Walruses may soon be endangered, thanks to warming

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ANCHORAGE: Given a choice between giving birth on land or sea ice, Pacific walrus mothers most often choose ice. Likewise, they prefer sea ice for molting, mating, nursing and resting between dives for food. Trouble is, as the century progresses, there’s going to be far less ice around. How walruses cope with less sea ice is at the heart of a legal fight over whether walruses should be listed as a threatened species, giving them an added protection against humans . The US government in 2008 listed polar bears as…

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China purrs over white tiger triplets

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The rare, blue-eyed triplets were born nearly three months ago at the Yunnan Wildlife Zoo in Kunming, and made their public debut in early October. The tigers’ white fur is a genetic variation of the common orange Bengal tiger. The mutation seldom occurs in the wild, but the zoo is home to 41 cats of this rare white variety.

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New World Bank fund to insure against climate disasters

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NUSA DUA (INDONESIA): The World Bank on Friday launched a new $150 million fund intended to help insure vulnerable countries against natural disasters and the increasing risk of climate change-linked crises. The announcement follows a string of recent natural disasters across the world including record storms and a series of deadly quakes in Indonesia, where the Bank and International Monetary Fund are currently meeting. The so-called Global Risk Financing Facility (GRiF), set up with money from Germany and Britain, will finance the creation of disaster insurance and other risk mechanisms…

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Govt to launch air pollution prediction system for Delhi on Oct 15

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NEW DELHI: The Centre will on October 15 launch an air pollution prediction system for Delhi, making it easier for government’s pollution watchdogs to alert stakeholders and general public about air quality 48 hours in advance. The move will give them adequate time to take precautionary measures. The system – called Air Quality Early Warning System – will have an in-built web-based dissemination tools to inform public and enforcement agencies about episodic high pollution events in advance. Such information may be helpful for general public in planning their outdoor activities.…

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New ‘smart traffic light’ may reduce fleet time, air pollution

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GURGAON: Students at Shiv Nadar School here have developed an ‘intelligent traffic light’ system which they say may not only help reduce commute time but also lower air pollution. The system created by four Grade 11 students — Shreya Raju, Om Shelat, Ira Sidhu and Soumya Juneja — makes the existing traffic light system responsive to real-time traffic intensity. It is the first system meant to work on Indian roads and will function accurately keeping in mind the traffic situation in the country, according to a project paper written by…

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‘Solar alliance must be agile, results-oriented’

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French minister of state for ecological and inclusive transition, Brune Poirson, is set to co-chair on Wednesday the first assembly of the International Solar Alliance (ISA). In an interview to Vishwa Mohan, she responded to questions on range of issues relating to solar energy and climate change. Excerpts: How would the first ISA assembly drive solar rich nations towards the global renewable energy goal? It is an opportunity to set high standards for ISA’s working methods. Adopting clear, transparent and efficient procedures and work programmes is a prerequisite for meeting…

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