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Solar Impulse 2 lands in Chongqing, China
Solar Impulse 2 lands in Chongqing, China

Solar Impulse 2 (SI-2), the world's first solar-powered plane, landed in China, completing the fifth leg of its circumnavigation.

Overall pollution lowers a bit in Mumbai: Ramdas Kadam

 Overall pollution in Mumbai has come down during 2014-15 so far compared to 2011-12 but not to the satisfactory level, Maharashtra Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam told Legislative Assembly here today.

Centre to take up cleaning of Yamuna, other rivers

 Centre has planned to clean Yamuna and other rivers in the country on the lines of the project on Ganga, Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal said today.

NGT asks DPCC, DSIIDC to submit plan on hazardous waste plant

 The National Green Tribunal (NGT) today directed Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) and Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corp Ltd (DSIIDC) to submit a complete plan on establishment of a hazardous waste disposal unit in Bawana and Narela here.

Leopard trapped in Jalpaiguri, released in forest

A full grown female leopard at Binnaguri tea garden here was captured and released in a forest Monday, forest department officials said.

Truncated beach profile affecting turtles' rookery

Sea erosion, a truncated beach profile and formation of a sand bar close to the nesting ground of Olive Ridley sea turtles off Gahirmatha coast in Kendrapara district are posing to be stumbling blocks for the marine animals to crawl to their favoured nesting grounds.

Solar Impulse-2 to land in China tonight
Solar Impulse-2 to land in China tonight

Solar Impulse 2 (SI-2), the world's first solar-powered plane, had left Myanmar for Chongqing, China early Monday, on the fifth leg of its round-the-world flight.

Lights out as millions around the world mark Earth Hour
Lights out as millions around the world mark Earth Hour

The Empire State Building dimmed its lights and the Eiffel Tower went dark as iconic landmarks across the world observed Earth Hour, the global climate change awareness campaign.

Victoria Memorial, Museum blackout in Kolkata for Earth Hour

As millions of people across the globe pledged to switch off non-essential lights for an hour to observe the Earth Hour, the city's iconic Victoria Memorial and the Indian Museum too joined the cause to save power.

Delhi switches off lights for India's seventh Earth Hour
Delhi switches off lights for India's seventh Earth Hour

As the world celebrates the ninth edition of Earth Hour by switching off their lights for one straight hour, Delhi too joins in the celebrations marking India's seventh Earth Hour.

Bengal's cleanliness project shortlisted for UN award

The "Sabar Souchagar" (toilet for all) project in West Bengal's Nadia district, framed under the state's "Nirmal Bangla" initiative and aimed at promoting cleanliness and sanitation in rural Bengal, has been shortlisted for the United Nations Public Services Award 2015.

Peacocks in Nashik district died due to sunstroke

The 13 peacocks which were found dead near here two days ago had succumbed to sunstroke, a Forest Department officer said Saturday.

Number of rhinos in Assam's Kaziranga up, says census
Number of rhinos in Assam's Kaziranga up, says census

The number of world famous one-horned rhinos in Assam's Kaziranga National Park has increased to over 2,400, according to a latest census released on Saturday.

Environmental laws being reviewed to give more teeth: Minister
Environmental laws being reviewed to give more teeth: Minister

The Centre is reviewing all environmental laws with an aim to give them more teeth and hand severe punishment in cases of encroachment and violation, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said Saturday.

Pandas not as solitary as earlier thought
Pandas not as solitary as earlier thought

Renowned for being loners, the elusive giant pandas actually keep company at times, say researchers who electronically stalked five animals in China's bamboo forests.

30-kg plastic can be found in every dead cow/buffalo in India

At least 30 kilograms of plastic can be found from the stomach of every cow or buffalo which dies in India, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said here on Saturday, adding that a 'plastic carry-bag free India' campaign would be soon launched.

Extreme winter not a result of climate change: Study
Extreme winter not a result of climate change: Study

Contrary to popular belief, cold snaps like the ones that hit the eastern United States in the past winter are not a consequence of climate change, says a new study.

Earth Hour 2015 kicks-off; world goes ahead with ritual
Earth Hour 2015 kicks-off; world goes ahead with ritual

The ninth edition of Earth Hour kicks-off, people across the globe show their growing concern over climate change by switching off the lights for an hour.

Ensure compliance to green laws, not environmental clearances: Ramesh
Ensure compliance to green laws, not environmental clearances: Ramesh

Notwithstanding India's need for "smart" environmental regulation, the government is working against the nation's interest by wrecking the very edifice of green laws, former environment minister Jairam Ramesh said on Friday.

Shut industries in Delhi's residential areas in a month: NGT

The National Green Tribunal Friday cracked the whip on industries located in the city's residential areas with a direction to close them within a month for discharging untreated toxic waste in drains leading to Yamuna.

IAF to switch off lights for Earth Hour

In support of action against climate change, Air Force installations across the country will switch off all non-essential lights for one hour on Saturday to mark the Earth Hour.

Autorickshaw race to raise one mn pounds to save elephants

A colourful autorickshaw race will be held in November this year in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh to raise awareness for elephant conservation.

Antibiotic use in animals on the rise worldwide

Antibiotic consumption in livestock worldwide could see a 67 per cent increase by 2030, and nearly double in countries such as India and China, scientists, including one of Indian-origin, have found.

India ready to impart training to conserve tigers: Javadekar

India is ready to impart training and even donate tigers to other countries as part of efforts for the conservation of the endangered species, Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests, Prakash Javadekar said on Friday.

Japan's quake-tsunami disaster in 2011 triggered global warming, ozone loss
Japan's quake-tsunami disaster in 2011 triggered global warming, ozone loss

A new study has recently revealed that Japan's quake-tsunami disaster in 2011 triggered global warming andozone loss , as it released tons of harmful chemical in the atmosphere.

Antarctica's floating ice shelves show massive depletion over two decades
Antarctica's floating ice shelves show massive depletion over two decades

A new study has recently revealed that Antarctic's ice shelves have shrunk by as much as 18 percent in over nearly two decades.

Bengal tops in executing 'Clean Ganga' schemes: Mamata Banerjee

 West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday claimed her state has topped in implementing "Clean Ganga" mission schemes.

Govt to make law to protect Ganga from pollution
Govt to make law to protect Ganga from pollution

The Centre will enact a law for permanent protection of river Ganga from pollution as Prime Minister Narendra Modi today pitched for an "uncompromising mission-mode approach" to stop its further pollution.

Earth Hour 2015: Delhi to observe the 9th edition on March 28
Earth Hour 2015: Delhi to observe the 9th edition on March 28

People around the world will mark Earth hour on Saturday, March 28 by turning off their lights for one hour between 8:30 p.m and 9:30 pm.

Modi calls for 'uncompromising' approach to clean Ganga
Modi calls for 'uncompromising' approach to clean Ganga

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday called for an "uncompromising mission mode approach" to stop pollution of the river Ganga.