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SC notice to Himachal on NGT cap on Manali-Rohtang tourist vehicles

The supreme Court Friday issued notice to Himachal government on the plea by the tourist taxi operators operating between Manali and Rohtang challenging the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order restricting their operation to just 1,000 taxis per day coupled with an environmental compensation charge.

Tiger kills five-year-old in Bihar national park

A tiger mauled a five-year-old child to death in a national park in Bihar's West Champaran district, a forest official said on Friday.

'Poor in India can't pay for 150 years of pollution by West'

India has asked the developed world to bear the "burden of the cross" for pumping carbon dioxide into the air for the past 150 years as a poor man in India cannot be told to pay more for a cleaner planet.

Make helpline number on air pollution public: Sisodia to civic bodies
Make helpline number on air pollution public: Sisodia to civic bodies

To keep a check on air pollution, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia Friday asked three Municipal corporations and other local bodies to make their helpline number public by Monday, so that people can register complaints pertaining to burning of material in open.

Poor to face fallout of depletion of natural resources: Prakash Javadekar

Poor in India as well as in the world face the negative fallout of depletion of natural resources and sustainable development rests on a "viable and sound" natural resource base, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Friday.

Found: How birds avoid collision with man-made obstacles

Migratory birds are able to avoid collision with man-made structures, thanks to a well informed leader who guides the flock towards smooth flight, scientists have found.

China kicks off birthday celebrations for oldest panda
China kicks off birthday celebrations for oldest panda

China on Friday kicked off birthday celebrations for the country's oldest panda who will turn 35 years old in November, the age-equivalent of a 100-year-old human.

Antarctica region once thought stable suddenly 'thawing fast'
Antarctica region once thought stable suddenly 'thawing fast'

A group of scientists has observed a sudden increase of ice loss in a previously stable region of Antarctica.

Air quality improved in Beijing ahead of Olympic vote

Beijing`s air quality has improved as the vote to decide the 2022 Winter Olympics host city is less than three months away.

Poacher killed, two apprehended in Assam

A poacher was killed and two others have been apprehended by forest protection force personnel in Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in Assam's Morigaon district Friday, a forest official said.

Here's what it'll take to limit climate change to 1.5 degree C by 2100

As per researchers, achieving a 1.5 degree Celsius world is feasible, at least from a purely technological standpoint.

SC orders Ranthambhore tiger T-24 to remain in Sajjangarh for now
SC orders Ranthambhore tiger T-24 to remain in Sajjangarh for now

 The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered that tiger T-24 "Ustad" who was being translocated from Ranthambhore tiger reserve to a zoo after it was alleged that he had mauled a forest guard will not be moved out out of the Sajjangarh Biological Park.

India ranks 24th in the first Environmental Democracy Index

India has ranked 24th out of 70 countries in the first Environmental Democracy Index that is topped by Lithuania and evaluates nations' progress in enacting laws to promote transparency, accountability and citizen engagement in environmental decision making.

New Zealand launches scheme to save Kiwi national bird

The New Zealand government has launched a programme to save the country's national bird, the Kiwi, from becoming extinct, Conservation Minister Maggie Barry said on Thursday.

Winter chill kills 20 times more people than hot weather

When it comes to death toll due to weather, cold winters claim 20 times more lives than hot summers, finds an international study.

India ranks 24th out of 70 countries in first Environmental Democracy Index
India ranks 24th out of 70 countries in first Environmental Democracy Index

India has ranked 24th out of 70 countries in the first Environmental Democracy Index that is topped by Lithuania and evaluates nations' progress in enacting laws to promote transparency, accountability and citizen engagement in environmental decision making.

Wild `teddy bear` of Louisiana no longer endangered

The Louisiana black bear, which inspired the popular stuffed animals known as teddy bears, is no longer an endangered species, US officials said Wednesday.

BP oil spill caused dolphins` lung disease, deaths: Study
BP oil spill caused dolphins` lung disease, deaths: Study

Dolphins swimming in the oil-contaminated waters of the Gulf of Mexico after the 2010 BP spill suffered unusual lung lesions and died at high rates because of petroleum pollution, US scientists said Wednesday.

Blue whales spotted off Maharashtra coast after 100 years
Blue whales spotted off Maharashtra coast after 100 years

A group of researchers claimed to have spotted a mother-calf pair of blue whales off the Sindhudurg coast in Maharashtra after nearly 100 years between March and May.

Time short for global climate deal in Paris, warns Hollande

French President Francois Hollande warned today that time was short for a year-end deal on climate change and called on world leaders to unlock the complex process in the months ahead.

Climate change a top US security issue: President Obama

US President Barack Obama warned in a speech today that the threat from global warming poses a national risk rivaling that of terrorism, and should be seen as a top security priority.

Climate change a top US security issue: Obama

US President Barack Obama warned in a speech on Wednesday that the threat from global warming poses a national risk rivaling that of terrorism, and should be seen as a top security priority.

SC to hear Manali taxi operators plea against NGT order

The Supreme Court will hear on Friday an appeal by the tourist taxi operators operating between Manali and Rohtang challenging the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order restricting operation of to just 1,000 taxis per day coupled with an environmental compensation charge.

NGT slams MoEF for not submitting data on asbestos mining

The National Green Tribunal has slammed the Environment Ministry (MoEF) for failing to produce data related to asbestos mining in various states.

Texas hunter shoots endangered Namibian rhino for $350,000

A US hunter who paid $350,000 to kill a black rhinoceros in Namibia successfully shot the animal on Monday, saying that his actions would help protect the critically-endangered species.

Japanese zoos, aquariums vote over dolphin hunt
Japanese zoos, aquariums vote over dolphin hunt

Japan's zoos and aquariums were expected to decide today whether to remain part of a global body that suspended them over their use of dolphins caught by the controversial drive hunt method.

California oil pipeline ruptures, leaks into ocean
California oil pipeline ruptures, leaks into ocean

An oil pipeline ruptured Tuesday dumping oil into the Pacific Ocean near Santa Barbara, California, the US Coast Guard said.

Once a land of ponds, Sri Krishna Bhoomi crying out for water today

When cine veteran Hema Malini won the 2014 Lok Sabha election from Mathura-Vrindavan, the first commitment she made was to provide safe and adequate quantity of water for every home and a Yamuna fully rejuvenated and filled with water. 

Japan`s whaling science under the microscope
Japan`s whaling science under the microscope

When Japanese researchers said earlier this year that eating whale meat could help prevent dementia and memory loss, the news provoked snorts of derision -- it couldn`t be real science, went the retort.

CSE hails govt's stringent pollution norms for thermal plants

Welcoming the government's move to tighten pollution norms for coal-based thermal power plants, a green advocacy body Tuesday said the proposed new emission and water consumption standards will help bring down pollution in this sector.