| ARCTIC ICE SHELVES CRUMBLING
Arctic sea ice extent stands at the second-lowest on record, because of an alarming rate of ice loss in August. According to satellite data, the sea ice extent was 526 hectares on August 26. Nearly 23 per cent of the total Arctic has disappeared since 2007, when the rate of ice loss was at an all-time low.
Park authorities confirmed the death of 7 hog deer, 3 rhino calves and a swamp
deer during floods. Two rhino calves were eaten by tigers, they said.
Pollution Control Board asked people not to immerse plaster of Paris idols in water bodies
during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival.
incineration plant in Beijing that remained closed during the Olympics has resumed
operations to the ire of local residents.
minister has called for separating urban development issues from the environment ministry to
manage rapid urbanization in Africa.
A pre-war deal
between China and Iraq has been revived to develop Ahdab oil field even though there is
no law yet governing its oil sector.
and anti-drug campaigns slashed Afghan's poppy cultivation by 19 per cent this year, says
Taliban-dominated southern provinces show no improvement.
waiting for nuclear imaging tests may face delays because of a global shortage of medical
isotopes (molybdenum-99). Three isotope production reactors in Europe were closed for maintenance.
from a nuclear research institute in Belgium prompted authorities to caution against
taking fruits, vegetables or dairy products grown in its vicinity.
has developed a mobile lab, Environm-ental Assessment Module, to support
international response to environmental emergencies.
launched two satellites named 'Environment 1' for monitoring ecological environment and natural
species, including many endangered ones, were relocated to give way to Dubai's largest
panda cub has been successfully bred in Japan's Oji zoo by artificial insemination.
disease can now be detected using a test similar to the pregnancy test. Scientists discovered
high protein levels in the urine of infected cattle.
from a ship is blamed for thousands of oil-slicked penguins who washed up dead on Brazil's
Uruguay is considering resorting to nuclear energy. Its constitution doesn't allow
production and distribution of nuclear energy.
less meat will help tackle global warming, says fao
sector generates more ghg
s (18 per cent) than transport, degrades land and water bodies.
more tree planting, compulsory water metering and greater awareness of flood risks
are some of the measures suggested by London mayor to adapt to global warming challenges.
plans to spend us
$4 billion, a 27 per cent budget increase, in the
next fiscal year on measures to cut ghg
$166 million will go to buy
emissions from new cars sold in Europe fell from 160 g/km in 2006 to 158 g/km in 2007, notes
Green groups say this is not enough to meet climate targets.
introduced a discounts scheme to promote energy efficient products. Buyers will get
carbon points, which can be used to pay utilities, transport and other bills.
Petroleum Institute and four business groups have joined Alaska in suing the federal
government; they want polar bear's listing as a threatened species be reversed.
70 UK MPs
have asked the government to levy one-off windfall tax on energy and utility companies to
ring-fence their profits for social and environmental causes.
was thriving inside the Amazon forests in west Brazil during the 15th century. Satellite
images show signs of towns, villages, road networks, farming and wetland management in the area.
will build its first scientific observatory in Antarctica's highest peak, Dome A, soon.
plans to develop Iraq's famed Fertile Crescent, a wetland ecosystem that was ravaged during the
war, as a World Heritage Site.
deforestation increased by 69 per cent in the last one year. 308,800 ha of land was illegally
cleared for cattle grazing and plantations.
has asked all foreign aid workers to move out of the ltte
-controlled north zone after fighting intensified.
states have sued epa
for not issuing emissions standards to oil
classified African lions as vulnerable, with a 30-50 per cent estimated drop in population in the last
20 years. They are fewer than 1,000 now.
will melt the 21 remaining glaciers in the Pyrenees mountains before 2050, said
Spanish researchers. 94 glaciers melted between 1880 and 1980.
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