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Nitrogen dioxide levels fell by more than 70% during COVID-19 lockdown in New Delhi: UN

The UN Secretary-General's Policy Brief on 'COVID-19 in an Urban World' said that with an estimated 90 per cent of all reported COVID-19 cases, urban areas have become the epicentre of the pandemic.

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Young Indian activist Archana Soreng named by UN chief to new advisory group on climate change

Soreng is "experienced in advocacy and research, and she is working to document, preserve, and promote traditional knowledge and cultural practices of indigenous communities," the UN said in a stateme

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World Conservation Day 2020: The last chance to plant the tree of change

As the world plunges into political and health care crises, neglecting our rapidly depleting resources does no good in any capacity to not just us, but the natural world around us, as well.

The sixth mass extinction event is very much underway.

NASA’s Perseverance mission to Mars: The biggest and brainiest Martian rover

Its super-sanitized sample return tubes for rocks that could hold evidence of past Martian life are the cleanest items ever bound for space.

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Wow! Two 14-year-old schoolgirls from Surat discover Earth-bound asteroid

Two schoolgirls from Surat in Gujarat have discovered an Earth-bound asteroid

The asteroid is currently called HLV2514.

EIA Draft 2020: Jairam Ramesh hits back at Javadekar, says his suggestions based on facts

Prakash Javadekar had on Sunday termed his suggestions "unfounded" and based on "misinterpretation", a day after Ramesh had raised strong objections to the draft EIA notification.

COVID-19 lockdown makes Earth quieter! Reduction in seismic noise globally

High frequency noise which is usually generated by traffic, industrial activities and other human activities has declined sharply at a time when there are stringent norms of lockdown and social isolat

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Portugal placed on wildfire alert as temperatures climb

High temperatures in recent weeks have left many forested areas bone dry, and declaring a state of alert allows officials to place firefighting assets on standby for quick deployment.

The Civil Protection Agency reported no major blazes early Monday.

India amongst biggest suppliers of Tiger body parts in the world: UN World Wildlife Crime Report

Quoting the World Wise data for the period between 2007 and 2018, the report said that India and Thailand are the main source countries which were traced in the shipments seized in international trade

However, the report also said that though the consumers preferred the body parts of the wildlife tigers over the captive tigers, it is nearly impossible for them to differentiate between the two.

Here’s why NASA’s astronaut Sunita Williams took Bhagavad Gita to the space

Astronaut Sunita Williams revealed how spacewalking can give a fatal challenge to even the one who has decades of training.

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High ammonia levels in raw water from Haryana hit supply in Delhi: DJB

"Due to increase in pollutants (ammonia levels) in raw water discharged from Haryana, the water supply will be affected in parts of West Delhi, North Delhi, Central Delhi and South Delhi. We endeavor

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Toxic froth in Yamuna: NGT panel seeks report from CPCB, DPCC on frothing in Yamuna

The two-member committee, comprising retired National Green Tribunal expert member B S Sajawan and former Delhi chief secretary Shailaja Chandra, asked CPCB, DPCC Chairman Sanjeev Khirwar and Industri

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Weather update: Flood situation worsens in Assam, Bihar; rain lashes Delhi

In Bihar, at least 10 people have died and 15 lakh have been hit in 11 districts. Nearly 10 lakh were affected by floods till Saturday in 10 districts.

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‘Your suggestions unfounded’: Prakash Javadekar responds to Jairam Ramesh on EIA Draft 2020

"Draft notification is kept in public domain for comments and suggestions. Your observations are noted. There are 15 more days for suggestions. All your suggestions are unfounded and based on misinter

Weather update: Forecast of heavy rainfall, thundershowers, lightning issued for these states — check details

Weather alert: The state of Gujarat is likely to experience fairly widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall till Monday.

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Watch: NASA’s asteroid camera captures China’s Mars mission on its way to the Red Planet

The Tianwen-1 will reach Mars' orbit in February 2021 and the rover will land on the Red Planet in May, the IE report added.

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Preparing for unseen disasters: Best practices for emergency preparedness

In the process, this black swan event has completely altered our way of thinking and has forced organizations to bring about a change in the way they function.

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Virus-weary Texas braces as Hurricane Hanna arrives

The first hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season made landfall twice on Saturday afternoon within the span of little over an hour.

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Weather alert: Thunderstorm warning issued in Himachal Pradesh; No respite from floods in Assam, Bihar

An India Meteorological Department (IMD) bulletin said heavy rainfall was likely at isolated places in sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya on Sunday.

Remembering Rosalind Franklin, the ‘unsung heroine of DNA’, on her 100th birthday

She made breakthrough findings on DNA and it was her work that was used to construct the double-helix structure of DNA.

Hanna becomes first hurricane of 2020 Atlantic season

The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline, the Miami-based agency said.

Tornadoes were also possible Saturday for parts of the lower to middle Texas coastal plain, forecasters said.

ASTHROS: NASA to release football field-size stratospheric balloon to study cosmos — check details

The ASTHROS mission will be carried on a big balloon that will be about 150 meters wide and will be inflated with helium.

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Climate change: In a first, Scientists at WII track Pied Cuckoo’s migration pattern; details

Terming 'site fidelity' as an essential feature of the pied cuckoos, Dr Suresh Kumar, a scientist with WII’s department of Endangered Species Management told the Indian Express that the birds come b

Can we settle the unsettled state of Indian climate resilience?

Building climate change resilience through robust and effective emergency response systems is not an option but an imperative.

The current emergency preparedness doesn’t account for compounded risks.

Earthquake triggers landslides in Mizoram, 23rd to hit state in 5 weeks

The quake occurred at 11.16 am and the epicentre was 29 km southeast of Champhai. The earthquake and heavy rains caused landslides at several places in the district.

Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover: NASA invites people to virtual launch, with a chance to ‘send their name to Mars’

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is set to launch its Mars 2020 Perseverance rover on July 30 and people across the world can watch it as well as participate in many activities

Weather update: Alert for cyclonic circulation, thunderstorm, heavy rainfall issued for these states — check forecast

Weather update: Areas of Madhya Pradesh, central Maharashtra, Marathawada region, Rajasthan, Bihar, Jharkhand and Gangetic West Bengal can expect thunderstorm and lightning in some regions in the next

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