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    Sea surge on Kerala coast : Why experts are calling for nature - based solutions

    Kerala's 590-kilometre-long coastline - one of the most densely populated in India and exposed to rogue waves - has for long been susceptible to large-scale sea erosion. The Pinarayi Vijayan-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) government has adopted traditional measures such as seawalls and breakwaters to brace against the perceptible impacts of climate change. But...

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    Ice shelves of Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier may go earlier than expected

    The ice shelves of Pine Island Glacier are breaking apart rapidly and may collapse faster than previously projected, according to a study by Washington University and British Antarctic Survey. Pine Island Glacier is one of the largest ice streams in Antarctica. It contains approximately 180 trillion tonnes of ice, melting of which could result in 0.5 meters or 1.6 feet...

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    National Geographic recognises 'Southern Ocean' as globe's fifth ocean

    The National Geographic magazine has recognised the 'Southern Ocean' as the world's fifth ocean June 8, 2021 hoping others will soon follow suit. Usually, the magazine has followed the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) on marine names, it said in an article notifying the change. Alex Tait, the magazine's geographer, said the change in name was...

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    Croc kills again: Sixth fatal attack in a year near Bhitarkanika

    A 45-year-old fisher was killed by a crocodile June 12, 2021 in a creek near her village, Vekta around Bhitarkanika National Park in Odisha's Kendrapara district. Umarani Parida was fishing along with locals when she was dragged away by the reptile. Her half-eaten body was found in River Patasala on June 13. "The incident happened around 5.30 pm. Some villagers raised an...

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    COVID-19 takes a toll on Chilika's boatmen

    Rambha on the bank of Chilika - the Asia's biggest brackish water lagoon in Odisha - wears a desolate look: Rows of empty motorboats lie anchored. The operators frantically look for customers, but most of them return home empty-handed. "The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has robbed us of our only source of livelihood in the last two years. We would make ends meet by ferrying tourists to...

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    What is killing Chennai's Olive Ridley turtles?

    Hundreds of Olive Ridley turtles die along the eastern coastline of India every year, mostly due to fishing activities, even as officials claim a stringent conservation drive is underway. Around 75 per cent of the dead turtles had clear signs of injury by fishing gears, according to a 2015 report on Olive Ridley turtle mortalities along the Tamil Nadu coastline in Biodiversity Journal. Other stated...

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    Repeal regulations in Lakshadweep immediately: Civil society

    Members of 70 civil society organisations have called for an immediate repeal of the "destructive legal and administrative" regulations in Lakshadweep proposed by the Union Territory administrator Praful Khoda Patel. Vikalp Sangam, a platform with 70 civil society organisations as members, has said the proposed measures have "irreversible ecological, social and cultural...

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    COVID-19 vaccines: Did a delayed second dose give the delta variant an evolutionary helping hand?

    The delta coronavirus variant, which was first detected in India, is now the dominant variant in faraway United Kingdom. Some experts warn that the delta variant may be 100 per cent more transmissible than the previously dominant variant, alpha. But we don't think that transmissibility alone explains delta's dominance. Successful variants...

    • 3 days ago
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    Urban Ghana has poor access to jobs, healthcare due to lack of public transport: Report

    Residents of Ghana's three major cities have poorer access to jobs and healthcare facilities due to the lack of a public transport system in the country, a World Bank report has highlighted. The document also called on Ghana to address the problem by developing an integrated approach to address mobility and accessibility. The report analysed the...

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    Good health, reduction of poverty, hunger rated as today's top priorities in Ipsos poll

    Poverty, hunger and public health have been much stressed upon by development agencies. But now, amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, they have drawn the attention of the global financial community. The world's top priorities today should be maintaining a healthy population along with reducing poverty and hunger, according to a new...

    • 4 days ago

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