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UN to launch funding appeal for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines following volcano eruption

The UN is set to launch a funding appeal to support Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, where ongoing volcanic “explosions” continue to disrupt life in the Caribbean island nation and nearby countries, a top official in the region said on Wednesday.

Hundreds take to the streets protesting against dog killing in Nepal

Hundreds of people descended on the streets of Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, and protested there. For the capital, accustomed to regular political demonstrations since the last year, this time the protest was organized for seeking justice for Khaire.

Bhutan launches a million trees project

A million trees would be planted in the next five years in Bhutan’s fallow land under a drive, “Million Trees Project’, that kicked off this week in the Himalayan nation The drive aims to make optimal use of the limited arable land available in the country.

UN atomic energy agency to work with Japan on Fukushima water disposal

New York: The International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA, said on Tuesday that it will work closely with Japan which is preparing to release a million tonnes of contaminated seawater used to cool the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant.

India to have normal monsoon in 2021: Skymet

New Delhi/UNI: Skymet, the private weather forecast company, on Tuesday, said that the monsoon season in 2021 will be normal, classifying it under a "healthy normal."

Forest fires cause irreversible wildlife damage in Nepal

The wildfires in Bajura district of Nepal’s Sudurpashchim province has caused irreparable damage to the wildlife and forests of the region. The fire, started a week ago, has already gutted around 293 hectares of area in the district, as per a report in The Himalayan Times.

Paris goals still ‘long way off’, says President of UN climate conference

New York: The world is “a long way off” from meeting the goals of the landmark Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the President of the crucial upcoming UN climate conference, COP26, said on Thursday.

China’s planned increase in coal capacity upsetting global trend of reducing coal dependence, says research

San Francisco/IBNS: While the United States and European Union are reducing their coal plant development to lower the use of this carbon-intensive natural resource and one of the chief reasons behind adverse climate change, China is increasing its coal capacity, according to a report by the Global Energy Monitor (GEM).

Renewable energy access key to climate adaptation in Africa: UN chief

New York: Support for climate adaptation in Africa is crucial, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday in appealing for greater action to provide renewable energy to hundreds of millions who still lack access to reliable and affordable electricity.

More than 50 killed in flash floods in Indonesia and Timor Leste

Jakarta/UNI: Flash floods and landslides killed more than 50 people in Indonesia and Timor Leste, reports said on Sunday.

Jammu and Kashmir: 5 lakh trees to be planted in capital cities

Srinagar: Commissioner Secretary, Forests, Ecology and Environment, Sanjeev Verma today chaired an interdepartmental meeting to review afforestation drives under Green India Mission, at the Civil Secretariat here.

Himachal Pradesh: Earthquake hits parts of Lahaul Spiti

Shimla/UNI: A light intensity earthquake was recorded at the Lahaul Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh last night, said the National Center for Seismology here on Saturday.

Jammu and Kashmir: Plantation drive held at Manasbal

Srinagar: The Deputy Commissioner (DC) Ganderbal, Krittika Jyotsna today initiated a plantation drive at Manasbal Park by planting a deodar sapling on the banks of the Manasbal Lake.

Climate change top challenge over the next decade, UNESCO global survey finds

New York: Climate change and loss of biodiversity is seen as the most pressing challenge over the decade, according to the World in 2030 Survey report published on Wednesday by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Developed countries need to donate more in climate fund: Bangladesh

Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momin asked developed countries to scale up climate actions, and add funds to the Multi Donar Fund, and also said that the world is nowhere close to the annual target set in the Paris Agreement.