Climate change could leave thousands of lakes ice-free

Global warming is melting glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica, but for millions of people, ice is vanishing closer to home as lakes lose their winter cover. In a study published last month in the journal Nature Climate Change, scientists for the first time quantified the effects of rising temperatures on ice cover across 1.4 million lakes in the Northern Hemisphere. They found that, from Wisconsin to Japan, thousands of lakes that used to freeze reliably every winter already see some years without ice, and that “an extensive loss of lake…

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Centre to install 450 realtime, 1,500 manual air quality monitoring systems in India by 2024

Centre to install 450 realtime, 1,500 manual air quality monitoring systems in India by 2024

New Delhi | The Centre is aiming to install 300 more realtime ambient air quality monitoring systems across the country by 2024 as the country battles deteriorating air quality. Apprising about the number of Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Systems (CAAQMS), a senior official of the Environment Ministry said 150 realtime and 731 manual stations are presently installed in 70 cities across the country, 48 of them in the national capital alone, for accurate and comprehensive evaluation of air quality. “We aim to increase the realtime monitoring system to 450…

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Eleven dead, 296 missing in Brazil dam disaster

Eleven people were confirmed dead and nearly 300 missing, many also feared dead, on Saturday after a dam collapsed at a mine in southeast Brazil. The disaster struck Friday at the Vale mine near the city of Belo Horizonte in Minas Gerais state, spewing out millions of muddy sludge across the facility and down towards farmland alongside the nearby town of Brumaldinho. Dozens of helicopters were being used in the rescue operation Saturday because the released mud engulfed buildings, vehicles and roads with a deep, treacherous layer. “We still have…

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300 Crocodiles Being Lured into Metal Cages and Relocated from Statue of Unity to Make Way for Seaplane Service

Foresters have begun relocating around 300 crocodiles to allow a seaplane service for visitors to the world’s tallest statue, the newly erected 182-metre (597-feet) Statue of Unity. The reptiles, the largest around three metres, are being lured into metal cages and moved elsewhere in the state of Gujarat on the back of pickup trucks. So far about a dozen had been extracted “from dyke number three of the reservoir which has been identified as a probable site for the seaplane jetty,” a source told AFP on Friday. Local forestry official…

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Rapid Greenland ice loss seen by Sattelites

Greenland has gone through an “unprecedented” period of ice loss within the last two decades. The Grace satellites revealed a four-fold increase in mass being lost from Greenland’s ice sheet from 2003-2013. The study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that ice loss subsequently stalled for 12-18 months. The research reveals how different areas of Greenland might contribute to sea-level rise in future. Scientists concerned about sea levels have long focused on Greenland’s south-east and north-west regions, where glaciers continually force large chunks of ice into the…

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India’s electric vehicle goals being realised on two wheels, not four

India’s electric vehicle goals being realised on two wheels, not four

Hurt by high fuel prices, Vinod Gore, a farmer in Gove village in Maharashtra, ditched his petrol scooter for an electric model, underlining how two-wheelers are driving the country’s goal of electrification of its vehicles. Gore’s electric scooter, built by Indian start-up Okinawa, runs for about 100-120 km (60-75 miles) on a single charge which costs the sugarcane farmer less than 10 percent of the 150 rupees ($2.15) he would otherwise have spent on fuel for the same distance. “I bought it to save money,” said Gore, who paid 75,000…

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Govt launches National Clean Air Programme to tackle air pollution: Key features

Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr Harsh Vardhan just launched the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) that aims to reduce toxic particulate matter by 2024, taking 2017 as the base year. In addition to the release by his office, he also shared a twitter clip talking about NCAP and the research that went behind the plan. #NationalCleanAirProgramme लांच के मौके पर मैंने कहा कि #वायु_प्रदूषण की समस्या को लेकर उनका मंत्रालय पिछले दो वर्षों से लगातार Pro- Active तरीके से काम कर रहा है। #NCAP @moefcc @PMOIndia…

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Plan to combat pollution in 102 cities launched

Plan to combat pollution in 102 cities launched

NEW DELHI: The environment ministry launched the National Clean Air Action Plan on Thursday with a target of reducing particulate matter in 102 Indian cities by 20-30 per cent by 2024 at a cost of Rs 300 crore. According to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, the NCAP will be a mid-term, five-year action plan with 2019 as the first year. “The international experiences and national studies indicate that significant outcome in terms of air pollution initiatives are visible only in the long-term, and hence the programme may…

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Odisha to acquire special elephant-rescue vehicles from WB

Bhubaneswar: Taking note of the growing man-animal conflict, Odisha will shortly procure specially designed ‘gaja’ vehicles to rescue and drive away elephants from human settlements, informed chief wildlife warden of Odisha, Sandeep Tripathy today. The vehicles, equipped with sirens, tranquilising tools and a heavy duty crane, will be procured from neighbouring West Bengal. Mr. Tripathy informed that four such vehicles will be procured in a phased manner. Similarly, there are also plans to procure two other special vehicles from Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh to shift herbivorous and carnivorous…

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Maneka Lashes Out at Govt Over ‘Ghastly Murder’ of Tigress Avni, Maharashtra Says it Was Last Resort

Maneka Lashes Out at Govt Over 'Ghastly Murder' of Tigress Avni, Maharashtra Says it Was Last Resort

New Delhi: Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi on Sunday lashed out at the BJP-led Maharashtra government over the “ghastly murder” of man-eating tigress Avni, calling it a “straight case of crime”. Tigress Avni, who is believed to be responsible for the deaths of 13 people in the past two years, was killed in Maharashtra’s Yavatmal on Friday as part of an operation. Avni is survived by her two cubs who are 10 months old. She was shot dead by sharp-shooter Asgar Ali, son of famous sharp-shooter Nawab Shafat…

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