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Mexican firm ordered to clean up oil spill


August 25th, 2012 - 12:49 pm ICT by IANS
Mexico City, Aug 25 (IANS/EFE) Mexican environmental authorities are demanding that state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos clean up a crude spill that occurred when a loading buoy sank nearly two ... Read more...

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London mayor accused of hiding pollution


April 24th, 2012 - 9:10 pm ICT by IANS
London, April 24 (IANS) London Mayor Boris Johnson has been accused by opposition Labour MPs of using dust particle suppressants around air quality monitors in the British capital to bring ... Read more...

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Drought in London during Olympics?


March 13th, 2012 - 1:56 pm ICT by IANS
London, March 13 (IANS) The London Olympics and the Paralympic Games look set to take place amid water restrictions in the city.A hosepipe ban is set to be enforced from ... Read more...

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Mexico steps up effort to protect biodiversity


March 7th, 2012 - 11:24 am ICT by IANS
Mexico City, March 7 (IANS/EFE) Mexico has signed the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Protocol, which sets the rules for protecting biodiversity, as well as for the responsible and safe use of biotechnology, ... Read more...

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Britain mulls hosepipe ban


February 20th, 2012 - 7:44 pm ICT by IANS
London, Feb 20 (IANS) Britain may ban use of hosepipes this summer as groundwater levels in several parts of England have dropped to an alarming level, The Telegraph reported.Environment Secretary ... Read more...

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Maoists caused major damage to India’s forests, says survey


February 7th, 2012 - 10:35 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Feb 7 (IANS) While India has set an ambitious goal of increasing its forest cover to 33 percent by 2020, a Forest Survey of India report Tuesday found ... Read more...

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Maharashtra to encourage ‘green’ industrial projects


February 3rd, 2012 - 10:58 pm ICT by IANS
Mumbai, Feb 3 (IANS) The Maharashtra government is taking measures to boost green and environment friendly industrial projects in the state to protect the environment, an official said Friday."Projects with ... Read more...

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Britain to relax fines on garbage handling


January 16th, 2012 - 11:48 am ICT by IANS
London, Jan 16 (IANS) The British government will stop slapping fines on people who, at times, commit "innocent mistakes" while putting out household rubbish by overfilling their garbage bins or ... Read more...

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Prehistoric brainless, faceless fish found near Britain


December 29th, 2011 - 6:36 pm ICT by IANS
London, Dec 29 (IANS) A prehistoric fish that had no brain and no face, and described as "elusive" and "rarely seen", has now been found in the seas off Scotland.The ... Read more...

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Brazilian officials probe oil found on beach


December 20th, 2011 - 11:43 am ICT by IANS
Rio de Janeiro, Dec 20 (IANS/EFE) Brazilian officials found oil on a beach in Angra dos Reis, a city in Rio de Janeiro state, and are trying to determine if ... Read more...

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Searching for India office at UN conference venue (Postcard from Durban)


December 6th, 2011 - 6:59 pm ICT by IANS
Durban, Dec 6 (IANS) Indian Environment Secretary T. Chatterjee was lost while searching for the India delegation office at the International Convention Centre here, the venue of UN climate change ... Read more...

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Brazil suspends Chevron drilling rights after spill


November 24th, 2011 - 12:06 pm ICT by IANS
Rio de Janeiro, Nov 24 (IANS/EFE) Brazil's National Petroleum Agency, or ANP, said Wednesday it has temporarily barred Chevron Corp. from drilling new wells after an oil spill two weeks ... Read more...

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Eurozone crisis may cloud Durban climate talks


November 13th, 2011 - 4:36 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Nov 13 (IANS) Ahead of the Durban climate change talks beginning Nov 28, experts are worried that Eurozone crisis may curtail the billions of dollars of funding from ... Read more...

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Less polluting Diwali this year


October 27th, 2011 - 10:54 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Oct 27 (IANS) Pollution levels this Diwali were lower than last year, thanks to people's participation in the anti-firecracker campaign, Delhi Environment Secretary Keshav Chandra said Thursday."In general, ... Read more...

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Experts back India’s tough line at climate change talks


October 16th, 2011 - 4:41 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Oct 16 (IANS) With India proposing the inclusion of some of neglected issues in the agenda of the UN climate change negotiations in Durban later this year, experts ... Read more...

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Threatened quetzal bird population triples in Mexico


July 11th, 2011 - 11:40 am ICT by IANS
Mexico City, July 11 (IANS/EFE) The quetzal, a bird in danger of extinction, has tripled its numbers in Mexico after 25 years of conservation efforts, the government said.The quetzal is ... Read more...

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Long wait for Posco - a timeline


May 2nd, 2011 - 7:33 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) It took almost five years for South Korean steel major Posco's $12 billion project in Orissa to get an environment clearance. The environment ministry Monday ... Read more...

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British food items not to show ‘best before’ date any more


April 18th, 2011 - 4:16 pm ICT by IANS
London, April 18 (IANS) Food items sold in Britain will no longer display "best before" dates, as lawmakers believe such labelling encourages people to throw away edibles even though they ... Read more...

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Maharashtra considers more incentives to green buildings


April 8th, 2011 - 10:27 pm ICT by IANS
Mumbai, April 8 (IANS) Committed to promoting green homes in the state, the Maharashtra government is considering various incentives and subsidies, including granting extra floor space index (FSI), to green ... Read more...

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Animals to be banned from British circuses


April 3rd, 2011 - 11:32 pm ICT by IANS
London, April 3 (IANS) Animals will soon be banned from circuses in Britain under the government's new plans, a media report said Sunday.Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman has been told by ... Read more...

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A long wait for Posco (Timeline)


January 31st, 2011 - 8:39 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 31 (IANS) It took almost five years for the South Korean steel major Posco's $12 billion project in Orissa to get an environment clearance. The environment ministry Monday accorded ... Read more...

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Heavy rains leave 250 dead in Brazil


January 13th, 2011 - 11:51 am ICT by IANS
Rio de Janeiro, Jan 13 (IANS/EFE) At least 250 people have died due to heavy rains, flooding and mudslides in Brazil during the past two days, authorities said.In the mountainous Teresopolis, the ... Read more...

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Environmental groups critcise Ramesh on binding commitments


December 9th, 2010 - 7:20 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Dec 9 (IANS) Environmental organisations Thursday criticised India's stand at the climate change talks in Cancun that it is willing to accept legally binding emission cuts, saying it will remove ... Read more...

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Delhi to monitor pollution levels on Diwali


November 3rd, 2010 - 3:08 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Nov 3 (IANS) Strict monitoring of noise and air pollution will be done this Diwali, with the Delhi government putting up six air monitoring systems in the capital.The systems ... Read more...

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Panel probing POSCO divided, submits two reports (Lead)


October 18th, 2010 - 9:58 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) Uncertainty over the future of South Korean steel major POSCO's $12 billion project in Orissa continued Monday with the environment panel, probing violation of laws, submitting two ... Read more...

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Environment panel submits separate reports on POSCO


October 18th, 2010 - 7:27 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) The environment panel probing violation of laws by South Korean steel major POSCO's $12 billion project in Orissa Monday submitted to the environment ministry two seperate reports ... Read more...

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Orissa waits for environment ministry panel report on POSCO


October 8th, 2010 - 9:31 pm ICT by IANS
Bhubaneswar, Oct 8 (IANS) The Orissa government Friday said it is waiting for the report of a central panel on the alleged violations related to $12 billion steel and port project planned ... Read more...

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Central panel inspects POSCO’s proposed port site


September 21st, 2010 - 5:28 pm ICT by IANS
Bhubaneswar, Sep 21 (IANS) A four-member central panel Tuesday visited POSCO's proposed port site near Paradip town in Orissa to examine various alleged violations, an official said. The team, headed by former union ... Read more...

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B.K.Patnaik is Orissa’s new chief secretary


August 30th, 2010 - 11:22 pm ICT by IANS
Bhubaneswar, Aug 30 (IANS) Bijay Kumar Patnaik, the principal secretary to Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, was Monday appointed the state's new chief secretary, an official said. The 1976-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) ... Read more...

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Muslim women should be allowed to wear burqa: Tory chairperson


August 3rd, 2010 - 1:26 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 3 (IANS) Muslim women should have the right to choose to wear the burqa, Conservative Party chairperson Sayeeda Warsi has said. "Just because a woman wears the burqa, it doesn't ... Read more...

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UK’s Food and Farming minister doesn’t even know price of bread


August 2nd, 2010 - 5:47 pm ICT by ANI
London, August 02 (ANI): The Food and Farming minister of UK, who manages the 7.2 billion pound farming industry, doesn't even know the price of a loaf of bread.Britain's farming industry produces ... Read more...

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Brit minister vows to oppose calls for banning burka in UK


July 19th, 2010 - 6:43 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jul 19 (ANI): British Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman has vowed to oppose calls for banning burka in United Kingdom, and added that wearing a burkha could be "empowering" for some Muslim ... Read more...

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Burqa empowers women, says British minister


July 19th, 2010 - 1:24 pm ICT by IANS
London, July 19 (IANS) As debate intensifies across Europe on banning the Islamic full-body veil at public places, a British minister has defended a Muslim woman's right to wear the burqa and ... Read more...

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Hong Kong reduces plastic bags by 90 percent


July 5th, 2010 - 1:04 pm ICT by IANS
Hong Kong, July 5 (IANS) Use of plastic bags in Hong Kong has come down drastically - by nearly 90 percent - in the past 12 months thanks to a "plastic-bags-fine" scheme ... Read more...

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Will continue selling eggs by the dozen: EU


June 30th, 2010 - 12:39 am ICT by IANS
Brussels, June 29 (DPA) There are no European Union plans to stop people from buying eggs by the dozen, a leading EU lawmaker said Tuesday, contradicting reports that had appeared a ... Read more...

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