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Steam billows from the cooling towers of the Yallourn coal-fired power station operated by EnergyAustralia Holdings Ltd

Why methane is a far more dangerous greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide

A continued rise in the amount of methane in the air could easily cancel out any near-term progress we make in reducing CO2 emissions.
Insects

Insects are declining at alarming levels. This is bad news for human beings

The fate of insects is entwined with that of people and other vertebrates. Scientists warn that their decline is undermining ecosystems on which many lives depend.
Congress MP from Assam Gaurav Gogoi at the CPR Dialogues 2020 Tuesday

Need to include health impact of air pollution in our policies: Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi

Speaking at CPR Dialogues 2020, Gogoi lauded the Modi govt’s National Clean Air Programme, which shows that, at least, it considers air pollution a national problem.
File image of a Royal Bengal tiger

On World Wildlife Day, a look at some of India’s success stories

The theme of the first World Wildlife Day after the Australia and Amazon fires that wiped out millions of animals is 'Sustaining All Life on Earth'.
Solar cells

Australia could soon export sunshine to Asia via a 3,800km cable

Australia doesn’t currently export renewable energy. But an ambitious new solar project called Sun Cable is poised to change that.
bunch of batteries

Modi govt drafts new rules on battery waste management, wants people to give suggestions

The rules will make it mandatory for manufacturers and dealers to collect used batteries against the new ones they sell.
Women try to protect themselves from heavy smog and air pollution | PTI

India has overtaken China – for the world’s most polluted cities

India dominates the list of smoggiest urban areas while Chinese cities have improved their air quality, according to the 2019 World Air Quality Report.
As of today, an estimated 500 lions are in the Gir forests

Food baits could impact hunting skills of younger Asiatic lions in Gir, finds study

Study by researchers from Wildlife Institute of India suggests food baits for lions greatly disturb their natural density patterns, behaviour and social dynamics.
Locust swarms from Pakistan entered India through Jalore and Jaisalmer districts in Rajasthan (Representative image) | Bloomberg

China deploys army of 1 lakh ‘duck troops’ to counter locust attacks

A video released by news website CGTN shows thousands of ducks waddling down a road to confront 400 billion locusts approaching China.
Climate Change

The world has a methane emissions problem and it’s worse than what scientists thought

New research suggests fossil-fuel production may be responsible for much more atmospheric methane than scientists previously thought.

On Camera

Tablighi Jamaat will have to change its ways in post-Covid world order

Jamaat’s religious puritanism can’t be an excuse for endangering public health, nor can its criminal negligence in keeping infected foreign preachers be condoned.

How is Modi’s BJP different from the one founded by Advani-Vajpayee 40 years ago?

Forty years ago, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L.K. Advani founded BJP. Today it's led by Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo, who have won two general elections with full majority.

Defence

Indian Army (representational image) | Photo: PTI

5 Special Forces men, 5 terrorists: How a deadly hand-to-hand fight at the LoC unfolded

Five commandos of the elite 4 Para were killed in action after they eliminated 5 terrorists from Pakistan in close combat in J&K’s Keran sector.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.