Widespread rainfall cools Himachal

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 18:28

Shimla, May 24 (IANS) Widespread rains and thundershowers on Tuesday brought down temperatures in Himachal Pradesh by four to five notches, weather officials said. The weather department has forecast more rains in the state by Wednesday.


US embassy workshop in Lucknow to discuss air pollution

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 18:16

Lucknow, May 24 (IANS) The US embassy is holding a workshop here on May 25-26 on combating air pollution in north India with a view to strengthen collaboration between American and Indian air quality experts, an official said on Tuesday.


Squids buck declining trends of marine species

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 11:32

Sydney, May 24 (IANS) Unlike the declining populations of many fish species, the number of cephalopods - octopus, cuttlefish and squid -- has increased in the world's oceans over the past 60 years, new research has found.


Cloudy Tuesday morning in Delhi, rains bring respite

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 10:20

New Delhi, May 24 (IANS) It was a cloudy Tuesday morning here with the minimum temperature recorded at 23.1 degrees Celsius, three notches below the season's average, as rains bring respite for denizens the previous day, the weather office said.


Hyena rescued from village mob; critically injured

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 21:18

New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) A four year old female 'striped hyena', wandering in the fields for food and water and beaten by a mob in an Agra village, was on Monday rescued by the wildlife conservation organisation - Wildlife SOS and the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department.


Stiff fines soon to enforce environment laws' compliance: Javadekar

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 20:26

New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) Presenting "compliance" as the roadmap for the next three years, union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday said that soon a strong civil penalty law would be bought in to mitigate the "ridiculously low" fines for environment violations.


13 Asiatic lions trapped and caged in Gujarat after attacks on humans

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 20:02

Ahmedabad, May 23 (IANS) The Gujarat Forest Department has trapped and caged 13 of a 16-member pride of Asiatic Lions in Amreli district in Saurashtra region, falling under the eastern range of Gir forests, following three recent attacks on humans by the big cats, an official said.


Vehicles stranded in Nagaland after incessant rains

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 18:56

Imphal, May 23 (IANS) Scores of vehicles were stranded on different state and national highways near Kohima, the state capital of Nagaland, due to landslides following incessant rains, authorities said on Monday. More rains are forecast in the next two days.


Rain cheers tourists in Himachal

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 18:14

Shimla, May 23 (IANS) After days of abnormally high temperatures, rain in Himachal Pradesh on Monday brought cheers to thousands of tourists who have thronged the hill stations to escape the heat in the northern plains.


Sudden clouds see 8-degree fall in Delhi's scorching temperature

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 17:44

New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) People of Delhi on Monday got a surprise respite from the intense, scorching heat of the past few days as dark clouds loomed over the national capital in the afternoon, causing the mercury to drop from 41 degrees to 33 degrees Celsius within an hour.


Commercially available breads contain hazardous chemicals: CSE

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 15:06

New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) Most of the breads made by Indian companies are laced with chemicals such as potassium bromate or iodate that damage human health, a study conducted by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has suggested.


Conservation and development can co-exist: Javadekar

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 14:40

Mumbai, May 23 (IANS) India is confident of conserving its rich biodiversity while ensuring the country's all-round development, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said here.


Decoded: Humanity's relationship with fire

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 13:16

London, May 23 (IANS) A team of international researchers has evaluated the pivotal relationship that exists between mankind and fire, hoping it would help policymakers "reassess their attitudes" towards how to deal with fire in the natural world.


Trees can fix nitrogen from branches too

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 12:42

New York, May 23 (IANS) A study into the significance of the plant microbiomes has found the first direct evidence that nitrogen fixation can occur in the branches of trees with no root nodule required.