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Obama tours glacier to highlight march of climate change
Obama tours glacier to highlight march of climate change

US President Barack Obama viewed Alaska's Exit Glacier, in a bid to drive home the impact climate change is already having on America.

Climate change could alter key ocean bacteria : Study

Climate change could put a type of oceanic bacteria into evolutionary overdrive in a way that could pose a threat to its long-term survivability and its important role in the food chain, according to a study published on Tuesday.

UP-based paper mill to shut down for causing pollution

An Uttar Pradesh paper mill has told the National Green Tribunal that they have decided to immediately shut down their operations in the wake of the Central Pollution Control Board's direction to close their unit for causing pollution.

Submit action plan on noise pollution in 2 weeks: NGT

The National Green Tribunal Tuesday directed the Delhi government to submit within two weeks an action plan on reduction of noise pollution caused due to heavy traffic near Panchsheel Park area in South Delhi.

Waste management rules not followed at dumping ground: Bombay HC

The Bombay High Court Tuesday expressed concern over failure of authorities in adopting norms of solid waste management and asked Maharashtra government to decide within a week the civic body's proposal to increase the capacity of Kanjurmarg dumping ground.

90 per cent seabirds have consumed plastic: Study
90 per cent seabirds have consumed plastic: Study

Majority of the world seabird species have plastic in their gut and 99 per cent will have gobbled down plastic by 2050.

Is Arunachal’s weather making it a second Bermuda triangle?
Is Arunachal’s weather making it a second Bermuda triangle?

A mystery waits to be unravelled in Arunachal Pradesh! The baffling geographical location and rough terrain of this state has been a nightmare for air dwellers.

90 percent seabirds have consumed plastic: Study
90 percent seabirds have consumed plastic: Study

 Nearly 90 percent of individual seabirds alive today have consumed some form of plastic and about 60 percent of them, including albatrosses, shearwaters and penguins, have plastic in their guts, estimates a new study.

John Kerry warns of refugee crisis due to climate change

 "Seismic changes" in temperatures and sea levels could create waves of refugees forced to abandon traditional homes and fight for food and water, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said as he sought commitment from the international community to address the challenge posed by climate change.

NASA, USAID launch environmental information hub

 NASA and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) have launched a joint project to strengthen regional environmental monitoring in five countries in the lower Mekong region of Southeast Asia.

Kolkata parks to have India's first carbon-neutral lighting

 The City of Joy is poised to become the first city in the country to have its public parks illuminated by an automated carbon-neutral solar lighting system, reducing the carbon footprint and electricity bills.

We're not acting fast enough on global warming: Barack Obama in Alaska
We're not acting fast enough on global warming: Barack Obama in Alaska

Addressing a Arctic climate change conference in Alaska, Barack Obama made an urgent plea to the world to identify the dangers of global warming.

Watch: Underwater video shows scuba diver Gary Grayson playing with a friendly seal
Watch: Underwater video shows scuba diver Gary Grayson playing with a friendly seal

In this amazing underwater video, watch how animals crave for love and attention!

Climate change defining threat of century: Barack Obama
Climate change defining threat of century: Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama warned on Monday that climate change is no longer a problem of the future, but rather a challenge for now and one that will define the next century.

Threat to green belt in South Delhi: NGT notice to Delhi govt

South Delhi residents today moved the National Green Tribunal against the increasing commercial activities and encroachment in the "green belt" located along the Mehrauli Badarpur Highway in Saket.

Organized inter-state gangs behind killings of elephants
Organized inter-state gangs behind killings of elephants

Expressing concern over the recent spate of poaching of elephants in southern India, a global wildlife monitoring network has said organised inter-state poaching gangs were behind the killings of tuskers in the forests of Western Ghats.

North America's tallest mountain Mount McKinley to be renamed Denali
North America's tallest mountain Mount McKinley to be renamed Denali

Mount McKinley, the tallest of North America's mountains, is officially being renamed Denali, the White House has said, on the eve of President Barack Obama's historic visit to Alaska.

Russian bear captured in China after causing panic in town
Russian bear captured in China after causing panic in town

China has captured and released into the wild a black bear which had crossed over from Russia and caused a stir in a border town in the country's northeast Heilongjiang Province.

Ban on plastic packaging of food, drugs: NGT seeks Centre view
Ban on plastic packaging of food, drugs: NGT seeks Centre view

 The National Green Tribunal has directed the Centre and various stakeholders to file their submissions on a proposal that there should be a complete prohibition on the use of plastic packaging in food and pharmaceutical formulations of any kind.

Cruelty to jumbos: Kerala Forest Dept warns of strong action

The Kerala Forest Department has warned of strong action against any kind of cruelty towards captive jumbos, in view of a recent Supreme Court order pointing out the need to curb cruelty toward elephants in the state.

Severe wildfires threatening world's temperate forests

More extensive and severe wildfires and a myriad other threats, including diseases and longer, more severe and hotter droughts are threatening to transform some of the world's temperate forests, a study says.

How will climate change affect your livelihood?
How will climate change affect your livelihood?

As the reality of global warming starts to hit home, people may ask: "How will it affect my livelihood?"

US National Zoo's surviving newborn panda is male

The National Zoo's panda parents, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, have another son.

'Climate change will lead to rise in malaria, dengue cases'

 Rising temperatures due to climate change will increase the spread of deadly vector-borne diseases like malaria and dengue especially in the Himalayan region, experts said here on Friday while emphasising there was an urgent need to "strengthen" the country's health infrastructure.

Bring rules to check pet-care market where cruelty is norm: Law Commission

Despite violation of animal rights, the Environment Ministry has failed to notify rules for the past five years to regulate the pet care market in India estimated at Rs 800 crore citing lack of enabling provisions in the law, the Law Commission said today.

The Dead sea is now actually dying!
The Dead sea is now actually dying!

The Dead Sea is shrinking day by day as its waters vanish at a rate of more than one meter a year! The sea, a unique body of water marked by mineral-rich, unusually salty water nearly 10 times saltier than the world's oceans is actually dying.

India hits out at West over climate change

 Ahead of the Paris meet on climate change, Power Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday said coal-based thermal power will remain the staple power source for India and denounced Western concerns over climate and environmental hazards.

Andhra Pradesh targets to plant 5 crore trees in next five years

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu Friday said the government targets to plant five crore trees in the next five years through various plantation programmes.

CCIP will help Odisha in tackling climate change: UK

Affirming support to Odisha in tackling climate change, the UK today said the Climate Change Innovation Programme (CCPI) taken up in six Indian states under a 12 million pound technical assistance would ensure low-carbon and climate resilient development in the state.

Germany proposes to clean part of River Ganga

Keen to be part of 'Clean Ganga' initiative, Germany has offered to rejuvenate a segment of the river in Uttarakhand by using technology it had employed to clean the Rhine, considered one of the most important waterways in Europe.