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    China bans non-climbers in core zone of Mt Everest

    China bans non-climbers in core zone of Mt Everest


    China has banned tourists from accessing its Mount Everest base camp in Tibet amid an ongoing campaign to clean up trash in the mountainous region, said state media Friday. The ban applies to "ordinary tourists", not those with climbing permits, reported...

    China has banned tourists from accessing its Mount Everest base camp in Tibet amid an ongoing campaign to clean up trash in the mountainous region, said state media Friday. The ban applies to "ordinary tourists", not those with climbing permits, reported official news agency Xinhua.
    El Nino is back but it's late, weak and probably no big deal

    El Nino is back but it's late, weak and probably no big deal


    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...

    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.
    Russian Arctic archipelago sounds alarm over aggressive polar bears

    Russian Arctic archipelago sounds alarm over aggressive polar bears


    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...

    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.
    Melting ice sheets may cause 'climate chaos': Study

    Melting ice sheets may cause 'climate chaos': Study


    These melting giants, especially the one atop Greenland, are poised to further weaken the ocean currents that move cold water south along the Atlantic Ocean floor while pushing tropical waters northward closer to the surface, they reported in the journal...

    These melting giants, especially the one atop Greenland, are poised to further weaken the ocean currents that move cold water south along the Atlantic Ocean floor while pushing tropical waters northward closer to the surface, they reported in the journal Nature.
    Climate change increasing air pollution across globe: Study

    Climate change increasing air pollution across globe: Study


    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...

    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.
    Stop pigging out and save the planet, Chinese told ahead of Lunar NewYear

    Stop pigging out and save the planet, Chinese told ahead of Lunar NewYear


    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,...

    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.
    Vadodara's Parul University bans petrol, diesel vehicles on campus to curb pollution

    Vadodara's Parul University bans petrol, diesel vehicles on campus to curb pollution


    For achieving its goal of greener and cleaner environment, the varsity has introduced 100 bicycles at the first stage with 4 stands all across the campus. The riders can rent a bicycle at a minimal cost for hours, days, weeks or months, as per their...

    For achieving its goal of greener and cleaner environment, the varsity has introduced 100 bicycles at the first stage with 4 stands all across the campus. The riders can rent a bicycle at a minimal cost for hours, days, weeks or months, as per their convenience.
    Himalayas fading owing to climate change: Experts

    Himalayas fading owing to climate change: Experts


    Sharing his concern about the condition of climate change in Uttarakhand, he said: "Today, we don't see many people coming forward to save the environment from climate change, which is clearly evident by the change in colour of the Himalayas from...

    Sharing his concern about the condition of climate change in Uttarakhand, he said: "Today, we don't see many people coming forward to save the environment from climate change, which is clearly evident by the change in colour of the Himalayas from pristine white to grey."
    Thai forest rangers train to tackle wildlife crime

    Thai forest rangers train to tackle wildlife crime


    "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...

    "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.
    US shivers as extreme cold invades, but is this climate change?

    US shivers as extreme cold invades, but is this climate change?


    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...

    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."
    Telangana to set up 'Save Tiger Protection Force'

    Telangana to set up 'Save Tiger Protection Force'


    The 112-member-armed STPF will be headed by an Assistant Conservator of Forests to protect tiger population in Amarabad and Kawal Tiger Reserves. The State and Central government will share the cost of the force on 40:60 basis, it...

    The 112-member-armed STPF will be headed by an Assistant Conservator of Forests to protect tiger population in Amarabad and Kawal Tiger Reserves. The State and Central government will share the cost of the force on 40:60 basis, it said.
    How air pollution is making people unhappy

    How air pollution is making people unhappy


    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,...

    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.
    4 new avian species spotted in Dudhwa forest in UP: Official

    4 new avian species spotted in Dudhwa forest in UP: Official


    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,...

    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."
    Davos assembly faces Brazilian populism and Brexit

    Davos assembly faces Brazilian populism and Brexit


    Organisers of next week's annual Davos conclave put on a brave face on Friday after US President Donald Trump withdrew his entire delegation, insisting the forum still had plenty of political and corporate firepower in its debating...

    Organisers of next week's annual Davos conclave put on a brave face on Friday after US President Donald Trump withdrew his entire delegation, insisting the forum still had plenty of political and corporate firepower in its debating armoury.
    429 tigers killed by poachers since 2008, reveals RTI reply

    429 tigers killed by poachers since 2008, reveals RTI reply


    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...

    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.
    Oceans warming much faster than previously thought: Study

    Oceans warming much faster than previously thought: Study


    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,...

    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.