Australia PM advisor says climate change a UN-led ruse

 Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott`s top business advisor on Friday claimed climate change was a ruse encouraged by the United Nations to create a new authoritarian world order under its control.

Climate indicators show renewed signs of El Nino: Australia

The Pacific Ocean has warmed in the last two weeks, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said on Tuesday, renewing signs of the development of an El Nino weather pattern.

Tornadoes`s increased frequency, strength linked with climate change

A change in climate may be causing more and deadlier tornadoes that are hitting the US, as revealed by a new study.

Human influence causing climate warming: IPCC report

Observing that humans are the dominant cause of global warming, a UN climate panel has warned that climate change will impact human health, south Asian settlements and infrastructure through flooding, and will aggravate food and water shortages in the region.

18th BASIC Ministerial Meeting from tomorrow

Environment Ministers of BASIC countries will meet here to discuss important issues relating to current United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations.

Can tiny ants save us from global warming?

Ants may be one of the earth`s most powerful biological climate brokers, a study claims.

India wants upscaling of ambition in Kyoto Protocol period

India today emphasised the need for immediate upscaling of ambition in the Kyoto Protocol second Commitment period and its early ratification by all Kyoto Protocol Parties.

Humans hastening sixth mass biological extinction

The danger is lurking near us. Scientists now warn that the persistent loss and decline of our biodiversity is leading the humanity to early days of the planet`s sixth mass biological extinction event.

`Natural cooling fluctuation` masked greenhouse effect during last decade: Study

A new study has revealed that a natural cooling fluctuation between 1998 and 2013 largely masked the warming effects of a continued increase in man-made emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

Plants` size, age impact productivity more than climate

A new study has revealed that the size and age of plants has more impact on their productivity instead of climate that has a relatively minor direct effect on net primary productivity.

India should be flexible on climate change: Jairam Ramesh

Former union minister Jairam Ramesh Thursday said India should be more flexible in its response to climate change otherwise it faces the risk of being isolated by other BASIC nations - Brazil, South Africa and China.

El Nino likely picks up, may further weaken Monsoon

There`s bad news for India on the weather front - the Australian weather bureau has reported that El Nino may be picking up and may onset earlier than predicted.

Japan considering new base on Antarctica

apan is looking at building a new base on Antarctica so scientists can study air trapped in ice a million years ago, in a bid to better understand climate change, an official said today.

Rains bring respite from heat wave in Rajasthan

Heat wave conditions abated in Rajasthan today due to light to moderate rain at isolated places.

Heatwave conditions abate at many places in UP

Heatwave conditions abated at many places in Uttar Pradesh today following light to moderate rains and thundershowers in the past 24 hours.

Paris climate talks to draw up to 50,000: France

As many as 50,000 people are likely to attend the December 2015 talks in Paris aimed at forging a UN pact on climate change, host France said today.

Volcanoes beneath Antarctic ice sheet melting glaciers

Not only climate change, subglacial volcanoes below the West Antarctic ice sheet are also contributing to the melting of Thwaites Glacier - a major river of ice that flows into Antarctica`s Pine Island Bay, a study suggests.

Global sea level rise: World at threat

A glacier is a persistent body of dense ice that is constantly moving under its own weight. It forms where the accumulation of snow exceeds its melting and sublimation over many years, often centuries.

Climate engineering cannot help us in erasing climate change

Researchers have said that climate engineering cannot help us erase whatever has happened to climate change.

Consortia to study impacts of climate change in Asia, Africa

A study on the impacts of climate change in Asia and Africa will be conducted by four new multi-partner research consortia and it will include case studies in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal.

Top UN climate official to visit Bhutan

A top UN climate official will visit Bhutan from tomorrow to discuss the challenges faced by the Himalayan nation due to climate change.

Global warming is not due to natural factors, says expert

An analysis of temperature data since 1500 rules out the possibility that global warming in the industrial era is just a natural fluctuation in the earth`s climate.

Climate: UN experts see options to brake juggernaut

A week after publishing the starkest warning yet on the risks of climate change, UN experts meet in Berlin from Monday to assess options for limiting the threat.

Industrial civilisation could be headed for `irreversible collapse`: NASA-funded study

Researchers have highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilisation could collapse in near future because of unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution.

Earth`s climate likely to continue warming despite slowdown

Researchers have shown that Earth`s climate likely will continue to warm during this century on track with previous estimates, despite the recent slowdown in the rate of global warming.

Sunny Friday in Delhi

Delhiites woke up to a pleasant Friday morning. The Met office forecast a clear and sunny day.

Source of climate-active organic aerosol particles discovered

Researchers have discovered source of climate-active organic aerosol particles, which are extremely low-volatile organic compounds consisting of relatively large molecules which contain an almost equal number of carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen atoms.

`Spending 2% on CSR won`t help if cos keep damaging environment`

Planning Commission member Arun Maira today said that making it mandatory for corporates to spend 2 per cent of their profits on CSR will not benefit the society if they continue to adopt corrupt practices that are damaging to the environment.

Climate resilient germplasm for chickpea breeding identified

As many as 40 germplasm lines of chickpea with resistance to extreme weather conditions like drought, high temperature and salinity have been identified by a city-based crop research institute.

Air pollution from Asia affecting global weather

Asia`s growing air pollution - much of it coming from China - is affecting the world`s weather and climate patterns, researchers, including an Indian-origin scientist, have warned.