Tree cover in Gujarat shrank between 2006 and 2017: CAG

GANDHINAGAR: Forest cover in Gujarat increased between 2006 and 2017 but the tree cover decreased, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has noted in a report. “Tree cover” comprises tree patches outside recorded forest area, exclusive of forest cover, the report, tabled in the state Assembly on Friday, explained. The tree cover in the state was 8,390 sq km in 2006 but it shrank to 6,910 sq km in 2017, the CAG report said. While the forest cover in the country is 21.67 per cent of total area, in Gujarat…

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Does the cure for Coronavirus symptoms lie in natural medicine?

NEW DELHI: In the last eight months of the Coronavirus pandemic, enough cases have been made for supplementing Covid-19 treatment with natural medicine. Data emerging from multiple locations has recorded a decline in mortality rates in the states and countries who have incorporated natural medicine for immune boosting and to aid recovery from Covid-19. China was among the first to set this trend as the Chinese Government mandated the use of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for Coronavirus treatment in February 2020. Later, a trend was observed when Madagascar created and…

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Australia begins disposal of about 350 dead whales as rescue efforts end

SYDNEY: Australian wildlife officials began disposing of hundreds of dead pilot whales on Saturday after concluding there was no longer any hope of rescuing any more. In Australia‘s biggest whale beaching, 470 whales were first spotted on a wide sandbank during an aerial reconnaissance of rugged Macquarie Harbour in Tasmania state on Monday. After days of difficult and dangerous rescue attempts, Australia said they rescued 108 whales, with the rest now believed to have died. Rob Buck, incident controller and parks and wildlife service manager, said 15 whales have already…

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How intense and dangerous is cosmic radiation on the Moon? | Science & Environment News

Washington: The Chang`e-4 lunar lander touched down on the far side of the Moon on 3 January 2019, with a German instrument for measuring space radiation on board. Since then, the Lunar Lander Neutron and Dosimetry (LND) instrument has been measuring temporally resolved cosmic radiation for the first time. Earlier devices could only record the entire ‘mission dose’. In its current issue, the scientific journal Science Advances reports on the work of the international group of scientists involved with the LND, including researchers from the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum…

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Firefighters wrest control over half of massive California wildfire

LOS ANGELES: Firefighters on Thursday said they had contained about half of a massive blaze ravaging Los Angeles County for nearly a month, as a fire season that has killed dozens across the US West took another hopeful turn. The Bobcat Fire burning outside Los Angeles held steady overnight at about 113,000 acres burned, John Clearwater, spokesman for Angeles National Forest, said in a written statement. The wildfire, which broke out September 6, is one of the largest in recorded Los Angeles County history. About 1,600 personnel are currently deployed…

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‘51.6 million people doubly hit by climate-linked disasters, Covid-19’

NEW YORK: At least 51.6 million people globally have been affected by floods, droughts or storms and also the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) said in a report. Beside the IFRC, the Red Crescent Societies and the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre also contributed to the report released on Wednesday. “Covid-19 is directly affecting and increasing the needs of persons affected by climate-related disasters,” said the report, which demonstrated the huge scale of combined impacts of climate-related disasters and the pandemic. The analysis, which…

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70 whales rescued from Australia’s worst mass beaching

CANBERRA: Authorities revised up the number of pilot whales rescued from Australia’s worst mass stranding from 50 to 70 on Thursday, as the focus shifted to removing 380 carcasses from Tasmania state shallows. The number of rescues had been estimated at 50 late Wednesday, but 20 more came to light following later discussions with rescue crews, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service Manager Nic Deka said. Another 20 surviving whales could potentially still be saved on Thursday and vets were considering euthanising another four, Marine Conservation Program wildlife biologist Kris Carlyon…

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In Siberia forests, climate change stokes ‘zombie fires’

SHIPUNOVO,RUSSIA: Equipped with a shovel, Grigory Kuksin lifts and turns smouldering earth in the marshy clearing of a sprawling Siberian forest. Together with a small cohort of volunteer firefighters, he is battling a winter-resistant, underground blaze, a growing problem in Russia that he calls a “climate bomb”. “These are underground fires — zombie fires,” said Kuksin, the 40-year-old head of Greenpeace’s wildfire unit in Russia. The vast bog topped with nettle and hemp surrounded by a thick pine forest is part of the Suzunsky nature reserve, located a two-and-a-half-hour ride…

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Key to butterfly climate survival may be colour coded

PARIS: A butterfly‘s ability to absorb or reflect heat from the sun with its wings could be a matter of life and death in a warming world, according to British research published Thursday calling for gardens, parks and farms to host shady, cooling-off spots. While all butterflies are ectotherms — they cannot generate their own body heat — the ability to regulate temperature varies significantly, researchers said. The study found that species that struggle to moderate their body temperatures often rely on being able to escape the full heat of…

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Delhi may have 8 months of 32°C average temperature by 2100: WEF study | Delhi News

NEW DELHI: The national capital may have eight months a year with temperature averaging 32°C by 2100, up from six at present, a new study said on Wednesday cautioning against the worsening global warming scenario in the world. According to the new ‘EarthTime Visualisation’ report released at the World Economic Forum‘s Sustainable Development Impact Summit, a record increase in temperature is expected in the US, India and across South Asia for longer periods of time. Such a future can be avoided from playing out only by limiting the worst impact…

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At least 380 whales dead in Australia mass stranding

HOBART: At least 380 whales have died in a mass stranding in southern Australia, officials said Wednesday, with rescuers managing to free just a few dozen survivors. Nearly the entire pod of 460 long-finned pilot whales stuck in Macquarie Harbour, on the rugged and sparsely populated west coast of Tasmania, has now perished. “We have got a more accurate count and we can confirm that 380 whales are dead,” Tasmania’s Parks and Wildlife Service manager Nic Deka said. “There’s around 30 left still alive but the good news is that…

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International Space Station moves to avoid space debris

WASHINGTON: Astronauts on the International Space Station carried out an “avoidance maneuver” Tuesday to ensure they would not be hit by a piece of debris, said US space agency NASA, urging better management of objects in Earth’s orbit. Russian and US flight controllers worked together during a two-and-a-half-minute operation to adjust the station’s orbit and move further away, avoiding collision. The debris passed within about 1.4 kilometers (nearly one mile) of the ISS, NASA said. The three crew members- two Russians and an American- relocated to be near their Soyuz…

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