Lung Health Screening Test important for children in Delhi's polluted air: Doctors (21:10)
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) As children in Delhi continue to be affected by high pollution levels, doctors have urged parents to conduct Lung Health Screening Test (LHST) for their children as their vital organs are not mature enough to tackle the polluted air.

Wind power tariffs fall to record Rs 3.46/unit at auction (16:40)
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) The wind power sector in India discovered the record low tariff of under Rs 3.50 per unit on Friday following the first ever auction by the government for setting up wind projects.

Over 3,000 smuggled tortoises seized in China (16:30)
Shenzhen (China), Feb 24 (IANS) More than 3,300 live tortoises smuggled from Hong Kong were seized in China's Guangdong province, officials said.

Spring coming sooner to Arctic due to climate change (14:12)
New York, Feb 24 (IANS) Nature's clock is running fast in the Arctic, thanks to climate change. Due to diminishing sea ice cover, spring is coming sooner to some plant species in the low Arctic of Greenland, while other species are delaying their emergence amid warming winters, says a study.

Palaniswami plants sapling to mark Jayalalithaa birthday (13:46)
Chennai, Feb 24 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Friday planted a sapling here to mark the late Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa's 69th birth anniversary.

Heel-to-ground foot makes us better fighters, slow runners (13:30)
New York, Feb 24 (IANS) Standing with heels planted allows humans more swinging force when fighting, but the heel-down posture also makes us bad at fleeing, says a study.

Ancient giant penguin lived alongside dinosaurs (11:04)
Wellington, Feb 24 (IANS) Penguins are much older than previously thought and their evolution probably dates back to dinosaur times, said a study on Friday of a giant ancient penguin fossil found in New Zealand.

Sunny Friday morning in Delhi (10:26)
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) It was a sunny Friday morning here with the minimum temperature recorded at 12.4 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season's average, the weather office said.

New York activists protest killing of bull (08:56)
New York, Feb 24 (IANS) Activists held a protest outside a local slaughterhouse against the killing of a bull that escaped and became an instant TV celebrity as it was pursued by police in a scene like jallikattu.

Corbett to count its crocodiles, gharials, otters (22:00)
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) All set to take a glimpse of its marine and sub-marine animal life, the Corbett Tiger Reserve (CTR) will count crocodiles, gharials and otters residing in the park after almost a decade.

Haryana makes solar power systems mandatory for private schools (19:00)
Chandigarh, Feb 23 (IANS) The Haryana government has made it mandatory for all private schools to install solar systems to make them self-sufficient in the field of electricity, an official said on Thursday.

Modi visit will legalise Isha Foundation's constructions: Experts (17:54)
Chennai, Feb 23 (IANS) Environmental activists and retired judges say that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Isha Foundation in Coimbatore to unveil the 112-foot face of Lord Shiva would legitimise illegal constructions by the organisation.

Flights cancelled at Heathrow due to storm Doris (16:04)
London, Feb 23 (IANS) London's Heathrow airport on Thursday announced a 10 per cent reduction in flights due to bad weather conditions brought on by storm Doris.

Multiple arrests at US pipeline protest site (14:20)
Washington, Feb 23 (IANS) US officials plan to enter a closed camp site near the Dakota Access Pipeline on Thursday following the arrest of 10 people after a deadline to leave the area expired.

Tackling pollution, investing in renewables will help India's economy: UNEP chief Erik Solheim (12:42)
By Vishal Gulati
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) India has some of the most polluted cities in the world. It also needs to create jobs. So it is not rocket science to figure out that tackling pollution and shifting investment towards renewables will help India's economy. For this, the Indian government needs to provide a conducive legislative framework and its financial markets and outside investors need to step in, says United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Erik Solheim.

Construction industry needs to do its bit to cut pollution (Comment) (10:42)
By Nitin Bansal
It is estimated that nearly 70 per cent of the buildings that will exist in Indian cities by 2030 are yet to be built. Which means that India is unlikely to lose its infamous badge of "country with the deadliest polluted air" any time soon -- unless it takes some quick counter-measures.

Sunny Thursday morning in Delhi (09:26)
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) It was a sunny Thursday morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature recorded at 11 degrees Celsius, normal for the season's average.

UN Environment starts campaign to end marine litter (05:06)
Bali, Feb 23 (IANS) The UN Environment Programme on Thursday launched an unprecedented global campaign to eliminate major sources of marine litter - microplastics in cosmetics and the excessive, wasteful usage of single-use plastic - by 2022.

Install effluent treatment plants or be shut down, SC tells industries (Lead) (21:10)
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) AThe Supreme Court on Wednesday directed all industrial units situated in severely polluted areas across the country to install primary effluent treatment plants (PETP) within three months, failing which they will be shut down.

You can't ruin city, NGT tells Bengaluru authorities (21:04)
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) Castigating the Karnataka government agencies over the fire in Bengaluru's Bellandur Lake, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday asked the officials to list out the steps taken so far to revive the water body.

Orphaned, traumatised baby bear finds home in Agra (Lead) (20:00)
By Brij Khandelwal and Kushagra Dixit
Agra, Feb 22 (IANS) Weeks after it was found crying and clutching its dead mother in a Madhya Pradesh forest, a 10-month-old orphaned baby bear on Wednesday found a home at the Agra Bear Rescue Facility.

Student community in Bengal to help conserve Gangetic river dolphin (18:48)
Kolkata, Feb 22 (IANS) School and college students in West Bengal will be among key stakeholders in the national project to develop a conservation action plan for the Gangetic River Dolphin to save the national aquatic animal from extinction, an official said on Wednesday.

Tuna catch on decline in Indian Ocean, says study (18:32)
Panaji, Feb 22 (IANS) Overkill as well as rising temperatures in the western Indian Ocean is driving down the numbers of the world's most valuable fish, the tuna, suggests research conducted by an international team of scientists, including those from the Goa-based National Institute of Oceanography.

Baby bear orphaned in MP, brought to Agra  (18:28)
By Brij Khandelwal
Agra, Feb 22 (IANS) A 10-week-old baby bear, orphaned by poachers in Madhya Pradesh, was on Wednesday brought to the Agra bear centre, India's biggest.

Sri Lanka to hike damages for elephant attacks (17:32)
Colombo, Feb 22 (IANS) Sri Lanka's Cabinet on Wednesday approved to grant a higher compensation to victims of wild elephant attacks in the island country.

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