Warming set to exceed 1.5°C, slow economic growth – U.N. draft

Warming set to exceed 1.5°C, slow economic growth – U.N. draft

Water from the melting glacier runs down through a hole in the Aletsch Glacier on the Jungfraufirn Glacier, Switzerland. (REUTERS File Photo)   OSLO, June 14 (Reuters): Global warming is set to exceed the most stringent goal set in the Paris agreement ‘by around 2040’ on current trends, threatening economic growth, according to a draft […]

China to ban new steel, coke and aluminium capacity in some areas

China to ban new steel, coke and aluminium capacity in some areas

Smoke is seen from a chimney in Altay, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China. (REUTERS File Photo)   BEIJING, June 13 (Reuters): China will ban new capacity for steel, coke and primary aluminium production in some key areas, including the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei and Yangtze River Delta regions, the State Council said on Wednesday, the latest effort to […]

Pope warns energy bosses of global destruction without fuel shift

Pope warns energy bosses of global destruction without fuel shift

Pope Francis gestures during a meeting with children at the Vatican on June 9. (REUTERS Photo)   VATICAN CITY, June 10 (Reuters): Pope Francis warned that climate change risked destroying humanity on Saturday and called on energy leaders to help the world to convert to clean fuels to avert catastrophe.   “Civilisation requires energy but […]

Himachal bans use of thermocol plates

Himachal bans use of thermocol plates

Shimla, June 5 (IANS): Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Tuesday announced a ban on use of thermocol plates in the state as they are major cause of pollution, as well plastic water bottles less than one litre capacity at official functions.   Making the announcement at the state-level function to mark the World […]

Bhutan to observe World Environment Day by going traffic free

Bhutan to observe World Environment Day by going traffic free

Representational Image (Reuters File Photo)   Thimpu, June 4 (IANS): Bhutan will observe Pedestrians’ Day to mark the World Environment Day on Tuesday.   According to a notification from the Royal Bhutan Police (Traffic division), all the core urban town areas across the country will be closed for traffic.   In Thimphu city, the main […]

India among top five countries in e-waste generation: Study

India among top five countries in e-waste generation: Study

New Delhi, June 4 (IANS) Despite the government’s emphasis on Swachch Bharat Abhiyaan and Smart Cities project, India continues to be among the top five countries generating e-waste, an ASSOCHAM-NEC recent study said here on Monday.   The other countries topping the chart of e-waste generation are China, USA, Japan and Germany. The study was […]

The planet’s pernicious plastic plague peril

The planet’s pernicious plastic plague peril

Children participate in an awareness programme ahead of World Environment Day, in Jabalpur on Monday, June 04, 2018. This year’s Environment Day theme is ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’. (Image: PTI) (June 5 is World Environment Day)   By Dr Bradnee Chambers IANS | June 4 Thanks to the wonders of modern industrial technology we are now […]

Drastic plastic: Vietnam beach awash with tide of blue waste

Drastic plastic: Vietnam beach awash with tide of blue waste

Fishermen boats are seen at a beach covered with plastic waste in Thanh Hoa province, Vietnam on June 4. (REUTERS Photo)   THANH HOA, Vietnam, June 4 (Reuters): There’s almost more plastic than sand on this long, tree-lined beach: Plastic helmets, plastic furniture and the plastic leg of a shop mannequin all jut out of […]

Kat Von D, Rafael Reyes have gothic wedding ceremony

Kat Von D, Rafael Reyes have gothic wedding ceremony

Los Angeles, June 4 (IANS): Tattoo artiste Kat Von D, who is known for her cosmetic line that launched in 2008, got married to The Prayers musician Rafael Reyes in a gothic-inspired ceremony here.   The couple had officially married in February, but the proper ceremony took place on Saturday. The couple took to Instagram to […]