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UN concerned over rising CO2 levels as average hits new high

New York, May 27 (IBNS): Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have crossed a new threshold, the United Nation's weather agency on Monday confirmed, warning that time is running out to curb rising greenhouse gas emissions.

NASA poke hole in Black Hole 'Doughnut' theory

Washington, May 23 (IBNS) A survey of more than 170,000 supermassive black holes, using NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), has astronomers reexamining a decades-old theory about the varying appearances of these interstellar objects.

CERN openlab publishes a whitepaper on future IT challenges

Geneva, May 22 (IBNS): CERN openlab, the public-private partnership between CERN, leading IT companies and research institutes, on Thurday released a whitepaper on future IT challenges in scientific research to shape its upcoming three-year phase starting in 2015.

UN adopts new global platform to tackle wildlife

New York, May 22 (IBNS): In response to the rising levels of illicit trafficking of fauna and flora, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has adopted a new global platform taking aim at this "particularly devastating" form of organized crime involving a raft of illegal activities - from poaching to timber smuggling and money laundering.

Moderate earthquake hits Bay of Bengal

New Delhi, May 22 (IBNS) A moderate earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter Scale hit the eastern coast of India on Wednesday, said reports on Thursday.

CERN sheds new light on cloud formation

Geneva, May 16 (IBNS): CERN, the European organization for nuclear research on Friday in a study on 'Cloud' noted that biogenic vapours emitted by trees and oxidised in the atmosphere have a significant impact on the formation of clouds, thus helping to cool the planet.

UN urges global action to disrupt illegal wildlife trade

New York, May 14 (IBNS): Urging the international community to "come together at the highest political level" to halt the escalation of wildlife and forest crime, the United Nations crime chief said on Tuesday that the USD 8-USD 10 billion reaped annually from this "ruthless trade" ranks it alongside the trafficking of human beings, arms and drugs in terms of illicit profits.

UN official urges vigorous response to wildlife crime

New York, May 13 (IBNS): The head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on Monday stressed the need for a vigorous response to wildlife and forest crime, noting the growing threat the scourge poses to development worldwide.

Turkey to become Associate Member State of CERN

Geneva, May 12 (IBNS): CERN Director General Rolf Heuer and Taner Yildiz, Minister for Energy and Natural Resources of the Republic of Turkey on Monday signed an agreement admitting Turkey to CERN Associate Membership, subject to ratification by the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, the Meclis.

UN taps tourists to help protect original long-distance travellers

New York, May 10 (IBNS): On this year's World Migratory Bird Day, the United Nations is spotlighting the role sustainable tourism can play in conserving one of the world's true natural wonders: the spectacular movements of migratory birds along their flyways.

Team India heads for ISEF contention

New Delhi, May 10 (IBNS): Former Indian President A P J Abdul Kalam recently wished luck to the 18 young innovators with their exceptional inventions, set to prove their mantle at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the only global science competition for students from grades 8-12.

CSE calls for urgent action over WHO report on India pollution

New Delhi, May 8 (IBNS): The latest urban air quality database released by the World Health Organization (WHO) reconfirms that most Indian cities are becoming death traps because of very high air pollution levels, said India's leading non-government green pressure group Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), urging for action.

Most cities fail to meet new pollution guidelines: UN

New York, May 8 (IBNS): Many of the world's cities are "enveloped in dirty air" that is dangerous breathe, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, warning that urban dwellers are being exposed to excessive air pollution and are at a risk of respiratory diseases and other long-term health problems.

Abu Dhabi: Ban urges bold leadership on climate change

New York, May 6 (IBNS): With the ominous and costly impacts of climate change profoundly evident, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on Monday that too many stakeholders are still "sitting on the fence", and he challenged participants at a climate conference in Abu Dhabi to help him build persuasive political arguments to convince policymakers that the time for bold action is now.

Abu Dhabi: Ban urges concrete actions to tackle climate change

New York, May 5 (IBNS): From the tropics to the poles, from small islands to large continents, and from the poorest countries to the richest, climate change impacts are already widespread, costly and consequential, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Sunday, urging stakeholders gathered in Abu Dhabi to consider concrete actions to tackle the phenomenon now - before it is too late.