Greatest mistake Bhutan can make is to live in isolation: Environmentalist

Thimphu, August 25 (IANS) Conservation of the environment is one of the four pillars of Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness philosophy but “the greatest mistake” the Himalayan nation can make is “to live in isolation”, Daniel C. Taylor, who has been engaged in social change and environmental conservation for over four decades, said here on Saturday. […]

Heatwaves, rains may become more severe as weather stalls – study

Heatwaves, rains may become more severe as weather stalls – study

A sunflower blooms in between dried-out ones during hot summer weather on a field near the village of Benken, Switzerland on August 6, 2018. (REUTERS File Photo)   OSLO, August 20 (Reuters): Scorching summer heatwaves and downpours are set to become more extreme in the northern hemisphere as global warming makes weather patterns linger longer […]

Hands-on training in flower arrangement

Hands-on training in flower arrangement

As the Aspirational district (Kiphire), the Horticulture department organised hands-on training in flower arrangement on August 10 at Hopongkyu Memorial hall, Kiphire Town.   The programme was organised for basic skills to be developed through their own creativity and utilize their services in many occasion. District Horticulture Officer P. Senkalemba & District Agriculture Officer R. […]

Brad Pitt says he has given Jolie Pitt millions since split

Brad Pitt says he has given Jolie Pitt millions since split

Brad Pitt said in court documents Wednesday that he has given estranged wife Angelina Jolie Pitt more than $1 million and lent her another $8 million since their separation two years ago, countering her assertion from a day earlier saying he has paid “no meaningful child support.”   Pitt’s attorneys said in the two-page document […]

Experts seek to protect rare colony of seahorses in northern Greece

Experts seek to protect rare colony of seahorses in northern Greece

A seahorse is seen during a dive in the village of Stratoni near Chalkidiki, Greece. (REUTERS File Photo)   STRATONI, Greece, August 7 (Reuters): Diver Vasilis Mentogiannis is campaigning to protect a unique site in a remote gulf in north-eastern Greece where seahorses – a protected species ravaged by pollution and overfishing – are thriving.   […]

World at risk of heading towards irreversible ‘hothouse’ state

World at risk of heading towards irreversible ‘hothouse’ state

People take part in protests ahead of a G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. (REUTERS File Photo)   LONDON, August 7 (Reuters): The world is at risk of entering “hothouse” conditions where global average temperatures will be 4-5 degrees Celsius higher even if emissions reduction targets under a global climate deal are met, scientists said in […]

Damage to environment cannot be undone: HC

New Delhi, July 26 (IANS) Observing that damage to environment cannot be undone, the Delhi High Court on Thursday extended till further orders the ban on axing of 16,500 trees for the construction of high-rise residential quarters for central government employees in the national capital. It directed the Centre to submit all the files pertaining […]

China turns to science for effective treatments in war on smog

China turns to science for effective treatments in war on smog

A plane flies in the polluted air above the airport fences in Beijing, China. (REUTERS File Photo) BEIJING/SHANGHAI, July 25 (Reuters): China’s industry ministry will adopt a more nuanced, “scientific” approach when it comes to curbing emissions from polluting firms, it said on Wednesday as the country bids to fine-tune its tactics after a four-year […]

Bikes out, trees in: Hanoi tackles air pollution woes

Bikes out, trees in: Hanoi tackles air pollution woes

People wear protective masks while riding on a street in Hanoi, Vietnam. (REUTERS File Photo)   HANOI, July 23 (Reuters): Famed for ancient pagodas, colonial architecture and delicious pho noodle soup, Vietnam’s capital of Hanoi has another, albeit dubious, distinction: air pollution.   The city of 7.7 million, where pollution last year was four times higher […]

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