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Has World Water Council become hostage t

Marseille, France, 29 November: Set up in 1996 after a proposal to this effect at the United Nations'  International  Conference on Environment and Development in Dublin in 1992, the World Water Council is in the eye of a storm. With accusations from its very own members of succumbing to the greed of water mafia, the world’s apex body on water is of late mired in controversies.

Mass pilot whale stranding at Chatham Is

Wellington, Nov 30 (IBNS): An overnight stranding of pilot whales has occurred at the southern end of Hanson Bay, near the township of Owenga in the Chatham Islands, officials said.

WB govt fined Rs 5 crore for failing to

Kolkata, Nov 29 (IBNS): The National Green Tribunal has slapped a Rs 5-crore fine on the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal for failing to improve air quality in Kolkata and Howrah. The money has to be paid in two weeks, failing which the amount will increase by Rs 1 crore every month.

Cutting emissions, one bog at a time

New York, Nov 28 (IBNS): Farmers and entrepreneurs in rural eastern Europe are helping to tackle climate change while boosting their livelihoods as a result of regenerating ancient wetland peat bogs.

CO2 emissions on the rise for first time

New York, Nov 28 (IBNS): A new report released on Tuesday by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) shows that global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions rose again during 2017 after a three year hiatus, highlighting the imperative for countries to deliver on the historic Paris Agreement to keep global warming to below 2°C above pre-industrial levels.

5 magnitude earthquake hits Japan, no ca

Tokyo, Nov 27 (IBNS): An earthquake measuring 5.0 struck Japan's southern Ibaraki Prefecture on Tuesday, weather officials said.

6.2 earthquake hits areas close to Taiwa

Beijing, Nov 26 (IBNS): A 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit areas close to the Taiwan Strait, officials said.

6.3 earthquake hits border area between

Baghdad, Nov 26 (IBNS): At least 350 people were hurt as a 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit the border area between Iraq and Iran on Sunday, as per the US Geological Survey. 

#TakeYourSeat at the UN Climate Change C

New York, Nov 24 (IBNS): To bring the voice of the people to the upcoming Climate Change Conference in Poland (known by the shorthand 'COP 24', from 2 to 14 December), the United Nations has launched  the ‘People’s Seat’ initiative, calling millions of change advocates worldwide to submit messages for an address that will be delivered to leaders attending the conference, by renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough.

Greenhouse gas levels in atmosphere brea

New York, Nov 23 (IBNS): Levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached another new record high, according to a report issued on Thursday by the United Nations weather agency, which reveals that there is no sign of reversal of this trend, responsible for climate change, sea level rise, ocean acidification and extreme weather.

With worst AQI, Kolkata becomes India's

Kolkata, Nov 19 (IBNS): Surpassing Delhi, Kolkata has become the most polluted metropolitan in India, in last 72 hours, with a 'very poor' and 'hazardous' Air Quality Index (AQI), reports said.

Climate-proofing Timor-Leste

New York, Nov 17 (IBNS): A new generation of green infrastructure which boosts the local economy, ensures water supplies and protects the environment is being built in Timor-Leste thanks to the support of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

Cyclone Gaja : Storm intensifies, to mak

Chennai, Nov 15 (IBNS) :The cyclonic storm ‘Gaja’ will make a landfall between Cuddalore and Pamban on Thursday evening bringing heavy rainfall to Tamil Nadu.

Cyclone ‘GAJA’ to intensify into a s

New Delhi, Nov 14 (IBNS) : The Cyclonic storm ‘GAJA’ over West central and adjoining East central and  South Bay of Bengal moved west-southwestwards with a speed of 06 kmph during past 06 hours and lay centred at 0530 hrs IST on Wednesday over Westcentral and adjoining East central & South Bay of Bengal, about 540 km east of Chennai (Tamil Nadu) and 640 km northeast of Nagapattinam (Tamil Nadu).

Climate Change Focus: Cows, coffee and s

New York, Nov 13 (IBNS): Small-scale farms in Panama are helping to heal land degraded by extensive cattle ranching and extreme rainfall or drought associated with climate change, thanks to a project supported by the UN Development Programme, (UNDP).

Smartphones may be used to better predic

Tel Aviv, Nov 12 (IBNS): Flash floods occur with little warning. Earlier this year, a flash flood that struck Ellicott City, MD, demolished the main street, swept away parked cars, pummeled buildings and left one man dead.

Freezing pollutants removes them from in

London, Nov 11 (IBNS): An international study, involving Nottingham Trent University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, aimed to address the severe effect that hazardous outdoor air pollution – which is thought to lead to more than 3m premature deaths worldwide every year – was having on indoor air quality.

5 magnitude earthquake hits Indo-Nepal b

Pithoragarh, Nov 11 (IBNS): An earthquake measuring 5 on the Richter Scale hit Indo-Nepal border in Uttarakhand state of India on Sunday, as per the India Meteorological Department.

UN chief appoints Luis Alfonso de Alba a

New York, Nov 11 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced on Friday the appointment of Luis Alfonso de Alba of Mexico as his Special Envoy for the 2019 Climate Summit.

Healing of ozone layer gives hope for cl

New York, Nov 6 (IBNS): The findings of a new UN-backed report, released on Monday, showing the ongoing healing of the ozone layer, are being hailed as a demonstration of what global agreements can achieve, and an inspiration for more ambitious climate action to halt a catastrophic rise in world temperatures.

6.0 earthquake hits Philippines, no casu

Manila, Nov 4 (IBNS): An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter Scale hit southeast of Sapad, Philippines on Sunday,  U.S. Geological Survey said.

World Heritage sites under threat from c

London, Nov 3 (IBNS): UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Mediterranean such as Venice, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Medieval City of Rhodes are under severe threat of coastal erosion and flooding due to rising sea levels within the next 100 years, a study published in Naturemagazine reports this week.

Tsunamis account for $280 billion in eco

Geneva, Nov 3 (IBNS):  The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has called attention to the significant loss of life and economic losses associated with tsunamis, notably for countries bordering the Indian and Pacific Oceans, over the last twenty years.

Ozone hole could've been a big one this

New York, Nov 3 (IBNS): The ozone hole that forms over the Antarctic each September is primarily driven by two factors: the amount of ozone-destroying chlorine in the polar stratosphere and the availability of ice crystals in stratospheric clouds for the chlorine to bind to. 

Plastic-busting fungi may help tackle po

New York, Nov 1 (IBNS): When it comes to helping green our world, organic mushrooms from the local market may be just the tip of the iceberg. A new United Nations-backed report reveals that fungi could help ween the world off its plastic addiction, by degrading polyurethane in just a matter of weeks.

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