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Delhi air improves to 'very poor' as wind speed increase (15 minutes ago)
New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) Air quality in Delhi and adjoining regions improved from "severe" to "very poor" on Wednesday as wind speed picked up due to western disturbance over north India and dispersed pollutants.

Rain lowers temperature in Punjab, Haryana (19:26)
Chandigarh, Dec 12 (IANS) Maximum temperatures across Punjab and Haryana dipped on Wednesday following light rain in some parts of both states and snowfall in the neighbouring Himachal Pradesh.

Fifteen entities commit to make operations climate neutral (17:52)
By Vishal Gulati
Katowice (Poland), Dec 12 (IANS) Fifteen international organisations on Wednesday jointly announced a commitment to make their operations climate neutral at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 24) in this Polish city.

NASA satellite maps Antarctica ice sheets, sea ice, forests (15:58)IANS Photo Service
Washington, Dec 12 (IANS) NASA's satellite to track Earth's melting ice has revealed accurate first maps of Antarctica such that it can measure sea ice height to within an inch, the US sapace agency has said.

Rain, snow intensify cold wave in Uttarakhand (14:38)
Dehradun, Dec 12 (IANS) The cold wave has intensified in most parts of Uttarakhand after a fresh bout of snowfall and rains in the past 24 hours, an official said on Wednesday. Rains in the plains and snowfall in the hill tracts of the state have caused a fall in the temperature in most places.

UN chief expected to attend climate talks (14:38)
By Vishal GulatiIANS Photo Service
Katowice (Poland), Dec 12 (IANS) As the crucial multilateral climate negotiations by 197 nations draw closer to finale with the possibility of "weak" outcomes, UN chief Antonio Guterres is expected to join talks on Wednesday for evolving rules for implementing the Paris agreement.

Recycling temple waste to spread fragrance gets UN award (11:02)
By Vishal GulatiIANS Photo Service
Katowice (Poland), Dec 12 (IANS) Indian group Help Us Green that gives marginalised women the chance to earn livelihoods and be respected in their communities through collecting temple ceremonial flowers tossed into the Ganges and turning them into sustainable incense, received a UN Climate Action Award.

Unparalleled warmth changing Arctic (10:38)
Washington, Dec 12 (IANS) The Arctic is experiencing a multi-year stretch of unparalleled warmth "that is unlike any period on record", according to the 2018 Arctic Report Card by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Minimum temperatures drop sharply in Kashmir Valley (10:18)IANS Photo Service
Srinagar, Dec 12 (IANS) Minimum temperatures dropped sharply across the Kashmir Valley and the Ladakh region on Wednesday triggering cold wave conditions, the weather office said.

Shimla gets season's first snowfall (09:42)IANS Photo Service
Shimla, Dec 12 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh's picturesque resorts of Shimla and Manali woke up on Wednesday to a white blanket of snow which was the season's first snowfall in the state capital, the weather bureau said.

More coral species found in deeper regions of Great Barrier Reef (08:20)
Sydney, Dec 12 (IANS) Nearly 200 coral species in the deeper regions of Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef have been found instead of about 30 species previously recorded, pointing to the significant role of the major marine organisms' habitat, according to the latest research.

UN's climate chief asks nations to finish talks with strong outcome (04:08)
By Vishal GulatiIANS Photo Service
Katowice (Poland), Dec 12 (IANS) As the crucial two-week long climate negotiations by nearly 200 nation draws closer to culminate, UN's climate chief Patricia Espinosa and other top UN officials making passionate pleas to governments to finish the work they set for themselves and conclude the summit with a strong and effective outcome.

Nations share green transition plans in line with Paris pact (01:34)
By Vishal GulatiIANS Photo Service
Katowice (Poland), Dec 12 (IANS) The political phase of the ongoing UN climate negotiations, amid the assembly of nearly 200 nations delegates, including India, was held on Tuesday with ministers and high-level country representatives together with non-party stakeholders shared plans for the transformation of economies in line with the 2015 Paris goals.

BBC stands by its 2017 Kaziranga killings expose (23:34)
New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) BBC's Director General Tony Hall on Tuesday said that the network stands by its 2017 expose of extrajudicial killings by rangers in Kaziranga National Park and that the organisation's previous letters to the Indian government do not constitute an apology.

World's first floating nuclear plant operational in Russia (23:26)
Murmansk (Russia), Dec 11 (IANS) Akademik Lomonosov, the world's first "floating" nuclear power plant (FNPP) for installation in remote areas, has been started and brought to 10 per cent of its capacity, Russian state-run atomic energy corporation Rosatom announced on Tuesday.

Gujarat's women group gets UN award (23:24)
By Vishal Gulati
Katowice (Poland), Dec 11 (IANS) India's Gujarat on Tuesday got a United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) award for women's leadership with low cost and sustainable technology to tackle storms.

Hero Electric raises Rs 160 crore from Alpha Capital Advisors (22:18)
New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) Electric two-wheeler maker Hero Electric on Tuesday announced it has raised Rs 160 crore from Mumbai-based investment management company Alpha Capital Advisors.

Met warns of heavy rainfall in Andhra, Tamil Nadu this weekend (21:36)
New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) A low pressure intensifying in the Bay of Bengal is expected to bring a heavy spell of rain to Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu by this weekend, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Tuesday.

Falling oil, gas output a concern; gas trading hub soon: Pradhan (20:02)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) India's falling oil and gas production is a matter of concern which the government has sought to address by initiating various reforms in the sector, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Tuesday.

Humans reversing climate clock by 50 mn years: Study (19:46)
New York, Dec 11 (IANS) In just two hundred years, humans have reversed a long-term cooling trend, pushing the climate clock back by at least 50 million years, an accelerated rate of change that appears to be faster than anything life on the planet has experienced before, say researchers.

Delhi air quality remains 'severe' for 2nd day (Lead) (18:50)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) Delhi choked on toxic air for the second day as the air quality on Tuesday continued to remain in the 'severe' category, owing to unfavourable meteorological conditions.

Now, sports a unifying tool for climate action (17:26)
By Vishal Gulati
Katowice (Poland), Dec 11 (IANS) As nearly 200 countries entered the second week of their crucial climate negotiations here, the sports sector and the UN Climate Change on Tuesday jointly launched the Sports for Climate Action Framework to drive climate awareness and action.

More glaciers in East Antarctica losing ice: NASA (13:24)
Washington, Dec 11 (IANS) A group of glaciers spanning one-eighth of East Antarctica's coast have begun to lose ice over the past decade, hinting at widespread changes in the ocean, NASA scientists have found.

Canada will continue to lead critical climate talks: Minister (13:14)
By Vishal Gulati
Katowice (Poland), Dec 11 (IANS) Canada will continue to lead critical climate negotiations, the country's Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna has said while urging the world to do its part to find solutions to fight climate change at home and abroad.

Anushka, Kartik named India's hottest vegetarians (13:04)
Mumbai, Dec 11 (IANS) Actors Anushka Sharma and Kartik Aaryan have been named India's Hottest Vegetarians, according to votes on the official website of People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India.

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