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State to count, map out bird species for better wildlife management

State to count, map out bird species for better wildlife management

NEW DELHI: For better wildlife management and conservation and to arrive at an estimate of various bird species in the ecologically sensitive Western Ghats landscape, the state forest department has launched an avifauna study in the Sahyadri Tiger Reserve (STR). While revealing details of endemic birds, it will also disclose species which were not recorded […]

Tips to control indoor air pollution and improve indoor air quality

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Tips to control indoor air pollution and improve indoor air quality

The pollution level in India is in ever increasing rate and in ever increasing complexity. This ever increasing rate of pollution has caused severe damage to our ecosystems as can be seen from the rising global warming. Also, the pollution enhances human diseases and the death rates of various animals and plants leading to an […]

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Dams close to glacial lakes in Himalayas under flood threat

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Dams close to glacial lakes in Himalayas under flood threat

Of the 177 hydropower projects (HPP) located close to Himalayan glaciers over a fifth – including many in India – could be under threat from floods caused by the outbursts of glacial lakes, European researchers have warned. The researchers, from various universities, have charted out a new method for locating the minimum exposure that hydropower […]

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The helmeted hornbill is being hunted to extinction

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The helmeted hornbill is being hunted to extinction

A striking bird with monochrome plumage and a formidable “beak”, the helmeted hornbill is being hunted to extinction, one of the latest victims of a thriving global trade in exotic wildlife. For decades poachers in Borneo’s western forests focused on capturing orangutans and sun bears, but in the past few years a surge in demand […]

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If you fight local pollution, you can effectively fight climate change: Erik Solheim

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If you fight local pollution, you can effectively fight climate change: Erik Solheim

In Mumbai to participate in a historic beach clean-up, UNEP chief Erik Solheim says he reposes ‘immense faith’ in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s political will to aggressively push the climate agenda to the domestic audience. Speaking to The Hindu at his hotel room facing the Juhu beach, he says, “Nobody needs to send an army […]

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Planet-saving climate goal difficult to achieve, say experts

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Planet-saving climate goal difficult to achieve, say experts

The global target to prevent climate catastrophe, crafted at a landmark summit last year in Paris, will be very difficult, if not impossible, to hit, said some of world’s top scientists meeting this week in Oxford. The first-ever climate pact to enjoin all nations vows to cap global warming at “well below” two degrees Celsius […]

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Sugarcane waste yields carbon for use in batteries

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Sugarcane waste yields carbon for use in batteries

Researchers from Pune’s National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) and Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) have used a simple, cost-effective and quick process to convert sugarcane bagasse into anode-grade porous, conducting, activated carbon material for use in Li-ion batteries. While making anode-grade carbon is currently very expensive and time-consuming, the Pune researchers were able […]

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100,000 deaths from Indonesia forest fires, study estimates

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100,000 deaths from Indonesia forest fires, study estimates

Indonesian forest fires that choked a swath of Southeast Asia with a smoky haze for weeks last year may have caused more than 100,000 deaths, according to new research that will add to pressure on Indonesia’s government to tackle the annual crisis. The study by scientists from Harvard University and Columbia University to be published […]

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Sherlyn Chopra turns writer, producer and director for her short film

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Sherlyn Chopra turns writer, producer and director for her short film

Apart from being an actor, Sherlyn Chopra is now a scriptwriter, director and producer. Chopra is making a short film that will release online next month. “I’m super proud of this. As a writer, I thought that it would be best if I directed and produced my short film as I wanted the outcome to […]

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Ammani to finally hit the screens on October 14

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Ammani to finally hit the screens on October 14

Actor-filmmaker Lakshmy Ramakrishnan’s third Tamil directorial Ammani will finally hit the screens on October 14 — after months of delay. Lakshmy is confident that the film will strike a chord with the audience. “It’s not a woman-centric film. Everybody can relate to this universal subject. It’s a story about a woman who thinks about her […]

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