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Increased soil contamination threatens food security, warns FAO

Dec 6, 2018 Rome: Urgent action is needed to address soil pollution and contain the multiple threats it poses to global food safety and food security, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said. Thousands…

Three years on, UN summit set to turn Paris Agreement into reality

Dec 2, 2018 New Delhi:The world is gathering in Katowice, Poland, from Sunday for crucial a two-week-long UN negotiation aimed at committing to adopt higher 2030 climate targets by 2020, agreeing on a rulebook that…

Alaska hit by over 230 aftershocks after massive temblor

Dec 2, 2018 Anchorage:More than 230 aftershocks have hit parts of Alaska since Friday, when a massive 7.0-magnitude quake knocked out power, ripped open roads and damaged buildings near Anchorage, the US Geological Survey (USGS)…

Quadricycles get go-ahead for private use

Nov 23, 2018 New Delhi: Creating a new segment of affordable four-wheelers, the government on Friday decided to allow quadricycles — four-wheelers with less power and lower maximum speed than conventional small cars — as…

UN Agency warns concentration of climate-change gases hits new record

Nov 22, 2018 Geneva: The levels of heat-retaining greenhouse gases in the earth’s atmosphere that are linked to climate change have reached a record high not seen in millions of years, according to a World…

Giant dust storm hits Australia causing health scare

Nov 22, 2018 Sydney: A giant dust storm has blanketed communities across southeast Australia turning skies orange and raising concerns about air quality, with authorities issuing a public health alert here on Thursday. The 500…

Dead sperm whale stranded on beach ingests plastic

Nov 21, 2018 Jakarta:A dead sperm whale was aground on a shore in central Indonesia had digested over 1,000 pieces of plastics or nearly six kg, Wakatobi district national park chief Heri Santoso said on…

Delhi-NCR witness ‘very poor’ air quality

Nov 11, 2018 New Delhi:Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) on Sunday witnessed ‘very poor’ air quality with the minimum temperature recorded at 12.4 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season’s average, the Met…

California wildfire kills 9, ravages celebrity homes

Nov 10, 2018 San Francisco: Two fast-moving wildfires that exploded in the Southern California hills have claimed nine lives and forced thousands to flee their homes, including the entire city of Malibu, a sprawling naval…

Diwali more polluted this year than last: CPCB

Nov 9, 2018 New Delhi:This year’s Diwali was more polluted than last year’s due to heavy fireworks and unfavourable weather conditions like low temperature and wind speed, triggering a spike in particle pollutants, a report…

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