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Elon Musk’s SpaceX launches 24 satellites into space with reusable rock...
Jun 25, 2019 18:11
SpaceX on Tuesday launched 24 satellites into space with its Falcon Heavy Rocket. Two reusable side-booster rockets returned successfully to Earth. Center booster missed its mark in one of SpaceX’s most difficult launches. The mission’s payload belongs to NASA, NOAA, and an NGO, among others. (Hindustan Times)
Chhattisgarh: Sloth bear gatecrashes wedding, ends up falling into well
Jun 14, 2019 22:25
A sloth bear gatecrashed a wedding in Chhattisgarh’s Mahasamund for food, but ended up falling to a well. The wild animal ventured into a kitchen which was serving food for a wedding. A mob attempted to chase the bear away after it injured four people. While trying to escape, the bear fell into a 45-foot deep well. The Chhattisgarh Forest Department was alerted, and with assistance from Wildlife SOS, an NGO, it rescued the bear and released it into the wild again. (Hindustan Times)
Watch: Spectacled cobra found inside toilet bowl in Karnataka, rescued
Jun 13, 2019 16:27
A spectacled cobra was found inside a toilet bowl in Karnataka. The five-foot-long snake was found at the residence in Bengaluru’s JP Nagar, following heavy rains in the area. The reptile was rescued and later released into forest. (Hindustan Times)
‘We are solution to pollution’: Netas, celebs plant trees on Environment...
Jun 05, 2019 23:34
Politicians and celebrities observed the World Environment Day to create awareness among the public to be more responsible towards nature. The Union Government invited celebrities like former cricketer Kapil Dev, and actors Jackie Shroff and Randeep Hooda, to plant saplings to encourage afforestation. Other politicians like Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit also planted trees. Responsible citizens also formed a human chain outside former President APJ Abdul Kamal’s memorial in Rameswaram to send a message of sustainable living. (Hindustan Times)
World Environment Day Special: How to combat indoor air pollution
Jun 05, 2019 00:04
With air pollution continuing to be a huge problem in many parts of India, especially the metros, Dr GC Khilnani, Chairman - Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, PSRI Hospital, explains how to get rid of sources of pollution inside our homes and offices. From traditional wood burning stoves to mosquito repellent coils, there are many activities and objects in everyday life which can contribute to dirty air. Dr Khilnani suggests remedies to combat air pollution which is caused by seemingly innocuous acts like lighting a candle or incense sticks. Watch the full video to know how you can keep your lungs in a healthy condition. (Hindustan Times)
World Environment Day | Delhi student turns junk glass into valuable sa...
Jun 04, 2019 23:49
On the occasion of World Environment Day, Hindustan Times spoke to Udit Singhal, a school student in New Delhi who is trying to turn empty glass bottles into valuable sand via his project Glass2Sand. While researching about the problem of increasing glass waste at landfills, Udit discovered a company in New Zealand which produces machines which can efficiently crush empty glass bottles into sand which is better than natural sand in making concrete. He is now trying to set up a chain wherein hotels and restaurants supply empty glass bottles to crushers who can then ensure the byproduct is put to good use. Watch the full video to know how you can contribute. (Hindustan Times)
Pet dog helps rescuers catch a rat snake
May 29, 2019 20:43
A pet dog in Thailand helped rescuers to catch a rat snake. The brown poodle, Yao, is a pet to 49-year-old Prangthip Chaturong. The incident took place on May 24 at Udon Thani, northeastern Thailand. Prangthip described Yao as a very smart and reliable dog which always barks whenever he sees any strangers and dangerous animals within the premises of the house. The rat snake was estimated to be five feet long. It was rescued and later released into the forest several miles away. (Hindustan Times)
Elephant captured, relocated to Madumalai forest in 10-hour operation
Dec 19, 2018 13:12
A 30-year-old wild jumbo, locally called as ‘Vinayaka’, was captured and relocated to Mudumalai forest range in Coimbatore. The wild tusker has so far killed four persons in the outskirts of Coimbatore. He was captured by the Coimbatore forest department using four trained Kumki elephants.
COP24: To curb global warming, 200 representatives agree on emissions r...
Dec 16, 2018 12:30
After two weeks of bruising negotiations, officials from almost 200 countries agreed on Saturday on universal, transparent rules that will govern efforts to cut emissions and curb global warming.
COP24 conference begins in Poland to address climate change
Dec 02, 2018 15:41
Negotiators from around the world were meeting in Poland for talks on curbing climate change, three years after sealing a landmark deal in Paris that set a goal of keeping global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius. Envoys gathered on Sunday in the southern city of Katowice, a day earlier than originally planned, for the UN meeting that runs until December 14. Ministers and some heads of government are to join on Monday, when host Poland will push for a joint declaration on ensuring a “just transition” for fossil fuel industries facing closure as part of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The meeting received a boost over the weekend, after 19 major economies at the G-20 summit affirmed their commitment to the 2015 Paris climate accord.
Leopard cub rescued from a Shimla court’s parking lot
Nov 27, 2018 22:58
A leopard cub was rescued from Chakkar court’s parking lot in Shimla on Tuesday. The rescue team of the wildlife wing of the forest department took the cub to the rescue centre. The information regarding the cub straying around the court’s premises was given to the forest department by the residents. Forest Department Official said, “A cub was found at the judicial complex’s parking lot. Our team was gone to rescue it. We will monitor for 24 hours in rescue centre.”
Four hours and five vodka pegs save deer from frozen Siberian river
Nov 20, 2018 21:52
A red deer was saved by local hunters after falling into a frozen river in Siberia in a heartwarming rescue caught on camera last Saturday (November 17). Footage shows a red deer floating in the frozen river Barguzin near Ulan-Ude, east Siberia, Russia. Four men worked together to cut a path out for the deer and pull him out of the river in an effort that took more than four hours. The filmer Aleksej Baluev, can be heard saying: “We need to get it away from the cold.” The rescue team then immediately started rubbing the deer to try and restore circulation in the freezing animal, before warming it by a fire. Eventually it was decided that the deer should be taken into town to dry and recuperate.
Growing garbage is becoming a threat to the mountain ecosystem
Aug 19, 2018 10:55
Monica Solomon, a 40-year-old New Delhi-based data analyst, and seasoned trekker, was aghast. Standing on a green-top knoll with the majestic Dhauladhar mountain ranges in the background, Solomon surveyed the trash bags in front of her, and remarked regretfully: “Did I trek eight kilometres for this?” (KumKum Dasguputa)
Watch: Venomous jellyfish spotted at Mumbai beaches, several people suffer...
Aug 07, 2018 11:58
Venomous Blue Bottle jellyfishes were spotted at Mumbai beaches on Monday. Several people, mostly children suffered injuries after getting stung by the jellyfishes. A resident at Juhu beach said, “Since past two days nearly 150 people, including children were stung by jellyfishes. I use lemon to rub on the injuries caused by jellyfish bite to give people relief from pain.” Locals at the beach use lemons to rub on the injuries caused by the sting to give people relief from pain. Visitors are scared and avoid going near the shore. (HT Correspondent)
Plastic beak: how a black-necked stork was rescued after World Environment...
Jun 13, 2018 19:48
This black-necked stork was about to die. Plastic had caught on its beak and it couldn’t eat. So bird lovers and wildlife officials decided to rescue it. It took five days, but they were eventually able to capture the bird. The stork will be kept at Sultanpur National Park, not far from Gurugram, until it is strong enough to be released in the wild. The rescue comes just days after World Environment Day. The theme this year was against plastics, which harm wildlife. (HT Correspondent)
How to beat plastic pollution on World Environment Day
Jun 06, 2018 10:14
“Beat Plastic Pollution” is this year’s World Environment Day theme. And the first thing that comes to anyone’s mind is to reduce the number of water bottles they buy or not use plastic bags when shopping. So, if we can junk these single-use plastics, we can really make an impact on saving the environment, right? (Akriti Paracer)
Watch video: 85 kg of plastic waste removed from bull’s stomach in Maha...
May 26, 2018 18:06
Veterinarian surgeons removed 187 pounds of plastic waste from the stomach of an abandoned bull in Maharashtra. The seven-year-old bull, later named Nandi by its rescuers, was found with bloated stomach on a road in Pimpri on April 23 this year. Rescued by activists of RESQ foundation, the animal could barely stand due to his back being bent with the load on his internal organs and couldn’t even breathe properly due to the pressure on his lungs. Veterinary surgeon Dr Chetan Vanjari operated on Nandi on April 29 and removed 85 kg of plastic waster and metal pieces including nails and glass in a two-and-a-half hour surgery. “It seemed that he had been eating plastic for the past 6 or 7 years,” says Dr Vanjari.Watch the video to see human ignorance and carelessness is causing harm to animals. (Hindustan Times)
Turtle warriors of Odisha embrace mission to save threatened species
May 24, 2018 21:13
Fishing comminutes in Odisha protect India’s olive ridely turtles fight off predators that make the marine reptile a threatened species. Olive ridley turtles navigate thousands of miles of open ocean to reach the eastern state for nesting and this mass nesting phenomenon is known as “arribada” or arrival. Locals have developed a sense of worship which has helped in the conservation these turtles. Keeping a watchful eye over the brood is no easy task, the job is unpaid, usually following a long day at work (HT Correspondent )
#World Water Day: Will Bengaluru’s taps run dry in next few years?
Mar 22, 2018 12:16
A new Unesco report published just ahead of World Water Day on March 22 said that water crisis will intensify across India by 2050. The report also says south and central India will experience high levels of risk from poor water quality in its river basins by 2050. Also, a BBC report has put Bengaluru among the 11 world cities likely to run out of drinking water in the next decade or so. So, is Indian staring at deepening water crisis? How serious is the problem and what steps are needed to tackle the situation? A HT report. (HT )
Uncertain future: Will the snow leopard survive?
Feb 09, 2018 18:02
Kyrgyzstan has a rehab centre, set up by the German conservation group -Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union, NABU, which takes care of and rehabilitate injured snow leopards in the wild. The feline is native to rugged mountain terrain and it’s natural habitat spans from Himalayas in India to Central Asia and Southern Siberia. According to some estimates, only 4,000 remain in the wild. Loss of habitat and natural prey, human-animal conflict, climate change and poaching are the dangers the snow leopard continues to face across its native range. In the last four years, the Kygyrz government has been making a concerted effort to revive its dwindling population of snow leopards. (Hindustan Times)
Air pollution is deadlier than AIDS, TB and malaria combined
Nov 24, 2017 15:33
As the air quality in Delhi-NCR remains toxic, a recent Lancet report found air pollution to be deadlier than AIDS, TB and malaria combined. (HT Correspondent)
“Odd Even Can Reduce Air Pollution By 4-7 Percent”
Nov 14, 2017 23:58
The Delhi government on Monday requested the National Green Tribunal to exempt women drivers and two-wheeler users in the odd-even road rationing arrangement for at least one year (HT Correspondent)
Living In A ‘Gas Chamber’: Pollution Hits Severe Levels In Delhi
Nov 08, 2017 13:46
Pollution levels spiked to severe levels in Delhi with thick haze blanketing the city on Tuesday, reducing visibility drastically and affecting flights and trains. (HT Correspondent)
South Delhi’s Sanjay Van is now a birders’ paradise
Oct 25, 2017 17:28
Over the past two months, Sanjay Van has also become popular among morning walkers, cyclists and bird watchers in south Delhi thanks to a joint effort of Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and a citizens’ group (HT Correspondent)