Pollution

Garbage Mounting Up On World’s Highest Peak

Jun 9th, 2012 | By




Manila Bulletin: To dub Mount Qomolangma (Mount Everest) “the world’s highest garbage dump” is neither novel nor obscure. In 1963, 10 years after human beings first conquered the world’s highest mountain, a Sherpa guide witnessed human waste, discarded climbing gears, and other rubbish on the summit and asserted that parts of the mountain had become

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Time To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint: Bhutan

Jun 5th, 2012 | By




Kuenselonline: On Tuesdays, roads across the country will have more people walking than cars plying on them. In a move to remain carbon neutral, the Cabinet yesterday decided to observe Tuesdays throughout the country as Pedestrians’ Day starting June 5, to coincide with World Environment Day. “Tuesdays will be a day when Bhutanese citizens would

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World Environment Day in Kashmir-Opinion

Jun 5th, 2012 | By




Kashmir watch: Since its inception/establishment (in 1973) the annual celebration of environment day on June 5th is observed in (almost) every corner of the world. The theme of the World Environment Day (WED) 2012 is : “Green Economy: Does it include you? ” which speaks of taking eco-friendly initiatives at the grassroots level. But mostly

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In Search Of: Himalayan Ice Loss

Jun 4th, 2012 | By
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Skeptical Science: The lofty mountains at the Roof of the World, the Himalayas, harbor many strange and mythical things.  From the Abominable Snowman (myth) to the magnificent Potala Palace (wondrously real), to the far horizon of lost Shambhala (mythical [?] Shangri-La) to the manifold tales of the Vedas (also real), many a fanciful tale emerge

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Bhutan Bans Driving On World Environment Day

Jun 4th, 2012 | By




Fox News and KuenselOnline: Tuesdays in the small Himalayan nation of Bhutan will become “Pedestrians’ Day” after the country’s cabinet approved a one-day-a-week ban on driving in town centers during business hours, the Kuensel newspaper reported Friday. “Tuesdays will be a day when Bhutanese citizens would seize the opportunity to contemplate the fragile nature of

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Pollution In Paradise

May 31st, 2012 | By




Chinadialogue: The idyll of Kashmir is ill prepared for an influx of tourists, writes Athar Parvaiz from north-east India. Environmentalists fear the features that attract visitors could prove the region’s undoing. India’s seventeenth century Moghul emperor Jahangir is probably best known for his comment on the valley of Kashmir: “If there is paradise on earth,

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Bonn UN Climate Change Meeting Delivers Progress On Key Issues

May 29th, 2012 | By




UN Zambia: Meeting in Bonn for the first time after the historic UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, governments made progress in ensuring that this year’s conference in Doha, at the end of 2012, can take the next essential steps towards meeting the long-term challenge of climate change. Progress was made notably in the areas of preparing for the

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Bark Beetle May Impact Air Quality, Climate

May 25th, 2012 | By




ScienceDaily: If you’ve traveled to a forested national park out West in recent years, you may have noticed two things. First, a growing number of lodgepole pine trees are dying, victims of the bark beetle. And secondly, atmospheric haze, caused in part by tiny solid particles suspended in the air, is becoming a problem. A

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Human Made Pollutants May Be Driving Earth’s Tropical Belt Expansion

May 18th, 2012 | By




Science Daily: Black carbon aerosols and tropospheric ozone, both human made pollutants emitted predominantly in the Northern Hemisphere’s low- to mid-latitudes, are most likely pushing the boundary of the tropics further pole ward in that hemisphere, new research by a team of scientists shows. While stratospheric ozone depletion has already been shown to be the

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Study On ‘Environmental Flows’ Of Rivers Must

May 17th, 2012 | By




Assam Tribune: Ignoring the crucial linkages of a river’s upstream, midstream, and downstream flows can endanger not just the river, but human communities and ecology sustained by it. A disregard of ‘environmental flows,’ by construction of dams, has already harmed many rivers in the Western Ghats, giving rise to political as well as environmental issues.

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Prime Minister Must Intervene To Save Ganga: MPs

May 16th, 2012 | By




Jagaran Post: Members belonging to various parties on Monday demanded immediate intervention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to save the river Ganga and make it pollution free at the earliest. “I demand that the Prime Minister should intervene to save the Ganga which is not just a river but our lifeline and part of our

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Himalayan Stove Project Looks To Improve Lives, Environment

May 16th, 2012 | By




Gadling: The Himalayan Stove Project is a non-profit organization that has a very clearly defined message and goal. The group looks to improve the lives of those living in the Himalaya Mountains while simultaneously preserving the environment there as well. To accomplish this lofty goal, the HSP intends to deliver 10,000 clean cooking stoves to

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India Seeks Israeli Technology To Clean Ganges River

May 9th, 2012 | By




Environment News Service: India is considering integrating Israeli water technologies into a national initiative to clean up the polluted Ganges River, which provides water for 40 percent of India’s population in 11 states through which it flows. Indian engineers, scientists and officials from water technology companies visited Israel late last month to explore the possibilities.

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The Himalayas And The Old Man: How Much Do We Care?

May 8th, 2012 | By
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Hill Post: Ignorance is not always bliss; not when the climate and pristine ecology is at stake. A change in the climate that has served millions of life forms from the beginning of time does not just affect our surroundings. It ropes in our future generations too. 2 years ago, I crossed the Rohtang Pass

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India: Green Court Imposes Rs 100 Cr Damages

May 7th, 2012 | By




Hill Post: Himachal Green Court imposes Rs 100 Cr damages on Jaypee Cement Plant Getting tough on blatant violations of environment laws, a green bench of Himachal Pradesh High Court (India) on Friday not only imposed Rs 100 crore damages on Jaiprakash Associates Ltd. (JAL, a Indian industry) for having set up a whole cement

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India: Government Fails To Act On River Ganga Conservation

May 7th, 2012 | By




Daily Mail: When it comes to conservation of river Ganga, the government seems to be moving at snail’s pace. Even 10 months after issuing a notification to declare 135 km stretch of the river from its origin at Gaumukh as eco-sensitive zone (ESZ), the ministry of environment and forests has failed to finalise it. The

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Warming Hole’ Delayed Climate Change

Apr 30th, 2012 | By




Harvard Science: 50-year model suggests regional pollution obscured a global trend Climate scientists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have discovered that particulate pollution in the late 20th century created a “warming hole” over the eastern United States — that is, a cold patch where the effects of global warming were

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Agency Plea Over Climate Warning

Apr 26th, 2012 | By




BBC News: Leading energy ministers have been told the world is on track for a long-term temperature increase of 6C unless they change their priorities. The International Energy Agency (IEA) said on current trends, emissions would double from 2009 to 2050. The deputy director of the IEA, Richard Jones, urged ministers: “Please take our warning

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Melting Of Siachen Glacier-Don’t Blame Global Warming

Apr 23rd, 2012 | By




The News: Siachen is the only Glacier of Karakorum range melting with unprecedented rate, the cause of which is the military presence in the area and not global warming. The high-resolution images of the Siachen glacier show deep cracks every 10 feet (crevasses), both in longitudinal and transverse directions. The retreat of the glacier is

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Climate Change Targets Should Include Emissions From Goods Manufactured Abroad

Apr 19th, 2012 | By




Telegraph UK: Carbon emissions from goods imported and consumed in the UK are rising more quickly than greenhouse gases are being cut domestically, MPs have warned. The Energy and Climate Change Committee warned that “outsourcing” of pollution to other countries meant the UK’s record on cutting greenhouse gases was not as good as official figures

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Leveling Mountains To Fuel A Dirty Industry

Apr 11th, 2012 | By




Be Green: Mountains are silent, mighty, and incredibly beautiful as they interconnect with surrounding rivers and forests. The U.S. holds some of the oldest and richest mountainous regions that play a significant role in the ecological cycle. Unfortunately, these majestic giants of the earth are continually at the mercy of the coal mining industry particularly

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On The Delicate Environment-Faith Conflict

Apr 11th, 2012 | By




Kashmir Life (Srinagar, India): Tonnes of trash dumped in Indian Kashmir during an annual religious pilgrimage pose a serious threat to the region’s water supplies and flora, environmental groups warn. The trash is dumped during an annual trek to a shrine in the Amarnath cave, 3,800 meters (12,800 feet) up in the Himalayas, which is

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Different Strokes: New Lower-Pollution Auto Rickshaw Curb Climate Change

Apr 11th, 2012 | By




Scientific American: The two-stroke rickshaw, although convenient in traffic-snarled cities, is a toxic nuisance–but new engines could clean up their act. Banned in Delhi for a decade, smog-spewing combustion engine–powered rickshaws are fading away in India and in many other countries, thanks not only to inroads by minivans, but also to  improved rickshaw motor designs

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Meet Kimberly Casey: Studying How Debris Influences Glaciers

Apr 10th, 2012 | By




PHYS.ORG: Kimberly Casey is a glaciologist who spends a fair amount of time in the office analyzing satellite data. But when she talks about her fieldwork on remote glaciers, one suspects she could do pretty well in a triathlon, too. Casey has carried 70-pound backpacks up mountain crossings in the Himalayas and waded ice-cold streams

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Creating An ‘Energy Internet’ For The Poor

Mar 22nd, 2012 | By
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The world’s poorest countries can jump directly from the pre-electricity era into a new industrial revolution through an “energy Internet” — the uptake of renewable energy shared through communication technologies, argues economist Jeremy Rifkin. “The great economic revolutions in history occur when new communication technologies converge with new energy systems”, writes Rifkin. And now —

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Green Power: Wind Power Does Not Help To Avert Climate Change

Mar 22nd, 2012 | By
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Efforts to stem global warming have nurtured a strong urge worldwide to deploy renewable energy. As a result, the use of wind turbines has increased 10-fold over the past decade, with wind power often touted as the most cost-effective green opportunity. According to Connie Hedegaard, the European Union’s commissioner for climate action, “People should believe

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Report: Polluted Air Will Kill More People Than Dirty Water

Mar 19th, 2012 | By




Urban air pollution is set to become the top environmental cause of mortality worldwide by 2050, says a new report by France’s Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The worst countries affected will be China and India. The report released March 15 was issued with a strong warning, “Act now or face costly consequences.”

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Air Pollution Will Become Bigger Global Killer Than Dirty Water

Mar 17th, 2012 | By




OECD report says pollution will become biggest cause of premature death, killing an estimated 3.6 million people a year by 2050. Urban air pollution is set to become the biggest environmental cause of premature death in the coming decades, overtaking even such mass killers as poor sanitation and a lack of clean drinking water, according

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Rethinking Carbon Dioxide: From A Pollutant To An Asset

Mar 6th, 2012 | By




Three startup companies led by prominent scientists are working on new technologies to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The scientific community is skeptical, but these entrepreneurs believe the process of CO2 removal can eventually be profitable and help cool an overheating planet. With global greenhouse gas emissions still on the rise, despite decades of

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Reducing Anthropogenic Emissions Has Multiple Benefits

Feb 27th, 2012 | By




When it comes to improving global air quality and reversing anthropogenic changes to the climate, we don’t exactly have much room for error: Experimentation with ultimately unhelpful management techniques could waste precious time and resources, and might even do further damage. Luckily, climatologists and meteorologists have developed increasingly precise mathematical models that allow researchers to

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Weather watch: Dirty Glaciers Melt Faster Than Clean Glaciers

Feb 21st, 2012 | By




Guardian: Dirty snow melts faster than clean snow. Nowhere is this clearer than on the glaciers of the Himalayas, where scientists have recorded accelerated melting, coinciding with a greying of the glaciers. Photo: Scientists have recorded accelerated melting, coinciding with the greying of the glaciers. Photograph: Paul Souders/Corbis Asia’s industrial revolution is pumping out lots

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New Coalition to Curb ‘Short-Lived’ Climate Pollution

Feb 18th, 2012 | By




Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Thursday announced a new global initiative to reduce short-lived climate pollutants. Working together as the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, Bangladesh, Canada, Ghana, Mexico, Sweden, and the United States will conduct what Secretary Clinton described as “a targeted, practical, and highly energetic global campaign to spread solutions to the

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Bricks of Clay and Men of Straw

Feb 16th, 2012 | By




OUTSIDE a village called Mau, in Uttar Pradesh, half a dozen chimneys rise from kilns into a colourless sky. These ovens, six among the 100,000 which turn out the 200 billion bricks made each year in India, are worked by dalits—members of castes once regarded as Untouchable. India’s brick kilns are noxious sources of pollution,

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Electric Vehicles in China Pollute More Than Gas-Fueled Cars

Feb 15th, 2012 | By




The use of electric cars in China produces more particulate matter pollution than gasoline-fueled vehicles, according to a new study. In an analysis of five vehicle technologies, in 34 major Chinese cities. U.S. researchers found that the power generated to run electric cars produces significantly greater particulate matter emissions because 80 percent of China’s electricity

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Latest Studies Throw Light on Causes of Climate Change

Feb 9th, 2012 | By




Times of India: Is the chemical reaction involving radical-molecule complexes responsible for climate changes? If experts are to be believed, the better understanding of structure and reactivity of radical-molecule complexes can provide deep insight into various atmospheric phenomenons, including ozone depletion (global warming), acid rain and climate changes. “The recent studies focusing on understanding of

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India’s Slip and Slide Act

Feb 1st, 2012 | By




Ask any industrialist and you will be told it is much cheaper to bribe the inspectors than to install and maintain pollution control equipment. When the rich and powerful of the world gather at an alpine ski resort, and the conversation turns to topics like “Is Capitalism Failing?” and “Global Risks 2012: The Seeds of

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US, China and the Rest – Is the Global Order Really Changing?

Jan 31st, 2012 | By




This year, the elites in Davos – debating the future of capitalism – faced a little more self-doubt than usual as to whether they have the best ideas to run the world, not least in the face of the intractable euro crisis. But the future of capitalism is just one big global challenge among many

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India Has the Most Toxic Air: Study

Jan 30th, 2012 | By




It is official: India has the world’s most toxic air. In a study by Yale and Columbia Universities, India holds the very last rank among 132 nations in terms of air quality with regard to its effect on human health. India scored a miniscule 3.73 out of a possible 100 points in the analysis, lagging

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Global Warming: Welcome to the Age of Mankind

Jan 25th, 2012 | By




The Gazette: For the last 11,700 years, mankind has lived in what geologists refer to as the Holocene epoch. This interglacial period has been defined by its stable warm climatic conditions that have allowed Homo sapiens to populate the Earth and become its dominant species. Many scientists now believe that over the last 200 years,

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An Illustrated Guide to Climate Change in 2011

Jan 24th, 2012 | By




Climate Progress: A few simple and clear pictures (and links) showing how the planet continued to warm and change around us in 2011 by Peter Gleick, water and climate scientist, in a Forbes repost These facts are just part of why all national academies of science on the planet and every major geophysical scientific society agree that

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Cuts in Non-CO2 Pollutants May Slow Climate Change

Jan 20th, 2012 | By




Reducing Soot and Methane Would Bring Fast Results, Says Study A study by a large international team of scientists says that relatively cheap, simple measures to cut two common pollutants could substantially reduce global warming and improve human health and agriculture in coming decades. Instead of focusing on carbon dioxide—the main culprit in climate change–they

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Emissions Cuts Also Offer Quick Health And Crop Benefits

Jan 16th, 2012 | By




SciDevNet: Reducing methane and black carbon emissions could quickly tackle climate change while improving food security and people’s health, especially in developing countries, a study reports. Scientists identified 14 emission control measures that, when applied together, could reduce global warming by around 0.5 degrees Celsius by 2050, avoid up to 4.7 million premature deaths, and

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Indian Industry Pollution Blankets Terai In Fog

Jan 10th, 2012 | By




My Republica: The dense fog over the Nepal Terai in the second and third weeks of December 2011 took a total of 40 lives because of the resultant cold wave it caused. The trend has followed for the past two decades as dense fog and cold wave claim several lives every year, with the poor

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Pollution Rise Worsens South Asia’s Winter Smog

Jan 9th, 2012 | By




BBC UK: A rapid rise in air pollution from fossil fuels and biomass burning has worsened winter smog and extended its duration in many parts of South Asia, scientists and officials have said. In Bangladesh, India and Nepal the temperature has plummeted and clouds of fog and smoke hang in the sky blocking sunlight for

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State of Fearful Climate Science

Dec 29th, 2011 | By




Washington Examiner: In his 2004 bestseller, “State of Fear,” the late Michael Crichton introduced a skeptical climate science character, Professor Hoffman, who said: “I study the ecology of thought…. And how it has led to a State of Fear.” The professor went on to explain that the government practices “social control [which is] best managed

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River, Lake Conservation Plans Ineffective: CAG (India)

Dec 19th, 2011 | By




Financial Express: The ambitious plans of the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) of Government of India to conserve lakes and rivers in the country have failed to deliver, with more than 80% of the projects not being completed on time and others not being utilised despite being constructed. These are the findings of a

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Kathmandu: The Dirty Capital

Dec 19th, 2011 | By




Nepal News: Within a decade, air pollution has grown at an alarming rate in the Kathmandu Valley. The capital has turned into as one of the dirtiest cities in the world. Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, is located at an elevation of approximately 1,400 meters in the bowl-shaped basin. Known for its exquisite environment

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Equitable Development: A Challenge For The World At Durban

Dec 7th, 2011 | By
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Durban Post by Dr.C. S. Silori*: This note is on the major happening during COP 17 at Durban in South Africa during UN Climate Change Conference on December 4-5, and how the ‘equity’ issues has emerged as major challenge for the world leaders in context to future development and climate change.  December 4, Sunday, was

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China Favours EU Plans For Kyoto Replacement – But With Conditions

Dec 6th, 2011 | By




Guardian: UN climate talks back on track after China and Brazil say they will consider the ‘right’ legally-binding treaty on emission cuts. EU plans for a global treaty to legally bind all countries to slash greenhouse emissions by 2020 appear to be – just – on track after China and Brazil, two of the biggest

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UN Report Cites Alarming Rise of Greenhouse Gas Levels

Nov 24th, 2011 | By
Polar ice sheets have accelerated their retreat while global temperatures added up 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit since the onset of frenetic industrial activities, prompting scientists to suggest that time may be running out to arrest the ill-effects of climate change.




International Business Times: Polar ice sheets have accelerated their retreat while global temperatures added up 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit since the onset of frenetic industrial activities, prompting scientists to suggest that time may be running out to arrest the ill-effects of climate change. This according to the latest report issued on Monday by the U.N. World

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Cool Roofs: Technique Viable Option To Save Energy

Nov 24th, 2011 | By
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The News: The Building Code of Pakistan (Energy Provisions 2011) already approved by the Steering Committee will soon be finalised by the Task Force of Pakistan Engineering Council. National Energy Conservation Centre (Enercon) Assistant Chief (Buildings) Abrar Malik stated this at a seminar on ‘Cool Roofs: Solar Radiation Management (SRM) Techniques to Combat Climate Change

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Geoengineering: An Option Not A Solution For Global Warming

Nov 24th, 2011 | By
One of the geoengineering solutions to climate change: marine cloud whitening (spraying seawater droplets into marine clouds to make them reflect more sunlight). Photograph: NASA




Ground Report: Venus is the hottest planet in our solar system; it is not the nearest to the sun but it is so hot that it can melt hard metals if placed on its surface. Greenhouse effect from the action of Green House Gases (GHGs) is the chief factor for this hotness. Venus is next

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Human Induced Global Warming Requires Long-Term Study

Nov 22nd, 2011 | By
A glacier field is seen near K2 in the Chinese province of Xinjiang during the summer of 2000. Researchers in Beijing warned this week of "drastic" glacier melt in southwest China. Credit: Spigel Online Photo Gallery




Times of India: Isolating the human imprint on global warming amid natural climate fluctuations requires long-term analysis and not short term studies, satellite data reveals. The data indicates that the lower troposphere (up to eight km above the earth’s surface) has warmed roughly by 17 degrees Celsius since the beginning of satellite temperature records in

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Smokey Village Of Chidipani (Nepal)

Nov 19th, 2011 | By
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Amrit Banstola: It is surprising to see that after 61 years of initiation of improved cook stove (ICS) by Government of Nepal (such initiative dates as far back as 1950 with the introduction of Indian models of Hyderabad and Magan stoves) traditional and primitive chulas (stoves) are still in extensive use in Chidipani rural community.

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Saving The Ganga

Nov 18th, 2011 | By
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Eurasia Review: Time has come to become serious about the future of the river. There is a growing perception that the Ganga might completely dry in next fifty years if no effective action is taken to purify the river, keep the flow of its water intact and control the global warming. There cannot be a

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Minimising methane emissions-Bhutan

Nov 17th, 2011 | By
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Kuenselonline: While world over livestock population is experiencing an alarming increase to cater to as alarming an increase in demand for meat and diary products, Bhutan is headed the other way. That is quite befitting of the country’s emphasis and priority for environmental protection that draws its essence from its guiding philosophy of Gross National

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New Paper: Chinese Scientists Vs IPCC Consensus

Nov 17th, 2011 | By
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The Global Warming Policy Foundation: For the mechanism of global warming, the IPCC report emphasizes the impact of human activities and the correlation between the CO2 concentration and temperature increase. However, the Earth is a complex dynamic system with various factors affecting each other; great uncertainties exist regarding causes and effects of the climate changes.

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NATO Terror Wars accelerate Climatic Horrors

Nov 16th, 2011 | By
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The Canadian: Since the NATO invasion and the subsequent terror wars in Islamic world the there have been drastic climatic horrors affecting the routine patterns of life on earth. Fast changing climatic behaviour could affect regions, human activities, and global progress, irreversibly unsettling the masses. However, the scientists who work to earn money from colonial

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Kicking up a storm

Nov 16th, 2011 | By
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Deccan Herald: A team of US and Korean scientists blame high levels of air pollution in South Asia for a sharp rise in the intensity of tropical cyclones over the Arabian Sea during and before the monsoon, writes Kalyan Ray . Increased air pollution in South Asia including India is pushing up cyclone intensity in

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Crores spent, but Ganga flows maili (polluted)

Nov 16th, 2011 | By
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Deccan Herald: The government has earmarked Rs 15,000 crore more to make the river pollution free. Thousands of people took a holy dip in the Ganga river at Patna on the occasion of one of the most auspicious festival Chhath this year, but an equal number avoided the sacred river in the wake of reports

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