Starting in April, anyone who climbs Mount Everest in Nepal will be legally required to collect not just their own garbage, but also at least 17.6 pounds of trash left on the mountain by previous climbers. Read more about Want to climb Mount Everest? Bring extra trash bags

Increasingly extreme swings in temperature may put some insects at higher risk than previously thought, according to a new study published today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London.

An international team of scientists tested the impact of temperature patterns on 38 species of insects and analyzed the results along with historic climate data and projections for 2050 to 2059. They found that when only the mean temperature rise is considered, insects flourished in the warmer environments. However, when accounting for the variation in highest and lowest temperatures, insects were negatively impacted. Read more about Climate change-related temperature swings leave insects vulnerable

Chitral— Environmentalists as well as social circles of Chitral are shocked over shooting on Alpine Ibex by Ibrar Hussain, former minister for environment.  The minister while visiting Chitral opened fire on Markhors at Tosh, what authorities call an aerial firing. It is illegal to hunt markhor in Chitral and the law was broken by a man who was supposed to inspire others to protect the environment as well as the law. Read more about Minister for Environment opens fire on rare Alpine Ibex

A Kiribati islander, seeking refuge in New Zealand from rising sea levels, will have to wait to find out if he has another chance at getting refugee status.

Ioane Teitiota, who has been living in New Zealand illegally since his work visa expired at the end of 2010, is seeking leave to appeal an immigration tribunal decision denying him refugee status.

Mr Teitiota and his wife moved from South Tarawa six years ago to New Zealand, where their three children were born.

He did not want to return home because of the combined pressures of over-population and sea-level rise.

In the High Court at Auckland today, Mr Teitiota's lawyer Michael Kidd said the tribunal failed to take into account the position of Mr Teitiota's three children in making its decision. Read more about The World’s First Climate Refugee to try his luck

Global Warming

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a UN-established body on climate change, has released parts of its landmark Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) on climate change. Scientists from dozens of countries are now certain more than ever that climate is changing; the earth is getting hotter; and that human contribution to the changes in the climate system is clearer as well as significant.

Based on worldwide scientific observations and studies, scientists believe that over the period 1880-2012, the average global temperature has gone up by 0.85°C. Increase in average earth surface temperature in the last three decades was observed more than any preceding decades since 1850. Read more about The Globe is getting hotter in Climate Change


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