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Faith, beliefs cannot stall green clearance to projects, SC told

New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) The Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) Thursday told the Supreme Court that if beliefs and faiths were allowed to weigh on the statutory and environmental clearances for big ticket projects, then there would be no development.

Giant asteroid's hit changed Earth forever

London, Feb 21 (IANS) A gigantic asteroid that slammed into Australia more than 300 million years ago changed the face of the Earth forever, says a British media report.

China to tax carbon emissions

Beijing, Feb 21 (IANS/EFE) China will impose a new tax on carbon-dioxide emissions as part of policies aimed at protecting the environment and improving air quality, the finance ministry said.

Pleasant morning in Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) It was a pleasant Thursday morning in Delhi with the minimum temperature settling at 12.1 degrees Celsius, a notch above average for this time of the season. The Met Office has forecast a partly cloudy day ahead.

Cabinet clears NTPC power project in Jharkhand

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) The Cabinet Committee on Investment (CCI) Wednesday approved the setting up of the 1,980 MW North Karanpura Super Thermal Power Plant in Jharkhand by the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC).

Central team to assess Maharashtra drought

Mumbai, Feb 20 (IANS) A team of experts and officials from New Delhi will tour drought-hit regions of Maharashtra to assess the situation next week, officials said here Wednesday.

Centre 'completely against' mining in Niyamgiri

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) The central government Wednesday told the Supreme Court that it would not blink and grant permission to Orissa Mining Corporation (OMC) to mine Niyamgiri hills to source bauxite for the Vedanta Aluminium refinery.

Warm, sunny day in Delhi, similar weather Thursday

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) A chilly, foggy morning was followed by a warm and sunny afternoon in the capital Wednesday as the maximum temperature settled a notch below average at 23.5 degrees Celsius. The met office has forecast similar weather Thursday.

Sea levels may rise higher in Pacific due to ice loss

Rome, Feb 20 (IANS) Computer modelling has predicted parts of the Pacific experiencing the highest rates of rise in sea levels, while it may actually fall in some polar regions, owing to the interaction of sea, land and ice.

'Seals require only half of their brain to fall asleep'

Toronto, Feb 20 (IANS) Believe it or not, seals require only half of their brain to fall asleep, thanks to the presence of specific chemicals, suggests a biological study.

New scorpion species discovered in US desert

Washington, Feb 20 (IANS) A new species of scorpion, Vaejovis brysoni, has been discovered in the Santa Catalina Mountains of southern Arizona in the US.

Cauvery tribunal award gazetting is Jayalalithaa's victory

Chennai, Feb 20 (IANS) Hailing the gazetting of the final order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT) Wednesday by the central government, CPI leader D. Pandian said it was a victory for Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.

South Africa to introduce zero emission electric vehicles

Cape Town, Feb 20 (IANS) South Africa has announced that it will soon introduce zero emission electric vehicles (ZEEV) in a bid to become more environment friendly.

Himachal likely to get fresh snow in coming weekend

Shimla, Feb 19 (IANS) If you are heading to the hills of Himachal Pradesh this weekend, a fresh spell of snow is likely to greet you.

Goa CM can't handle his e-waste

Panaji, Feb 19 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Tuesday said he does not know how to handle the e-waste he generates.

Rare cold front chills Cuba

Havana, Feb 19 (IANS) An unusual cold front chilled parts of Cuba Monday with the temperature dropping to as low as four degrees Celsius, Cuba's Meteorology Institute (Insmet) said.

Climate change, severe threat to marine turtles

Sydney, Feb 19 (IANS) Scientists have sounded the alarm over the mounting threat to marine turtle populations worldwide from climate change and coastal development.

Cities four degrees warmer than countryside: Study

Sydney, Feb 19 (IANS) Some of our cities could be as much as four degrees warmer than the surrounding countryside, warn scientists.

EU should end carbon trading: Environmentalists

Brussels, Feb 19 (IANS/EFE) More than 75 environmental organizations Monday urged the European Parliament to end the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme, launched seven years ago as a market-oriented way of reducing pollution and greenhouse gases.

Rains, spate in Ganga send Kumbh officials into a tizzy

Allahabad, Feb 18 (IANS) After incessant rains that turned the Kumbh mela site into a swamp, rising waters of the Ganga and Yaumna rivers here have added to the problems of the mela officials.

Scientists wiring oceans to protect ecosystems

Washington, Feb 18 (IANS) Scientists are wiring oceans to track the movements of deep sea creatures that could help protect marine ecosystems by revolutionizing how we understand their function, population structure, fisheries management and species' physiological and evolutionary constraints.

Green tribunal raps UP bureaucrat over Hindon bridge

Ghaziabad, Feb 18 (IANS) The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has threatened to prosecute the Uttar Pradesh irrigation secretary for contempt of court, for violating a stay order of the tribunal and allowing a section of the Hindon River bed to be filled with mud.

Bihar potato farmer sets new world record

Patna, Feb 18 (IANS) Bihar's farmers have done it again. A farmer from Sohdih village of Bihar's Nalanda district has set a new world record in potato production through organic farming this year.

Russian meteor damage estimated at over $30 mn

Moscow, Feb 18 (IANS/EFE) Russian authorities estimate that the meteor that entered the Earth's atmosphere and exploded in the sky over the Ural Mountains region caused more than $30 million in damage.

50 years on, Rachel Carson still a role model

Washington, Feb 18 (IANS) Rachel Carson, author of "Silent Spring" published over 50 years ago, got special mention at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting at Boston recently.

Heart attack? It could be pollution

Washington, Feb 18 (IANS) Air pollution and ozone levels may also play a role in precipitating heart attacks, warns fresh research from the US.

Andhra rains claim 17 lives, cause huge crop damage

Hyderabad, Feb 17 (IANS) The heavy unseasonal rains and hailstorm that lashed parts of Andhra Pradesh during last two days claimed 17 lives and damaged crops over more than 252,000 hectares, officials said Sunday.

Delhi to have extended winter chill

New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) Chilly and cloudy weather will persist in the coming week in Delhi but no rain is predicted for the next three days, a Met official said Sunday.

Smog disrupts Beijing traffic, flights

Beijing, Feb 17 (IANS) Fresh smog shrouded Beijing and some other provinces in China early Sunday, disrupting highway traffic and flights.

New tech needed for curbing CO2 at source

Washington, Feb 17 (IANS) Reducing carbon dioxide emissions alone may not be enough to curb global warming. There is a need to develop technologies that remove large amounts of the gas at the source, say researchers.

More snow, rain in Himachal

Shimla, Feb 17 (IANS) A cold wave continued to grip Himachal Pradesh, with the higher reaches experiencing more snow for a third consecutive day Sunday.

Tree plantation to mark Syedna's 102nd birthday

Mumbai, Feb 17 (IANS) A tree plantation drive has begun here in a run up to the 102nd birthday celebrations of Dawoodi Bohra spiritual head Syedna Mohammed Burhannuddin, a family member said Sunday.

Tree rings helps forecast extreme climate

Sydney, Feb 17 (IANS) An analysis of tree-rings can enable scientists to get an insight into the past and forecast extreme weather events.

Rainy Sunday for Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) Scattered showers accompanied by nippy winds continued in the capital Sunday morning as the minimum temperature settled a notch above average at 12 degrees Celsius. The Met office has forecast more rains through the day.

Rains disrupt life in Agra, threaten crops

Agra, Feb 16 (IANS) Heavy rains disrupted life in the Taj city Saturday while farmers in the region were worried over the untimely showers that have damaged standing mustard and potato crops and threaten the wheat crop too.

Rains disrupt Kumbh, turn mela premises into swamps

Allahabad, Feb 16 (IANS) Heavy rains that lashed the city Saturday created a crisis at the Kumbh mela premises, sending pilgrims, seers and journalists scurrying for cover as tents collapsed under the deluge.

BASIC nations demand roadmap for capitalising Green Climate Fund

Chennai, Feb 16 (IANS) BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India and China) nations Saturday urged developed countries to contribute their share to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) at the earliest and voiced their opposition to sectoral targets for emission reduction and mere trading in carbon certificates.

Wet Saturday in Delhi, more rains Sunday

New Delhi, Feb 16 (IANS) With overcast skies and rains through the day, it was a wet and pleasant day in the capital Saturday as the maximum temperature dived eight notches below average at 16.1 degrees Celsius. The Met office has forecast more rains Sunday.

Goa says mining should be allowed below water table

Panaji, Feb 16 (IANS) Mining in Goa should be continued, even if excavation operations are carried out below the water table, the Goa government has said in its affidavit before the Supreme Court.

Builders fear for projects near Uttar Pradesh reserves

Agra Feb 16 (IANS) As the deadline for filing objections to the draft notification for declaring the 10-km eco-sensitive zone around forest reserves ended Friday evening, builders fear the stalling of their projects in these areas.

Goa mulls ban on fresh mining activity

Panaji, Feb 16 (IANS) The Goa government is thinking of banning all fresh excavation of iron ore in the state, a top mining official has said in his affidavit filed before the Supreme Court of India.

Chinese dams worry Arunachal

Tura (Meghalaya), Feb 16 (IANS) Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said Saturday he would ask the central government to look into China constructing three hydropower projects on the Brahmaputra river in Tibet.

Rains in Andhra kill three, damage crops

Hyderabad, Feb 16 (IANS) Three people were killed and crops over hundreds of acres were damaged in the unseasonal rains that lashed parts of Andhra Pradesh since Friday evening, officials said Saturday.

Windy morning in Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 16 (IANS) It was a chilly, windy Saturday morning in the capital with the minimum temperature settling three notches above average at 13.7 degrees Celsius. The Met office has forecast rain and hailstorm in the day.

41 slaughter houses closed in Haryana

Chandigarh, Feb 15 (IANS) Of Haryana's total 43 slaughter houses, only two are functional and rest have been closed by the state pollution control board due to non-installation of effluent treatment plants, a state level committee meeting was informed here Friday.

Cloudy skies, more rains likely over weekend

New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) It was a pleasant day here Friday as the skies remained cloudy for a major part of the day. The met office has predicted pleasant weather conditions on the weekend with thunderstorms, hail and light rain in some parts of the city Saturday.

Lanjigarh's people seek bauxite to get livelihood back

Lanjigarh (Odisha), Feb 15 (IANS) People in this tiny village in Kalahandi district, one of India's most impoverished regions, are crying foul as they have been deprived of their primary regular source of livelihood -- and for reasons and events beyond their control.

Leopard attacks sentry at Goa naval air base

Panaji, Feb 15 (IANS) Goa's INS Hansa naval air base has been put on alert after a leopard attacked an Indian Navy sentry, an official said Friday.

Over 500 injured as meteor shower hits Russia

Moscow, Feb 15 (IANS) More than 500 people, including 84 children, were injured when a meteorite shower rained down on three regions of Russia, and neighbouring Kazakhstan, officials said Friday.

Meteors injure over 150 in Russia

Moscow, Feb 15 (IANS/RIA Novosti) More than 150 people have sought medical help in one of three Russian regions hit by a meteorite shower Friday, the interior ministry reported.


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