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2 more Gir lions die, pride under threat

AHMEDABAD: Two more Gir lions died on Monday, taking the death toll in the deadly outbreak of canine distemper virus (CDV) and tick-borne babesiosis in Amreli district to 23. The infection has nearly wiped out an entire 26-member pride in just 20 days. The three lions that survive too are battling for life. “Two more lions of the pride of ...

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‘Solar alliance must be agile, results-oriented’

French minister of state for ecological and inclusive transition, Brune Poirson, is set to co-chair on Wednesday the first assembly of the International Solar Alliance (ISA). In an interview to Vishwa Mohan, she responded to questions on range of issues relating to solar energy and climate change. Excerpts: Q. How would the first Assembly of the ISA drive the solar ...

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Tracking indoor air quality can help mitigate home pollution

WASHINGTON: Tracking the indoor air quality in real time can encourage people to change their behaviour and switch to activities that cause less pollution within their homes, a study has found. Researchers from University of Utah in the US conducted a study to determine if homeowners change the way they live if they could visualise the microscopic air pollutants in ...

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Cabinet approves agreement between India, Finland on environment protection

NEW DELHI: The government on Wednesday approved an agreement between India and Finland on cooperation in environment protection in both the countries. The Cabinet, in a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the memorandum of cooperation between the two countries, which include partnership in air and water pollution prevention and purification, waste management and climate change, among others. ...

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New ‘smart traffic light’ may reduce fleet time, air pollution

GURGAON: Students at Shiv Nadar School here have developed an ‘intelligent traffic light’ system which they say may not only help reduce commute time but also lower air pollution. The system created by four Grade 11 students — Shreya Raju, Om Shelat, Ira Sidhu and Soumya Juneja — makes the existing traffic light system responsive to real-time traffic intensity. It ...

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New World Bank fund to insure against climate disasters

NUSA DUA (INDONESIA): The World Bank on Friday launched a new $150 million fund intended to help insure vulnerable countries against natural disasters and the increasing risk of climate change-linked crises. The announcement follows a string of recent natural disasters across the world including record storms and a series of deadly quakes in Indonesia, where the Bank and International Monetary ...

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Govt to launch air pollution prediction system for Delhi on Oct 15

NEW DELHI: The Centre will on October 15 launch an air pollution prediction system for Delhi, making it easier for government’s pollution watchdogs to alert stakeholders and general public about air quality 48 hours in advance. The move will give them adequate time to take precautionary measures. The system – called Air Quality Early Warning System – will have an ...

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Walruses may soon be endangered, thanks to warming

ANCHORAGE: Given a choice between giving birth on land or sea ice, Pacific walrus mothers most often choose ice. Likewise, they prefer sea ice for molting, mating, nursing and resting between dives for food. Trouble is, as the century progresses, there’s going to be far less ice around. How walruses cope with less sea ice is at the heart of ...

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China purrs over white tiger triplets

KUNMING (CHINA): Three playful white Bengal tiger cubs are charming visitors as they clamber around their enclosure at a zoo in China. The rare, blue-eyed triplets were born nearly three months ago at the Yunnan Wildlife Zoo in Kunming, and made their public debut in early October. “The oldest one — the largest — is very naughty and has a ...

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Two rhinos die in Chad after being relocated from South Africa

JOHANNESBURG: Two of six critically endangered black rhinos have died of unknown causes five months after being flown from South Africa to Chad in a pioneering project to re-introduce the animals, officials said Sunday. Rhinos in Chad were wiped out by poaching nearly 50 years ago, and the six rhinos were intended to establish a new population in the country ...

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