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Eight Indian beaches get Blue Flag Certification

In a first, eight Indian beaches have been awarded Blue Flag Certification by an eminent international jury. The government has hailed it as a big moment for environmentalists and the Swachh Bharat programme.  What does it mean? The eight beaches selected for the certification are Kappad (Kerala), Shivrajpur (Gujarat), Ghoghla (Diu), Kasarkod and Padubidri (Karnataka), […]

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How is the Mauritius oil spill threatening sea life

A small island nation of Mauritius had to declare an emergency because its beaches and related sea life was in danger.  What happened On July 25, a Japanese ship named M V Wakashio struck a coral reef resulting in an oil spill of over 1,000 tonnes into the Indian Ocean. The ship was carrying an […]

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Say bye to Polar Bears by 2100

Scientists predict that most polar bears will die out by the year 2100 because of global warming.  Even if global warming is slowed, the loss of polar ice means most polar bears will still be seriously affected. Polar bears are found in the far north, inside the Arctic Circle. Scientists believe there are about 25,000 […]

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Assam floods leave thousands displaced

Heavy seasonal rainfall has led to floods in Northeast states. Assam and Meghalaya  are worst-hit with the former reporting more than 80 deaths. The deluge has forced more than 2.5 million people to flee their homes since May in the state of Assam, known for its lush green tea gardens and a famous wildlife park. […]

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A million euros for charity! That’s our Greta

What would you do if you get a million euros (approximately Rs 8,61,82,000)? Yes, we’re sure you have already started dreaming about your spendings but, if you’re Greta Thunberg you most probably would donate it. The young climate activist was awarded a Portuguese rights award last week and promptly pledged the million-euro prize to groups […]

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The only hurricane-proof country in the world 

It’s amazing how humans can bring the change with their will and resilience. In 2017, after Hurricane Maria wiped out this small island country, its economy and infrastructure, Dominica has now become the first hurricane-proof country in the world… all because of its will to change.  In the span of a single night, Dominica was […]

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Fisherman catches statue instead of fish! 

Generally fishermen catch fish in the sea and rivers but this month a Spanish fisherman caught a statue, that too a 700 year old one!  Fisherman Fernando Brey was wading in the Sar River near Santiago de Compostela, Spain. As he fished, he stumbled over a stone. But when he looked more closely, he realized […]

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Say Thank You! to nature in these way 

While we celebrate World Environment Day on June 5, there are a few things we can do the whole year, and the rest of our lives, to help the environment and preserve nature. The trick is to understand the importance of our surroundings and make choices which would not harm nature.  Ride a bicycle The […]

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Earth’s magnetic field is getting weaker 

A part of the earth’s magnetic field is weakening, and no one really knows why.  Satellite data has revealed a rather worrying development that the magnetic field is weakening between Africa and South America. Scientists say the area known as South Atlantic Anomaly has significantly widened over the past few years. The European Space Agency’s […]

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Has Mount Everest shrunk? 

A team of climbers is on its way to summit Mount Everest this week to measure whether it has grown or shrunk. Movement of the Earth’s tectonic plates can change the height of the summit, while measurements that take into account snow and ice can vary, even day to day. A large earthquake is thought […]