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Indoor air: Is it as safe as we assume it to be?

With many of us being forced to spend more time indoors due to work-from-home policies and digital classrooms, it is important to take the quality of air inside our homes more seriously than before.

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Earthquake of 4.1 magnitude hits north Bengal, second in less than 12 hrs

A mild earthquake of 4.1 magnitude hit north Bengal on Tuesday morning, as per the National Center for Seismology.

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March third warmest in 121 years: IMD

March was third warmest in 121 years in terms of monthly average maximum temperature, the India Meteorological Department on Monday said.

North India likely to receive rainfall from April 5-9

The hilly areas of north India and the plains are likely to receive widespread rainfall from April 5-9, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Monday.

What causes frequent forest fires? Uttarakhand reports 45 incidents in 24 hours, seeks centre help

In addition to Uttarakhand, forest fires have also been reported from other dense forest vegetation states like Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Nagaland-Manipur border, Odisha among others since the

Season’s first nor’wester hits Kolkata in relief amid sweltering heat

A maximum wind speed of 45 kmph was recorded during the nor'wester, which brought along some light rain, the official said.

The nor'wester, known as 'kalbaishakhi' in Bengali, brought down the mercury in the evening by at least 4 degrees Celsius, he said, adding that rainfall of 0.1 mm was recorded at the Alipore Met office here.

Why there is a consistent fall in migratory bird population in Chandigarh

Starting from the year 2018 November census, the total types of migratory bird species that migrated to the city was 98 which fell down consistently to 91 in 2017, 86 in 2019, and only 77 species in N

Only tackling vehicles wouldn’t solve air pollution problem in India: Alastair Lewis, professor, University of York

Professor of atmospheric chemistry at the University of York and a director of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science in the UK, Alastair Lewis is a leading international figure in fighting air p

At 11.7 deg C, Delhi records lowest minimum temperature in April in at least 12 years

Delhi recorded a minimum of 11.7 degrees Celsius on Saturday, which is the lowest in the month of April in at least 12 years, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

Births among endangered right whales highest since 2015

This season's calf count matches the 17 births recorded in 2015. Right whale experts consider that number fairly average, considering the record is 39 births confirmed in 2009.

Regardless, conservationists worry that right whales are dying largely from manmade causes at a faster rate than they can reproduce.

Piece of SpaceX rocket debris lands at Washington state farm

A piece of burning rocket debris seen streaking across the Pacific Northwest sky last week crashed on a farm in eastern Washington state, authorities said.

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Monsoon 2021 forecast: New strategy planned for monsoon this year, says MoES Secy

A new forecasting strategy has been planned for monsoon this year, Secretary in the Ministry of Earth Sciences M Rajeevan said on Friday.

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Summer 2021 starts to set in: Why we are looking at possibility of increased cases of fires

As per the data of the Forest Survey of India, 54.4% of the forest area in India is prone to occasional fires in the country, while another nearly 7.5% are prone to moderately frequent fires.

IISc Bangalore team develops artificial enzymes that can stop HIV growth in human body

According to the IISc researchers the "nano enzymes" which have been constituted of the vanadium pentoxide nanosheets mimic a natural enzyme called glutathione peroxidase. The nanoenzymes, just like t

Heat waves likely in for north India between April and June as La Nina conditions weaken

In other parts of the country, however, that is the central, eastern and southern peninsular regions, the normal day temperature would prevail.

Day temperatures likely to be above normal over north India from April to June: IMD

The IMD said below normal seasonal maximum temperatures are likely over most of south India, parts of east India, northeast and extreme north India.

"During the upcoming hot weather season (April to June), above normal seasonal maximum temperatures are likely over most of the subdivisions of north, northwest and few subdivisions of east central India.

IMD says North Indian plains to get some reprieve from heatwave; another heatwave likely from April 3

Naresh Kumar, senior scientist with the IMD who specialises in heatwaves, said the transfer of heat was also from Pakistan. He said one of the weather stations in Pakistan also recorded 45 degrees Cel

There was also a western disturbance but it did not bring moisture to the plains, thus raising the temperatures, Kumar added.

NASA exchanges data of its Mars mission with India, China, UAE & European Space Agency

United Arab Emirates (UAE) spacecraft, Hope, is also orbiting the Mars planet. There are two spacecraft from the European Space Agency in the Martian orbit, the report said.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands likely to receive rainfall from March 31 to April 2

Isolated heavy falls are very likely over Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura on March 31 and over Arunachal Pradesh during March 31 to April 1.

Solar power in India: SSN College of Engineering research can make India self-reliant in solar cells production

Research lead Prof P Ramaswamy interacted with Financial Express Online’s Bulbul Dhawan to explain more about the research, how it would help India’s solar capabilities and the next step to be tak

Delhi weather update: Yellow haze descends on capital; wind speed up to 40 kmph

Delhi weather update: Dusty weather prevailed in the national capital for most part of the day. Similar conditions are likely on Wednesday as well, an IMD official said.

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No more threat from asteroid Apophis for at least 100 years; here is what it means

Ever heard an asteroid is going to drop on Earth and will cause great damage? For years there have been many predictions regarding the asteroid Apophis that was expected to crash on Earth, however, as

Hyderabad reels under scorching heart as temperature rises above 40°C

While it may be just spring for a majority of states in India, Telangana’s Hyderabad is experiencing scorching heat with mercury touching as high as 40.1 degree Celsius.

Severe heat wave in Delhi, highest temperature in March since 1945, says IMD

The Safdarjung Observatory, which provides representative data for the city, recorded a maximum temperature of 40.1 degrees Celsius, which was eight notches more than normal, said Kuldeep Srivastava,

"It is the hottest day in March since March 31, 1945, when the national capital recorded a maximum of 40.5 degrees Celsius," he said.

Biden invites PM Modi and top world leaders to US-hosted virtual summit on climate

Biden will host a two-day climate summit of world leaders starting on Earth Day, April 22, in which he will outline the US goal for reductions of carbon emissions by 2030 -- known as the nationally de

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ISRO revises launch schedule of GISAT-1 after “minor issue” with satellite

Weighing about 2,268kg, GISAT-1 is the first state-of-the-art agile earth observation satellite which will be placed in a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit by GSLV-F10. 

ISRO revises launch schedule of GISAT-1 after "minor issue" with satellite

NISAR: ISRO and NASA joint mission satellite to track climate change, disaster — check details

A major earth satellite is all ready to help people know more about climate change and help with disaster management.

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