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Beijing | 3 months ago
China's trapped icebreaker makes successful escape
Beijing, Jan 8 - Trapped Chinese research vessel and icebreaker Xuelong made a successful escape through heavy sea ice at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.Xuelong, or Snow Dragon, has been making consistent efforts to veer around the whole day while navigating through thick floes, Xinhua reported.The vessel had a difficult time trying to make a turnaround rightward, which started at 5 a.m. Monday because of the ... read more

Beijing | 3 months ago
Chinese helicopter lifts passengers from trapped Russian ship
Beijing, Jan 2 - A Chinese helicopter Thursday transferred all 52 passengers aboard a stranded Russian ship to a safer place near an Australian rescue ship, 10 days after the MV Akademik Shokalskiy got stuck in ice in the Antarctic sea.The passengers, as well as luggage, scientific instruments and equipment, were flown to a safer place near the Aurora Australis by Xueying 12, a helicopter on board ... read more

Canberra | 3 months ago
Bad weather slows rescue effort for trapped Russian vessel
Canberra, Dec 30 - An Australian icebreaker is travelling slowly due to the poor weather and has so far come within 11 nautical miles of the Russian vessel trapped in the Antarctic Sea ice for the past six days, the authorities said Monday.The Russian ship, MV Akademik Shokalskiy, built in Finland in 1982, is carrying a team of Australian scientists and other passengers to conduct scientific exper ... read more

New Delhi | 6 months ago
Civil society groups urge governments to save planet
New Delhi, Sep 27 - Governments have been handed a firm mandate to act decisively on the climate crisis by a report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change -.The IPCC report made it clear that human activities were responsible for climate change, the Climate Action Network - Friday said.The Climate Action Network - a group of 850 NGOs - said for the first time, the IPCC gave a gl ... read more

6 months ago
Salient points of IPCC report
* Extremely likely - 95 per cent certainty - that humans the dominant cause of global warming* Average surface temperatures up 0.85 degrees since 1880* World temperatures to rise 2-4.8 degrees by 2100* The rate of sea-level rise since the mid-19th century has been larger than the mean rate during the previous two millennia* Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide -, methane and nitrous oxide ... read more

Washington | 1 year ago
Sea level rising 60 percent faster than estimated
Washington, Nov 29 - The world's sea level is rising 60 percent faster than the central projections of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change -, says a new study.Satellite measurements show the sea level is actually rising at a rate of 3.2 mm a year compared to the estimate of two mm a year in the IPCC report.Results were obtained by taking averages from the five available global land and o ... read more

Washington | 1 year ago
Sea level rising faster than expected, warns expert
Washington, Nov 2 - The sea level is rising faster than expected and may cross one metre mark by the end of this century -- double that of the estimates made by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2007, says a study.What's missing from the models used to forecast sea-level rise are critical feedbacks that speed everything up, says Bill Hay, a geologist at the University of Colorado, U ... read more

New Delhi | 1 year ago
Indian Navy hopeful of getting INS Vikramaditya by April 2013
New Delhi/Moscow, Sep 17 - Amid reports of another delay in the delivery of INS Vikramaditya, the Indian Navy said Monday it was hopeful of getting the refurbished aircraft carrier by April next year.The Indian Navy is hopeful that Russia can still meet the contractual obligation for delivery of the aircraft carrier, that includes the leeway period of three-four months, Indian Navy spokesperson Co ... read more

Washington | 1 year ago
Arctic sea ice shrinks to smallest ever
Washington, Aug 28 - Sea ice covering the Arctic has shrunk to its smallest size ever observed in the three decades since consistent satellite observations of the polar cap began, according to NASA scientists.The extent of Arctic sea ice on Aug 26 was 4.1 million square km or 70,000 square km below what was almost five years ago on Sep 18, 2007, when daily extent of 4.17 million square km was meas ... read more

Washington | 1 year ago
Global warming may cause Emperor penguins to vanish
Washington, June 21 - Scientists have warned that Emperor penguins, Antarctica's largest and most iconic flightless birds, may vanish if global temperatures and sea ice melting continues unabated.Over the last century, we have already observed the disappearance of the Dion Islets penguin colony close to the West Antarctic Peninsula, says biologist Stephanie Jenouvrier from Woods Hole Oceanographi ... read more

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