Australia shares concern for Great Barrier Reef

Canberra, April 8 : Australia’s environment minister on Friday said bleaching in the world-famous Great Barrier Reef is “major and significant”, after renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough said climate change has put the attraction in “grave danger”. Greg Hunt, head of the government’s environment portfolio, said current bleaching affecting the reef, which occurs when water […]

World Bank unveils plan to fight climate change

Washington, April 8 : The World Bank has announced its plan to help developing countries add 30 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy to the world’s energy capacity and to mobilise $25 billion in private financing for clean energy by 2020. The Climate Change Action Plan, released by the Washington-based lender on Thursday, is designed to […]

SC irked over governments’ lack of seriousness over drought

New Delhi, April 7 : The Supreme Court on Thursday took strong exception to lack of seriousness shown by the central and drought-affected state governments despite the matter being heard for several days at stretch. A bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice N.V.Ramana pulled Additional Solicitor General Pinki Anand for being more engaged […]

Bengal reels under intense heat

Kolkata, April 7 : Parts of West Bengal reeled under an intense heatwave while the mercury soared to 40 degree Celsius in the state capital, the meteorological department said here on Thursday. “In several Bengal districts such as Burdwan, Behrampur, West Midnapore, the temperature crossed 40 degrees Celsius during the day. Bankura witnessed a heatwave. […]

ISRO to monitor water bodies in tribal areas: Minister

New Delhi, April 7 : In a first, ISRO’s National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) will monitor and map the water bodies in tribal belts in the country to help tackle irrigation crisis faced by tribal farmers, a union minister said on Thursday. The initiative has been taken up jointly by the tribal affairs ministry and […]