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5 days ago
First species of Yeti crab found in Antarctica

London, June 25 (IANS) The first species of Yeti crab from hydrothermal vent systems in Antarctica, has been discovered by a team of British scientists. Named after world-renowned British deep-sea and polar biologist professor Paul Tyler, the species Kiwa Tyleri belongs to an enigmatic group of squat lobsters known as Kiwaidae. The species occurring at extremely high densities ex...

15 days ago
President greets Iceland on eve of National Day

New Delhi, June 16 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday extended his greetings and felicitations to the government and people of Iceland on the eve of their National Day. In his message to Iceland President Olafur Ragnar-Grimsson, Mukherjee said: On behalf of the government, people of India and on my own behalf, it is with great pleasure that I convey my warm greetings and felici...

16 days ago
Polar bear seen eating dolphins

London, June 15 (IANS) A polar bear was spotted preying on a white-beaked dolphin carcass that had been trapped in the ice in Svalbard, a group of Norwegian islands in the Arctic Ocean. Thanks to global warming these polar bears are fast adapting to new milieu and are now preying on new species, who primarily feed on ringed and bearded seals. In April 2014, a male polar bear with...

19 days ago
Dramatic ice sheet collapse triggered global climate change

London, June 11 (IANS) Scientists from the University of Southampton have found that the climatic events that ended the earlier ice age are surprisingly different to those of the last ice age. At the end of an ice age continental ice sheets, oceans and atmosphere change rapidly. These results will help scientists understand the processes that control Earth's dramatic climate chan...

25 days ago
Alexa Chung a 'nightmare to date'

London, June 6 (IANS) TV presenter and model Alexa Chung says she is a nightmare to date because she is fiercely independent. The 31-year-old, who is rumoured to be in a relationship with Alexander Skarsgard, has confessed she is a difficult girlfriend. I don't like being told what to do. And I don't want to be penned in. I don't want to feel I have to be anywhere... I am quite r...

28 days ago
President thanks Sweden for backing Indian claim for UNSC membership

Stockholm, June 2 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday thanked Sweden for backing India's claim for permanent membership of the UN Security Council, an official statement said. Speaking at the state banquet hosted by King Carl XVI Gustaf, the president said: Our countries have similar views on many issues of regional and global concern. We have been co-operating closely in the Un...

29 days ago
India, Sweden ink six agreements on Pranab visit

Stockholm/New Delhi, June 1 (IANS) India and Sweden on Monday inked six agreements, including in the field of polar research and for boosting trade, during the visit of President Pranab Mukherjee to the key Arctic Council member, in the first-ever visit by an Indian head of state. Mukherjee is on a five-day visit to Sweden and Belarus. The president, who began his visit May 31, w...

1 month ago
Mukherjee leaves on Sunday for five-day visit to Sweden, Belarus

New Delhi, May 30 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee leaves on Sunday for a five-day state visit to Sweden and Belarus, in the first presidential visit to both countries. The visit is set to see bolstering of bilateral ties as well as a push to the government's initiatives like Make in India, Swachh Bharat and Skill India. The president will be in Sweden from May 31 to June 2, and...

1 month ago
'Montreal Protocol has helped slow ozone depletion'

London, May 27 (IANS) Thanks to the Montreal Protocol, the ozone layer is in much better shape now than it would have been without the United Nations (UN) treaty, a new study says. Without the Montreal Protocol, a very large ozone hole over the Arctic would have occurred during that cold winter and smaller Arctic ozone holes would have become a regular occurrence. The Montreal Pr...

1 month ago
NASA selects scientific tools for Europa mission

Washington, May 27 (IANS) The US space agency has selected nine science instruments for a mission to Jupiter's moon Europa. The aim is to investigate whether the mysterious icy moon could harbour conditions suitable for life. Europa has tantalised scientists with its enigmatic icy surface and evidence of a vast ocean. We have gathered amazing data from 11 flybys of the Galileo sp...

1 month ago
Over 100 Russian combat aircraft start surprise exercise

Moscow, May 26 (IANS) The Russian air force on Tuesday mobilised more than 100 aircraft from their bases to operational airfields as part of a surprise combat readiness inspection, according to the Russian defence ministry. The flight personnel have received their flight tasks and started navigational calculations, a statement by the ministry stated, adding that the air units would manoe...

1 month ago
Sudden ice loss in Antarctica affects Earth's gravity field

London, May 25 (IANS) A sudden increase in ice loss in a previously stable region of Antarctica is causing small changes in the gravity field of the Earth, says a team of scientists. Around 2009, multiple glaciers along a vast coastal expanse, measuring some 750 km in length, suddenly started to shed ice into the ocean. To date, the glaciers added roughly 300 cubic km of water to...

1 month ago
Massive Antarctic ice shelf to disappear by 2020: NASA

Washington, May 16 (IANS) The last remaining section of a massive Antarctic ice shelf, which partially collapsed in 2002, is likely to disintegrate completely before 2020, a new NASA study has revealed. The ice is melting so fast that the shelf will be gone before the end of the decade, found the team led by Ala Khazendar of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

1 month ago
Obama defends Arctic drilling despite criticism from environmentalists

Washington, May 15 (IANS) US President Barack Obama has defended authorising oil company Shell to begin drilling in the Arctic Ocean, leading to criticism from ecological organisations and environment defenders. At a press conference on Thursday following the Camp David summit in Maryland with six Persian Gulf countries, Obama referred to the US Interior Department's announcement on Mond...

1 month ago
Antarctic ice shelf thinning from above and below: Study

London, May 13 (IANS) Providing fresh insights into assessing Antarctica's likely contribution to future sea-level rise, a new study says that the Larsen C Ice Shelf -- whose neighbours Larsen A and B, collapsed in 1995 and 2002, respectively -- is thinning from both its surface and beneath. Scientists were unable to determine whether it is warming air temperatures or warmer ocean curren...

1 month ago
US aproves Arctic drilling

Washington, May 12 (IANS) The US has granted conditional approval to energy giant Shell to begin oil drilling in the Arctic waters off the coast of Alaska. The interior department wrote in a statement, issued on Monday, that Shell could begin drilling in the Chukchi Sea once several environmental conditions are met, including a sign-off from agencies assessing the impact on endangered sp...

1 month ago
As global CO2 breaks records, India faces dilemma

New Delhi, May 9 (IANS/IndiaSpend) During the week of April 6 to 12, average carbon dioxide (CO2) levels touched 404.02 parts per million (ppm), the highest-ever in recent human history - and 15 percdent above the levels of 350 ppm scientists say is ideal for Earth. The months of February, March and April had monthly average CO2 levels higher than 400 parts per million (ppm), the first t...

1 month ago
Arctic ice cap is smallest since late 1970s

Washington, May 6 (IANS) The Arctic ice cap this year is the smallest it has been since the late 1970s, when satellite monitoring of the polar region began and the experts attribute the shrinkage to climate change and global warming. We had less ice this winter in the Arctic than any other winter during the satellite era, Efe news agency quoted Jeff Key, head of the satellite research ce...

1 month ago
How India drifted towards Eurasia 80 million years ago

Washington, May 5 (IANS) For years, scientists have struggled to explain how India could have drifted northward so quickly. Now, geologists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have unearthed India's rapid move toward Eurasia 80 million years ago that later gave rise to the Himalayas. According to them, India was pulled northward by the combination of two subduction zones -...

1 month ago
Resurrection of woolly mammoths in the offing

Washington, May 4 (IANS) Scientists have for the first time catalogued the entire mammoth genome, a feat that could serve as a recipe for engineering elephants that are able to survive in Siberia. The catalogue of genetic differences between woolly mammoths and elephants revealed how ice-age giants braved the cold. In the latest study, Vincent Lynch, evolutionary geneticist at th...

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