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Saturday,17th November 2018




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Foreign students and Japanese still delivering water in northeastern Japan

Japanese and foreign students from around the world joined together in a volunteer project in this city in northeastern Japan heavily hit by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster, delivering...Full News..

As Fukushima residents return, some see hope in nuclear tourism

On a cold day in February, Takuto Okamoto guided his first tour group to a sight few outsiders had witnessed in person: the construction cranes looming over Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear...Full News..

Carbon capture site below seabed off Hokkaido shows promise for industrial use

A test site in Japan for burying carbon dioxide (CO2) below the seabed off Hokkaido is showing more promise than other carbon, capture and storage (CCS) projects by cutting costs and increasing...Full News..

Cyclone Nora hits Australia

The far north of Australia was lashed by a Category 3 tropical cyclone over the weekend, bringing strong winds and heavy rain that raised fears of potential flooding. Tropical Cyclone Nora reached...Full News..

Bangladesh 2nd worst country in curbing pollution

Bangladesh is ranked the second worst country in curbing environmental pollution, an Environmental Performance Index (EPI) ranking report says. The EPI ranking, published on the sidelines of the...Full News..

Climate talks wrap up with progress on Paris rulebook

Global talks on curbing climate change wrapped up Friday, with delegates and observers claiming progress on several key details of the 2015 Paris accord. The two-week negotiations focused on a...Full News..

US denies it will stay in accord

BBC: The US has insisted it will leave the Paris climate accord, despite reports that it may be softening its stance. Officials who met a White House representative on Saturday said afterwards...Full News..

MDBs increase climate financing to $27.4b in 2016

The world's six largest multilateral development banks (MDBs) continued to make a strong contribution to the global climate challenge in 2016, increasing their climate financing in developing...Full News..

Irma strengthens as it closes on Florida

Hurricane Irma has strengthened to a category four storm as it nears the US state of Florida, with maximum sustained winds of 130mph (209km/h). Wind gusts close to hurricane force are already...Full News..

Mexico quake death toll rises to 61

The number of people killed by a powerful earthquake off the southern coast of Mexico has risen to at least 61, officials say. A huge rescue operation is under way in the worst-hit states of...Full News..

Devastation after deadly Hurricane Irma

Flooded streets in St Martin Hurricane Irma has caused widespread destruction across the Caribbean, reducing islands to rubble and leaving at least seven people killed. The small island of...Full News..

100 Faridpur villages flooded as Padma flowing over danger mark

Around 100 villages of the low-lying areas in three upazilas - Sadar, Char Bhadrasan and Sadarpur – of Faridpur have been flooded due to onrush of water from the upstream and incessant rainfall,...Full News..

Fresh floods inundate new swathes in north, east

New areas of Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari and Sunamganj districts have been inundated by fresh waters as heavy rainfall has occurred in the upstream of rivers in India. The waters of the Teesta are now...Full News..

Tanguar Haor: Accusations fly as unique biodiversity comes under threat

Blue skies overhead, green fields underneath the clear beel and the continuous chirping of local and foreign birds- that is how a nature lover or tourist would describe Tanguar Haor, one of the many...Full News..

Small water vessel operation halted over stormy weather

Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) announced to shut down the launch operation (below 65 feet) in the country due to the prevailing bad weather. Small water vessel operation was...Full News..

Bangladesh lacks clear conception about int’l commitment

Six south Asian nations, including Bangladesh, do not have clear conception about their international commitment to lowering carbon emission, finds a new study of the TIB. It said different...Full News..

9 rivers with Jamuna Teesta cross danger line

At least nine rivers, including the Jamuna, Teesta, Dharla, Surma and the Kushiyara, are flowing above the danger level, but experts say that will neither worsen nor prolong the current...Full News..

Nuclear plant must release contaminated water

  The new chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) says the utility needs to stop dragging its feet on plans to dump massive amounts of treated but contaminated water into the sea and...Full News..

Flood hits 6.5 lakh people in 13 districts: Relief minister

Disaster management and relief minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya said that the government has taken all-out measures for affected people as flood hit 45 upazilas in 13 districts. "Around...Full News..

US isolated on climate at summit of world leaders

Leaders from the world's leading economies broke with US President Donald Trump on climate policy at a G20 summit on Saturday, in a rare public admission of disagreement and blow to multilateral...Full News..

France to end sale of diesel and gasoline vehicles by 2040

France aims to end the sale of gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2040 and become carbon neutral 10 years later, Ecology Minister Nicolas Hulot said on Thursday at a presentation of measures to keep up...Full News..

Flood deteriorates in northern region

Flood situation worsened in the country’s northern region due to swelling of the river Jamuna at four points on Friday, leaving thousands of people marooned. More areas in the northern districts,...Full News..

Rain to continue for next two days

Intermittent rain will continue for more two days in several parts of the country with cool breeze and gusty winds. Met office also said that landslide can occur in hill regions due to heavy...Full News..

The water level of the rivers is quite above the danger level

The water level of the rivers is quite above the danger level – Surma is flowing above 57cm and the Kushiara is above 77cm, 93cm and 22cm in three locations. Photo - Jubaer...Full News..

Climate change could greatly widen US inequality: study

If the United States fails to take decisive measures to combat climate change, it will become a poorer country facing more dramatic inequality, according to a study. The poorest third of US...Full News..

World Environment Day being observed

The World Environment Day is being observed in the country as elsewhere around the world on Monday with a view to creating awareness of the importance of environment and nature. The theme of this...Full News..

Most powerful cyclones in Bangladesh from the past

Jahangir Alam Chowdhury: Tropical cyclones generally strike Bangladesh in two seasons, March through July and September through December, with the greatest majority of storms arriving in May and...Full News..

UN chief calls on world to back Paris climate deal

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called on all leaders of government, business, and civil society to back the Paris climate change agreement and take actions to slow down global...Full News..

Cyclonic storm ‘Mora’ crossing Cox’s Bazar coast

The severe cyclonic storm ‘Mora’ over North Bay moved northwards and has started crossing Cox’s Bazar-Chittagong coast near Kutubdia on Tuesday morning, UNB reports. The storm made landfall...Full News..

Signal 7 at maritime ports as Cyclone Mora approaches

Coastal districts of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Noakhali, Lakshmipur, Feni, Chandpur and their offshore islands and chars have been advised to hoist danger signal no. seven as cyclonic storm...Full News..

Exposure to diesel pollution may damage your heart

People exposed to particulate matter (PM) emitted mainly from diesel used in vehicles may be at greater risk of developing heart attack, heart failure and death, researchers warned. The findings...Full News..

Tsunami was this high

To mark the 6th anniversary of the March 11, 2011 disaster in the Tohoku region, Yahoo Japan has placed this ad on the side of the Sony Building in Tokyo’s Ginza to remind people never to forget...Full News..

Oil from Chennai’s spill could stay in the environment for months or years, here’s why

Days after the Indian Coastal Guard claimed that the oil has been completely removed, an old report by The International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF) has surfaced, which states that the...Full News..

Hundreds of whales die in mass stranding on New Zealand beach

Hundreds of whales have died overnight on a New Zealand beach after a mass stranding thought to be the largest in decades. The Department of Conservation (DOC) discovered 416 pilot whales had...Full News..

Endangered antelope ‘may be wiped out’

The death of more than 2,000 critically endangered Saiga antelope in Mongolia was caused by a disease that could now threaten the entire population. Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) scientists,...Full News..

Chinstrap penguin makes rare 1500-kilometre trip to Macquarie Island

What makes a tiny penguin set out on an epic journey through a vast ocean with seemingly little hope of returning home in one piece? Antarctic researchers are not actually sure, but when one...Full News..

Concerns over first snow and common leopards found in same area

The first ever recorded video footage showing snow leopards and common leopards sharing the same habitat on the Tibetan plateau has caused concern among conservationists. They are worried about...Full News..

Almost 75% of Japan’s biggest coral reef has died from bleaching, says report

Almost three-quarters of Japan’s biggest coral reef has died, according to a report that blames its demise on rising sea temperatures caused by global warming. The Japanese environment ministry...Full News..

Over 200 Istanbul flights cancelled for heavy storm

StormTurkish Airlines on Monday cancelled over 200 flights following heavy snowfall in Istanbul, authorities said. The national flag carrier announced the cancellation of 227 scheduled domestic...Full News..

World’s oldest known killer whale Granny dies

The world's oldest known killer whale, affectionately known as Granny, is missing and presumed dead, researchers say. Estimated to be over 100 years old, the matriarch's official name was...Full News..

World’s oldest male panda dies: officials

The world's oldest male panda, with more than 130 descendants -- a quarter of all the captive-bred pandas on the planet -- has died aged 31, officials said. Giant pandas have a notoriously low...Full News..

Brick kilns blamed for 58pc air pollution in capital

Brick kilns in and around Dhaka city are mostly responsible for the capital city’s air pollution, according to a research conducted by the country’s environment department in association with a...Full News..

Dinosaur loses teeth over time

Some dinosaurs lost their teeth as they grew up, according to fossil evidence. The hatchlings dinosaurs ate meat with their teeth, then used beaks to peck at plants as adults, scientists...Full News..

Smog chokes China cities for fourth day of ‘airpocalypse’, grounding flights and closing roads

Heavy smog has engulfed large parts of northern China for a fourth straight day, with the environment ministry warning that some firms in the region were continuing to flout emergency restrictions...Full News..

Hottest Arctic on record triggers massive ice melt

The Arctic shattered heat records in the past year as unusually warm air triggered massive melting of ice and snow and a late fall freeze, US government scientists said on Tuesday. The grim...Full News..

Beijing issues red alert for severe air pollution

Beijing issued its first air pollution red alert for 2016 Thursday, as choking smog is expected to cover the city and surrounding areas in north China during the next five days. From 8 pm on...Full News..

Polar bears to lose one-third of population in Arctic sea ice melt

Rising temperatures that melt sea ice in the Arctic will probably reduce the polar bear population by a third over the next few decades, and the same warming trend is likely to worsen the decline of...Full News..

CSIRO backs emissions trading scheme to lower power prices

The debate over pricing carbon has been reignited after the Government confirmed introducing a carbon price for power companies would be considered as part of a climate change review. It's a...Full News..

Experts urge private sector to come forward for saving tiger, Sundarbans

Experts at dialogue here on Saturday stressed the need for engaging the private sector in the conservation of tigers, their natural habitat and the Sundarbans mangrove forest. The US Agency for...Full News..

Google, scientists develop new app in ‘critical’ fight to save elusive platypus

Scientists have joined forces with tech giant Google to build an app that allows Australians to gather information about one of our most unique and elusive animals, the platypus. It is not clear...Full News..

Nuclear stations generate 38 pc of green energy

Russia’s nuclear power agency Rosatom says that nuclear power stations generate 38 percent of green energy across the world. Referring to a report of the International Energy Agency, Kirill...Full News..

Black cockatoo nesting sites at risk in Bunbury subdivision

Birdlife Bunbury wants a new subdivision on the southern edge of the city to retain cockatoo nesting trees. Convenor Sue Kalab said 45 tuart trees marked for removal within the proposed Tuart...Full News..

Pauline Hanson visits healthy reef to dispute effects of climate change

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has been ridiculed for visiting a healthy section of the Great Barrier Reef while denying the effects of climate change. Senator Hanson and other One Nation...Full News..

Climate changing too fast for species

Many species will not be able to adapt fast enough to survive climate change, say scientists. A study of more than 250 plants and animals suggests their ability to adapt to changes in rainfall and...Full News..

Olive killer disease arrives on Mallorca

A disease that poses a "very serious threat" to the EU's olive industry has been recorded on the Spanish island of Mallorca for the first time. Island officials said a movement ban covering 15,000...Full News..

The Grind: Faroe Islands divided over whaling tradition

Every year for over a thousand years, hundreds of pilot whales have been rounded up, cornered and slaughtered by hand on the beaches of the Faroe Islands. Residents of the Volcanic archipelago,...Full News..

Camera installation in Sundarbans to begin soon

The installation of cameras in the Sundarbans will begin soon to conduct an integrated tiger census using camera trapping method to access tiger population in the mangrove forest. "In the first...Full News..

PM calls for fighting climate change together

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, has urged global leaders to fight together the perilous threats of climate change and share the burdens equally for fulfilling the promises to make the world a...Full News..

Trump taps climate-change skeptic to oversee EPA transition

President-elect Donald Trump has made no secret of his disdain for the Environmental Protection Agency, saying the regulations it has put out under President Obama are “a disgrace.” He has vowed...Full News..

Diet approves bill to ratify Paris Agreement

Japan's Diet has approved a bill to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change. On Tuesday, the Lower House unanimously passed the legislation. The bill had already passed the Upper...Full News..

Singaporeans using less electricity, water

People here may be armed with mobile phones, tablets and cameras, but they are using less electricity now when compared with a decade ago - a trend similar to Singapore's water consumption...Full News..

Paris Climate Agreement Becomes International Law

The Paris Agreement to combat climate change becomes international law on Friday - a landmark demonstrating that countries are serious about tackling global warming amid growing fears that the world...Full News..

Climate Change Captured in Stunning Antarctic Ice Photos

Climate change can be hard to visualize, because it tends to happen at a relatively creeping pace, not in one dramatic surge, as Hollywood often likes to depict. But new photos from NASA flights...Full News..

Enormous dome in central Andes driven by huge magma body beneath it

A new study reveals how magma injected into the crust from below has contributed to the uplift of the spectacular Altiplano-Puna plateau in the central Andes. A new analysis of the topography of...Full News..

World`s largest marine protected area declared in Antarctica

Delegates from 24 countries and the European Union have agreed that the Ross Sea in Antarctica will become the world`s largest marine protected area (MPA). Some 1.57 million sq km (600,000 sq...Full News..

Japan pleads with whaling watchdog to allow ‘cultural’ hunts

Japan pleaded with the world’s whaling watchdog Wednesday to allow small hunts by coastal communities, arguing that for three decades these groups had been unjustly barred from a traditional source...Full News..

Eagle-eyed birds of prey help scrounging vultures find their dinner

Zoologists from the School of Natural Sciences at Trinity College Dublin have discovered how endangered vultures find their food, which will have important applications for their conservation. It...Full News..

New Cretaceous dinosaur from Queensland

Researchers have announced the naming of Savannasaurus elliottorum, a new genus and species of dinosaur from western Queensland, Australia. The bones come from the Winton Formation, a geological...Full News..

Now Vote For Sundarban to Stop Rampal Power Plant Project

Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest, is facing disaster from a giant coal mega-plant. Let’s act now and turn this major tragedy into a “never again” moment. The next...Full News..

Food waste – what can we do about it?

Almost $1 trillion in food is thrown away, lost or wasted every year worldwide - roughly one third of all food produced for human consumption. Food such as fruits and vegetables, plus roots and...Full News..

Cloud discovery could soften forecasts for global warming

WASHINGTON – A discovery about how clouds form may scale back some of the more dire predictions about temperature increases caused by man-made global warming. That is because it implies that a...Full News..

Thailand to close “Koh Tachai island” over tourism damage

Thai authorities are set to close the island of Koh Tachai, saying heavy tourism is negatively affecting natural resources and the environment. The island, off Phang Nga province, is part of the...Full News..

New tally for number of world’s plants

Scientists have estimated that there are 390,900 plants known to science. The new tally is part of a report carried out by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. It is its first global assessment of the...Full News..

Plants’ heat response means fiercer heat waves

Tomorrow’s heat waves could be even hotter than climate scientists have so far predicted. Maximum temperatures across the Asian continent from Europe to China could be 3°C to 5°C higher than...Full News..

Sundarbans Day today

Amid environmentalists’ outcry over setting up Rampal Thermal Power Plant, ‘Sundarbans Day’ is being observed in the country’s costal districts today (Sunday) to raise awareness among people...Full News..

Mammoth ‘Snowzilla’ blizzard blankets Washington

Women cross the street in the snow in Washington, US January 22, 2016. As much as 2 feet of snow is possible along the urban corridor extending from Washington to New York and Boston, the National...Full News..

‘Plant backpack’ to fight air pollution

Five Dutch students have hit on a unique idea to replace face masks used against air pollution, and are developing a "plant backpack" to give wearers instant fresh air. "The bag allows fine...Full News..

UK climate expert calls for bold leadership

Simon Maxwell, executive chair of the UK-based Climate and Development Knowledge and Network. Photo taken from the official site of Simon Maxwell. A leading climate expert today called for...Full News..

Donald Trump’s sexism is infectious – even the women are catching it

What better way to reaffirm to an entire right-wing, conservative political party that a woman’s role is to be everything to everyone; to have the glittering career and still get home in time to...Full News..

Now I’m an extreme obstacle course champion

I’ve always been sporty but didn’t get into obstacle course racing [OCR] until 2014, when a friend from my running club – London Heathside – asked me to join his team. I ended up...Full News..

South Africa vs England third Test, day three: Tourists win series with Test to spare

At 1pm Stuart Broad walked on to the outfield at the Bullring in front of a packed house of South African fans with the smell of meat grilling on the braai hanging in the air. • South Africa vs...Full News..

In defence of Ugg boots, and how to wear them well

The big chill is officially here. This weekend will see temperatures plummet and many parts of the country will experience flurries of snow, if they haven’t already. It means it’s time to bring...Full News..