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Faster CO2 rise expected this year: Study

LONDON: The Earth this year may witness one of the largest increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide in over six decades of record keeping, scientists say. The forecast by researchers from the UK Met Office and University of Exeter is based on a combination of factors including rising anthropogenic emissions and a relative reduction in the uptake of carbon-dioxide by ecosystems ...

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Telangana to set up ‘Save Tiger Protection Force’

HYDERABAD: The Telangana government has decided to form a ‘State Tiger Protection Force‘ to save the Big Cat population in the State. The 112-member-armed STPF will be headed by an Assistant Conservator of Forests to protect tiger population in Amarabad and Kawal Tiger Reserves. The State Forest Protection Committee headed by Chief Secretary S K Joshi took the decision to ...

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How air pollution is making people unhappy

BEIJING: Air pollution may contribute to low levels of happiness among urban population, according to a study which combed through millions of social media posts from residents of 144 Chinese cities. For many years, China has been struggling to tackle high pollution levels that are crippling its major cities, said researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the ...

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4 new avian species spotted in Dudhwa forest in UP: Official

LAKHIMPUR KHERI: The winter bird count in Dudhwa forest in Uttar Pradesh concluded Sunday, with claims of at least four new avian species being found there. Field director of the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve (DTR) Ramesh Kumar Pandey told that “the counting teams sighted for the first time in Dudhwa Maroon Oriole, Eurasian Sparrowhawk and two other new birds.” He added ...

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Minus US govt, Davos faces Brazilian populism and Brexit

LONDON: Organisers of next week’s annual Davos conclave put on a brave face on Friday after US President Donald Trump withdrew his entire delegation, insisting the forum still had plenty of political and corporate firepower in its debating armoury. Trump himself had already pulled out of attending the World Economic Forum (WEF) for a second year, having shut down the ...

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429 tigers killed by poachers since 2008, reveals RTI reply

NOIDA: As many as 429 tigers have been poached and killed since 2008 across the country, with the maximum of 71 in Madhya Pradesh during the period, revealed data obtained under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Year-wise, the maximum killings took place in 2011 when 80 tigers were poached, while the minimum of 17 occurred in 2015, according to ...

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Himachal to prepare baseline data of high altitude eco-system under SECURE

The ministry of environment, forests and climate change has sanctioned a project, Securing Livelihoods, Conservation, Sustainable Use and Restoration of High Range Himalayan Ecosystem (SECURE) which will be implemented primarily in the critically endangered big cat species, snow leopard’s territory across four states, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pardesh and Sikkim in the country. This project also support conservation of ...

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Million dead fish cause environmental stink in Australia

SYDNEY: As many as a million fish are believed to have died along the banks of a major river system in drought-battered eastern Australia, and the authorities warned Monday of more deaths to come. The banks of the Murray-Darling Rivers are thick with rotten fish, with officials putting the number of dead at hundreds of thousands and saying the toll ...

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Oceans warming much faster than previously thought: Study

LOS ANGELES: Heat trapped by greenhouse gases is raising ocean temperatures faster than previously thought, according to a study which provides further evidence that earlier claims of a “hiatus” in global warming over the past 15 years were unfounded. “If you want to see where global warming is happening, look in our oceans,” said Zeke Hausfather, a graduate student at ...

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Sunscreen, cosmetics may harm coral reefs: Study

LONDON: Sunscreen chemicals shed by swimmers may be toxic to marine creatures and contribute to coral reef decline, a study has found. Although sunscreen is critical for preventing sunburns and skin cancer, some of its ingredients are not so beneficial to ocean-dwelling creatures, according to a study published in the journal Analytical Chemistry. Researchers from Sorbonne Universite in France said ...

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