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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.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 -...

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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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Decline of herbivores harmful to ecosystems

Washington, May 3 (IANS) The decline of the world's large herbivores, especially in Africa and parts of Asia, is raising the spectre of an empty landscape in some of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet, shows a new study. Large numbers of animals such as rhinoceroses, zebras, camels, elephants and tapirs are diminishing or threatened with extinction in grasslands, savannahs, desert...

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Antarctic ice sheet melting ever faster

Washington, May 1 (IANS) Using gravitational satellite data, researchers have found that during the past decade, Antarctica's massive ice sheet lost twice its mass in its western portion compared to what it accumulated in the east. The southern continent's ice cap is melting ever faster, the researchers determined. The researchers weighed Antarctica's ice sheet and found that fro...

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Antarctic ice sheet melting faster ever

The southern continent's ice cap is melting ever faster, the researchers determined. The researchers weighed Antarctica's ice sheet and found that from 2003 to 2014, the ice sheet lost 92 billion tonnes per year. Since 2008, ice loss from West Antarctica's unstable glaciers doubled from an average annual loss of 121 billion tons of ice to twice that by 2014, the researchers found...

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Antarctica's dry valleys brimming with microbial life: Study

Washington, April 29 (IANS) Using a helicopter-borne sensor, a team of researchers has unearthed compelling evidence that beneath the Antarctica's dry valleys lies a salty aquifer that may support microbial ecosystems and retain evidence of ancient climate change. The team found that brines or salty water form extensive aquifers below glaciers, lakes and within permanently frozen soils.<...

21 days ago
Hundreds bid tearful adieu to mountaineer Mastan Babu

Hyderabad, April 25 (IANS) Hundreds bid tearful adieu to India's ace mountaineer Malli Mastan Babu, who was buried in his native village in Andhra Pradesh on Saturday. The last rites of the 40-year-old, who died while scaling a mountain between Argentina and Chile, were performed with state honours in a family field in Gandhijana Sangam in Nellore district. 'Mastan Babu amar rahe...

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NASA celebrates Earth's splendid beauty

Washington, April 22 (IANS) Celebrating the Earth Day, NASA has released some of the most gorgeous images and a stunning video of planet Earth as captured from the International Space Station (ISS). As part of its Earth Day programme, the US space agency is asking people for videos, messages, Instagram pictures celebrating our world, with the hashtag #NoPlaceLikeHome. In the imag...

29 days ago
Ruskin Bond, Varanasi's allure and much more

Stories picked up from Ruskin Bond's body of work to a journey into the intoxicating city of Varanasi - the IANS bookshelf this week has a melange of options for bookworms. Take a look. 1. Book: A Gathering of Friends: My favourite Stories; Author: Ruskin Bond; Publisher: Aleph; Pages: 244; Price:Rs.395 The 21 stories in the book are the greatest pieces of fiction written by the ...

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Visit a springboard to take India-Canada ties to new level: Modi

Ottawa, April 15 (IANS) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he hoped to make his three-day visit to Canada a springboard to take the bilateral partnership in trade, investment and innovation to a new level, and that both sides would resume commercial cooperation in civil nuclear energy. Modi in an Op-Ed piece in the Globe and Mail on Wednesday said that after more than four decades,...

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Whale genealogy gives new insight into evolution: Research

Wellington, April 15 (IANS) New Zealand researchers said they have developed the world's most comprehensive family tree of one of the largest and most unusual animals ever to live. The evolutionary history of baleen whales went back almost 40 million years and indicated periods of intensive evolution and extinction, University of Otago researchers said on Wednesday. While most ot...

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Anaesthetic gases raising Earth's temperature too

London, April 8 (IANS) Anaesthetic gases may help doctors to cause temporary loss of sensation in patients and carry out surgery smoothly, but by accumulating in the Earth's atmosphere, they also contribute to climate change, says a new study. Over the past decade, concentrations of the anaesthetics desflurane, isoflurane and sevoflurane have been rising globally and the study has detect...

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Missing Indian mountaineer found dead in South America

Hyderabad, April 4 (IANS) Indian mountaineer Malli Mastan Babu, who was missing since March 24 while climbing the mountains between Chile and Argentina, has been found dead, officials said here on Saturday. Mountains retained its favourite child... R.I.P Malli Mastan Babu, read an announcement on Facebook page 'Rescue Malli Mastan Babu' created by his friends and well-wishers. Th...

1 month ago
Missing Indian mountaineer found dead

Hyderabad, April 4 (IANS) Indian mountaineer Malli Mastan Babu, who was missing since March 24 while climbing the mountain between Chile and Argentina, has been found dead, his friends said on Saturday. Mountains retained its favourite child.. R.I.P Malli Mastan Babu, read an announcement on Facebook page 'Rescue Malli Mastan Babu' created by his friends and well-wishers. The bod...

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