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Bengal Elections: Video clip on Sitalkuchi incident goes viral | Karnataka reports 11,265 Covid cases, highest one-day spike this year | No decision to cut short Kumbh Mela: Officials | Delhi reports over 17000 fresh Covid cases setting a new single-day record | Rajasthan announces 12-hr daily Covid curfew from 6 pm to 6 am in all cities

Major conference on biodiversity warns against 'business as usual' behaviour, consumption

New York, Oct 7 (IBNS)The parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity began meeting on Monday as a new United Nations report on the status of biodiversity warned that much more efficient use of land, water, energy and materials are needed to meet globally-agreed targets by 2020.

U.S. initiates prototype system to gauge national marine biodiversity

Washington,Oct 6 (IBNS) The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA are funding three demonstration projects that will lay the foundation for the first national network to monitor marine biodiversity at scales ranging from microbes to whales.

NASA study finds Earth's ocean abyss has not warmed

Washington, Oct 6 (IBNS) The cold waters of Earth's deep ocean have not warmed measurably since 2005, according to a new NASA study, leaving unsolved the mystery of why global warming appears to have slowed in recent years.

Ebola outbreak 'running' ahead of world's response, UN warns as funding lags

New York, Oct 4 (IBNS) As the head of the United Nations mission working to stop the Ebola outbreak continued his visit to hard-hit countries in West Africa on Friday, the world body’s humanitarian wing said funding for the international response is lagging, with only 26 per cent of the $988 million needed having been received thus far.

Cambodia: UN-backed event spotlights need to boost HIV-sensitive social programmes

New York, Oct 4 (IBNS) With external funding in decline, Cambodia is turning to domestic resources to boost its national AIDS response and social protection services to people living with HIV, who often face disproportionate social and economic hardships and can easily fall below the poverty line.

Amid ongoing outbreak, head of UN Ebola response mission begins work with visit to Liberia

New York, Oct 3 (IBNS) Despite "good results" in the fight against the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, much still remains to be done in order to extinguish the threat posed by the virulent disease, the head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) confirmed on Thursday.

UN calls for more funding to keep Madagascar locust plague in check

New York, Oct 2 (IBNS) Citing efforts to stave off a resurgence of Madagascar's locust plague, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Thursday stressed the urgency of bridging a $14.7 million funding gap to cover aerial surveys, control operations, equipment and pesticides.

DRDO launches Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

New Delhi, Oct 2 (IBNS) Swachh Pledge was administered at the DRDO headquarters in New Delhi and also at various laboratories and establishments of DRDO across the country with the participation of its fraternity.

IAF participates in Clean India campaign

New Delhi, Oct 2 (IBNS) The National-level Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Initiative) is being conducted in the Indian Air Force with fervour and gusto.

UN, Liberia assessing food security impact of Ebola outbreak, planning response

New York, Oct 2 (IBNS) The Liberian Government, along with key United Nations agencies, is set to carry out a rapid field assessment on food security and livelihoods in the wake of the Ebola outbreak, as the top UN envoy on curbing the spread of the virus in West Africa arrived on Wednesday in the Liberian capital, Monrovia.

Kiran Bedi flags off "Dettol – Swachh Express" from New Delhi

New Delhi, Oct 1 (IBNS): With an aim to spread awareness around hygiene and sanitation, RB India on Wednesday launched the first initiative as a part of the 5 year ambitious program "Dettol – Banega Swachh India".

US diagnoses first case of Ebola

Washington, Oct 1 (IBNS): The United States diagnosed its first ever case of Ebola in a man who was infected in Liberia and travelled to Texas, media reports said.

On final day of UN Assembly, small island nations discuss climate change, economics

New York, Oct 1 (IBNS) Noting that small island developing nations must speak with one voice at the global level, representatives of those countries on Tuesday pressed for international economic partnerships and efforts to combat climate change, on the final day of the annual General Assembly debate in New York.

UN Assembly debate covers a range of pressing concerns: from development to Ebola to Ukraine

New York, Oct 1 (IBNS) The theme of this year’s annual high-level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly was the post-2015 agenda of global sustainable development but it was by no means the only subject of the speeches as kings, presidents and prime ministers mounted the podium to speak on behalf of 193 Member States and two Observer delegations.

South Sudan: UN agencies reach more than half a million people with life-saving aid

New York, Oct 1 (IBNS) Two United Nations agencies have reached more than half a million people, including 100,000 children under the age of five, in the most remote and conflict-hit areas of South Sudan with life-saving supplies and services.