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Climate change gets a boost; environment ministry budget trimmed

In sync with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's commitment on climate change, the government on Saturday ramped up budget allocation a whopping sixteen-fold to boost India's mission to climate change and adaption, even as the overall allocation to the environment ministry was trimmed by four percent.

Haryana to promote organic farming: Khattar

 Haryana government will promote organic farming in the state and 10 per cent of the total cultivable area will be brought under it, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said on Saturday.

Govt cuts funds for Water Ministry, 'Clean Ganga' gains most
Govt cuts funds for Water Ministry, 'Clean Ganga' gains most

The Water Resources Ministry has witnessed a substantial slash in its fund allocations in the Union Budget 2015-16 though Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pet project for cleaning river Ganga was accorded a good hike.

Budget 2015: Arun Jaitley wants development to be green
Budget 2015: Arun Jaitley wants development to be green

The Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley today has said that the Government is committed to make development process as green as possible. 

Climate-warmed leaves change ecosystems: Study
Climate-warmed leaves change ecosystems: Study

Rising soil temperatures significantly affect autumn leaves and in the process our food supply chain and appearance and biochemical makeup of the lakes these leaves fall into, finds a new study.

China appoints new environmental protection minister

China has appointed Chen Jining, a scientist in ecological studies, as its new environmental protection minister, replacing Zhou Shengxian.

Giant Panda population goes up to over 1900: Survey
Giant Panda population goes up to over 1900: Survey

Over 1,900 giant pandas, an endangered species, are currently in China and different parts of the world, representing an increase of 16.8 per cent compared to twelve years ago, according to official data.

65 endangered juvenile gharials released into Ganges at Hastinapur, UP
65 endangered juvenile gharials released into Ganges at Hastinapur, UP

To protect the 'critically-endangered' species from extinction, the Uttar Pradesh government in association with the World Wide Fund for Nature has released 65 juvenile Gharials, bred in captivity, into the Ganges at Hastinapur.

Forest minister in Kaziranga, another rhino killed
Forest minister in Kaziranga, another rhino killed

Poachers killed a one-horned rhino even as the state's newly appointed forest minister was camping in the park and personally reviewing strategies to thwart poaching in Assam's Kaziranga National Park Thursday night, officials said.

New volcano island getting big in Japan

Famously crowded Japan is getting a bit more space as a newly-formed volcanic island just keeps on growing. 

Over 16,000 habitations hit by water contamination: Govt

With thousands of habitations being affected by water contamination, Health Minister J P Nadda today said this was leading to complications and even death and stressed the need for intensive co-ordination with various entities to ensure safe drinking water.

Air quality in Delhi violates prescribed norms: CPCB

Amid growing concerns over deteriorating air quality in the capital, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has said that air quality in Delhi is seriously violative of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

IPCC sea-level rise scenarios fall short for high-risk coastal cities
IPCC sea-level rise scenarios fall short for high-risk coastal cities

According to a new research, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) sea-level rise scenarios may not provide complete information for high-risk coastal decision-making and management.

Ghaziabad, Noida critically polluted: Official
Ghaziabad, Noida critically polluted: Official

Ghaziabad, Noida and a few other areas in Uttar Pradesh have been declared "critically polluted", forcing the state government to issue fresh directives to contain the menace, an official said Friday.

Prabhu proposes more environment-friendly rail system
Prabhu proposes more environment-friendly rail system

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu Thursday proposed a slew of measures to make the country's largest public transporter more environment-friendly.

Agricultural insecticides dangerous for water bodies

Streams within approximately 40 percent of the global land surface are at risk from the application of insecticides, according to the first global map to be modelled on insecticide runoff to surface waters.

600 toilets to be build under China's "toilet revo-loo-tion"
600 toilets to be build under China's "toilet revo-loo-tion"

China plans to build 600 'three-star-rated' toilets in one of the country's most popular tourist areas as part of its "toilet revo-loo-tion".

Punjab offers rewards to stop stubble burning

The Punjab government on Wednesday announced rewards to districts and villages across the state which curb the unhealthy practice of burning stubble (residue of harvested crops).

Punjab, Haryana agree to make river pollution-free

 The Punjab and Haryana government have agreed to make Ghaggar river pollution free by the end of the year, a senior Punjab government official said on Wednesday.

Fireworks send tiger plunging from Chinese high-rise: Report
Fireworks send tiger plunging from Chinese high-rise: Report

A seven-month-old tiger fell to its death from a Chinese high-rise building, state media reported on Wednesday, apparently frightened by Lunar New Year fireworks.

Dust from Sahara Desert provides nutrients to Amazon soils

An estimated 22,000 tonnes of phosphorus, an essential nutrient for plant proteins and growth, is carried by the dust from Sahara Desert to the Amazon rain forest every year, a new study has found.

'India ahead of several countries in predicting weather'

The government Wednesday said India was way ahead of several countries as far as predicting the weather was concerned.

Saharan dust feeding Amazon's plants, reveals NASA
Saharan dust feeding Amazon's plants, reveals NASA

What connects Earth's largest, hottest desert to its largest tropical rainforest? The answer is 22,000 tonnes of dust per year.

India should give categorical statements: Ramesh on climate
India should give categorical statements: Ramesh on climate

India has gone back to its old rigid argumentative posturing on climate change but needs to be more pro-active on the issue and give clear categorical statements on what it has to offer, feels Congress MP Jairam Ramesh.

Emission intensity of GDP to be reduced by 20-25% by 2020

The emission intensity of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will be reduced by 20-25 per cent by 2020 from the 2005 level without reckoning the emissions from agriculture sector, Lok Sabha was informed Tuesday.

Submit info on members of state pollution control boards: NGT

The National Green Tribunal has directed the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to submit detailed information about members and office bearers of all State Pollution Control Boards on their designation, experience and qualifications.

La Nina-like conditions triggered 2500-yr-long Panama coral reef collapse

A new study has revealed that La Nina-like conditions in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Panama were closely associated with 2,500-year-long abrupt shutdown in coral reef growth.

Govt to take call on green nod to hydro-power projects this week

The Environment Ministry is likely to take a call this week on giving a green clearance to Jindal Power Ltd for setting up 3,097 mega watt hydro electric project in Dibang Valley of Arunachal Pradesh.

Flawed estimation method behind rise in India's tiger count?
Flawed estimation method behind rise in India's tiger count?

In a finding that could dishearten thousands of wildlife lovers, a team of scientists has warned that the big cat populations in India may not be on the rise after all, owing to inaccurate estimation method.