Environment

  • 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&
  • Anushka on 'Bulbbul': Wanted to show strong women through cinema
    Mumbai, June 26 (IANS): Actress-producer Anushka Sharma says she always wanted to show strong, independent women through cinema and her latest production venture, "Bulbbul", is a step in that direction.   "The idea that Clean Slate Filmz (her production house, which she runs with her brother Karnesh) would one day create a genre of our own was never an intentional move. We, however, always wanted to create a style of storytelling that celebrates women and thei
  • 'Friends' co-creator admits lack of diversity in show
    Los Angeles, June 8 (IANS): "Friends" co-creator Marta Kauffman has confessed that she didn't do enough to promote diversity on the popular American sitcom "Friends", which is considered to be an iconic show.   Kauffman co-created the show with David Crane. She opened up about what it lacked during the virtual "2020 ATX TV... From the Couch" panel, when she was asked about what she "wished she knew" when she started her career in t
  • Brazil launches military operations to protect Amazon rainforest
    An aerial view shows a deforested plot of the Amazon near Porto Velho, Rondonia State, Brazil on August 21, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)   BRASILIA, May 12 (Reuters): Brazil deployed thousands of soldiers to protect the Amazon rainforest on Monday, taking precautions to avoid spreading the novel coronavirus, as the government mounts an early response to surging deforestation ahead of the high season for forest fires.   The armed forces, alongside environmental
  • Original artwork of Led Zeppelin's maiden album to be auctioned
    IANS File Photo.   Los Angeles, May 10 (IANS): Led Zeppelin's authentic artwork for the cover of the rock band's 1969 eponymous debut album is set to be auctioned in June. Designed by George Hardie, it was based on photographer Sam Shere's renowned 1937 picture of the Hindenburg disaster, depicting a Zeppelin turning into flames, reports aceshowbiz.com. "In terms of rarity, this is a unique object - I don't think you can get rarer than that," Peter Klarnet
  • Queen lead guitarist Brian May hospitalised
    Brian May. Instagram Photo.   London, May 8 (IANS): Brian May, lead guitarist of the rock band Queen, landed in a hospital after ripping the muscles in his glutes "to shreds". The 72-year-old musician posted a photo and video on Instagram to make the announcement, reports variety.com. "As well as getting over-stretched and harassed by too many demands, I managed to rip my gluteus maximus to shreds in a moment of over-enthusiastic gardening," he wrote.
  • European lawmakers to consider tougher climate law: draft
    A combination picture shows a view of the Italian Alps standing amidst dense fog and smog January 8, 2020, (top) and the same view pictured during coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Milan, Italy, in Milan, Italy on April 17, 2020. (REUTERS File Photo)   Reuters European Union lawmakers are considering toughening the bloc's planned climate law, with stricter near-term emission goals and a binding commitment for every member state to decarbonize by 2050, accor
  • Shoes replace protesters as Swiss climate activists obey virus curbs
    Environmental activists of Swiss Klimastreik Schweiz movement placed shoes in place of live participants to demonstrate against climate change, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, on the Sechselaeutenplatz square in Zurich, Switzerland on April 24. (REUTERS Photo)   ZURICH, April 24 (Reuters): Green activists placed rows of boots and shoes in a Zurich square to take the place of protesters who normally come out in person on Fridays to demand a
  • Drop in emissions due to pandemic won't fix climate, WMO says
    Birds fly as smoke billows from a burning garbage dump on Earth Day, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, on the outskirts of Ahmedabad on April 22. (REUTERS Photo)   GENEVA, April 22 (Reuters): A possible fall in greenhouse gas emissions due to the COVID-19 pandemic will not be enough to stop climate change, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Wednesday, urging governments to integrate climate action into recovery plans. &nb
  • Chinese dams held back Mekong waters during drought, study finds
    General view of Mekong river, Ban Namprai village, Nong Khai province, Thailand on October 8, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)   BANGKOK, April 13 (Reuters): China's Mekong River dams held back large amounts of water during a damaging drought in downstream countries last year despite China having higher-than-average water levels upstream, a U.S. research company said in a study.   China's government disputed the findings, saying there was low rainfall during last y
  • Climate change could trigger sudden losses of world's wildlife - study
    Forest guards chase away a rhino that strayed into a residential area after floods forced animals to escape the Kaziranga National park in Nagaon district, in the northeastern state of Assam on August 15, 2017. (REUTERS File Photo)   LONDON, April 8 (Reuters): Climate change could trigger sudden, potentially catastrophic losses of wildlife in regions around the world over the coming decades, and the first waves could already be unfolding, according to a study published
  • Break for Asia's clogged capitals as coronavirus curbs traffic
    A watch showing the time at noon, is displayed for a photo in front of an empty road at Rajpath, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in New Delhi on March 31, 2020. (REUTERS File Photo)   MANILA, April 8 (Reuters): Strict lockdowns, school closures and curbs on commerce are giving Asia's congested capitals rare respite from transport mayhem, as the global fight to contain the coronavirus creates a free-flow of traffic not seen in years.  
  • Air pollution linked to higher Covid-19 death rates
    NEW DELHI, APRIL 8 (IANS): Long-term exposure to polluted air could lead to increase in death rate of people infected with deadly coronavirus, concluded a recent study which forms a clear correlation between the two factors.   The study, carried out by Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health's researchers, concluded that a small increase in long-term exposure to tiny particles in air known as PM 2.5 could lead to a large increase in COVID-19 death
  • Air pollution plunges in European cities amid coronavirus lockdown - satellite data
    A combination image distributed by the European Space Agency (ESA) on March 27, 2020, shows the average nitrogen dioxide concentrations from air pollution across France in March, 2019 (L), and from March 14-25, 2020, as mapped by the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite, a reduction that the ESA says is due to the strict quarantine measures during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. (Reuters Photo)   LONDON, March 28 (Reuters): Air pollution from nitrogen dioxide has fa
  • Climate shocks in just one country could disrupt global food supply
    A wheat field is seen in Los Banos, California, United States on May 5, 2015. (REUTERS File Photo)   ROME, March 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Catastrophic crop failures caused by extreme weather in just one country could disrupt global food supplies and drive price spikes in an interconnected world, exposing how climate change threatens global stability, researchers said on Friday.   They examined how the global trade and supplies of wheat, a crop used fo
  • European countries, companies pledge to cut plastic waste
    Used batteries taken out from plastic candle containers are seen at Plastkom factory in Jesenice, Slovenia on November 10, 2017. (REUTERS File Photo)   BRUSSELS, March 6 (Reuters): Thirteen European countries and tens of companies on Friday pledged to use less plastic and recycle more, a move NGOs said was positive but no substitute for government regulations on plastic pollution.   The Netherlands, France and Denmark spearheaded the "European Plastics P
  • EU unveils climate law, Thunberg calls it 'surrender'
    Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen and European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans arrive to attend a meeting with European Commissioners at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium on March 4. (REUTERS Photo)   BRUSSELS, March 4 (Reuters): The European Commission unveiled a "climate law" on Wednesday to make the EU's 2050 net zero emissions target legally binding, but Swedish activist Greta Thunb
  • Climate change lengthens Australian summers by 50% - study
    A surfer drinks a coffee as he sits with his surfboard on the footpath above Manly Beach on a hot, summers day in Sydney January 5, 2013. (REUTERS File Photo)   SYDNEY, March 2 (Reuters): Australian summers are now effectively twice as long as its winters as climate change has increased temperatures since the middle of the last century, research released in the wake of the nation's unprecedented fire season showed on Monday.   The report by the Australia Inst
  • 'The world is on fire,' Greta Thunberg tells UK climate rally
    Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg attends a youth climate protest in Bristol, Britain on February 28. (REUTERS Photo)   BRISTOL, England, February 28 (Reuters): Greta Thunberg denounced politicians and the media on Friday for ignoring a looming climate cataclysm, saying that they were failing her generation with their inaction in the face of a world on fire.   Several thousand people attended a rally in the southwestern English city of B
  • Thousands brave the rain for Greta Thunberg at British climate rally
    A boy holds a placard during a youth climate protest in Bristol, Britain, Britain on February 28. (REUTERS Photo)   BRISTOL, England, February 28 (Reuters): Several thousand people braved the rain on Friday to join Greta Thunberg, the teenage activist who has reprimanded governments across the world for failing her generation with climate change, in a youth protest in Britain.   Known simply as Greta, 17-year-old Thunberg has captured the imagination of many