Environment

Kerala’s tourism institute to get UNWTO affiliation


September 21st, 2012 - 4:38 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 21 (IANS) The state-owned Kerala Institute of Tourism and Travel Studies (KITTS) is all set to get affiliation from the World Tourism Organisation (WTO), the agency of the ... Read more...

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Humans recycled stone artefacts 13,000 years ago!


September 21st, 2012 - 1:11 pm ICT by IANS
Madrid, Sep 21 (IANS) Humans recycled their stone artefacts even as early as 13,000 years ago, according to a finding based on the discovery of burnt artefacts in the Moli ... Read more...

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Eco lessons for India from Himachal Pradesh (Postcard from Kinnaur)


September 21st, 2012 - 12:55 pm ICT by IANS
Rekong Peo (Himachal Pradesh), Sep 21 (IANS) Your journey to the picturesque and remote district of Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh will be an object lesson in preserving the environment and ... Read more...

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Elk rescued from Russian power plant


September 21st, 2012 - 7:05 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, Sep 21 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A rescue operation took 11 hours at a hydroelectric power plant in northern Russia's Murmansk region to save an elk, one of the largest species ... Read more...

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A Finnish solution to India’s diesel dilemma


September 20th, 2012 - 7:07 pm ICT by IANS
Helsinki, Sep 20 (IANS) Even as the whole of India is up in arms at the hike in the diesel price, new technology offers hope of a cheaper alternative by ... Read more...

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Overgrown algae smothering coral reef


September 20th, 2012 - 6:27 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 20 (IANS) Overfishing and nitrate pollution can destroy coral reefs by allowing an overgrowth of algae that can choke off oxygen and disrupt helpful bacteria.These "macroalgae," or large ... Read more...

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Sharks are colour blind, says study


September 20th, 2012 - 2:23 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Sep 20 (IANS) New research which could help conserve sharks has confirmed that many of the ocean predators are probably completely colour blind.The joint study by The Universities of ... Read more...

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Viral infection hits Himalayan blue sheep in wild


September 20th, 2012 - 9:41 am ICT by IANS
Shimla, Sep 20 (IANS) The Himalayan blue sheep or bharal, an important prey of the endangered snow leopard, is under threat in the wild from a highly contagious viral infection ... Read more...

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SC slams poor facilities for green tribunal


September 19th, 2012 - 9:37 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 19 (IANS) The Supreme Court Wednesday pulled up the government for not providing infrastructure for the effective functioning of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) that deals with ... Read more...

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Humid, cloudy Wednesday in Delhi; rains likely Thursday (Lead)


September 19th, 2012 - 8:31 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 19 (IANS) Delhi residents spent a cloudy and humid Wednesday with no rains. Humidity level crossed 90 percent adding to the discomfort of residents. The weather office ... Read more...

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Cauvery river panel meets on Tamil Nadu’s call


September 19th, 2012 - 7:27 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 19 (IANS) After a wait of nine years, the Cauvery River Authority (CRA) met Wednesday at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's residence here, following a request from Tamil ... Read more...

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Exempting Russians from n-liability unacceptable: CPI


September 19th, 2012 - 7:22 pm ICT by IANS
Chennai, Sep 19 (IANS) The Tamil Nadu unit of the CPI Wednesday demanded that Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) as a whole be subject to the nuclear liability law and ... Read more...

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Finnish power firm opens shop in India


September 18th, 2012 - 9:25 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 18 (IANS) Finish power generation company Fortum, known for its low emissions and energy efficient technology, launched its India operations Tuesday."Our aim in India is to look ... Read more...

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Heavy rains in Himachal, more in store


September 18th, 2012 - 7:44 pm ICT by IANS
Shimla, Sep 18 (IANS) Temperatures across Himachal Pradesh fell Tuesday due to widespread rain with Hamirpur town recording the highest amount - 164 mm - in the state, the met ... Read more...

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Activist demands shutdown of Vedanta refinery in Odisha


September 18th, 2012 - 7:19 pm ICT by IANS
Bhubaneswar, Sep 18 (IANS) Social activist Prafulla Samantara Tuesday demanded scrapping of the Vedanta Aluminium Limited (VAL) refinery in Odisha, accusing the company of pushing it illegally."The refinery should be ... Read more...

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Campaign to lower indoor pollution with LPG on


September 18th, 2012 - 3:18 pm ICT by IANS
Jakatra, Sep 18 (IANS) The World LP Gas Association (WLPGA) has announced a five-year campaign to bring liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), a clean, safe and efficient cooking fuel, to developing ... Read more...

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Achuthanandan stopped on way to Kudankulam


September 18th, 2012 - 1:52 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 18 (IANS) Marxist leader V.S. Achuthanandan Tuesday left for Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu to protest against the nuclear project but was stopped by police on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu ... Read more...

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Dormant undersea volcano near Kalpakkam atomic plant?


September 18th, 2012 - 12:08 pm ICT by IANS
Bangalore, Sep 18 (IANS) Even as massive protests have stalled the commissioning of the Kudankulam nuclear plant, activists have now raised concerns over the safety of another nuclear site in ... Read more...

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Brazil reduces Chevron fine for oil spill


September 18th, 2012 - 12:03 pm ICT by IANS
Rio de Janeiro, Sep 18 (IANS/EFE) Chevron will be fined $17 million for an offshore oil spill rather than the nearly $25 million announced in July, the head of Brazil's ... Read more...

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Giant panda gives birth at Washington zoo


September 18th, 2012 - 10:56 am ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 18 (IANS/RIA Novosti) There's a new arrival at the national zoo here late Sunday, the zoo's only female giant panda, Mei Xiang, gave birth to a baby cub."We ... Read more...

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Rainy weekend in store for Delhi (Lead)


September 17th, 2012 - 11:08 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 14 (IANS) Heavy showers lashed Delhi Friday bringing down the temperatures and providing relief to residents after a sultry week. The met office has forecast the pleasant ... Read more...

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Wendell Rodricks closes boutique to protest illegal mining


September 17th, 2012 - 11:08 pm ICT by IANS
Panaji, Sep 14 (IANS) Green activists have welcomed ace designer Wendell Rodricks' move to close down a boutique in a five-star resort which was run in collaboration with a company ... Read more...

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More rains add to Agra’s woes


September 17th, 2012 - 11:08 pm ICT by IANS
Agra, Sep 14 (IANS) Three spells of rain Friday brought the temperature down in Agra, but they only led to more potholes on the highway to Delhi and flooded the ... Read more...

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Cloudy morning in Delhi, rains likely


September 17th, 2012 - 11:08 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 15 (IANS) It was a partly cloudy morning in the capital Saturday with the minimum settling at an average at 24.8 degree Celsius. The weather department has ... Read more...

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Rains throw life out of gear in Lucknow


September 17th, 2012 - 11:07 pm ICT by IANS
Lucknow, Sep 15 (IANS) Heavy rains continued to batter the state capital for the second consecutive day Saturday. The weather department has predicted wet days till next week.Rains began ... Read more...

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Agra’s famous petha makers in big trouble


September 17th, 2012 - 11:07 pm ICT by IANS
Agra, Sep 15 (IANS) Agra's traditional 'petha' (sweet ash gourd) industry is in trouble, a victim of the battle against pollution to save the Taj Mahal.For the past four days, ... Read more...

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A showpiece city struggles to remain clean (Karnataka Newsletter)


September 17th, 2012 - 11:07 pm ICT by IANS
Bangalore, Sep 15 (IANS) One of India's showpiece cities for its salubrious climate and beautiful gardens, Karnataka's capital also came to be known in the last decade and ... Read more...

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Humid Saturday for Delhi, rains likely Sunday (Lead)


September 17th, 2012 - 11:07 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 15 (IANS) It was a cloudy and humid day in the capital Saturday with the maximum temperature settling at 34 degrees Celsius, average for the season. The ... Read more...

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Elephant tusk pieces seized, three arrested


September 17th, 2012 - 11:06 pm ICT by IANS
Panaji, Sep 15 (IANS) Three elephant tusk pieces worth more than Rs.1 million were seized in a Goa village Saturday and three people arrested, police said.Police Inspector Nolasco Raposo said ... Read more...

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China braces for another typhoon


September 17th, 2012 - 11:06 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, Sep 16 (IANS) Heavy rains will lash China Monday when typhoon Sanba makes landfall, the meteorological authority said.The storm was about 65 km east of the Japanese island of ... Read more...

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Windows killing 22 million birds in Canada


September 17th, 2012 - 11:06 pm ICT by IANS
Toronto, Sep 16 (IANS) As many as 22 million birds are killed in Canada every year after colliding with glass windows, vastly depleting their numbers, a study says.Objects as seemingly ... Read more...

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Delhi’s monuments will be lit by solar energy


September 17th, 2012 - 11:06 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 16 (IANS) More and more of the capital's best known monuments may now be illuminated through solar energy.Building on the experience gained over the last three years ... Read more...

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Ansari visits Dachigam National Park


September 17th, 2012 - 11:06 pm ICT by IANS
Srinagar, Sep 16 (IANS) Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari, presently on a five-day visit to Kashmir, Sunday visited the Dachigam National Park which is home to 'Hangul', the world's only ... Read more...

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Cloudy day, rain likely in Delhi


September 17th, 2012 - 11:05 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 17 (IANS) A cloudy day with chances of rain lies ahead for Delhi, the India Meteorological Department said Monday.The minimum temperature early Monday morning was a notch ... Read more...

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Ban elephants in circus, says PETA


September 17th, 2012 - 11:05 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 17 (IANS) Animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has demanded a ban on elephants in circuses.Timed to coincide with Ganesh Chaturthi, celebrated ... Read more...

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