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Census finds dip in winter migratory birds in Bhitarkanika

KENDRAPARA: There has been a drop in the number of winter birds flocking the Bhitarkanika National Park here, prompting wildlife officials to find out the reasons behind it. The annual census report of winter migratory birds released by the forest department on Monday said that the number of avian winter species has come down to 1,09,059 against 1,12,937 last year. ...

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Forest cover in NE states: Parliamentary panel asks environment ministry to arrest declining trend

NEW DELHI: Noting that forest cover in the northeastern states of the country decreased in 2017 compared to what it was in 2015, a parliamentary panel has recommended the environment ministry to take necessary steps to arrest the declining trend. The ministry, in its action taken report to the panel, has said that special attention is being given towards increasing ...

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Africa is divided over ivory trade ahead of wildlife meeting

JOHANNESBURG: Several African countries with some of the largest elephant populations are calling for looser controls on legal ivory trade, while another group of countries on the continent say tighter controls are the best way to curb the illegal killing of elephants for their tusks. The dueling proposals were released by the office of the Convention on International Trade in ...

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Four-year-old tiger found dead in MP’s Kanha Reserve

BHOPAL: A four-year-old tiger was Saturday found dead in Kisli area of Kanha Tiger Reserve (KTR) possibly due to a fight with other animals, an official said. He said no suspicious activities were noticed in the vicinity which could have led one to believe that the death was untoward. The MP government’s Public Relations Department official added that the animal’s ...

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Merkel calls summit to discuss Germany’s coal exit: Report

BERLIN: German news magazine Der Spiegel reports that Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to discuss efforts to wean the country off coal with senior officials this month. Spiegel reported on Saturday that Merkel has invited governors from four coal-producing German states to the chancellery for a meeting on Jan 15. The date is about two weeks before an expert committee is ...

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J&K to develop state-wide strategy on noise pollution

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir administration will develop a state-wide strategy to control noise pollution, as exposure to high-levels of sound results in significant adverse health impacts, an official said. The initiative is a part of the Jammu and Kashmir Environment policy 2018 draft, which has now been put into public domain inviting suggestions from the public. The policy stated ...

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Delhi’s air quality turns ‘severe’: Authorities

NEW DELHI: Delhi’s air quality slipped into the ‘severe’ category on Sunday due to unfavourable meteorological conditions slowing down dispersion of pollutants, authorities said. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data showed the overall air quality index (AQI) of Delhi at 412, which falls in the ‘severe category’, while the Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting (SAFAR) recorded ...

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Bali’s Agung volcano spews ash in fresh eruption

JAKARTA: A volcano on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali erupted Sunday, belching ash high into the air and over nearby villages as officials warned tourists to keep clear of the area. Mount Agung has been erupting periodically since it rumbled back to life in 2017, when it grounded hundreds of flights and left 120,000 visitors stranded. On Sunday morning, ...

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Japan bolts whaling commission, but tensions may ease

WASHINGTON: Japan has made good on years of threats by bolting the International Whaling Commission, but its decision may also offer a way out of tensions that looked inextricable. Japan, which calls whaling part of its cultural heritage, said Wednesday it would withdraw from the seven-decade-old commission which since 1986 has banned commercial killing of the ocean giants. But while ...

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