Trees benefit India, Pakistan, Bangladesh most in air pollution reduction

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 18:26

Kolkata, Nov 7 (IANS) Cities in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan stand to benefit most from tree planting, in terms of both heat and particulate matter reduction, according to a study that identifies the potential return on investment (ROI) from tree planting in 245 global cities.


Gurugram park closed over bird flu scare

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 17:52

Gurugram, Nov 7 (IANS) The Sultanpur National Park in Gurugram has been shut in view of the bird flu outbreak in some parts of the country and smog, officials said on Monday.


Incessant rains hit crops, normal life in northeast

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 15:30

Agartala/Aizawl/Silchar, Nov 7 (IANS) At least one person was killed and crops were damaged in incessant rains caused by a deep depression in the Bay of Bengal in Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur and southern Assam over te past three days, officials said on Monday.


Record hot year 2015 may become new normal by 2040: Study

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 14:36

Sydney, Nov 7 (IANS) The year 2015, which is on record the hottest year globally, could become the new normal by 2040 if carbon emissions continue to rise at their current rate, researchers have warned.


Foggy morning in Delhi

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 10:06

New Delhi, Nov 7 (IANS) It was a clear Monday morning with shallow fog dropping the visibility to 400 metres in the national capital, the weather office said.


100 parties join Paris Agreement: UN official

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 04:58

Marrakesh (Morocco), Nov 7 (IANS) The Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Patricia Espinosa, announced on Sunday that 100 parties formally joined the Paris Agreement on climate change.


Air quality may improve by Tuesday: Skymet

Sun, 11/06/2016 - 22:38

New Delhi, Nov 6 (IANS) Delhi residents, who are reeling under severe pollution since Diwali night, may find respite by Tuesday as strong winds are expected here in next 24-48 hours, which will improve the air quality, predicted private weather forecaster Skymet.


Delhi shuts schools, steps up battle against smog

Sun, 11/06/2016 - 20:54

New Delhi, Nov 6 (IANS) The Delhi government on Sunday unveiled a slew of steps, including closure of all schools for three days, to battle unprecedented smog levels that have drastically cut visibility and turned the national capital into a virtual gas chamber.


Cold weather, smog could lead to rise in heart, lung cases

Sun, 11/06/2016 - 18:52

New Delhi, Nov 6 (IANS) The week following Diwali has seen Delhi and the National Capital Region shrouded in a blanket of smog that has made breathing difficult and led to a rise in heart and lung complaints.


Himachal's Keylong sees mercury below freezing

Sun, 11/06/2016 - 17:42

Shimla, Nov 6 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh's popular tourist resorts Shimla and Manali saw mercury falling on Sunday while the temperature in Keylong town plummeted below the freezing point for the first time in the season.


Female fish judge males on nest designs

Sun, 11/06/2016 - 16:52

London, Nov 6 (IANS) Female fish judge males based on their ability to design nests best suited for the conditions of their environment, suggests a study.


Mask sales surge as smog shrouds Delhi

Sun, 11/06/2016 - 16:34

New Delhi, Nov 6 (IANS) With Delhi witnessing poorest air quality of the season, the sale of air mask has increased over 70 per cent in the last two-three days with many chemist outlets in the city reporting that stocks have ben sold out.


'Lost' Chandrabhaga river found in Odisha

Sun, 11/06/2016 - 14:00

Bengaluru, Nov 6 (IANS) After an expert panel recently confirmed the existence of the mythical Saraswati river in India's northwest, scientists at the Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur (IIT-KgP) now claim they have found evidence of another "lost" Indian river.


Falling Asian elephant numbers may impact forest biodiversity

Sun, 11/06/2016 - 13:36

Kolkata, Nov 6 (IANS) Declining numbers of endangered Asian elephants, which play a key role in seed dispersal and maintain the diversity of forest ecosystems, may have negative, long-term consequences for sustenance of certain tree species, researchers warn.