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What is Pollution?

October 3, 2016 05:33PM

Pollution, we hear it every other day at school, college and read about it in newspapers. So what is it? Pollution occurs when pollutants contaminate the natural surroundings; which brings about changes that affect our normal lifestyles adversely. Pollutants are the key elements or components …


Water management

October 3, 2016 05:23PM

As someone who started his professional career more than half-a-century ago in the then Central Water and Power Commission (CWPC) -- later to become Central Water Commission (CWC) -- I welcome the Mihir Shah Committee Report and consider it important and long overdue. I was also closely associated f…


Biodiversity falls below ‘safe levels’ globally

July 17, 2016 04:47PM


Levels of global biodiversity loss may negatively impact on ecosystem function and the sustainability of human societies, according to UCL-led research.

"This is the first time we've quantified the effect of habitat loss on biodiversity globally in such detail and we've found that across mo…


Solar panels study reveals impact on Earth

July 17, 2016 04:44PM


Researchers have produced the first detailed study of the impact of solar parks on the environment, opening the door to smarter forms of farming and better land management.

Environmental Scientists at Lancaster University and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology monitored a large solar park…


The Great Indian River Trick

July 17, 2016 04:33PM


"Shipra is not just a river; it's much more than that. When the gods battled demons over nectar, a drop of it fell in the river. That's why it is eternal and that's why we come here during the Kumbh, to bathe in the river and be closer to the gods."

Like his forebears before him, 70-year-ol…


Research to 'save the most valuable silk moth in the world'

July 11, 2016 09:17AM


Research that could help to save one of the rarest and most valuable silks in the world is being spearheaded with novel research at the University of Leicester.

Researchers from the University are developing a technique known as phage therapeutics to target harmful bacterial infections in M…


Australia's vast kelp forests devastated by marine heatwave, study reveals

July 11, 2016 09:15AM

About 90% of forests off the western coast were wiped out between 2011 and 2013, posing a threat to biodiversity and the marine economy, say scientists.

A hundred kilometres of kelp forests off the western coast of Australia were wiped out by a marine heatwave between 2010 and 2013, a new study h…


Global fish production approaching sustainable limit, UN warns

July 11, 2016 09:13AM



Around 90% of the world’s stocks are now fully or overfished and production is set to increase further by 2025, according to report from UN’s food body

Global fish production is approaching its sustainable limit, with around 90% of the world’s stocks now fully or overfished and a …


Global warming to blame for hundreds of heatwave deaths, scientists say

July 11, 2016 09:11AM



Manmade climate change increased the risk of heat-related deaths by about 70% in Paris and 20% in London in 2003, research shows.

Hundreds of deaths in the searing European heatwave of 2003 can be attributed to manmade climate change, say scientists.

Researchers calculated that 506…


Pea plants demonstrate ability to 'gamble' - a first in plants

July 3, 2016 06:12PM


An international team of scientists from Oxford University, UK, and Tel-Hai College, Israel, has shown that pea plants can demonstrate sensitivity to risk -- namely, that they can make adaptive choices that take into account environmental variance, an ability previously unknown outside the ani…


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