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Category: Science/Technology

Rise in Global Sea Levels

NEW DELHI:  According to the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that global mean sea level had risen by 0.19m over the period 1901-2010 with a rate of global averaged sea level rise of 1.7mm/year between 1901 and 2010 within which an accelerated rate of 3.2mm/year was noticed between 1993 […]

Facebook has 2 billion users. Can it reach 3 billion?

SAN FRANCISCO:  It’s the biggest status update ever from Mark Zuckerberg: Two billion people — more than a quarter of the world’s population — hang out on Facebook at least once a month. The milestone that Zuckerberg announced Tuesday is all the more remarkable because no other Internet company has ever reached it. If Facebook were a country, it would be the most populous. “As […]

Dying “Mother Ganga”: India’s holy river succumbs to pollution

DEVPRAYAG/VARANASI/SAGAR ISLAND:  India’s holy Ganges begins as a crystal clear river high in the icy Himalayas but pollution and excessive usage transforms it into toxic sludge on its journey through burgeoning cities, industrial hubs and past millions of devotees. Worshipped by a billion Hindus and a water source for 400 million, “Mother Ganga” is dying, despite decades […]

Chinese town is major ivory smuggling hub

HONG KONG:  An environmental watchdog group says its investigation has found that a little-known town in southern China is a major hub for ivory smuggling by organized criminal gangs. The Washington, DC-based Environmental Investigation Agency said in a report Tuesday that it uncovered a network of ivory trafficking syndicates operating out of Shuidong in Guangdong […]

Drought, diseases, pests on the rise

KATHMANDU:  Incidents of drought, outbreak of diseases and prevalence of pests have increased in the country, shows a study. The National Climate Change Impact Assessment Survey, the first of its kind study carried out in Nepal, was undertaken for six months from mid-August 2016 to mid-February 2017. It came up with the finding that climate […]