User: Genecampaign Topic: Climate Change
Category: Impacts :: Ecosystems
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Plastic waste in Antarctica reveals increasing global pollution: Greenpeace 7.6.2018 DNA: Opinion
Plastic waste and toxic chemicals found in remote parts of the Antarctic this year add to evidence that pollution is spreading to the ends of the Earth, environmental group Greenpeace said on Thursday. Microplastics - tiny bits of plastic from the breakdown of everything from shopping bags to car tyres - were detected in nine of 17 water samples collected off the Antarctic Peninsula by a Greenpeace vessel in early 2018, it said. And seven of nine snow samples taken on land in Antarctica found chemicals known as PFAs (polyfluorinated alkylated substances), which are used in industrial products and can harm wildlife. "We may think of the Antarctic as a remote and pristine wilderness," Frida Bengtsson of Greenpeace's Protect the Antarctic campaign said in a statement about the findings. "But from pollution and climate change to industrial krill fishing, humanity's footprint is clear," she said. "These results show that even the most remote habitats of the Antarctic are contaminated with microplastic waste ...
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Prime Minister Reiterates India’s Commitment to Sustainable Development, says Indian Experience shows that Development can be Environment-Friendly 5.6.2018 Govt of india: PIB
Reiterating India’s commitment to sustainable development, the Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, has said that Indian experience shows that development can be environment-friendly and need not come at the cost of our green assets.
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Text of PM’s address on the occasion of World Environment Day 2018 at VigyanBhawan (5th June 2018) 5.6.2018 Govt of india: PIB
My Ministerial Colleagues Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Shri Manoj Sinha Executive Director, United Nations Environment Program Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change Other Distinguished Dignitaries from India and Abroad Ladies and Gentlemen.
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Why Green Buildings are an Imperative and not a choice 4.6.2018 Sify Finance
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Pygmy hog conservation receives a shot in the arm 4.6.2018 The Assam Tribune
Pygmy hog conservation receives a shot in the arm
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Regional climate change monitoring mechanism mooted 3.6.2018 The Assam Tribune
Regional climate change monitoring mechanism mooted
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Life recovered rapidly at impact site of dino-killing asteroid 2.6.2018 DNA: Recent Columns
Life bounced back within a decade in the crater left behind by the devastating asteroid that smashed into Earth about 66 million years ago and ended the reign of the dinosaurs along with 75 per cent of terrestrial life, scientists say. Researchers from the University of Texas in the US found that the crater was home to sea life less than a decade after impact, and it contained a thriving ecosystem within 30,000 years-a much quicker recovery than other sites around the globe. The findings undermine a theory that recovery at sites closest to the crater is the slowest due to environmental contaminants, such as toxic metals, released by the impact. The evidence suggests that recovery around the world was influenced primarily by local factors, a finding that could have implications for environments rocked by climate change today. "We found life in the crater within a few years of impact, which is really fast, surprisingly fast," said Chris Lowery, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Texas Institute ...
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World Environment Day 2018 Celebrations Kick Off; 1.6.2018 Govt of india: PIB
The global celebrations of World Environment Day 2018, being hosted by India, kicked off with a total of three thematic sessions being held at Vigyan Bhawan here today.  Reflecting the “Beat Plastic Pollution” theme of this year’s World Environment Day, the inaugural session focussed on the management of plastic pollution.
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How global warming has changed your country's climate 1.6.2018 Rediff: News
The above map shows the country wise temperature change from 1990 to 2017 in Fahrenheit.
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Decoded: Impact of climate change on river ecosystems 22.5.2018 DNA: Wide Angle
According to a recent study, climate change can impact fragile river ecosystems all over the world. Research undertaken in South Africa's Kruger National Park (KNP) has shown that increasing frequency of cyclone-driven extreme floods is responsible for destroying some of the world's most sensitive and valuable riverine habitats. Researchers from the universities of Hull, Aberystwyth, and Salford and the engineering consultants "Architecture, Engineering, Consulting, Operations, and Maintenance" (AECOM), used laser survey technology (LiDAR) flown from an aircraft, to measure the impacts of cyclone-driven extreme floods in 2000 and 2012 on rivers in KNP. KNP game reserve has global significance for its habitats and associated species, and the rivers flowing through the park provide essential ecosystem services, including water and habitat in the shape of the many varied channel morphologies and associated riparian forest. The high-resolution data has been used to create accurate digital models of the river ...
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Vice President calls for increased investments in agriculture 19.5.2018 Govt of india: PIB
The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has suggested to the Central and various State Governments to increase investments in agriculture and allied sectors to make farming viable and attractive.
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Just like his 'Titanic' co-star Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio too has a beetle named after him 1.5.2018 DNA: Evolutions
Grouvellinus leonardodicaprioi was discovered at a waterfall in the remote Maliau Basin in Malaysian Borneo.
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“Achieving Land Degradation Neutrality by 2030 A Critical Need”:  Dr. Harsh Vardhan 24.4.2018 Govt of india: PIB
Emphasising the importance of land as a resource and the need to protect and harness its resources in a manner that does not adversely affect its health, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan has underlined the critical need to achieve Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) by 2030.
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National Board of Wildlife defers clearance 20.4.2018 The Assam Tribune
National Board of Wildlife defers clearance
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Equip farmers with knowledge, insights and products: Vice President 18.4.2018 Govt of india: PIB
The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu said that India must equip farmers with knowledge, insights and products. He was addressing the Valedictory Session of the One Day State Level Workshop on Biodiversity and Sustainable Agriculture for Doubling of Farmer’s Income” organized by the Government of Manipur and the Central Agricultural University, in Imphal, Manipur today.
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New source of global nitrogen discovered 9.4.2018 DNA: Opinion
Over a quarter of nitrogen on Earth comes from the planet's bedrock, according to a study that could greatly improve climate change projections. For centuries, the prevailing science has indicated that all of the nitrogen on Earth available to plants comes from the atmosphere. The study, published in the journal Science, found that up to 26 per cent of the nitrogen in natural ecosystems is sourced from rocks, with the remaining fraction from the atmosphere. Before this study by researchers at the University of California - Davis in the US, the input of this nitrogen to the global land system was unknown. The discovery could greatly improve climate change projections, which rely on understanding the carbon cycle. This newly identified source of nitrogen could also feed the carbon cycle on land, allowing ecosystems to pull more emissions out of the atmosphere, the researchers said. "Our study shows that nitrogen weathering is a globally significant source of nutrition to soils and ecosystems worldwide," ...
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BIRAC celebrates its 6th Foundation Day 20.3.2018 Govt of india: PIB
The Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) celebrated its 6th Foundation Day on Tuesday in New Delhi. Themed as ‘Sustaining Innovation – A Market Driven Pathway’, the event was attended by a large number of dignitaries from the scientific and industry sectors both from within the country and overseas.
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NASA powers on new Sun tracking instrument 19.3.2018 DNA: India
NASA has powered on its latest instrument on the International Space Station (ISS) to detect the total amount of light energy emitted by the Sun Total and Spectral solar Irradiance Sensor (TSIS-1), installed on the ISS, is fully operational with all instruments collecting science data, NASA said. "TSIS-1 extends a long data record that helps us understand the Sun's influence on Earth's radiation budget, ozone layer, atmospheric circulation, and ecosystems, and the effects that solar variability has on the Earth system and climate change," said Dong Wu, TSIS-1 project scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in the US. "This sensor's data will give us a better understanding of Earth's primary energy supply and provide information to help improve models simulating the planet's climate," said Wu. The instrument was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on December 15, last year. For over two months, the operations team at the University of Colorado, ...
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Measures and Policies for Tackling Climate Change 5.3.2018 Govt of india: PIB
“In the pre-2020 period, India announced its voluntary goal to reduce the emission intensity of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 20-25 per cent from 2005 levels by 2020.According to Biennial Update Report submitted by Government of India to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2016, India has achieved 12% reduction in emission intensity between 2005 and 2010 and is on course to achieve the voluntary goal by 2020.
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Reconsideration of Demwe Project urged 28.2.2018 The Assam Tribune
Reconsideration of Demwe Project urged
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