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Warmer oceans set to hit global marine diversity: Scientists (08:18)
Sydney, Oct 19 (IANS) Climate change and warmer oceans are likely to change reef ecosystems worldwide, reducing the diversity of invertebrates such as crabs, lobsters and sea urchins, Australian scientists have revealed.

European volunteers celebrate Diwali with plantation drive near Hyderabad (21:40)
Hyderabad, Oct 18 (IANS) European volunteers of the not-for-profit Heartfulness Institute on Wednesday planted more than 500 saplings at Kanha Shantivanam near here to celebrate Diwali.

Delhi gears up for less noisy, less toxic Diwali (18:48) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) It is expected to be a less noisy and less toxic Diwali this year after the Supreme Court imposed a ban on sale of firecrackers in Delhi and the NCR. While some people claim to have found different ways to get firecrackers through door step deliveries by traders and also online purchases, some seem to have got the message to celebrate the festival without adding to the already alarming air pollution levels in the capital.

Heavy rain to hit Odisha on Diwali (17:26)
Bhubaneswar, Oct 18 (IANS) Several parts of Odisha are likely to experience heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours dampening Diwali celebrations in the state, the Met department said on Wednesday.

Piped natural gas to reach Bhubaneswar, Cuttack by 2019 (17:24)
Bhubaneswar, Oct 18 (IANS) A total of 25,000 households in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar cities will be provided Piped Natural Gas (PNG) connection by the end of 2019, said an official on Wednesday.

India urges pricing flexibility, review clause in LNG contracts (16:42) IANS Photo Service
Tokyo, Oct 18 (IANS) Given the transformation in the global LNG market into a situation of oversupply, India on Wednesday called for flexible terms for gas purchases, including the provision of a pricing review, "take or pay" terms and abolition of destination restriction clause in contracts.

95% of plastic feeding the seas comes from 10 rivers (16:12)
London, Oct 18 (IANS) Up to 95 per cent of the plastic polluting the world's oceans comes from just 10 rivers, including the Ganges, new research has found.

Source of world's largest mud eruption traced to volcano (13:54)
Washington, Oct 18 (IANS) Lusi, the world's largest mud eruption that began on the Indonesian island of Java in 2006, is not stopping any time soon as deep underground it is connected to a nearby volcanic system, scientists have determined.

Widespread use of unapproved GM cotton shows official tolerance of illegality (Comment: Special to IANS) (13:28)
By Vivian Fernandes
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) The Andhra governments flip-flop on extensive cultivation of unapproved genetically-modified (GM) herbicide-tolerant (HT) cotton seems to be symptomatic of the complacency which has infected even regulatory bodies and research institutions.

Researchers turn to crowdfunding to save endangered parrot (13:10)
Canberra, Oct 18 (IANS) Australian researchers have turned to crowdfunding to help bankroll a new technology to save the critically endangered swift parrot from extinction in the island state of Tasmania.

'Future smart foods can promote nutrition security in the Himalayas' (11:08)
By Imran Khan
Patna, Oct 18 (IANS) With climate change a reality and the latest Global Hunger Index revealing a horrific scenario for the world's mountain people in developing countries in South Asia, including India, promoting genetic plant diversity in the mountains can be one important step to battle food insecurity.

Cool Wednesday morning in Delhi (10:16) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) It was a cool Wednesday morning here with the minimum temperature recorded at 18.7 degrees Celsius, one notch above the season's average, the weather office said.

87% won't be burst crackers in Delhi: Survey (21:20) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS) Days after the Supreme Court banned the sale of firecrackers in Delhi and NCR to combat the rising levels of air pollution in the city, 87 per cent of the respondents in a survey said they won't burst crackers on Diwali.

Qatari man held in Lahore with falcons (20:44)
Lahore, Oct 17 (IANS) A Qatari man was arrested at the Lahore airport for trying to smuggle nine falcons worth more than Rs 50 million, the Pakistani media reported on Tuesday.

Gensets banned as Delhi cracks down on alarming air pollution (Lead) (20:06)
New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS) All diesel generators, except those in hospitals and Metro stations, were on Tuesday banned in Delhi, the Badarpur thermal power plant was shut and Delhites were told to put on masks as air quality in the capital crossed the dangerous red level ahead of Diwali and winter.

Global task force to curb hunting of birds on anvil (19:30)
New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS) An inter-governmental task force to curb illegal killing of birds crossing one of the world's greatest migration paths will be high on the agenda at this year's largest wildlife summit beginning this month, an official said on Tuesday.

Parking fees may go up in Delhi if air quality worsens (18:58) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS) Delhi's air quality, which has already entered the red zone, may trigger an increase in parking fees by up to four times across the city in the next few days, officials said on Tuesday.

Delhi Police cracks down on firecracker shops (18:42)
New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS) Dozens of shops were found selling firecrackers in Delhi on Tuesday as police moved to ensure strict implementation of a Supreme Court order banning the sale and purchase of crackers in the capital due to pollution concerns around Diwali.

EPCA implements 'very poor' and 'severe' categories of GRAP (18:26)
New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS) Ahead of Diwali and the winter season, the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) has implemented the "Very Poor" and "Severe" categories of its Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) to control air pollution in the Delhi-NCR region.

'India can reduce 520 mn tonnes of greenhouse gas' (16:46) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi/Washington, Oct 17 (IANS) India can offset close to 520 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year through reforestation alone, according to a study.

Whales, dolphins have rich 'human-like' cultures: Study (16:04) IANS Photo Service
London, Oct 17 (IANS) Whales and dolphins live in tightly-knit social groups, have complex relationships, talk to each other and even have regional dialects, much like human societies, according to a study.

Don't deface public property during polls: Himachal HC (11:20)
Shimla, Oct 17 (IANS) Acting tough ahead of the November 9 assembly polls, the Himachal Pradesh High Court on Tuesday directed the state election officials to ensure that no defacement of public property by any political party takes place in the run-up to the electoral exercise.

Misty Tuesday morning in Delhi (09:58) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS) It was a misty morning in the national capital here on Tuesday with the minimum temperature recorded at 18.4 degrees Celsius, one notch below the season's average.

Three killed as Hurricane Ophelia hits Ireland (08:56)
Dublin, Oct 17 (IANS) Two men and a woman were killed as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia hit the British Isles. Thousands of homes and businesses have lost power in Northern Ireland and Wales.

Delhi: Repetition of 2016 post-Diwali pollution scenario unlikely (21:18) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 16 (IANS) The 2016 post-Diwali scenario is unlikely to berepeat this year on Friday after Diwali even in the worse case scenario where firecracker emission in the national capital remains same as in 2016, forecaster SAFAR said on Monday.

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