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Climate change as urgent as coronavirus, says Greta Thunberg

In an exclusive interview with the BBC, Thunberg said: "People are starting to realise that we cannot keep looking away from these things... We cannot keep sweeping these injustices under the carpet".

Juhi Chawla invites landless farmers to farm at her Wada farmhouse

She has family farmland on the outskirts of Mumbai where a team of experts practice organic farming. Juhi has now opened it for landless farmers to grow rice this season.

Overnight renaming of campus road, When Savarkar sparked a fresh row...

“We can never ever accept apologists and stooges of the British who undermined our secular fabric. Let’s respect those who gave us our constitution,” Aishee Ghosh tweeted along with the new picture from the site. 

Feminism enters Indian Navy, SC allows permanent commission to Women

"Women can sail with the same efficiency as male officers and there should be no discrimination," the court observed.

Acheiving Samrudhi; Lessons from Odisha

The government has already announced the agriculture budget of 2020-21 with an outlay of Rs 19,408 crores. 

Halt the Hate: Steep rise in crime against Christians between 2016-19

What is even more alarming is the impunity enjoyed by those propagating these crimes. They are often garlanded, celebrated and given seats in elections as a reward. 

A graffiti in Braille, India’s first

The class presentation project of Jadavpur University students is now the talk of the town.

#FeesMustFall: Why are students protesting at Pondicherry University?

Responding to the admin, the union posted on their social media handle, "The doors of the court open to the students too." 

NRC: Why would Indian women be the worst affected?

NRC thus reflects the very inequality that is internalized within the nation. And thanks to patriarchy, women would be the worst affected. 

AMU Teachers Association Condemns Adityanath’s Remarks, Writes to President

Uttar Pradesh: Condemning the remark made by Uttar Pradesh CM Adityanath regarding AMU students “intending to burn down Aligarh city,” AMU teacher's association wrote to...

Himachal gets record fish price from Pong reservoir

This has emerged as the leading fishing reservoir in northern India.

PETA says, like R-Day parade ban, stop performances by elephants

PETA India has sent a letter to the Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Giriraj Singh requesting that elephants be added to the list of wild animals banned from being exhibited or trained for performances in India.

Greta tweets with #StopAdani, asks Siemens to pull out of Australia...

"It seems that @SiemensDE have the power to stop, delay or at least interrupt the building of the huge Adani coal mine in Australia. On Monday they will announce their decision. Please help pushing them to make the only right decision," Thunberg said.

Rain brings relief from South Australia bushfires

Firefighters were continuing to battle out of control bushfires on Kangaroo Island off the coast of SA, leading to authorities to issue two emergency warnings after the blazed were exacerbated by catastrophic conditions, reports Xinhua news agency.

Nepal’s Chitwan National Park records 2020’s 1st rhino death

The baby rhino estimated to be five-years-old died in a mustard field in Nawalparasi district on Sunday morning in the territory of CNP, the country's largest rhino habitat located some 160 km from the capital Kathmandu, reports Xinhua news agency.

Climate change: Madagascar’s rain-forest habitat under threat

The activities have destroyed much of the land cover that provides habitat for a variety of unique animals, including currently endangered varieties of lemurs, said the study published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

Global warming behind river ice cover loss

More than half of Earth's rivers freeze over every year. These frozen rivers support important transportation networks for communities and industries located at high latitudes.

Bipin Rawat named India’s first Chief of Defence Staff, Here is...

The long wait and the longer debate has come to an end with this unilateral decision. What remains to be seen is indeed the larger consequences of the decision. 

HRD Minister warns protesting students, won’t tolerate varsities becoming political hubs

Selectively keeping silent about the discrimination imbibed within the law, Pokhriyal said that there was equality for every citizen in the country irrespective of religion.

Increase of 5,188 sq kms in India’s forest, tree cover

Under the current assessment the total carbon stock in the country's forest is estimated at 7,124.6 million tonnes and there an increase of 42.6 million tonnes in the carbon stock of country as compared to the last assessment of 2017, Union Minister for Environment and Forests Prakash Javadekar said.

Delhi NCR to get relief from cold wave in next 48...

The meteorologists at Skymet Weather have predicted a gradual increase in the day and night temperatures of the National Capital Territory during the next two to three days.

This winter, Delhi witnessed second coldest day since 1901

The Meteorological department said that they have recorded 2.4 Degrees Celsius at Safdarjung, 3.1 Degrees Celsius at Palam and 1.9 Degree Celsius at Aya Nagar on Friday morning.

It’s sunny but freezing in Himachal

Besides Shimla, other popular destinations like Kufri, Narkanda, Kasauli, Dalhousie, and Manali too were totally devoid of the snow cover.

No white Christmas in Shimla this year too!

Deforestation and pollution are blamed for the change in Shimla's climatic conditions, says a study by the India Meteorological Department.

Delhi shivers at 5 degree Celsius

The India Meteorological Department said the day will remain cold and the conditions will further deteriorate as "severe cold" was expected at Christmas.

Delhi citizens’ body seeks leaders’ accountability on pollution

The manifesto, titled Citizens Green Manifesto for a Smart and Sustainable Delhi, has been prepared by URJA in consultation with a committee of experts on issues ranging from subjects like air pollution, transport and mobility, urban design, water supply and rejuvenation of water bodies to solid waste management and public health.

Earth’s inner core could be covered by iron ‘snow’

The study proposes the iron snow-capped core as an explanation for these aberrations.

CAA-NRC Protests: Over a Hundred Students of UoH Detained

The bus in which the students were travelling to the Exhibition ground in Nampally was stopped mid-way by Telangana police. 

Agra schools closed till Sunday due to cold wave

The maximum temperature here on Wednesday was 17.2 degrees celsius while the minimum was 9.2. But the foggy conditions Thursday morning sent shivers forcing people to stay indoors.

NZ scales down search for people missing at Whakaari

Operations will now be headed by District Commander Superintendent Andy McGregor.

Child killed by a leopard, another injured

The attack happened on Tuesday and is the third attack by a leopard on the children in the past two days.

I am disappointed with climate talk outcomes says UN Secretary-General

Climate experts said the two-week-long talks produced a weak gesture toward raising climate targets and failed to agree for the second year in a row on rules to govern carbon markets.

Hailstorms, rain cause major damage to crops in Rajasthan

Nagaur district in the state was hit by a hailstorm during the evening hours and night which blanketed the streets with what looked like snow. Sikar and Jhunhunu also witnessed a hailstorm leading to losses in crops and livestock.

Overnight rain fail to lower Delhi pollution levels

As per the SAFAR standards, AQI between 401 and 500 is categorized as 'severe' and people are advised to avoid any type of outdoor physical activity.

Delhi’s air quality ‘severe’, AQI crosses 400-mark

According to the Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting (SAFAR), Delhi's overall AQI was recorded at 9 a.m. at 407, counted under the 'severe' category.

Magh Mela 2020 in Prayagraj will be Plastic Free

The Magh Mela administration has banned the use of plastic and thermocol items in the Mela township to make it an eco-friendly event.

India will achieve 100 GW solar energy target Says Javadekar

"We are going to achieve 100 GW solar energy target in 2022 by adding 67 GW of power," he said while pointing out the sharp fall in the prices of solar energy due to enhancement of capacity.

Delhi breathes hazardous air, once again

Delhi's overall pm 2.5 level reached a maximum of 555, while pm 10 levels reached a maximum of 695. Both are prime indicators of how bad or good the air quality is.

Sri Lanka to launch green projects to protect ecosystem

Colombo: Sri Lanka's new interim government will launch green projects in the island country as part of a mega beautification program to maintain the ecosystem,...

Half of world joins coalition for climate action

Madrid: As parties from the globe are meeting in this Spanish capital for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25), the Co-Chairs of the NDC Partnership...

Nations lack fund to safeguard human health from climate change: WHO

Madrid: Climate risks to health were growing but countries lack funding to safeguard human health from climate change, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on...

SC stays felling of trees on Mumbai’s Metro Line 4 project

New Delhi: For the second time within two months, the Supreme Court has intervened to stop the felling of trees for the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional...

SC declines plea by Karnataka government challenging NGT order on 3...

The tribunal had also asked the government to submit a performance guarantee of Rs 100 crore.

10 farmers held in Mathura for stubble burning

The district administration has also imposed fines adding up to Rs 13.5 lakh on 300 farmers in the district.

Climate change to hit health of Indian children hard, says study

Climatic suitability for the Vibrio bacteria that cause cholera is rising three per cent a year in India since the early 1980s, said the report.

YouTube CEO donates 200K trees for #TeamTrees initiative

Earlier, multi-billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk has donated $1 million worth of trees.

NFR initiatives help save 140 elephants this year

Although there are 67 elephant corridors, notified jointly in consultation with the forest department of the respective state in five NFR divisions, wild elephants often cross railway tracks on other places.

Climate movement doesn’t need more awards, says Greta Thunberg

In an Instagram post explaining her decision to turn down the award and prize money of 500,000 kronor (46,000 euros), Thunberg said: "The Nordic countries have a great reputation around the world when it comes to climate and environmental issues."

‘Keep Israel out’, Jamia agrees after 10 day long agitation!

The protest was organised against the Israeli participation in an international conference titled ‘Global Health Zenith Confluence ’19’ organized by the Faculty of Architecture and Ekistics which was scheduled on 5th and 6th October in Jamia Millia Islamia.

Kochi’s CRZ violations: AV Antony responds to the SC notice to...

Kochi: Supreme Court on Monday issued notices to the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB) and others in a case regarding the Coastal Regulations Zone (CRZ)...

Central nod to Kalasa-Banduri dam upsets Goa leaders

"On the follow-up of my cabinet colleague @JoshiPrahlad, Kalasa-Banduri drinking water project in #Karnataka has been granted Environment Approval," Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar tweeted on Wednesday.

Elephants dying of hunger, thirst in drought-hit Zimbabwe

Almost all water pans in the Mana Pools National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, have dried up, reported Efe news.

SC extends stay on tree-cutting in Mumbai’s Aarey forest

The apex court move comes a day after the Bombay High Court rejected an application moved by environmentalists seeking a stay on the cutting of trees.

Koode, helping people in distress

Kochi: It was one year back, during the deluge in Kerala, that Nithya Venugopal started a WhatsApp group called EKM Rescue Volunteers. However, as the...

Study reveals alarming levels of plastic in Kochi backwaters

The report suggests the presence of 4276 tons of plastic waste in the bottom sediments which works out to 55.9 tons per square km area, in the 76.5 square km stretch of Alappuzha - Thannermukkom sector of Vembanad. 

Uttarakhand HC bans practice of using chilli powder and chilli bombs...

Sackfuls of chilli powder and chilli bombs were used by people living on the outskirts of the 11 elephant corridors in the state to shoo away elephants and reduce man-animal conflict in the region. However, the High Court put a stop to this on Tuesday.

Uttar Pradesh: Tourists to fill up safety bond at Dudhwa National...

The gates of the park will be thrown open to tourists from November 15 and only those who fill up the bond would be allowed entry.

World’s 30 largest cities ‘peaked’ emissions

As an organization, C40 plays an important role in helping mayors and city officials access critical data and resources to determine the best courses for climate action.

Rohit Sharma bats for trees in Mumbai’s Aarey Colony

"Even if there is more to the story, nothing is worth cutting down something so vital. Part of Mumbai being a slightly greener and slight difference in the temperature is mainly because of Aarey Colony. How can we take that away, not to mention the thousands of animals who will displace," Sharma tweeted on Tuesday.

Odisha issues auction notification for 10 mineral block

The Siljora-Kalimati, Narayanposhi and Mahulsukha iron & manganese blocks have also been put on auction.

Pathways to Permanence: Need for a strong disaster resilient housing policy

The term Pathways to Permanence refers to the process of reducing vulnerability and supporting disaster-affected families and communities using holistic program interventions that enable incremental progress toward the achievement of permanent, durable shelter and settlements. Government agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), the corporate sector and the community have a crucial role to play in disaster response.

Tree-cutting in Mumbai, 75 environmental activists detained

Jadhav was also ordered to pay a fine of Rs 50,000 for his petition against the approval granted by the BMC Tree Authority of which he is a member, while Bhathena is moving the Supreme Court in the matter.

No idol immersion in river, Clean Ganga panel tells states

The directives have been sent to the state governments of Delhi, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhatisgarh, Rajasthan and Haryana.

Will Smith has become ‘more fearful’ with age

On the film front, Smith will be next seen in "Gemini Man".

Indian Oil to Build Road from Single-Use Plastic

New Delhi:Country's largest PSU oil refiner and retailer Indian Oil Corporation has taken up various initiatives to support the government's drive to eliminate single-use...

No time for Kashmir; SC not to entertain pleas against revocation...

These petitions have also challenged the bifurcation of the state into Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

A Dam of Consequences; New Project in MP to Submerge 2,371...

Social activist Amulya Nidhi said the project would affect forests in 23 villages and people living in as many as eight villages across the three districts. Theses villages had big tribal population.

Food grains for plastics, a new initiative of MCG

Amit Khatri, the commissioner of MCG said: "Such an offer will work in the long run to make city plastic free which will eventually save our soil and environment."

Fresh wave of climate protest begins across the world

In New Zealand, scores of protests were held, with students carrying signs, including, "We're skipping our lessons, so we can teach you one" and "You can't comb over climate change".

China raises Kashmir issue at UN

He said the Kashmir issue is a "dispute left from the past, and should be properly and peacefully resolved based in accordance with the UN Charter, UN Security Council resolutions and bilateral agreements".

Arrogance has blinded PM Modi, Dissecting Imran Khan’s UN speech

"RSS believes in the ethnic cleansing of Muslims. RSS goons butchered hundreds of Muslims. This is arrogance. This makes people do cruel things. Something PM Modi has done. Arrogance has blinded PM Modi," he said.

Italian Foreign Minister lauds youth climate strikers

Friday's marches came as world leaders wrap up the UN climate action summit in New York, where Italy's Premier Giuseppe Conte urged his counterparts against "indifference" as news emerged that a massive portion of a Mont Blanc glacier risked collapse.

SFI-ASA alliance sweeps Students Union polls at University of Hyderabad

Jiyad Hussain who had contested for the post of Vice President from MSF-Fraternity alliance managed to secure 500 votes. In the post-election speech Jiyad responded," Mister comrade, you are mistaken. You don't know who is here, you don't know who you are kidding! We are with our self-respect. We have decided to celebrate our izzat!"

Andhra to impose green tax, ban single-use plastic

The review meeting has also discussed among other issues, the ways and means to increase forest land, saving environment by prevention of pollution in the state.

Infosys wins UN global climate action award

The company's strategy is to integrate carbon neutrality with sustainable development. The UN award is a validation of our commitment to the cause of climate change.

Air Pollution can create psychiatric disorder in children

The other study found that exposure to TRAP during early life and across childhood was significantly associated with self-reported depression and anxiety symptoms in 12 year olds.

UN warns of 1 meter sea level rise by 2100

The report, which was researched by more than 100 authors from 36 countries and sources over 7,000 scientific publications, is the most comprehensive in the ambit of changes in the ocean and cryosphere - the Earth's frozen regions - to date.

If you choose to fail us I say we will never...

US President Donald Trump appeared briefly while Chancellor Merkel of Germany and Indian Prime Minister Modi spoke.

“Immediate measures should be taken to deal climate change,” says UN...

US President Donald Trump made a surprise appearance at the summit, arriving after Thunberg finished and as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was delivering his address to the gathering

UN Secretariat announces 10-year plan to reduce own emissions

The targets of the UN Secretariat Climate Action Plan will be achieved by intensifying existing environmental management efforts, fostering innovative solutions, changing the organisational culture and partnering with external stakeholders, said the press release.