar desert has been recently sighted again by the group and it has been identified as Hipposideros Fulvus.

World's smallest porpoise vaquita marina close to extinction, 30 left

"The already desperate situation has worsened, despite existing conservation measures and current enforcement efforts," said the report by the International Committee for the Recovery of the Vaquita (CIRVA).
 

Rapidly growing Indian cities may face extreme rainfalls: Report
Rapidly growing Indian cities may face extreme rainfalls: Report

The research may be important for shaping storm water system design, water resource policy and urban flood management in these regions, researchers said.

Coast Guard launches operation for Olive Ridley turtles

The Coast Guard patrol in turtle congregation sites would remain in force till the turtles finish laying eggs on nesting beaches, the DIG said.  

Environmental concerns raised as Chennai's oil spill spreads despite clean-up effort
Environmental concerns raised as Chennai's oil spill spreads despite clean-up effort

As per reports, although nearly 70 tonnes of oil sludge has been removed by hundreds of volunteers, the spill has crossed the Marina Beach and travelled 32km south. It has now entered the Palavakkam beach on the East Coast Road.

Bird lovers help scientists discover secrets of beak evolution
Bird lovers help scientists discover secrets of beak evolution

 There are some examples - such as birds who have evolved in comparative isolation on remote islands such as the Galapagos and the Hawaiian archipelago - who have continued to evolve rapidly.

China to be hit with new bout of air pollution, warn officials
China to be hit with new bout of air pollution, warn officials

Of the 338 cities monitored by the ministry, 242 cities reported good air quality on Wednesday and Thursday, while 96 cities fell victim of the pollution.

Donald Trump's immigration ban: New Zealand scientists express fears over future of environment
Donald Trump's immigration ban: New Zealand scientists express fears over future of environment

The Royal Society of New Zealand, the country's leading science organization, has expressed fears over future of international research on issues such as climate change and extreme weather following Trump's immigration ban policy. 

This efficient fertiliser can revolutionise agriculture, say scientists
This efficient fertiliser can revolutionise agriculture, say scientists

The fast decomposition of urea also limits the amount of nitrogen that can get absorbed by crop roots and currently requires farmers to apply more fertiliser to boost production -- thus adding to the cost.

Chennai oil spill spreads at alarming pace; hits marine life severely
Chennai oil spill spreads at alarming pace; hits marine life severely

With no major damage to the vessels, the collision however left the marine life destructed with numerous dead fish and sea turtles being washed ashore on Chennai's coast.

Wetlands: Why we need to take care of them, what can we do?
Wetlands: Why we need to take care of them, what can we do?

Wetlands are also vital for plants and animals to survive. In fact they are one of the most productive ecosystems in the world that give innumerable services to mankind and countless species of plants and animals.

In a first, greater flamingoes spotted in Himachal's Pong wetlands
In a first, greater flamingoes spotted in Himachal's Pong wetlands

A total of 52,530 bar-headed geese, the world's highest-altitude migrant and a rare winter migrant in other Indian wetlands, were also recorded. They are regular winter migrants here.

King of the zoo: Liger cub Tsar is Russian hit

Ligers can weigh more than 400 kilograms (63 stone), compared to a maximum weight of about 300 for a tiger and 250 for a lion.

Budget 2017: Sanitation cover in rural areas increased from 40% to 60%; hike in allocation for scientific ministry
Budget 2017: Sanitation cover in rural areas increased from 40% to 60%; hike in allocation for scientific ministry

Talking about hygiene, Jaitley also said sanitation cover in rural areas has gone up from 42 per cent to 60 per cent.

India should reduce dependency on fossil fuels: Survey
India should reduce dependency on fossil fuels: Survey

When compared with other G-20 nations, the results are striking.

Tinder for Orangutans: Dutch zoo to help female choose her 'Mr Right' on tablet!
Tinder for Orangutans: Dutch zoo to help female choose her 'Mr Right' on tablet!

This move is a part of a four-year experiment called 'Tinder for Orangutans'.