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Why sea ice cover around Antarctica is rising?

Washington, May 22 (IANS) Why has the sea ice cover surrounding Antarctica been increasing slightly, in sharp contrast to the drastic loss of sea ice occurring in the Arctic Ocean? A new NASA-led study has found the geology of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are responsible. The researchers used satellite radar, sea surface temperature, land form and bathymetry (ocean depth) data to s...

2 days ago
One trillion species residing on Earth: Study

New York, May 21 (IANS) The Earth could contain nearly one trillion species, of which 99.999 percent are yet to be discovered, says a study based on the largest analysis of microbial data. The findings suggest that only one-thousandth of one percent of all the species have been identified till now. Estimating the number of species on Earth is among the great challenges in biolo...

4 days ago
Climate change to trigger rapid retreat of Antarctic glacier

London, May 19 (IANS) Current rates of climate change could trigger instability in a major Antarctic glacier, ultimately leading to nearly three metre rise of the sea level, say researchers. The scientists looked at the future of Totten glacier, a significant glacier in Antarctica that drains one of the world's largest areas of ice, on the East Antarctic Ice Sheet (EAIS). By stud...

11 days ago
Pebble launches smartwatches in India starting at Rs.5,999

New Delhi, May 12 (IANS) US-based smartwatch maker Pebble Technology Corporation on Thursday launched four smartwatches -- starting from Rs.5,999 -- for technology lovers in India. The company's Pebble Classic (Rs.5,999), Pebble Time (Rs.9,999), Pebble Time Steel (Rs.13,599) and Pebble Time Round (Rs.15,999) variants are available on Amazon.in. We see a promising future for Pebbl...

14 days ago
Australia to further cut Antarctic research funding

Canberra, May 9 (IANS) Australia's national scientific agency will cut further funding and jobs from its Antarctic research field, in a move that scientists warn would ruin Australia's key partnerships in the region. At a time when other nations are ramping up exploration in the Antarctic, a leaked report obtained on Monday showed that Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial R...

20 days ago
One trillion species on Earth and we know nothing

New York, May 3 (IANS) There are nearly one trillion species on the Earth while 99.999 percent of species still remain undiscovered, the largest-ever analysis of microbial data has revealed. Biologists from Indiana University have combined microbial, plant and animal community datasets from government, academic and citizen science sources, resulting in the largest compilation of its kind...

26 days ago
Are worst doubts about future of climate change coming true?

Rewinding fast backward reveals that when the Kyoto Protocol was opened for signature 18 years ago, on March 16, 1998, only six countries signed it on the opening day. Four of them were small island countries. When the Paris climate deal was opened for signature at UN headquarters on Earth Day, April 22, 2016, a whopping 175 countries lined up and inked the deal. Never before in history have so m...

1 month ago
Facebook, Google's Silicon Valley campuses face flood risk: Report

London, April 23 (IANS) At a time when global warming is threatening a rise in sea levels across the world, Silicon Valley giants Facebook, Google and Cisco may be more concerned as their campuses are now at the risk of being flooded. A fresh forecast by a team of scientists has warned that these companies face the prospect of their Silicon Valley headquarters becoming swamped by water a...

1 month ago
Arctic sea ice decline may equal negative record of 2012

London, April 21 (IANS) Evaluating satellite data about the thickness of ice cover, sea ice physicists are anticipating that the sea ice cover in the Arctic Ocean this summer may shrink to the record low of 2012. The data show that the arctic sea ice was already extraordinarily thin in the summer of 2015 and comparably, little new ice formed during the past winter, said the team from the...

1 month ago
Paris climate deal: Song of a dying swan?

The singular credit for conceiving and championing the Nuclear Security Summits unarguably goes to US President Barack Obama. In 2009, he called nuclear terrorism one of the greatest threats to international security and initiated global dialogue. The first summit was held in 2010, when about 50 world leaders drew the Washington Work Plan to contain, prevent and counter nuclear terrorism by bette...

1 month ago
North Pole was once ice-free in summer: Study

London, April 9 (IANS) Nearly six-10 million years ago, the central Arctic was completely ice-free during summer and sea-surface temperature reached values of four to nine degrees Celsius, an international team of scientists has revealed. They used unique sediment samples from the Lomonosov Ridge -- a large undersea mountain range in the central Arctic, while travelling on board Germany'...

1 month ago
Japan to start whale hunting season in North Pacific

Tokyo, April 7 (IANS) Japanese authorities will beginits annual spring whale hunt in the North Pacific on Saturday, which will last till May, the fisheries agency announced on Thursday. The fleet, comprising four whalers, will set sail from Ishinomaki in northeastern Japan with a target to hunt a maximum of 51 minke whales in an area of around 80 km, EFE news reported. The aim of...

1 month ago
Iceland reaffirms support for India's permanent UNSC seat

New Delhi, April 5 (IANS) Iceland's Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson on Tuesday reaffirmed his country's support for a permanent seat for India in the UN Security Council. During a meeting here, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Sveinsson affirmed the urgent need for a comprehensive reform of the United Nations Security Council, including its expansion in both permanent ...

1 month ago
Iceland reaffirms support for India's permanent UNSC seat

New Delhi, April 5 (IANS) Iceland's Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson on Tuesday reaffirmed his country's support for a permanent seat for India in the UN Security Council. During a meeting here, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Sveinsson affirmed the urgent need for a comprehensive reform of the United Nations Security Council, including its expansion in both permanent ...

1 month ago
Iceland reaffirms support for India's permanent UNSC seat

New Delhi, April 5 (IANS) Iceland's Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson on Tuesday reaffirmed his country's support for a permanent seat for India in the UN Security Council. During a meeting here, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Sveinsson affirmed the urgent need for a comprehensive reform of the United Nations Security Council, including its expansion in both permanent ...

1 month ago
Iceland reaffirms support for India's permanent UNSC seat

New Delhi, April 5 (IANS) Iceland's Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson on Tuesday reaffirmed his country's support for a permanent seat for India in the UN Security Council. During a meeting here, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Sveinsson affirmed the urgent need for a comprehensive reform of the United Nations Security Council, including its expansion in both permanent ...

1 month ago
Iceland reaffirms support for India's permanent UNSC seat

New Delhi, April 5 (IANS) Iceland's Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson on Tuesday reaffirmed his country's support for a permanent seat for India in the UN Security Council. During a meeting here, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Sveinsson affirmed the urgent need for a comprehensive reform of the United Nations Security Council, including its expansion in both permanent ...

1 month ago
Iceland reaffirms support for India's permanent UNSC seat

New Delhi, April 5 (IANS) Iceland's Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson on Tuesday reaffirmed his country's support for a permanent seat for India in the UN Security Council. During a meeting here, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Sveinsson affirmed the urgent need for a comprehensive reform of the United Nations Security Council, including its expansion in both permanent ...

1 month ago
Iceland reaffirms support for India's permanent UNSC seat

New Delhi, April 5 (IANS) Iceland's Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson on Tuesday reaffirmed his country's support for a permanent seat for India in the UN Security Council. During a meeting here, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Sveinsson affirmed the urgent need for a comprehensive reform of the United Nations Security Council, including its expansion in both permanent ...

1 month ago
Iceland reaffirms support for India's permanent UNSC seat

New Delhi, April 5 (IANS) Iceland's Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson on Tuesday reaffirmed his country's support for a permanent seat for India in the UN Security Council. During a meeting here, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Sveinsson affirmed the urgent need for a comprehensive reform of the United Nations Security Council, including its expansion in both permanent ...

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