Environment

  • Global warming making Indian monsoon seasons stronger, more chaotic: Study
    New Delhi, April 14 (PTI): Climate change will make summer monsoon rainfall in India stronger and more erratic, according to a study that predicts extremely wet years in the future, with potentially grave consequences for over a billion people's well-being, economy, food systems and agriculture. The study, published in the journal Earth System Dynamics, compared more than 30 state-of-the-art climate models from all around the world. "We have found robust evidence for an
  • Unchecked climate change could extinct species like snow leopard
    NEW DELHI, APRIL 9 (IANS): Many animals and plants unique to the world's most stunning natural places face extinction if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, according to a new scientific study published in the journal Biological Conservation. The species included India's snow leopard, one of the most charismatic animals of the Himalayas. However, remaining within the climate goals of the Paris Agreement, which aims to keep global heating well below two degrees Cels
  • Scarlett Johansson admits being wrong in hitting back at her critics
    Los Angeles, March 26 (IANS): Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson has admitted she was wrong in hitting back at critics of some of her past opinions, such has her defence of the role she essayed in"Ghost In A Shell".  "Everyone has a hard time admitting when they're wrong about stuff, and for all of that to come out publicly, it can be embarrassing. To have the experience of 'Wow, I was really off mark there', or, 'I wasn't looking at the big pi
  • Beijing issues alert for heavy air pollution
    BEIJING, JANUARY 24 (IANS): Beijing has issued a yellow alert for heavy air pollution that took effect from Sunday, local authorities said. A series of measures will be taken from Sunday, including the suspension of a number of outdoor construction operations, and halting or restricting production by manufacturing companies, according to the municipal air pollution emergency response office. The air quality of the Chinese capital, which was once one of the most polluted cities on
  • Brazil's carbon emissions rose 9.6% in 2019 with Amazon deforestation - study
    BRASILIA, November 6 (Reuters): Brazil's carbon emissions increased by 9.6% in 2019 mainly due to higher deforestation in the Amazon during the first year of President Jair Bolsonaro's government, a report published on Friday said. The data indicates that Brazil will fail to meet its carbon emission targets for this year and is moving away from its 2025 target. Brazil emitted 2.175 billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) in 2019, according to SEEG, the most
  • Penalty of Rs 29.7L slapped in one day for flouting pollution norms
    GURUGRAM, NOVEMBER 2 (IANS): Total penalty of over Rs 29.70 lakh was imposed on 129 violators on Monday by the teams deployed to monitor the implementation of the measures to combat pollution in Gurugram under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP). The GRAP had come into force from October 15. These include Rs 65,000 penalty imposed on 13 violators in cases garbage burning, Rs 5 lakh on 20 violators for C&D dumping, Rs 55,000 on 11 violators for spreading garbage and non-com
  • Climate model shows Saharan heat in much of West Africa within a century
    DAKAR, October 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): By the end of this century, typical daily temperatures in West Africa will be even higher than those registered on the hottest days of the year at present, according to a new study by climate scientists in Britain. The research found that on a typical day in May 80 years from now, temperatures could exceed 50 degrees Celsius (122F) in parts of northern Senegal, southern Mauritania, Mali, Niger and western Chad - seriously affectin
  • India lacks enough monitoring stations to quantify air pollution crisis: Experts
    NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 27 (IANS): With Delhi facing another tryst with the air pollution, several environmental experts believe that the problem goes beyond the national capital and that the country needs to ramp up the number of air quality pollution monitoring stations to quantify the problem and prioritize the areas which require immediate attention. As per the data of the Central Pollution Control Board, there are 793 operating stations in 344 cities and towns. Currently, the cou
  • Nature protection takes backseat in most pandemic recovery plans
    NEW YORK, OCTOBER 9 (IANS): Most countries are failing to invest in nature-related economic reforms or investments in their Covid-19 pandemic recovery plans, says a study. Indeed, some countries, including the US, Brazil and Australia, are back-tracking on existing laws and relaxing regulations and enforcement actions aimed at protecting nature, according to lead author Pamela McElwee, Associate Professor at Rutgers University-New Brunswick in the US. Only the European Union and
  • White most affected ethnic group from climate change: Poll
    LONDON, OCTOBER 7 (IANS): The British public think that White people around the world are the most affected ethnic group from the ravages of climate change, despite the fact that the most impacted regions are in poorer countries in the global South, a poll survey said on Wednesday. The Savanta ComRes poll, commissioned by the charity Christian Aid, revealed that twice as many British adults think that White people across the world are the most vulnerable ethnic group to the negative
  • Plastic pandemic: COVID-19 trashed the recycling dream
    Reuters The coronavirus pandemic has sparked a rush for plastic. From Wuhan to New York, demand for face shields, gloves, takeaway food containers and bubble wrap for online shopping has surged. Since most of that cannot be recycled, so has the waste. But there is another consequence. The pandemic has intensified a price war between recycled and new plastic, made by the oil industry. It's a war recyclers worldwide are losing, price data and interviews with more than two do
  • Burned jaguars, fire tornadoes: Blazes in Brazil wetland deliver climate warning
    POCONÉ, Brazil, September 14 (Reuters): A fire has been burning since mid-July in the remote wetlands of west-central Brazil, leaving in its wake a vast charred desolation bigger than New York City. A team of veterinarians, biologists and local guides arrived in late August to prowl the bumpy dirt road known as the Trans-Pantanal Highway in pickup trucks, looking to save what injured animals they could. Jaguars were wandering the blackened wasteland, they said, starvi
  • Environmental groups warn over Australia's World Heritage areas
    CANBERRA, SEPTEMBER 7 (IANS): Australian conservation groups warned on Monday that the country's World Heritage-listed wilderness areas were at risk of being tarnished, including the Great Barrier Reef, ancient forests of Tasmania and the remote northern wetlands. In a letter to the UNESCO Director-General, the group warned of "alarming moves by the government to weaken legal protection for Australia's 20 World Heritage listed properties", reports Xinhua news
  • Antarctica ice shelves vulnerable to meltwater that could cut ice 'like a knife,' study finds
    BUENOS AIRES, August 26 (Reuters): Meltwater could undermine the walls of ice holding back Antarctica's glaciers, scientists reported on Wednesday, a finding that underscores concern about the potential for a significant sea level rise. The ice shelves, formed over thousands of years, serve as dams to prevent much of the continent's snow and ice from flowing toward the ocean. Scientists found that about 60% of the ice shelf area is vulnerable to a process call hydrofrac
  • China air pollution falls 10.8% because of coronavirus slowdown
    SHANGHAI/BEIJING, August 14 (Reuters): China saw average concentrations of lung-damaging airborne particles known as PM2.5 fall by 10.8% from January to July as industry slowed because of the coronavirus, data showed on Friday, though levels were still well above WHO recommendations. Average PM2.5 stood at 33 micrograms per cubic metre over the seven months, according to data collected from monitoring stations in more than 300 cities, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment sai
  • About three billion animals harmed in Australian bushfires, WWF says
    SYDNEY, July 29 (Reuters): Nearly 3 billion koalas, kangaroos and other native Australian animals were killed or displaced by bushfires in 2019 and 2020, showed a study by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), triple the organisation's earlier estimates. Some 143 million mammals, 2.46 billion reptiles, 180 million birds and 51 million frogs were impacted by the country's worst bushfires in decades, the WWF said on Tuesday. The fires destroyed over 11 million hectares
  • Temperatures at Norway's Arctic archipelago hit record high
    OSLO, July 26 (Reuters): Temperatures at Norway's Svalbard archipelago, about midway between the mainland and the North Pole, hit a record high of 21.7 degrees Celsius on Friday, Norway's Meteorological Institute said. The Arctic islands are warming faster than almost anywhere on Earth, highlighting risks in other parts of the Arctic from Alaska to Siberia, a Norwegian report said last year. "A 41-year-old record has been broken in Longyearbyen," the Meteor
  • Earth's atmosphere more sensitive to CO2 emissions than thought, study finds
    WASHINGTON, July 23 (Reuters): Hopes that the rise in average global temperatures by 2100 might be capped below 2.5C can be all but ruled out if greenhouse gas emissions continue at the current rate, new research reassessing the atmosphere's sensitivity to CO2 suggests. The study, under the Geneva-based World Climate Research Program, offers the first clear progress in decades toward narrowing the range of temperature rise caused by doubling of carbon dioxide levels since p
  • 'Waterfall' of microbes in Antarctic sea floor leads to discovery of methane leak
    BUENOS AIRES, July 23 (Reuters): Scientists have discovered an active methane seep from Antarctica's sea bed that could shed light on the potent greenhouse gas trapped beneath frozen continent. Marine ecologist Andrew Thurber first glimpsed what a colleague described as a "microbial waterfall" during a dive in the icy waters of the Ross Sea in 2012. What looked like a superhighway of white patches on the ocean floor were clusters of tiny organisms drawn to the met
  • South Pole warmed three times the global rate in last 30 years - study
    BUENOS AIRES, June 29 (Reuters): At the South Pole, considered the coldest point on Earth, temperatures are rising fast.   So fast, in fact, that Kyle Clem and other climate researchers began to worry and wonder whether human-driven climate change was playing a bigger role than expected in Antarctica.   Temperature data shows that the desolate region has warmed at three times the global warming rate over the last three decades up through 2018, the South Pole&