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Odisha imposes fishing ban for turtle nesting
Odisha imposes fishing ban for turtle nesting

The Odisha government Saturday imposed a seven-month fishing ban along its coast to protect endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles which come to the state beaches for mass nesting every winter, an official said.

SC to hear plea for regulatory authority on environment

The Supreme Court will hear Nov 14 a plea for setting up of a regulatory authority to look into environmental matters including the impact, assessment and the enforcement of the National Forest Policy as was directed by the court in 2011.

Bear killed Indian-origin hiker in US: Report

An Indian-origin hiker found dead in September near a circling bear in a wildlife preserve in West Milford, a township in New Jersey state of the US, was actually mauled to death by the bear, an autopsy report has revealed.

Govt to set 'Ganga Guard Corps' to keep Ganga clean

Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati Friday announced setting up of 'Ganga Guard Corps' to prevent people from polluting the river Ganges and said the work to clean Ganga would begin in next 45 days.

NGT seeks response from 15 hotels on rainwater harvesting

The National Green Tribunal has issued notice to 15 hotels, including several five-star establishments, for not installing proper rainwater harvesting systems in their premises.

Centre pleads SC to vacate order on National Wildlife Board

The Centre Friday pleaded before the Supreme Court to vacate its order restraining the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) from implementing any of its decisions for allegedly altering the composition of the apex regulatory body relating to wildlife.

Kolkata most polluted metro; India has highest PAH level: Study
Kolkata most polluted metro; India has highest PAH level: Study

Kolkata is the most polluted metropolis in the country with its pollution levels recorded highest among eight tropical Asian countries, according to study.

 Oceans may have arisen on Earth billions of years earlier than believed
Oceans may have arisen on Earth billions of years earlier than believed

A new study researched on evidence of water on Earth and in the inner solar system saying that the oceans arrived early to Earth than expected.

Two new lizard species discovered on Australian mountain
Two new lizard species discovered on Australian mountain

Australian scientists have discovered two new species of lizards in a remote area of Cape York Peninsula in northeastern Australia, academic sources reported Thursday.

Ailing lioness dies at Etawah

A lioness who was ailing for the past year died Thursday due to multiple organ failure at the Lion Breeding Centre at Etawah, official sources said here.

NGT orders CPCB to upload criteria for classification of industries on website

A day after the Supreme Court asked the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to take action against industrial units polluting Ganga, the Tribunal has directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to upload on its website the criteria for classification of industries.

Chinese vessel sets off on Antarctic expedition

China Thursday dispatched its research vessel and icebreaker Snow Dragon on a six month Antarctic expedition to build a base for its navigational satellite system.

Two elephant herds enter Nayagram and Kalaikunda forest

Two herds of elephants comprising more than 70 elephants have entered the Nayagram and Kalaikunda Forest area of West Midnapore district today, a Forest department official said.

Uma Bharati to inspect tomorrow 25 drains falling into Ganga

As part of the Clean Ganga campaign, Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati would inspect 25 major drains, which fall into the river at Kanpur tomorrow.

Renewable Energy Act on the anvil

Government has decided to come up with a Renewable Energy Act to streamline power generation, supply and tariff and help attract more investment.

Land, water management resources are need of the hour: Javadekar

Union Minister for Environment and Forests Prakash Javadekar Thursday stressed on the importance of land and water management resources and called for new perspectives to protect the environment.

Glacial retreat will continue but can be checked: Scientist
Glacial retreat will continue but can be checked: Scientist

The glaciers in the Himalayas will continue to retreat for another 40-50 years and if this phenomenon is not checked, temperature will rise by at least four degrees Celsius by the end of this century.

Cleaning products poison indoor air: Study

That lavender air freshener in your bedroom may create a pleasant odour but it might spike indoor aerosol levels, that could seriously hamper the quality of indoor air.

Clean India: PM Modi praises leading citizens
Clean India: PM Modi praises leading citizens

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday lauded the efforts of actor Amitabh Bachchan and other leading citizens for giving a boss to the Clean India Campaign.

HC asks zoo panel, Delhi Zoo to reply on visitors' safety

The Delhi High Court Wednesday sought a response from the city police, Delhi Zoo and the Central Zoo Authority on a plea asking to ensure the safety and security of visitors to the National Zoological Park, where a youth was mauled to death by a tiger.

Oz government's plan can't save Great Barrier Reef, say scientists
Oz government's plan can't save Great Barrier Reef, say scientists

Australia's Academy of Science has recently said that the Australian government's draft plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef cannot prevent its decline.

Global meet on climate change in Kerala in February

Tackling climate change, disaster management are among the issues set to be discussed at an international conference to be held here in February next year.

Giant tortoises rally from near extinction on Galapagos island
Giant tortoises rally from near extinction on Galapagos island

Conservationists said on Tuesday they have brought giant tortoises found on the Galapagos island of Espanola back from the brink of extinction, gaining a foothold strong enough to allow humans to leave the reptiles alone.

Salt-degraded farm soil now equals the size of France
Salt-degraded farm soil now equals the size of France

Every day for more than 20 years, an average of 2,000 hectares of irrigated land in arid and semi-arid areas across 75 countries, including in India, has been degraded by salt, a research has found.

Chimps plan for a good early breakfast
Chimps plan for a good early breakfast

Chimpanzees plan ahead, and sometimes take dangerous risks, to get a good breakfast, scientists say.

Future-focused women fight climate change better

Future-oriented women are more likely to take concrete steps to reduce global warming, says a study.

Plan to protect Great Barrier Reef inadequate: Scientists
Plan to protect Great Barrier Reef inadequate: Scientists

Scientists have criticized the Australian government's multi-million dollar Great Barrier Reef protection plan, claiming it ignores the threat of climate change.

PM Modi's call for cleanliness remains unheard at Rohtang
PM Modi's call for cleanliness remains unheard at Rohtang

The higher reaches of the Himalayas are virtually turning into an open air garbage dump. And Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call for cleanliness seems yet to reach these lofty heights.

IPCC opens meeting to finalise climate change report

The Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change(IPCC) opened a meeting here Monday to finalise the Synthesis Report, the last stage of its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5).

27 new species found in Tanzania mountain forests: Study

Twenty-seven new vertebrate species have been found in Tanzania's Eastern Arc Mountain forests, said a new study availed by Xinhua Monday.