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Twin satellites to track Earth's water launched: NASA 23.5.2018 General News
A twin spacecraft to monitor the changes in sea level rise, ice melt and drought on Earth was today successfully launched aboard a SpaceX rocket, along with five communication satellites, NASA said. The Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) is a joint mission by NASA and the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ). It lifted off on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, US, sharing their ride into space with five Iridium NEXT communications satellites. Ground stations have acquired signals from both GRACE-FO spacecraft.Initial telemetry shows the satellites are performing as expected. The GRACE-FO satellites are at an altitude of about 490 kilometers, travelling about 7.5 kilometers per second. They are in a near-polar orbit, circling Earth once every 90 minutes. "GRACE-FO will provide unique insights into how our complex planet operates," said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA's Science Mission ...
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Two sportscar-sized satellites in orbit to measure Earth's water 23.5.2018 General News
A SpaceX rocket today blasted off a duo of sports car-sized satellites built by the US and Germany to reveal changes in sea level rise, ice melt and drought on Earth. "Three, two, one, liftoff!" said a SpaceX commentator as the Falcon 9 rocket launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 12:47 pm Pacific time (1947 GMT). The USD 521 million payload, called the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-on (GRACE-FO), was successfully deployed into its planned orbit some 500 kilometers above the Earth about 10 minutes after liftoff. The mission picks up from GRACE, a satellite pair that launched in 2002 and tracked, among other things, precisely how much ice was lost each year in Greenland and Antarctica until 2017. Groundwater, oceans, lakes, rivers and ice sheets will be monitored by the twin satellites, a joint mission between the US space agency and German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ). The pair will fly 220 kilometers apart, or about the distance from Los ..
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A crop revolution 22.5.2018 FrontLine: Home
The women-led climate-resilient farming model created by Swayam Shikshan Prayog in drought-hit Marathwada has yielded encouraging results and is worthy of emulation across the country. By ANUPAMA KATAKAM
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Keep off infected areas, say doctors 22.5.2018 Hindu: Fitness
With the vacation season on, doctors have advised against visiting areas infected with the Nipah virus. Those already there should stick to drinking
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Central team to assess ecological damage from sugar mill discharge 22.5.2018 General News
A central team will assess the ecological damage caused by discharge of effluents by a sugar mill in Beas river, whose owners are known for proximity to ruling Congress leadership in Punjab.
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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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Punjab government patronising environmental massacre: Sukhbir 21.5.2018 General News
In the wake of death of a large number of fish in the Beas river, Shiromani Akali Dal President Sukhbir Singh Badal on Monday accused the Punjab government of "patronising an environmental massacre by turning a blind eye to massive and manmade ecological disaster" caused by industries.
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Plastic pollution needs to be curbed: UN Environment head (IANS Interview) 21.5.2018 General News
Plastic pollution is one of the biggest environmental threats and countries need better waste management to cope with the sheer quantity of plastic rubbish that is fouling the waters and environment, says United Nations Environment head Erik Solheim.
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Transition to green economy will create more jobs 21.5.2018 Hindu: Cities
Despite misconceptions, sustainable practices and economic development go hand in hand, says ILO report
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Scientific research has three-fold objective, President tells IISER graduates 20.5.2018 General News
Scientific research has three major objectives which should serve as a guiding light, President Ram Nath Kovind told graduating students of Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) at their seventh convocation here on Sunday.
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Prez asks scientists to find solutions for challenges like climate change, water scarcity 20.5.2018 General News
President Ram Nath Kovind today exhorted scientists and students to work towards finding solutions to challenges such as climate change and water scarcity, while underscoring that science and technology must continue to play a role in nation building. Kovind, who was addressing the 7th convocation of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) here, also encouraged students, who graduated today, to become entrepreneurs and asked them to give back to society, especially to the less privileged. "The purpose of scientific research is threefold. First, science and technology must continue to play a role in nation building. As our nation evolves and our society changes, are needs too are transformed. Yet, science and technology will always be required to find answers to developmental questions," he said. "Today, the questions before us range from battling climate change to providing low-cost, but effective, healthcare solutions. And, from helping our farmers overcome ...
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Need to develop new seeds, plants compatible with changing climatic patterns: J-K Guv 19.5.2018 General News
Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra today suggested all agriculture universities in the hill states to collaborate in developing new seeds and plants compatible with the changing climatic patterns in the country. Vohra was addressing the sixth convocation of the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST) here. "Time has come for agriculture universities in the hill states to collaborate and undertake joint research efforts in the identified areas for timely developing new seeds and plants which will be compatible with the rapidly changing climatic patterns, he said. Vohra, who is also chancellor of the university, highlighted the agricultural scenario of the state and observed that nearly two-third of the population is directly or indirectly dependent for its livelihood on agriculture and its allied sectors. However, the average size of our farm holdings is only 0.66 ha, which is about one-third the national average size, he said. While tackling our ...
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5 killed in Cambodia lightning strike 19.5.2018 General News
Five people, including a four-year-old child, were killed instantly in a lightning strike in southwestern Cambodia, officials said, as the onset of the rainy season draws near. The group was sheltering from a downpour in a mountainous area of Koh Kong province's Thmar Baing district on Thursday, police chief for minor crimes Lay Meng Laing told AFP yesterday, adding that three victims were from the same family. The tropical Southeast Asian country of winding rivers and lakes is prone to lightning storms, a problem that some believe is worsening with the ravages of climate change. Keo Vy, a spokesman for Cambodia's National Committee for Disaster Management, said the number of lightning deaths has now reached 50 people since January, while 41 died last year in the same period. He said the government had conducted education seminars to warn residents in rural areas about the threats, encouraging them to avoid taking shelter under a tree and not to stand in pools of water. The strikes ...
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‘India’s freshwater stocks in danger’ 18.5.2018 Hindu: Gadgets
NASA report based on observations from multiple satellites tracks global hydrologic changes
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BRICS nations face similar concerns like air pollution, should come together to tackle it: Vardhan 18.5.2018 General News
Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan today said BRICS nations face similar concerns like air pollution and climate change and stressed on the need for them to come together to tackle air pollution through technology transfer and requisite capacity building. The minister also called for the judicious use of resources while advocating for bringing secondary resources (waste materials) into production and adopting a Circular Economy (CE) approach. BRICS comprises of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. "BRICS countries should together emphasise on cooperation in air pollution control through technology transfer and requisite capacity building," he said. Vardhan underlined that BRICS nations face similar environmental concerns such as waste management, resource crunch and climate change. He urged the nations to commit to cooperation and collaboration on technology transfer, capacity building and knowledge transfer at the country, regional and global levels. "BRICS countries can ..
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India Calls for Judicious Use of Resources at 4th Brics Ministerial Meeting in Durban 18.5.2018 Govt of india: PIB
India has called for a judicious use of resources amidst concerns over resource depletion and scarcity.  Addressing the 4th BRICS Ministerial meeting in Durban, South Africa today, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan has said that a decrease in global materials, or at least stabilization at present levels, demand major reductions in metabolic rates in the Asia-Pacific region, especially India.
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NASA study shows freshwater decline in India 18.5.2018 General News
India is among the world's major hotspots which has seen a serious decline in the availability of freshwater due to overuse of water resources, reveals a new study that combined an array of NASA satellite observations of Earth with data on human activities.
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Only 1 pct of Japan's biggest coral reef healthy: survey 18.5.2018 General News
Japan's biggest coral reef has not recovered from bleaching due to rising sea temperatures, with only one per cent of the reef in a healthy condition, according to a government study. The overall volume of coral in Sekisei Lagoon in southwestern Japan near Okinawa had already plunged by 80 per cent since the late 1980s due to rising water temperatures and damage caused by coral-eating starfish. Now only 1.4 per cent of the lagoon, which stretches over 67.89 square kilometres, is in a healthy condition, the environment ministry said, after it was hit by mass bleaching in 1998, 2001, 2007 and most recently 2016. "If coral reefs don't recover, it means a loss of rich fauna for a variety of creatures and would have grave impact on the ecosystem in the region," ministry official Chihiro Kondo told AFP today. For the first time since 2008, the ministry analysed satellite photos and information from some 1,000 monitoring sites for the Sekisei Lagoon and two other reefs around the Ishigaki ...
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'NASA satellites reveal freshwater decline in India' 18.5.2018 General News
India is among the hotspots where overuse of water resources has caused a serious decline in the availability of freshwater, according to a first-of-its-kind study using an array of NASA satellite observations of Earth. Scientists led by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in the US used data on human activities to map locations where freshwater is changing around the globe and why. The study, published in the journal Nature, found that Earth's wet land areas are getting wetter and dry areas are getting drier due to a variety of factors, including human water management, climate change and natural cycles. Areas in northern and eastern India, the Middle East, California and Australia are among the hotspots where overuse of water resources has caused a serious decline in the availability of freshwater that is already causing problems, 'The Guardian' reported. In northern India, groundwater extraction for irrigation of crops such as wheat and rice have caused a rapid decline in available
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NASA study warns of freshwater decline in India 18.5.2018 All News-IANS Stories
Availability of freshwater has declined in the northern and eastern parts of India, says a new study that combined an array of NASA satellite observations of Earth with data on human activities to map locations where freshwater is changing around the globe.
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