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Tectonic event led to burst of animal life during Cambrian Age

New York, Nov 1 (IANS) A major tectonic event may have triggered the rise in sea level and other environmental changes that led to the Cambrian explosion, the sudden burst of animal life 530 million years ago, showed a research. The new analysis of geologic history may help solve the riddle of the Cambrian explosion that has puzzled scientists since the time of Charles Darwin. Th...

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Antarctic ozone hole stands steady: Scientists

Washington, Oct 31 (IANS) The Antarctic ozone hole has reached its annual peak size and holds steady, say scientists, trying to determine if the ozone hole trend over the last decade is a result of temperature increases or chorine declines. The size of this year's hole was 24.1 million sq km - an area roughly the size of North America. The single-day maximum area was similar to t...

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Russia to ask UN to agree to Arctic borders expansion

Moscow, Oct 30 (IANS/EFE) Russia's Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Sergey Donskoy, said Wednesday that his country intends to ask the UN to allow Russia to expand its land borders in the northern Arctic region in 2015. The request will be presented to the UN in the spring of next year, as we have plans to expand Russian borders in the Arctic region, Xinhua quoted the minis...

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India to acquire polar research vessel

New Delhi, Oct 29 (IANS) Giving a boost to India's scientific research, the government Wednesday approved the acquisition of a polar research vessel for Rs.10.51 billion. The approval was given by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, an official release said here. The vehicle, which is an ice-breaker and research-cum-supp...

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Russia to have full radar coverage of the Arctic

Moscow, Oct 29 (IANS/TASS) Russia will have full radar coverage of the Arctic by the end of this year as part of its plan to expand military presence in the region, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday. The minister said Russia was expanding military presence in the Arctic region, building infrastructure on its islands. He told a session of the defense ministry's P...

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Geological discovery raises questions on continent formation

Sydney, Oct 27 (IANS/EFE) The discovery of fragments of Australia in the subsoil of the volcanic Vanuatu island in the South Pacific raises new questions on how continents are formed, an Australian university said Monday. A study by the James Cook University has found tiny crystals of zircon belonging to Australia in the subsoil dating back to up to three billion years that shouldn't be ...

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Ocean circulation: a major factor in climate change

Washington, Oct 25 (IANS) It isn't just the atmosphere, but the circulation of the oceans plays an equally important role in regulating the Earth's climate, new research shows. The study revealed that the cooling of Earth and continental ice build-up in the Northern Hemisphere 2.7 million years ago coincided with a shift in the circulation of the ocean - which pulls in heat and carbon di...

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Five-year-old Indian treks up to Everest base camp

Patna, Oct 22 (IANS) The parents of five-year-old Harshit Saumitra, the youngest climber to reach the base camp of Mount Everest, are trying to register their son's name in thed Guinness World Records and Limca Book of Records. We will try to get Harshit Saumitra's name in Guinness Book of World Records and Limca Book of Records for becoming the youngest climber to reach the base camp o...

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Antarctic ice yields century-old notebook of early explorer

Wellington, Oct 20 (IANS) The summer thaw in Antarctica has revealed a century-old notebook from one of the frozen continent's early European explorers, the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust announced Monday. The trust's conservation specialists found the notebook outside British explorer Robert Falcon Scott's expedition base at Cape Evans, Xinhua reported citing the trust. Th...

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Presidential visit helps India establish presence in key Arctic region

New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS) With the resource-rich Arctic region becoming the focus of heightened attention, President Pranab Mukherjee's visit to the two Nordic countries of Norway and Finland last week was a crucial step by India to assert its willingness to have a strong presence in the Arctic Council and to work closely with the eight countries of the region. Mukherjee, who paid a six-d...

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India can learn waste management from Norway, Finland: President

New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee, expressing satisfaction at the outcome of his visit to Norway and Finland, Friday said India can gain from the two countries' expertise in areas such as clean technology and waste management. In a statement to the media at the conclusion of his visit to the two Nordic countries, Mukherjee said that his visit had been successful.

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Take advantage of 'Make in India', President tells Finland

Helsinki, Oct 16 (IANS) Visiting Indian President Pranab Mukherjee has invited Finland to take advantage of the Make in India campaign which seeks to position India as a global manufacturing hub through a series of policy interventions. Addressing the Finnish Parliament here, Mukherjee said the new government in India was focused on growth and creation of employment opportunities and mea...

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President invites Norwegian investment in India's infrastrucuture

Oslo, Oct 14 (IANS) Visiting Indian President Pranab Mukherjee has invited Norwegian businessmen to invest in India and to participate in India's growth story. In a speech at a banquet Monday night in his honour by King Harald V and Queen Sonja, Mukherjee said business sentiments in India were positive and strong and the new government was taking a number of measures to encourage investm...

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President Mukherjee meets Norwegian king, visits parliament

Oslo, Oct 13 (IANS) Visiting Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, on a state visit to Norway, met Norway's King Harald V Monday at an official reception at the Palace Plaza here and later also visited the Norwegian Parliament. This is the first ever visit by an Indian head of state to the Nordic nation that third largest exporter of hydrocarbons and has huge reserves of oil and gas. Norway...

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Mukherjee arrives in Norway

Oslo, Oct 12 (IANS) Indian President Pranab Mukherjee Sunday arrived in the Norwegian capital on a three-day visit. He was received by Mayor Harald Espelund of Ullensaker. On Monday morning, Mukherjee will be accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Royal Palace. He will visit the Akershus Fortress which houses the Norwegian national monument and lay a wreath there. He would ...

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President leaves for Norway, Finland

New Delhi, Oct 12 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee Sunday left on a five-day visit to Norway and Finland during which a number of agreements, including on education and trade, will be signed. The president will be in Oslo till Oct 14 and then proceed to Helsinki. He is accompanied, though separately, by a large business delegation from the Confederation of Indian Industry and ot...

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Mars-like environments on Earth clue to life on Red Planet

New York, Oct 12 (IANS) The search for life on Mars has now got a new twist as researchers believe that a study of Mars-like environment on the Earth could help them better understand the clues to life on the Red Planet. Funded by a new NASA grant, researchers will tour the three ages of Mars on the Earth - when Mars was cold, wet and habitable; the transition period when water disappear...

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Tropics to witness major fish loss by 2050: Study

Toronto, Oct 12 (IANS) large numbers of fish will disappear from the tropics by 2050 as the earth and the oceans get warmer and fish shift their habitat in search of cooler waters, a research found. Changing temperatures will drive more fish into the Arctic and Antarctic waters, the findings showed. The tropics will be the overall losers, said co-researcher William Cheung, associ...

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Mukherjee to visit Arctic Council countries of Norway, Finland

New Delhi, Oct 10 (IANS) India will seek to cement its ties with the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental group of eight Arctic states, when President Pranab Mukherjee visits two of its members - Norway and Finland - next week. Mukherjee is embarking on a six-day visit to Norway and Finland starting Oct 12. The Arctic Council, whose members are Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland...

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Antarctic sea ice at record high: NASA

New York, Oct 8 (IANS) Sea ice around Antarctica has reached its highest level since measurement started in 1979, NASA said. The upward trend in the Antarctic, however, is only about a third of the magnitude of the rapid loss of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean. The new Antarctic sea ice record reflects the diversity and complexity of the Earth's environment, said NASA researchers.

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