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Costa Rica pulls back on UN backed climate agreement named in its honor

Published on Feb 02, 2023 02:02 PM IST

Costa Rica's congress overwhelmingly rejected a motion to extend the ratification period, effectively shutting the door on joining the treaty, with 41 of the 57 deputies voting against it.

The Escazu Agreement, which came into force in 2021, provides a sweeping framework for countries in the region to strengthen environmental policy(Representative image/ AP)
The Escazu Agreement, which came into force in 2021, provides a sweeping framework for countries in the region to strengthen environmental policy(Representative image/ AP)
Reuters | | Posted by Yagya Sharma

Extinction of elephants could affect atmospheric carbon levels: Study

If the already critically endangered elephants go extinct, the rainforests of Central and West Africa, the world's second largest, will lose between six and nine percent of their ability to capture atmospheric carbon.

 Elephants and other megaherbivores affect the abundance of these trees by feeding more heavily on the low carbon density trees. (Shutterstock)
Elephants and other megaherbivores affect the abundance of these trees by feeding more heavily on the low carbon density trees. (Shutterstock)
Published on Jan 29, 2023 07:13 AM IST
ANI | | Posted by Lingamgunta Nirmitha Rao

Study proposes profitable ways to repurpose industrial waste

About 2% of the 80 billion pounds of food discarded annually in the US is attributable to food manufacturing and processing -- with food waste solids sent to landfills, and liquids poured into sewers.

As many as 27 dyeing units were caught dumping untreated industrial waste in the municipal corporation’s (MC) sewer lines during an inspection conducted by a joint committee of different departments formed under Buddha Nullah rejuvenation project. (HT File Photo)
As many as 27 dyeing units were caught dumping untreated industrial waste in the municipal corporation’s (MC) sewer lines during an inspection conducted by a joint committee of different departments formed under Buddha Nullah rejuvenation project. (HT File Photo)
Published on Jan 28, 2023 08:33 PM IST
ANI |

Climate tipping points in Amazon, Tibet 'linked': Scientists

Planet-heating pollution from human activities is raising global temperatures and scientists have said this is pushing crucial ecosystems and whole regions towards often irreversible changes.

Smoke billows from a fire in an area of the Amazon rainforest near Porto Velho.
Smoke billows from a fire in an area of the Amazon rainforest near Porto Velho.
Published on Jan 26, 2023 09:28 PM IST
AFP |

Climate, labour remain knotty issues in EU FTA

Several knotty issues related to labour, environment and sustainability that have emerged in negotiations between India and the European Union (EU) on a free trade agreement (FTA) will require political guidance for further progress, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.

Climate, labour remain knotty issues in EU FTA
Climate, labour remain knotty issues in EU FTA
Updated on Jan 24, 2023 12:23 PM IST
ByRezaul H Laskar & Rajeev Jayaswal, New Delhi

More than 90 fossil nests of India's largest dinosaurs discovered

The Lameta Formation, located in the Narmada Valley of central India, is well-known for fossils of dinosaur skeletons and eggs of the Late Cretaceous Period that lasted from about 145 to 66 million years ago.

The presence of many nests in the same area suggests these dinosaurs exhibited colonial nesting behaviour like many modern birds. (Representational Image)(AFP via Getty Images)
The presence of many nests in the same area suggests these dinosaurs exhibited colonial nesting behaviour like many modern birds. (Representational Image)(AFP via Getty Images)
Published on Jan 23, 2023 02:50 PM IST
PTI | | Posted by Lingamgunta Nirmitha Rao

Many benefits of spending time in nature and ways to do it

Spending time in nature can also improve mood, lower blood pressure, and boost the immune system. Moreover, it can also help to disconnect from technology and the constant stimulation of modern life, which can be beneficial for both your mind and body.

Hiking not only gets you out into nature, but it's also a great workout. Plus, it's a great way to explore new areas and see some truly breathtaking views.(Pexels)
Hiking not only gets you out into nature, but it's also a great workout. Plus, it's a great way to explore new areas and see some truly breathtaking views.(Pexels)
Published on Jan 20, 2023 05:20 PM IST
By | Edited by Parmita Uniyal

Watch | Journalist asks Greta Thunberg about climate change. She says

Davos 2023: Greta Thunberg is at Davos to lead a climate march on the last day of talks at the World Economic Forum.

Davos 2023: Greta Thunberg is at Davos to lead a climate march on the last day of talks at the World Economic Forum.(twitter)
Davos 2023: Greta Thunberg is at Davos to lead a climate march on the last day of talks at the World Economic Forum.(twitter)
Published on Jan 20, 2023 05:13 PM IST
ByShobhit Gupta | Edited by Chandrashekar Srinivasan

Davos 2023: UN chief slams 'Big Oil' firms over ‘big lie’. Here’s what he said

Davos 2023: Guterres was speaking at Davos summit, a week after a study said ExxonMobil denied the findings of its own scientists on the role of fossil fuels in climate change.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres delivers a speech during a session of the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos on January 18, 2023.(AFP)
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres delivers a speech during a session of the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos on January 18, 2023.(AFP)
Published on Jan 18, 2023 04:57 PM IST
AFP |

Davos 2023: Brazil lacking global aid to fight climate change, says minister

Davos 2023: Brazil President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva had offered to hold the COP30 climate summit in the Amazon region in 2025 to show its commitment towards curbing in climate change.

Marina Silva, Minister of Environment and Climate Change of Brazil speaks during the 53rd annual meeting of the World Economic Forum. (AP)
Marina Silva, Minister of Environment and Climate Change of Brazil speaks during the 53rd annual meeting of the World Economic Forum. (AP)
Published on Jan 17, 2023 08:31 PM IST
Reuters |

Davos Baukultur Alliance: Europeans join hands for climate-friendly cities

Swiss President Alain Berset had invited culture ministers from 31 European countries to a two-day meeting in Davos, ahead of the World Economic Forum that kicks off in the luxury ski resort on Monday.

People attend a demostration demanding climate justice and against the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland Sunday.(AP)
People attend a demostration demanding climate justice and against the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland Sunday.(AP)
Updated on Jan 17, 2023 02:40 AM IST
AFP |

Number theory: In warm 2022, almost no place on Earth was colder than ‘normal’

While markers such as the global average of temperature shown above tend to hide regional variations, a disaggregated analysis of temperature in 2022 shows that both the northern and southern hemispheres were the sixth warmest on record.

Street artists paint a mural on a wall opposite the COP26 climate summit venue in Glasgow.(AFP)
Street artists paint a mural on a wall opposite the COP26 climate summit venue in Glasgow.(AFP)
Updated on Jan 16, 2023 03:45 PM IST

Forest dept asked for plan to weed out 3 invasive tree species in Delhi

Of the three, vilayati kikar is the most harmful, as the Mexican invasive species introduced by the British in the 1930s in Delhi quickly taking over large parts of the ridge, experts said.

Subabul is removed from a park in Defence Colony in New Delhi. Subabul, the third tree flagged in the list, also comes from Mexico and was introduced by the forest department for fuel and fodder, but it has grown too rapidly, expanding well beyond where it was initially planted. (HT Photo)
Subabul is removed from a park in Defence Colony in New Delhi. Subabul, the third tree flagged in the list, also comes from Mexico and was introduced by the forest department for fuel and fodder, but it has grown too rapidly, expanding well beyond where it was initially planted. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 16, 2023 03:29 AM IST

This village stands in the way of Germany’s coal revival

Across the globe, highly polluting — and relatively cheap — coal is making a comeback as governments seek to prevent soaring energy costs from upending economies and destabilizing governments already grappling with high inflation.

Police face protesters during a large-scale protest to stop the demolition of the village Luetzerath to make way for an open-air coal mine extension on Saturday(AFP)
Police face protesters during a large-scale protest to stop the demolition of the village Luetzerath to make way for an open-air coal mine extension on Saturday(AFP)
Published on Jan 15, 2023 05:41 PM IST
Bloomberg | | Posted by Yagya Sharma

Davos VIPs face criticism over private jet use: How polluting are they?

During last year's week-long event, 1,040 private planes flew in and out of airports serving the resort of Davos, found a new report commissioned by campaign group Greenpeace.

Demonstrators pretend to resuscitate the Earth while advocating for the 1.5 degree warming goal to survive at the COP27 U.N. Climate Summit.(AP file)
Demonstrators pretend to resuscitate the Earth while advocating for the 1.5 degree warming goal to survive at the COP27 U.N. Climate Summit.(AP file)
Published on Jan 14, 2023 03:18 AM IST
Reuters | | Posted by Nisha Anand

Concerns as Oil CEO named chief of COP28

Sultan al-Jaber is also the founding CEO of Masdar, a government-owned renewable energy company, mandated to accelerate adoption of renewables within the UAE and globally.

United Arab Emirates (UAE) deputy prime minister Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan announced al-Jaber’s appointment on Thursday. (AFP)
United Arab Emirates (UAE) deputy prime minister Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan announced al-Jaber’s appointment on Thursday. (AFP)
Updated on Jan 13, 2023 01:52 PM IST
ByJayashree Nandi, New Delhi

UK is set to ban single-use plastic cutlery and plates: What this would entail

UK Single-Use Plastic Ban: Single-use plastics are typically items that are discarded after being used only once and do not go through the recycling process.

UK Single-Use Plastic Ban: UK plans to ban single use plastic.
UK Single-Use Plastic Ban: UK plans to ban single use plastic.
Published on Jan 10, 2023 02:19 PM IST

‘If you feed wild, it will…’: IFS officer shares video of elephant with warning

The video shows a group of people inside a van, who attempt to feed an elephant, following which the animal curiously approaches the van for more food, striking panic among the people inside.

Screengrab of the video showing the elephant searching the van after the people inside attempted to feed it.(Twitter/susantananda3)
Screengrab of the video showing the elephant searching the van after the people inside attempted to feed it.(Twitter/susantananda3)
Published on Jan 10, 2023 01:57 PM IST
By | Edited by Chandrashekar Srinivasan

Greenpiece: All across Himalayas, India needs to rethink

While in the past, developing the Himalayas became a project on a war-footing, saving the region will also have to be undertaken on a war-footing. Plans must be modified. Not all plans have to be stopped, but they must all be re-examined.

Cracks appear at houses in Joshimath in Chamoli district, Sunday, January 8, 2023. (PTI Photo)
Cracks appear at houses in Joshimath in Chamoli district, Sunday, January 8, 2023. (PTI Photo)
Published on Jan 09, 2023 06:10 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Explainer: What are bomb cyclones and atmospheric rivers?

Bomb cyclones are often associated with atmospheric rivers and are also called "explosive cyclogenesis” or a “weather bomb". A bomb cyclone is a low-pressure system that experiences a fall in pressure of 24 millibars in 24 hours.

A bicyclist makes his way along Halsted Street during a cold weather front as a weather phenomenon known as a bomb cyclone hits the Upper Midwest, in Chicago, Illinois, US.(REUTERS file)
A bicyclist makes his way along Halsted Street during a cold weather front as a weather phenomenon known as a bomb cyclone hits the Upper Midwest, in Chicago, Illinois, US.(REUTERS file)
Published on Jan 07, 2023 10:57 AM IST
Reuters | | Posted by Nisha Anand

Fishes are ‘unnecessarily’ fighting over food due to climate change: Study

With the future of the world's coral reefs threatened by climate change, a team of researchers studied how a mass bleaching event affected 38 species of butterflyfish.

Human-driven climate change has spurred mass coral bleaching as the world's oceans get warmer.
Human-driven climate change has spurred mass coral bleaching as the world's oceans get warmer.
Published on Jan 05, 2023 01:52 PM IST
AFP | | Posted by Nisha Anand

El Nino may emerge this summer, indicate global models

El Nino has a major influence on weather and climate patterns and is associated with drought and weak monsoons in India

El Nino is associated with extreme heat waves in India. (PTI)
El Nino is associated with extreme heat waves in India. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 04, 2023 12:39 PM IST
ByJayashree Nandi

Marine predators, animals that are small, can fly perceive time fastest: Study

The study, which is the largest of its kind to date, analysed the rate at which over 100 animals perceive changes in the world -- known as temporal perception.

A dragon fly sits on a twig at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore.(AFP )
A dragon fly sits on a twig at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore.(AFP )
Published on Jan 03, 2023 03:50 PM IST
ANI | | Posted by Nisha Anand

Study reveals potential of photosynthesis regulation under altered lighting

Plants have to constantly adapt their photosynthetic activity to their environmental conditions in order to obtain maximum light yield on the one hand, but avoid being harmed by too much light on the other hand.

The study demonstrates the significance of two key proteins for the dynamic control of photosynthesis in a series of experiments with changing light conditions, simulating the natural interplay of light and shadow.(Shutterstock)
The study demonstrates the significance of two key proteins for the dynamic control of photosynthesis in a series of experiments with changing light conditions, simulating the natural interplay of light and shadow.(Shutterstock)
Published on Jan 01, 2023 04:30 PM IST
ANI |

Centuries-old oases in Morocco reeling from effects of climate change

Home to centuries-old oases that have been a trademark of Morocco, this region about 170 miles southeast of Marrakesh is reeling from the effects of climate change, which has created an emergency for the kingdom’s agriculture.

Demonstrators pretend to resuscitate the Earth while advocating for the 1.5 degree warming goal to survive at the COP27 U.N. Climate Summit.(AP file)
Demonstrators pretend to resuscitate the Earth while advocating for the 1.5 degree warming goal to survive at the COP27 U.N. Climate Summit.(AP file)
Published on Dec 26, 2022 08:39 PM IST
AP |

Over 200 mn under warning in US as winter storm brings blackouts, power outages

The huge storm stretched from border to border. Multiple highways were closed, and crashes claimed at least five lives, officials said. At least one person died in a massive pileup involving at least 50 vehicles on the Ohio Turnpike.

Snow removal vehicles try to clear roads in downtown Detroit on December 23, 2022, in Detroit, United States. (Photo by Matthew Hatcher/GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/Getty Images via AFP)
Snow removal vehicles try to clear roads in downtown Detroit on December 23, 2022, in Detroit, United States. (Photo by Matthew Hatcher/GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/Getty Images via AFP)
Updated on Dec 24, 2022 04:08 PM IST
AP |

India hails global nature of COP15 targets

The looming threat of a mass extinction of species due to human activities led nearly 200 nations at the United Nations biodiversity summit in Montreal to agree to protect and restore at least 30% of the planet’s land and water by 2030.

India was supportive of most aims to restore biodiversity at COP15 but had reservations on numerical targets. (Reuters)
India was supportive of most aims to restore biodiversity at COP15 but had reservations on numerical targets. (Reuters)
Published on Dec 20, 2022 12:03 AM IST
ByJayashree Nandi, New Delhi

COP15 vows to protect 30% land, water by ’30

The Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework aims to bring the loss of areas of high biodiversity importance, including ecosystems of high ecological integrity, close to zero by 2030, while respecting the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities.

Delegates take souvenir photos during a snowfall outside the convention centre at the COP15 UN conference on biodiversity in Montreal, on Friday. (AP)
Delegates take souvenir photos during a snowfall outside the convention centre at the COP15 UN conference on biodiversity in Montreal, on Friday. (AP)
Updated on Dec 20, 2022 04:16 AM IST
ByJayashree Nandi, New Delhi

Number theory: Tracking the dramatic temperature changes India saw through 2022

To be sure, while 2022 is in the top 20% coldest years by maximum temperature, it ends up on the warmer half when we look at the minimum temperature.

Hazy weather over the skyline as sun sets in the backdrop over Vihar Lake in Mumbai.(HT file)
Hazy weather over the skyline as sun sets in the backdrop over Vihar Lake in Mumbai.(HT file)
Updated on Dec 19, 2022 01:46 PM IST

COP15: Biodiversity draft eyes more funds, saving rich areas

If agreed to, the non-paper, released on Sunday night (11am Montreal time) by China — which holds the presidency of the 15th Conference of Parties (COP15) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) — will be a historic moment when the world agrees to conserve global biodiversity by 2030.

The draft framework will be negotiated on till Monday. (AFP)
The draft framework will be negotiated on till Monday. (AFP)
Updated on Dec 19, 2022 01:47 PM IST
ByJayashree Nandi
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