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Climate change gets a boost; environment ministry budget trimmed

In sync with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's commitment on climate change, the government on Saturday ramped up budget allocation a whopping sixteen-fold to boost India's mission to climate change and adaption, even as the overall allocation to the environment ministry was trimmed by four percent.

Methane on Mars hints life existed there: NASA
Methane on Mars hints life existed there: NASA

After an exhaustive analysis of data obtained during 605 Martian days, NASA`s Curiosity rover has confirmed the presence of methane on Mars environment which may hint that life once existed on the Red Planet.

China appoints new environmental protection minister

China has appointed Chen Jining, a scientist in ecological studies, as its new environmental protection minister, replacing Zhou Shengxian.

Emission intensity of GDP to be reduced by 20-25% by 2020

The emission intensity of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will be reduced by 20-25 per cent by 2020 from the 2005 level without reckoning the emissions from agriculture sector, Lok Sabha was informed Tuesday.

Govt to take call on green nod to hydro-power projects this week

The Environment Ministry is likely to take a call this week on giving a green clearance to Jindal Power Ltd for setting up 3,097 mega watt hydro electric project in Dibang Valley of Arunachal Pradesh.

Govt eases green norms for linear projects in border states

To expedite construction of linear projects like highways in border states, the Environment Ministry has dropped the provision of "public hearing" before considering green clearances to such works.

Govt begins steps to implement environment panel recommendations

Environment Ministry has initiated steps to implement some of the key recommendations made by a high-level committee constituted by it to review laws related to forests, wildlife, water and air.

Socialise with neighbours for a greener Earth

Can your socialising with neighbours be a boon for the environment? Yes, claims a new study.

Saudi Royal on rare bird hunting spree in Pakistan

A Saudi prince is on a hunting spree for rare birds in southwest Pakistan despite a court-imposed ban and the government`s insistence that the foreign delegation is only on a diplomatic mission, senior officials said Monday.

France says climate talks crucial for world security

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius launched a round of global climate talks in Geneva on Sunday and warned that world security, as well as the environment, depended on their success.

'Separate ministry needed for fisheries, ocean sector'

Scientists, oceanographers and marine experts Sunday urged the Indian government to form a separate ministry which brings all agencies and institutions working in the field of ocean and fisheries research under one roof for smooth implementation and management of all policies for the two sectors.

Environment ministry to organise brain-storming camp for officers

Environment, Forests and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar Friday said his ministry would organise a "Chintan Shivir" or a platform for its officers to ideate and suggest measures geared towards "good" governance.

Forest officials' views before amendments to key environment laws

Government will take views of senior forest officials before bringing amendments to five key environment laws enacted between 1971 and 1986, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said Friday.

Our thoughts susceptible to external influence: Study
Our thoughts susceptible to external influence: Study

We may not have total control of what we will think of next, according to a new study which found that thoughts are influenced by the outside environment, sometimes even against our will.

India playing leadership role in fight against climate change: Prakash Javadekar
India playing leadership role in fight against climate change: Prakash Javadekar

Minister of State for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday said that India was already demonstrating leadership in the fight against climate change.

India, Germany to hold talks on environment, climate change

India and Germany will hold a bilateral meeting tomorrow aiming at strengthening the cooperation between the two nations on issues related to environment.

Genes, environment play role in 'drinking' during adolescence and beyond

Your genes and environment contribute to the link between you drinking alone, and under peer pressure.

Climate may impact how human languages evolve and sound

 Languages with complex tones are more likely to occur in humid regions of the world, while languages with simple tones are found in frigid areas or dry deserts, scientists say.

Scientists create 'genetic firewall' for new forms of life

A year after creating organisms that use a genetic code different from every other living thing, two teams of scientists have achieved another "synthetic biology" milestone: They created bacteria that cannot survive without a specific manmade chemical, potentially overcoming a major obstacle to wider use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). 

Environment not genes decides immunity as we age

After studying twins, researchers from Stanford University show that our environment, more than our heredity, plays the key role in determining the state of our immune system.