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Judicial Watch sues NOAA for Documents related to Controversial Climate Change Study

Judicial Watch sues NOAA for Documents related to Controversial Climate Change Study

The conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch has revealed that it has filed a court case against a government agency for seeking records related to a climate change research. The lawsuit announced Tuesday was filed in the US District Court on December 2.

New Study warns Wild Bees on the Decline Due to single-crop Cultivation

New Study warns Wild Bees on the Decline Due to single-crop Cultivation

A gap has been noticed between abundance of wild bees and demand for pollination in California due to some crops such as almonds, a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has reported.

Due to Central Valley's love for almonds, a steep imbalance has been found between bee populations and the need for the pollination services they provide, according to the study. The findings have been reported amid warning over the steep decline in the numbers of commercial bees that are used to pollinate crops.

Study warns Greenland Ice Sheet Shrinking Rapidly

Study warns Greenland Ice Sheet Shrinking Rapidly

A new study has warned that the Greenland Ice Sheet has been melting rapidly. The sheet has lost about 9,013 gigatonnes of ice from 1900 to 2010 and the melting is happening rapidly today, the study added.

The study published in the journal Nature also suggested that from 2003 to 2010, ice from the Greenland Ice Sheet has been removed at a rate over twice the rate during the entire 20th century.

It appears orca baby boom on West Coast just won't stop, after years of population decline

It appears orca baby boom on West Coast just won't stop, after years of population decline

It seems like the orca baby boom on the West Coast is not going to stop after years of population decline. The Centre for Whale Research, on Wednesday, gave confirmation to the birth of the 8th calf this year in the endangered southern residents. The birth has pushed the population to 84.

In a statement, Michael Harris, the director of the Pacific Whale Watch Association, said 1977 was the only year in the last 4 decades, wherein as many baby killer whales took birth into this community of whales. Harris said that 9 births have taken place in 2015.

China warns residents across northern China to prepare for wave of choking smog arriving over weekend

China warns residents across northern China to prepare for wave of choking smog arriving over weekend

On Friday, China issued a warning to residents throughout a huge part of northern China about a choking smog wave reaching over the weekend. The worst form of the same is likely to be over capital Beijing, indicating that the city could issue its second-ever ‘red alert’.

According to the National Meteorological Centre, the smog would extend from Xian, which is home to the Terracotta Warriors, throughout part of central China, across Beijing and up into Shenyang and Harbin in frosty northeast of China.

Lake temperatures across globe on alarming rise: Study

Lake temperatures across globe on alarming rise: Study

After studying 235 lakes across the world for at least 25 years, researchers have concluded that climate change is increasing the temperature of lakes. The study is unique as it is the first one to use a combination of satellite temperature data and long-term ground measurement.

The study, which is largest of its kind, has found lakes to be warning an average of 0.61 degrees Fahrenheit every decade. It is greater than the warming of ocean and atmosphere, said the researchers.

New Temperature Record Set in the Arctic as per NOAA Data

New Temperature Record Set in the Arctic as per NOAA Data

Grim picture has been portrayed of the Arctic, which for second consecutive year continues to warm faster than any other place in the world. The annual Arctic Report Card: 2015 Update released by the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has unveiled that Arctic warming has resulted into decline in walrus population as they are heavily dependent on the ice sheets.

Arctic’s air temperature in 2015 sets new records: NOAA Report

Arctic’s air temperature in 2015 sets new records: NOAA Report

The Arctic Report Card 2015 by NOAA has found air temperature in 2015 across Arctic to be significantly up, the highest since records began in 1900. Rise in air and sea surface temperatures, declining ice thickness, depletion in walrus population and shift in behavior of fish are among the changes noticed by the researchers.

Greenpeace Activists Poured Yellow Paint around Arc De Triomphe to Turn It into 'Sun'

Greenpeace Activists Poured Yellow Paint around Arc De Triomphe to Turn It into 'Sun'

Greenpeace activists attempted another public stunt on Friday to make negotiators agree on a powerful accord. The green activist poured yellow paint around a famous roundabout to transform it into the Sun.

Greenpeace activists used bikes to pour the paint on the cobblestone street the paint got spread by the passing vehicles, which made it appear like sun when seen from the sky.

They wanted to paint the sun, to force the French government to accelerate the development of the use of renewable energy in the country and majorly the solar power.

Sales of Electric Cars get a Boost as Heavy Smog Covers Beijing

Sales of Electric Cars get a Boost as Heavy Smog Covers Beijing

China’s capital Beijing has been covered in a thick blanket of hazardous smog. While on one hand smog has forced the residents to stop use of vehicles for commuting due to pollution, on the other sales of electric cars have picked up pace in the city.

Beijing issued the first three-day pollution ‘red alert’ on Monday. The measures to combat the hazardous smog adopted by officials included limiting the use of conventional petrol-powered and hybrid cars to alternate days.

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