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Virginia to test Natural Bridge arch for long-term stability

Virginia to test Natural Bridge arch for long-term stability

Rockbridge, Jul 25 – Virginia officials plan to use ground-penetrating radar to test the long-term stability of Natural Bridge, the landmark limestone arch that supports part of U.S. Route 11, reports AP/UNB. A spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Transportation, Sandy Myers, tells The Roanoke Times the tests could start this week. Workers will look […]

Met office predicts heavy rainfall in parts of country

DHAKA,  – Due to active monsoon over country, heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur at places in Khulna, Barisal and Chittagong divisions in 24 hours as of 8 am tomorrow, said a Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) release today, reports BSS. Due to heavy to very heavy rainfall, landslide may occur at places […]

Birmingham to host seminar to help tackle BD climate change

DHAKA : A major international event aimed at transforming how environmental and conservation issues are tackled in Bangladesh will be held in Birmingham, a major city in England, on Thursday, reports UNB. Birmingham City University will be hosting the ‘Build Bangladesh: Environmental Education is a Basic Human Right’ event, which will bring together teachers, researchers […]

Iran says high UV radiation quadruples around Urmia Lake

TEHRAN, – Ultraviolet (UV) radiation around Urmia Lake in northwest of Iran has quadrupled over the past 10 years, putting life health at risk, Financial Tribune daily reported on Sunday, reports BSS. The increase in UV radiation, due to the decreasing water level, has a multitude of impacts on health including the result of cataract […]

Envoys wade in to help US waters despite Trump climate snub

LORTON, United States,  – President Donald Trump may have torpedoed the Paris climate accord as US diplomats brace for huge cuts to their environmental programs, reports BSS. But on Monday, American officials joined world diplomats wading out into the Potomac estuary to replant seagrass in a telling gesture paired with an unlikely photo opportunity. Embassy […]

Trump wants to ‘stay engaged’ on climate: Tillerson

SYDNEY,  – US President Donald Trump wants to stay engaged on climate change and has not abandoned the issue, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday, days after Trump announced he was quitting the Paris accord, reports BSS. Trump’s decision, which has been roundly denounced by the international community, was based on his belief that […]

California plots to fight ‘AWOL’ Trump on climate

LOS ANGELES, – California stands poised to fill the US leadership vacuum in the battle against climate change, analysts say, as the state’s governor Jerry Brown headed to China on Friday for a high-profile visit largely centered on environmental issues, reports BSS. No sooner had President Donald Trump made his announcement on Thursday to pull […]

Connect with nature, before it’s too late: UN expert

Dhaka, Jun 1 – United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment John H Knox has urged all States to do more to fulfill their existing obligations to protect the world’s biological diversity from extinction, reports UNB. “Governments should ensure public information and participation in biodiversity-related decisions and provide access to effective remedies […]

Met office predicts rainfall in parts of country

DHAKA, – Rain or thunder showers accompanied by temporary gusty or squally wind is likely to occur at a few places over Rajshahi, Rangpur, Dhaka, Mymensingh, Khulna, Barisal, Chittagong and Sylhet divisions, a met office release said, reports BSS. Besides, mild heat wave is sweeping over Khulna and Barisal divisions and the regions of Faridpur, […]

Why nuclear could become the next ‘fossil’ fuel

HOMESTEAD, United States, – A gray dinosaur statue outside south Florida’s largest power plant is meant to symbolize two decommissioned fossil fuel reactors, but it also could be seen to represent a nuclear industry crumpling under mounting costs, reports BSS. Almost a decade ago, Turkey Point was aiming to become one of the country’s largest […]

Submersible pumps make 5,880 drought-hit families pleased

RAJSHAHI, – Some 5,880 drought hit-families including 5,417 ethnic minorities ones have been brought under safe drinking water source through commissioning of 95 submersible pumps in the high Barind tract, reports BSS. The pumps along with 30,027 feet pipelines were commissioned with intervention of ‘Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM)’ Project benefiting 26,463 people including 13,103 […]

Climate talks under shadow of Trump threats

BONN,  – US President Donald Trump’s threats to pull America out of the climate-rescue Paris Agreement is expected to cast a long shadow over UN talks starting Monday to work on the nuts and bolts of the deal, reports BSS. The 11-day haggle in Bonn is meant to start drafting a “rulebook” to guide member […]

France bans captive breeding of dolphins, killer whales

PARIS,  – France on Saturday banned the breeding in captivity of dolphins and killer whales under tighter rules that campaigners hope will eventually herald the end of shows involving the animals, reports BSS. Environment Minister Segolene Royal had on Wednesday signed a version of the legislation introducing “tight controls on the reproduction of dolphins”, her […]

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Climate science: Bad news gets worse

PARIS,  – As UN negotiators meet in Bonn to thrash out rules for implementing the climate-rescue Paris Agreement, the stakes have never been higher, reports BSS. Following are some key climate measures that illustrate the risks of global warming. – 1.1 degrees – In 2016, Earth’s average surface temperature hit a record level for the […]

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Animals subjected to abuse

 Luke Dale-Harris: Animals exported live from EU countries are routinely being subjected to abuse, illegal transportation conditions and inhumane slaughter, an investigation has found. Dozens of undercover videos and photographs obtained by the Guardian show live cattle and sheep from EU countries being beaten, shocked with electric prods, and held for days in overcrowded pens […]

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Animal feed sourced from deforested lands

Arthur Neslen Campaign group Mighty Earth says aerial drones, satellite imaging and field research show farmers carried out forest-burning for fast food giant’s soy The hamburger chain Burger King has been buying animal feed produced in soy plantations carved out by the burning of tropical forests in Brazil and Bolivia, according to a new report. […]

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Korea closes dog meat market

Justin McCurry The shutters have started coming down at South Korea’s biggest dog meat market as the country seeks to head off international criticism over its practice of killing dogs for human consumption before it hosts the 2018 Winter Olympics. Moran market in Seongnam sells more than 80,000 dogs, dead or alive, every year and […]

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Greenpeace campaigns against palm trader

Elle Hunt: Greenpeace has suspended its campaign against one of the world’s largest palm oil traders in recognition of its “significant commitment” to address deforestation and exploitation in its supply chain. One year after its sustainability certificate was suspended, IOI Group announced further commitments to improve its environmental practice in a nine-month progress report released […]

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Groundwater too much contaminated in South Asia

Environment Desk: Sixty per cent of the groundwater in a river basin supporting more than 750 million people in Pakistan, India, Nepal and Bangladesh is not drinkable or usable for irrigation, researchers have said. The biggest threat to groundwater in the Indo-Gangetic Basin, named after the Indus and Ganges rivers, is not depletion but contamination, […]

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