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    California reels from massive wild fires

    California reels from massive wild fires

    California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency, freeing state funds and resources to assist the more than 1,000 firefighters battling to save homes from the conflagration.The blaze, dubbed the Thomas Fire, broke out on Monday evening in the foothills above Ventura.Some 2 lakh ...

    65-million-year-old turtle fossil found in Mexico

    65-million-year-old turtle fossil found in Mexico

    Mexico's Coahuila desert area is a prime stamping ground for palaeontologists in search of dinosaurs. Due to the region's diverse climatic factors such as erosion the discovery of fossils and other dinosaur remains is commonplace in the area.Mexican, Canadian and American scientists presented the ...

    'Supermoon' to brighten up skies for stargazers

    Supermoon to brighten up skies for stargazers

    Stargazers are in for a treat tonight as they could catch a glimpse of the so-called 'supermoon' when the Moon appears bigger and brighter in the sky as it moves closer to the Earth. It will appear about 7 per cent larger and 15 per cent brighter, although the difference is barely ...

    Bali raises volcano alert to highest level as eruptions begin

    Bali raises volcano alert to highest level as eruptions begin

    The Australian government put out a travel advisory yesterday instructing travellers to exercise a high degree of caution in Indonesia and follow the instructions of authorities. Mount Agung last erupted in 1963, killing about 1,600 people. It rumbled back to life in September and authorities ...

    Nights getting brighter as light pollution is rising, say experts

    Nights getting brighter as light pollution is rising, say experts

    An instrument on the 2011-launched US weather satellite, Suomi, provided the observations for this study. A second such instrument - known as the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite, or VIIRS - was launched on a new satellite Saturday by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric ...

    Centre Promulgates Indian Forest (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017

    Centre Promulgates Indian Forest (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017

    In a landmark initiative, Centre has promulgated the Indian Forest (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017 to exempt bamboo grown in non-forest areas from definition of tree, thereby dispensing with the requirement of felling/transit permit for its economic use. Before this amendment, the felling and transit ...

    Snowfall in Jammu's high-altitude areas; Mughal Road closed for traffic

    Snowfall in Jammus high-altitude areas; Mughal Road closed for traffic

    High-altitude areas in Jammu witnessed the season's first heavy snowfall which led to closure of the Mughal Road, the alternate link between Kashmir and rest of the country, for vehicular traffic. The day temperature in Jammu yesterday dipped six degrees below normal.Around two feet of snow ...

    Plants emit 30 per cent more carbon than thought: study

    Plants emit 30 per cent more carbon than thought: study

    Carbon released by plant respiration may be around 30 per cent higher than previously predicted, a study has found. Researchers from the University of Minnesota in the US suggest that as the mean global temperature increases, respiration will also increase significantly. Such increases may ...

    260 million-year-old fossil forests discovered in Antarctica

    260 million-year-old fossil forests discovered in Antarctica

    Scientists have discovered fossil fragments of 260 million-year-old trees in Antarctica, a finding which shows that the frozen continent had a thriving forest before the first dinosaurs roamed the Earth. During Antarctica's summer, scientists from University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee (UWM) ...

    Enormous coconut crab discovered killing and eating a bird

    Enormous coconut crab discovered killing and eating a bird

    A giant crab that is known for climbing trees and cracking open coconuts has now been seen hunting and eating birds. Coconut crabs (Birgus latro), also known as robber crabs, are an imposing sight. They can weigh up to 4 kilograms, as much as a house cat, and sport legs that span almost a ...

    There is a heat source under Antarctica's melting ice sheet: Study

    There is a heat source under Antarcticas melting ice sheet: Study

    A new study from NASA reveals that there is a geothermal heating source deep below the Marie Byrd Land. Earlier, a scientist at Colorado University had mentioned this heating source called mantle plume about 30 years ago.The research said that this heating source is the cause of ice melting ...

    Rich nations shirking on climate, say developing countries

    Rich nations shirking on climate, say developing countries

    The failure of wealthy nations to deliver on short-term climate commitments could hinder the rollout of a landmark treaty, a bloc of 134 developing countries, including India and China, have warned at UN negotiations in Bonn. The diplomatic spat has underscored the difficulty of reaching a ...

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