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Greenland may lose 4.5 per cent ice by end of century: Study

Greenland may lose 4.5 per cent of its ice by the end of this century - contributing up to 13 inches of sea level rise - if worldwide greenhouse gas emissions remain on their current trajectory, a study has warned.

Among world's worst polluters, ASEAN vows to tackle ocean waste

Leaders during an ASEAN meeting over the weekend are expected to sign a "Bangkok Declaration" on fighting maritime waste -- a first of its kind. Just five Asian countries -- China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand -- dump more than half of the eight million tonnes of plastic waste that end up in oceans every year, according to a 2017 Ocean Conservancy report.

Crocodile attacks to rise due to global warming: Expert

The number of crocodile attacks could rise due to global warming, an Australian expert said on Sunday. Adam Britton, a zoologist from the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods at Charles Darwin University, said that as temperatures rise, crocodiles will move into areas that they never previously inhabited, reports Xinhua news agency.


Himalayan glaciers melting twice as fast: Study

Himalayan glaciers are melting twice as fast now as they were before the turn of the century, according to a new study that relied on recently declassified Cold War-era satellite imagery. The study, which appeared in Science Advances on Wednesday, is the latest indication that climate change is eating the Himalayan glaciers, threatening water supplies for hundreds of millions of people downstream across South Asia.


Experts hold climate talks in Bonn as pressure to act grows

Diplomats meeting in the western city of Bonn starting Monday will focus on resolving issues that couldn't be agreed upon at last December's climate summit in Poland. This includes the rules governing the international trade in carbon certificates, which allow rich countries to offset emissions by paying for projects in poor nations.

This fish turns gloomy when separated from its true lover

Researchers in France found that tropical fish 'convict cichlid', known to be a loyal and monogamous partner, suffers from heartache when separated from its lover. Scientists believe that over the course of evolution, fish species such as the convict cichlid have developed loyal partnerships as a way to better protect their young, which are extremely vulnerable to predators.

Polar bears inspire novel heat insulating material

For polar bears, the insulation provided by their fat, skin, and fur is a matter of survival in the frigid Arctic. For engineers, polar bear hair is a dream template for synthetic materials that might lock in heat just as well as the natural version.


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