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India biggest emitter of sulphur dioxide, studies suggest

New Delhi: According to an analysis of a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) data released by environmental NGO Greenpeace, "India has more than 15%...

Kerala Floods: Kochi Airport suspends activities until August 11, Flights Diverted

Kochi:Amidst the continuous rain and reports of flooding from various parts of district, authorities of Cochin International Airport informed that the airport won't be...

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...

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 down in Delhi, says Kejriwal

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said his government has brought down air pollution in Delhi in the past three years and...

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.

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.

Air Quality: Delhi has to cut down pollution level by 65...

New Delhi: Delhi faces challenges to cut down the pollution level by 65 per cent to meet the air standards, an environmental think tank claimed...

CSIR to certify air quality monitoring instruments

New Delhi: The Union Environment Ministry has tasked the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)-National Physical Laboratory (NPL) with certifying air quality monitoring instruments.This...

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.

Just never give up, Greta Thunberg addresses gathering outside White House

The carbon-free vessel, which relies on solar panels and hydro-turbines for auxiliary power and is equipped with sensors that collect data on ocean acidity, sailed from Plymouth, in southern England, on Aug. 14, and reached New York two weeks later.

Human-Elephant conflict is increasing in Chhattisgarh

Wildlife experts believe that protecting large tracts of forest will help conserve the jumbos and bring down incidents of human-pachyderm conflict.

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.

‘Solar leads decade of investment in renewable energy’

Nairobi: Global investment in new renewable energy capacity this decade -- 2010 to 2019 inclusive -- is on course to hit $2.6 trillion, with more...

A barren land to oasis, story of a village in Bihar

"The government cannot do anything. Public participation is essential for development. This Panchayat is proof that milestones can be achieved by taking the first step. The village has proved that nothing is impossible when people work together," said Ganga Sagar Singh, Block Development Officer of Vidyapati Nagar under which Harpur Bochaha village falls.

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."

Funny memes, jokes on #oddeven scheme flood Twitter

Kejriwal said the Odd-Even scheme was aimed at combating high-levels of air pollution in winters due to crop burning in neighbouring states.

Leonardo DiCaprio to donate 5 million dollar for Amazon

Porto Velho: Earth Alliance, an environmental foundation funded by Leonardo DiCaprio is pledging $5 million in aid to the Amazon, which has been swept by...

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.

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.

Countries vote to protect sharks under wildlife trade rules

Geneva: Around 100 million sharks are estimated to be killed each year for their fins and meat. Countries will discuss including more species of sharks...

“German Forests in a critical stage” says Agricultural Minister

Berlin: "Forest fires, drought and insect infestations have left Germany’s forests in a critical state," said agriculture minister Julia Kloeckner. The forest owners in Germany...

Sonowal suggests study on Assam’s elephant corridors

Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday said there should be a detailed study to mark the existing elephant corridors in the state.He said...

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.

Indian railways to install HOG to combat sound pollution

New Delhi: Travelling in trains will become more silent and eco-friendly, as the Indian Railways is going to replace the two generator cars placed on...

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.

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.

Brazil rejects G-7’s aid, advises to use the money to reforest...

Amazon: The Brazilian government on Monday rejected the monetary help offered by G-7 countries, to fight the fire raging in the Amazon rain forest. The G-7...

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.

YouTube CEO donates 200K trees for #TeamTrees initiative

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

Peru and Colombia proposes an emergency summit to protect Amazon

Lima: South American countries Peru and Colombia proposed an emergency Amazon summit for countries in the region to coordinate a strategy to protect the vast...

“Straight from the Sky” Richard’s Rainwater!

Texas: With a tag line of catching rain straight from the sky, Richard’s Rainwater says it bears the distinction of being the first bottled water...

Odisha issues auction notification for 10 mineral block

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

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...

Kerala rains: Death toll mounts to 22; red alert in nine...

Kerala: With Kerala reeling under another season of floods, the death toll has mounted to 22. Meanwhile, the meteorological department has predicted more rains across...

Funeral of a glacier, a story from Iceland

Iceland:“In the next 200 years, all our glaciers are expected to follow the same path. This monument is to acknowledge that we know what...

Shailene Woodley helping to save oceans

Los Angeles: Actress Shailene Woodley is helping to save the oceans alongside Greenpeace, as she joined the charity on an expedition to the world's most...

Goa government seeks help from Indian Navy to dispose whale’s carcass

The Indian Navy, according to the statement issued by the naval base in Goa, INS Hansa has assured assistance to the state government in disposing off the carcass at Bimbvel beach, which is a restricted area as it is located in close proximity to the base.

Lok Sabha secretariat prohibits the use of non-reusable plastic

New Delhi: Lok Sabha Secretariat has banned the use of non-reusable plastic including pet bottles and other plastic items within the Parliament House Complex with...

Dalai Lama declares support for global climate strike

Tens of thousands of students across the globe staged protests, calling for urgent action on climate change ahead of the UN climate summit.

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.

Taiji cove hunt: Japan starts controversial dolphin hunt

Tokyo:Japan has started its controversial annual dolphin hunt in the coastal town of Taiji, a media report said on Monday.The hunt sees the animals...

Ministry to seek help from ISRO to detect illegal sand mining

Coimbatore: "Plans are afoot to detect illegal sand-mining across the country with the help of ISRO satellites and also augment water and fodder in forest...

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.

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.

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,...

Madhya Pradesh: Heavy rains wreak havoc; 46,000 affected

Bhopal: Over 46,000 people from Mandsaur and Neemuch districts were shifted to safer places by late Sunday night as heavy rain continued to lash the...

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.

PM Modi asks everyone to throw out single-use plastics before Oct...

Mathura: Soon after launching a slew of welfare schemes for farmers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday gave a big push to environmental concerns in...

No Uranium Mining in Nallamalla forests, KCR Clarifies

Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday ruled out permitting uranium mining in the Nallamalla forests.He told the state Assembly that neither the...

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".

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.

SC gives 4 months to solve Sutlej-Yamuna Link Canal issue

New Delhi: Emphasizing on an amicable solution, the Supreme Court on Tuesday gave four months to Punjab, Haryana and the Centre to develop a consensus...

Delhi become the first state having 95% CNG-powered industries

The report says only 85 industries were yet to be made CNG-adaptive and CNG-operational.

UNCCD is short of resources to reverse the trends of desertification

Greater Noida: The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is far short of the resources needed to reverse the trends of desertification that the...

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.

Hurricane Hanna makes landfall in Texas

Hanna morphed from a tropical storm into a Category 1 hurricane on Saturday and made landfall on Padre Island at 5 p.m., about 53 km south of Corpus Christi, Xinhua news agency quoted the National Hurricane Center as saying.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Environmental activists begin 4-day protest in UK

In a document outlining the details of the protests, the group said that the actions will be seen "across the nations, regions and communities" and "then they'll be followed by mass actions in London", reports Xinhua news agency.

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.

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.

Shantanu Moitra becomes WWF India’s Harmony and Hope ambassador

"Through Moitra's association with the cause, WWF India will highlight the stories of local communities who reside in forest fringe areas across the country and are stewards of conservation. Shantanu, through his association, will tell stories of positive stories of co-existence between people and wildlife in the country," WWF India said.

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.

SC directs new rules on parking policy be notified

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Delhi government to notify new rules on parking policy by September 30 and to ensure that...

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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".

Government will restore 130 wetlands in next 5 years

New Delhi: The Union government has identified 130 wetlands in the country to be restored in the next five years, while to speed up the...

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...

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.

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."

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.

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.

Himachal gets record fish price from Pong reservoir

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

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.