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Climate change, a passing cloud in Indian politics

Integrating serious climate action into political agendas could alienate powerful industrial constituencies and disrupt the economic status quo

The Hindu 22 May 2024 12:16 am

Analysing local environmental footprints of luxury consumption | Explained

What is the importance of evaluating household environmental footprints? Which are the three footprints analysed in this study? Do these footprints associated with luxury consumption show an increase as one analyses households that are richer and affluent? What should policymakers do?

The Hindu 21 May 2024 10:59 pm

SC halts 90-acre project in Kumaon Himalayas on a plea challenging single window clearances

Benchs order comes at a time when Uttarakhand is gasping from the after-effects of killer forest blazes and denuded green cover

The Hindu 21 May 2024 10:53 pm

What is artificial general intelligence, and is it a useful concept?

The world's biggest AI companies have made artificial general intelligence, or AGI, their goal. But it isn't always clear what AGI means, and there is debate about whether it is a valuable idea

NewScientist 21 May 2024 10:30 pm

Assam: Highway project threatens Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary with over 3,200 trees slated for felling

Guwahati: A planned four-lane highway project in Assam by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has sparked environmental concerns due to its route through a wildlife sanctuary. According to sources, the project, stretching from Baihata Chariali to Sonapur via Kuruwa, proposes to cut down over 3,200 trees, including some within the Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary. [] The post Assam: Highway project threatens Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary with over 3,200 trees slated for felling appeared first on NORTHEAST NOW .

NorthEast Now 21 May 2024 8:48 pm

European labs led by imec to receive $2.7 billion in Chips Act funding

Leading European research labs will receive 2.5 billion euros ($2.72 billion) in funding under the European Chips Act to set up a pilot line to develop and test future generations of advanced computer chips

The Hindu 21 May 2024 5:42 pm

Authorities investigate abrupt deaths of endangered Howler monkeys in Mexico due to extreme heat

Mexican authorities are investigating the unexpected deaths of endangered howler monkeys in Tabasco due to extreme heat. The environment ministry is considering heat stroke, dehydration, malnutrition, or fumigation with pesticides as possible reasons for the fatalities. Temperatures reaching 45 degrees Celsius have been recorded in the region, leading to mass deaths of the primates.

The Economic Times 21 May 2024 5:00 pm

Assam: Cyclists pedal 160 km from Kaziranga to Orang for conservation outreach

Guwahati: Under the warm embrace of Assams verdant landscapes, a group of eight cyclists embarked on a 160-kilometre journey from Kaziranga National Park to Orang National Park. This wasnt just a ride; it was a moving testament to the regions commitment to biodiversity conservation. The two-day bicycle rally, organized by Aaranyak in collaboration with the [] The post Assam: Cyclists pedal 160 km from Kaziranga to Orang for conservation outreach appeared first on NORTHEAST NOW .

NorthEast Now 21 May 2024 4:39 pm

The fight over fish attractors in the Indian Ocean

Written by Imran Muzaffar Anthony Raj is the owner and captain of a fishing boat that has been hunting tuna in the Indian Ocean for years. He and his crew of 11 are preparing for a high seas fishing expedition later in May. It will take them hundreds of nautical miles away from their home [] The post The fight over fish attractors in the Indian Ocean appeared first on NORTHEAST NOW .

NorthEast Now 21 May 2024 2:18 pm

Weather forecasters warn Pakistanis to stay indoors ahead of new heat wave

ISLAMABAD: Authorities in Pakistan on Tuesday urged people to stay indoors as the country is hit by an extreme heat wave that threatens to bring dangerously high temperatures and yet another round of glacial-driven floods. Pakistans most populous province, Punjab, is shutting all schools for a week because of the heat, affecting an estimated 18 million students. Its the latest climate-related disaster to hit the country in recent years. Melting glaciers and growing monsoons have caused devastating floods, at one point submerging a third of the country. Pakistan recorded its wettest April since 1961, with more than double the usual monthly rainfall, according to the national weather center. Last months heavy rains killed scores of people while destroyed property and farmland, experts say the country witnessed heavier rains because of climate change. Pakistan is still trying to recover from $30 billion in losses caused by devastating climate-induced floods that killed 1,739 people in 2022. The sweltering heat will continue this month, said Zaheer Ahmed Babar, a senior official at the Pakistan Meteorological Department. He added that temperatures could reach up to 6 degrees Celsius (10.8 Fahrenheit) above the monthly average. This week could rise above 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in many parts of the country, Babar said. According to health officials, hospitals were instructed to set up emergency heatwave response centers so that those affected by the scorching temperatures could be quickly treated. Doctors say heatstroke is a serious illness that occurs when ones body temperature rises quickly because of sweltering heat, potentially causing some to fall unconscious. A severe heatstroke can cause disability or death. Some areas in Pakistan are also currently facing hours-long power outages. We were without electricity for hours on Monday, said Ibrar Abbasi, who lives on the outskirts of Islamabad. Scientists have long warned that climate change, driven by the burning of fossil fuels, deforestation and certain agricultural practices, will lead to more frequent and prolonged bouts of extreme weather, including hotter temperatures. Babar said another intense heat wave will hit the country in June, when the temperature is likely to reach 45 degrees (113 Fahrenheit). He said people should drink a lot of water and avoid unnecessary travel. Farmers and other livestock owners should take measures to protect their animals during extreme heat, he said. However, many people, especially laborers and construction workers in the impoverished nation, ask how they can stay indoors as their families will suffer if they dont work. I am not feeling well because of the stifling heat, but I have to work, said Ghulam Farid, who owns a small general store in Sheikhupra, a city in Punjab province. Construction workers were seen sitting near a road on the outskirts of the capital, Islamabad, hoping to get a job. Among them was Mohammad Khursheed, 52, who said he has noticed a change in the patterns of seasons. I feel the heat even in the morning, but people say the temperatures will go up even further, he said.

The New Indian Express 21 May 2024 2:17 pm

The World Is Ignoring the Other Deadly Kind of Carbon

Not only is black carbon terrible for human health, but ever-fiercer wildfires are covering the Arctic with the dark particles, accelerating melting.

Wired 21 May 2024 11:30 am

Scarlett Johansson says a ChatGPT voice is 'eerily similar' to hers and OpenAI is halting its use

OpenAI says it plans to halt the use of one of its ChatGPT voices that Her actor Scarlett Johansson says sounds eerily similar to her own

The Hindu 21 May 2024 7:39 am

Assam: Extinct Mussel Genus rediscovered after 168 years in Brahmaputra river basin

Dibrugarh: Researchers at Dibrugarh University made a splash with the exciting discovery of two new freshwater mussel genera in Assams Brahmaputra River basin: Pseudoscabies and Assamnaia. The significance lies in Assamnaias rediscovery. This genus, thought extinct for 168 years, represents a momentous event for biodiversity conservation. The research team, led by Dr. Jyotish Sonowal (Centre [] The post Assam: Extinct Mussel Genus rediscovered after 168 years in Brahmaputra river basin appeared first on NORTHEAST NOW .

NorthEast Now 20 May 2024 11:36 pm

Listening to 'pink noise' could improve sleep and memory, early research shows

Pink noise, a soothing alternative to white noise, is gaining attention for its potential benefits in promoting relaxation and improving sleep quality.

Fox News 20 May 2024 10:43 pm

Quantum diamond sensor measured heart signals from a living rat

For the first time, a quantum sensor has been used to record magnetic signals from the heart of a living animal, opening the door for future uses of quantum technology in medical settings

NewScientist 20 May 2024 10:30 pm

Daily Quiz | On World Bee Day

A quiz to celebrate World Bee Day that is observed on May 20

The Hindu 20 May 2024 5:00 pm

Green booths draw voters' attention in Jharkhand's Koderma

The Times of India 20 May 2024 4:49 pm

Assam: Unknown men cut down 100 trees illegally in Bajali district

Pathsala: At a time when global warming is posing a serious threat across the world, a group of people illegally cut more than 100 trees in the Bichan Kuchi area near the Kaldiya River in Assams Bajali district. According to sources, field officer of disaster management Sankar Nath witnessed a few miscreants cutting down the [] The post Assam: Unknown men cut down 100 trees illegally in Bajali district appeared first on NORTHEAST NOW .

NorthEast Now 20 May 2024 4:33 pm

Over 90% female influencers on Instagram fall victim to deepfake pornography, finds study

An alarming 94% of female influencers on Instagram fall victim to deepfake pornography with the risk increasing 15.7% for every 10,000 followers

The Hindu 20 May 2024 3:52 pm

Weather divide: Heatwaves grip North India while heavy rain in South

Weather divide: Heatwaves grip North India while heavy rain in South

The Times of India 19 May 2024 10:18 pm

Ocean temperatures surge, threatening worst coral bleaching event in history, scientists say

Scientists say temperatures that have gone crazy haywire hot, especially in the Atlantic, are close to making the current global coral bleaching event the worst in history.

Fox News 17 May 2024 4:40 pm

AI noise-cancelling headphones let you focus on just one voice

You can blank out certain types of background noise and focus on just one conversation using prototype noise-cancelling headphones

NewScientist 16 May 2024 11:50 pm

Climate change could force Bangkok to move, official warns

The Times of India 16 May 2024 1:44 pm

Cameras inspired by insect eyes could give robots a wider view

Artificial compound eyes made without the need for expensive and precise lenses could provide cheap visual sensors for robots and driverless cars

NewScientist 16 May 2024 12:30 am

New research estimates when first warm-blooded dinosaurs roamed the Earth

The first warm-blooded dinosaurs may have lived about 180 million years ago, according to a new study published in the journal Current Biology.

Fox News 15 May 2024 10:56 pm

Tree rings show last northern summer was the warmest since year 1

When the temperatures spiked last year, numerous weather agencies said it was the hottest month, summer and year on record. But those records only go back to 1850 at best because it's based on thermometers. Now scientists can go back to the modern western calendar's year 1, when the Bible says Jesus of Nazareth walked the Earth, but have found no hotter northern summer than last year's.

The Times of India 15 May 2024 10:07 pm

OpenAI overtakes Google in race to build the future, but who wants it?

With big announcements about the latest artificial intelligence models this week, tech firms are competing to have the most exciting products - but generative AI remains hampered by issues

NewScientist 15 May 2024 9:57 pm

Buildings that include weak points on purpose withstand more damage

If a building is hit with an earthquake or explosives, the entire thing can collapse but a design balancing strong and weak structural connections lets part of it fall while preserving the rest

NewScientist 15 May 2024 9:30 pm

Scientists discover large, 'cotton candy-like' planet with unusually low density

Astronomers have discovered an exoplanet called WASP-193b that's larger than Jupiter but incredibly light and fluffy due to its composition of mostly light gases.

Fox News 15 May 2024 5:41 pm

Earth in the clear after sun emits largest solar flare in nearly 10-year cycle

The sun spit out the largest solar flare in more than a decade on Tuesday, though after a week of being pummeled by plasma, the Earth could be in the clear this time.

Fox News 15 May 2024 7:25 am

NASA To Build Railway Tracks On Moon But Why Is USA's Space Agency Doing So? All You Need To Know

NASA is planning to build the first lunar railway system, which will provide reliable, autonomous, and efficient payload transport on the Moon.

Zee News 14 May 2024 11:20 am

These Artificial Blood Platelets Could One Day Save Lives

Platelets help blood clot, but they have a short shelf life. With blood in short supply, synthetic platelets could help meet demand.

Wired 13 May 2024 11:30 am

NGT seeks response on 'deteriorating condition' of Dal Lake

The Times of India 12 May 2024 10:08 pm

NASAs Quest to Touch the Sun

The outer layers of the suns atmosphere are a blistering million degrees hotter than its surface. NASA sent a probe to find out whyby getting closer to the star than ever before.

Wired 12 May 2024 11:30 am

Nurturing natures protectors: Young leaders cultivate environmental stewardship in Assam

Guwahati: The scenic surrounds of Balipara in Assams Sonitpur district played host to the inspiring conclusion of WILDROOTS Youth Climate & Conservation Fellowship Programme (YCCFP) Cohort 3.0. Held from April 16 to 20, 2024, the programme empowered 30 students from across India to become the environmentally conscious leaders of tomorrow. This edition of YCCFP drew [] The post Nurturing natures protectors: Young leaders cultivate environmental stewardship in Assam appeared first on NORTHEAST NOW .

NorthEast Now 11 May 2024 9:33 pm

Assams Hindi feature film Kooki to be screened at Cannes Film Festival

Guwahati:Ahead of its official release on June 28 nationwide, Kooki, a Hindi feature film made in Assam will be screened at Cannes Film Festival 2024. Kooki will be screened on May 21 at 11.30 am (local time) at Palais H. I am deeply honored and grateful for the opportunity to screen my debut feature film, [] The post Assams Hindi feature film Kooki to be screened at Cannes Film Festival appeared first on NORTHEAST NOW .

NorthEast Now 11 May 2024 4:33 pm

Manipur: Mathew tribe rescues Indian crested hawk-eagle in Tamenglong

Imphal: The Indian crested hawk-eagle, also known as the changeable hawk-eagle or marsh hawk-eagle, a large bird of prey with the scientific name Nisaetus cirrhatus was rescued in Manipurs Tamenglong district bordering Assam and Nagaland on the north, officials said on Friday. This endangered species and the most common Asiatic hawk-eagle species was rescued by [] The post Manipur: Mathew tribe rescues Indian crested hawk-eagle in Tamenglong appeared first on NORTHEAST NOW .

NorthEast Now 11 May 2024 11:36 am

In Defense of Parasitic Worms

Nature cant run without parasites, and climate change is driving some to extinction. What happens when they start to disappear?

Wired 11 May 2024 11:30 am

The Northern Lights Could Be Visible Across the US Thanks to a Rare Solar Storm

Three bursts of charged particles ejected from the sun have merged into a wave that could lead to brilliant auroras being visible from Moscow to Oklahoma City.

Wired 11 May 2024 3:01 am

Elon Musk's Neuralink Had a Brain Implant Setback. It May Come Down to Design

Neuralink experienced a mechanical issue with its first human brain-computer interface implant. Its novel design may make it more prone to failure.

Wired 10 May 2024 1:40 am

The cicada invasion has begun! Find out where the flying insects are emerging

The cicada invasion of 2024 has kicked off where billions of the flying insects will appear in 17 states in a rare natural phenomenonnot seen since 1803

Fox News 9 May 2024 9:27 pm

Scientists discover thick atmosphere enveloping rocky so-called 'super Earth' planet

Researchers have discovered a thick atmosphere enveloping a planet called 55 Cancri e, which is twice the size of Earth and located in a nearby solar system.

Fox News 9 May 2024 6:15 pm

City Trees Save Lives

Green spaces significantly cool our ever-hotter cities. New research suggests more trees could cut heat-related ER visits in LA by up to two-thirds.

Wired 9 May 2024 4:00 pm

Can artificial glaciers help with water shortages?

Approximately 1.9 billion people worldwide depend on glaciers and snow packs for their drinking water supply. During the warmer months, glaciers undergo a natural melting process, releasing significant amounts of water into rivers, which in turn sustains human populations, industries, and ecosystems. However, for this cycle to continue, glaciers must replenish at a comparable rate during the winter months when snowfall occurs.

The Times of India 9 May 2024 2:06 pm

NGT seeks Assam govts response on schools, polling stations, tea gardens found inside forest land

Guwahati: According to a recent affidavit filed by the Assam government in the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has stated that several schools, a road measuring five kilometres, a tea garden, wells and polling stations were found to be constructed within a wildlife sanctuary and nearby forest reserve in the state. Recently, there was an order [] The post NGT seeks Assam govts response on schools, polling stations, tea gardens found inside forest land appeared first on NORTHEAST NOW .

NorthEast Now 9 May 2024 1:08 pm

How Not to Get Brain-Eating Worms and Mercury Poisoning

Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. had both a brain parasite and mercury poisoning at the same time. Just how rare is each condition?

Wired 9 May 2024 6:25 am

Dozens of cholera cases reported in flood-hit Kenya

The United Nations voiced concern on Wednesday after dozens of cases of cholera were reported in flood-stricken Kenya. I believe that between government and national and international partners, we'll be able to contain it, the UN's resident coordinator in Kenya, Stephen Jackson, said in an interview with Citizen TV. We've contained cholera before, but it's a significant concern, he added.

The Times of India 8 May 2024 4:13 pm

Basic building blocks of sperm whale language have been uncovered, scientists say

Scientists studying sperm whales have identified the basic elements of their communication system, potentially paving the way for better protection of the mammals.

Fox News 7 May 2024 9:44 pm

Hackers can steal data by messing with a computer's processor

Software that has been blocked from connecting to the internet should be secure from hacking attempts, but now researchers have found a way to sneak data out by varying the speed of the computer's processor

NewScientist 7 May 2024 7:53 pm

Sunita Williams' Third Space Travel Scrubbed; NASA Announces New Date For Starliner Launch

Sunita Williams missed her third space travel as Boeing's Starliner launch was Scrubbed due to a faulty oxygen relief valve on the second stage of the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. Now NSASA has announced a new launch date

Zee News 7 May 2024 4:15 pm

Chinese mill blamed for turning Serbia village red with pollution

Locals in the area near the eastern Serbian city of Smederevo have been facing significant air pollution and thick red dust since the Chinese company HBIS acquired a steel mill eight years ago. Radinac has become known as ed village', because everything is permanently coated in a layer of red dust. Residents report a significant increase in cancer cases and highlight the presence of high levels of arsenic, chromium, and lead in the dust.

The Times of India 7 May 2024 3:20 pm

Ball-balancing robot could assist wheelchair users

A robot that moves around by balancing on a ball could prove a better assistant for wheelchair users than humanoid robots that walk on two legs

NewScientist 6 May 2024 10:30 pm

How Schrdinger's cat could make quantum computers work better

A quantum bit inspired by Schrdingers cat can resist making errors for an unprecedentedly long time, which makes it a candidate for building less error-prone quantum computers

NewScientist 6 May 2024 9:30 pm

Environment ministry seeks report from Assam govt on forest land diversion in Geleky

Guwahati: The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has sought a report from the Assam government regarding the alleged diversion of forest land in Sivasagar district along the Assam-Nagaland border. In a letter dated April 25, 2024, addressed to Assams Additional Chief Secretary (Forests), Suneet Bhardwaj, Assistant Inspector General of Forests at MoEF&CC, [] The post Environment ministry seeks report from Assam govt on forest land diversion in Geleky appeared first on NORTHEAST NOW .

NorthEast Now 6 May 2024 8:59 pm

Assam authorities unlawfully cleared land for Silchar Greenfield airport: SC

GUWAHATI: The Supreme Court has set aside a National Green Tribunal (NGT) order that had previously dismissed a plea against the clearing of land for a proposed Greenfield Airport at Doolo Tea Estate in Cachar district of Assam. The bench, led by chief justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud, highlighted that the clearing activities were [] The post Assam authorities unlawfully cleared land for Silchar Greenfield airport: SC appeared first on NORTHEAST NOW .

NorthEast Now 6 May 2024 6:18 pm

The US Is Cracking Down on Synthetic DNA

Synthetic DNA could be used to spark a pandemic. A move by President Biden aims to create new standards for the safety and security of mail-order genetic material.

Wired 6 May 2024 3:00 pm