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An El Nino, which can alter weather worldwide, has formed but it's so weak and late that it shouldn't be a big deal, US forecasters said. An El Nino is a natural warming of the ocean that once it interacts with the atmosphere often warms up the globe and changes rainfall and temperature patterns, making some places wetter and some places drier.
Russia's northeastern Novaya Zemlya archipelago, which has a population of around 3,000 people, has appealed for help to tackle "a mass invasion of polar bears into inhabited areas," regional authorities said. Russian authorities have so far refused permission to shoot the bears but are sending a commission to investigate the situation and have not ruled out a cull.
Rising temperatures increase the concentration of aerosols in the atmosphere that cause air pollution, according to a study which highlights another disturbing effect of climate change. While climate change is warming the ocean, it is warming the land faster, which is bad news for air quality all over the world, according to researchers.
As Chinese people celebrate the new Year of the Pig this week, environmental campaigners are urging them to eat less pork and help save the planet. China consumes more meat than any other country and accounts for half the world's consumption of pork, which is used in everything from dumplings and stir-fries to hotpots.
"Go!" team leader Kritkhajorn Tangon yells as the group tackles the actors, who had near them sambar deer antlers and a blade covered in fake blood. Thailand's conservationists are struggling to stamp out the multibillion-dollar black market in animal parts, finding themselves outgunned by illegal hunters and outflanked by courts.
Normally, the jet stream — which is a strong current in the atmosphere — would keep this cold air in the Arctic, but when the jet stream wavers or weakens, the chill can spill. This week's freeze "may be the coldest in more than 20 years in parts of the Midwest and will smash dozens of daily record lows in some areas of the US."
The study found that higher levels of pollution are associated with a decrease in people’s happiness levels. Inadequate public services, soaring house prices, and concerns over food safety, air pollution — caused by the country’s industrialisation, coal burning, and increasing use of cars — has had a significant impact on quality of life in urban areas.
Field director of the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve (DTR) Ramesh Kumar Pandey told that "the counting teams sighted for the first time in Dudhwa Maroon Oriole, Eurasian Sparrowhawk and two other new birds." He added that "as per suggestions from the experts, next counting of birds would be conducted in summer so as to make a comprehensive scientific study of birds, their nature and behaviour and Dudhwa ecology."
As many as 429 tigers have been poached and killed since 2008 across the country, with the maximum of 71 in Madhya Pradesh during the period, revealed data obtained under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Year-wise, the maximum killings took place in 2011 when 80 tigers were poached, while the minimum of 17 occurred in 2015.
Ocean heating is a critical marker of climate change because an estimated 93% of the excess solar energy trapped by greenhouse gases accumulates in the world's oceans. Trends in ocean heat content match those predicted by leading climate change models, overall warming is accelerating. Warmer oceans contribute to stronger storms, hurricanes and extreme precipitation.