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Climate policy initiative India launches report on ‘financing adaptation in India’ – Times of India

Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) India’s Center for Sustainable Finance (CSF) has unveiled its latest report titled ‘Financing Adaptation in India,’ emphasising the urgent need for increased investments in adaptation to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change in the country.India, with its diverse geographical and socio-economic landscape, faces significant vulnerability to climate change impacts.The report underscores the critical importance of adaptation investments, estimating the financial requirements of states across…

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Global study links COVID-19 vaccines with heart, brain disorders

The COVID-19 vaccines that emerged as a beacon of hope in the fight against the deadly virus during the pandemic are back in the news again following a new study that has linked the shots to rare brain, heart and blood disorders, Vaccine, a science journal, reported last week. The journal reported that researchers from the Global Vaccine Data Network—a research arm of the World Health Organization—found that the…

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AI Helps Predict How Agricultural Land Suitability May Change by 2050 | – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Scientists have used artificial intelligence (AI) to analyse how agricultural land suitability can change in 25 years, and found that the number of croplands would increase in the northern regions. The study, published in in journal IEEE Access, predicted cropland distribution based on various climate models and shared socioeconomic pathways scenarios It focused on the regions of Eastern Europe and Northern Asia. By 2050, scientists predict that…

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Urgent Need for Common Climate Risk Evaluation Framework, More Adaptation Funding: Report | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India is yet to create a common framework for evaluating risks due to climate change and a systematic methodology for ascertaining the extent to which development programmes address climate risk and vulnerability, according to a new report released on Wednesday. The report by Climate Policy Initiative, a multi-national analysis and advisory organisation with expertise in finance and policy, said the lack of a common framework for evaluating…

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Gaganyaan mission: ISRO completes human rating of its CE20 cryogenic engine

In a significant boost to India’s bid to launch humans into space under the Gaganyaan mission, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully completed the human rating of its CE20 cryogenic engine, an official said on Wednesday. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully completed the human rating of its CE20 cryogenic engine, an official said on Wednesday.(File photo) “ISRO has accomplished a major milestone in the human rating…

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Astronomers find the small, hot helium stars they had been looking for

Astronomers have finally found a unique class of stars they had been looking for for a decade. While these stars – hot and relatively small orbs covered in helium – were predicted to be fairly common, astronomers hadn’t been able to find them. The discovery provides proof that the underlying theories are legitimate. Since stars are cosmic engines, it also opens new doors to understanding their diverse influences on…

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Record US renewable energy investment not enough to meet climate goals: Report – Times of India

US investment in wind and solar power plants hit record levels last year, but even that dramatic rate of expansion fell short of the level needed to meet the nation’s climate change goals, according to an analysis published on Wednesday. A joint report by researchers from Princeton University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rhodium Group and the non-profit Energy Innovation analyzed US progress in making investments needed to achieve a…

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Gaganyaan mission update: ISRO successfully tests engine, gives ‘human rating’

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully tested the cryogenic engine for the unmanned Gaganyaan (G1) mission on Wednesday (February 21) that will be the first to take Indian astronauts to space, marking a leap forward to accomplishing the mission. ISRO’s Gaganyaan mission cleared another hurdle as the space agency announced that the upcoming mission CE20 cryogenic engine is ‘human-rated’ now and will power the upper stage of the…

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CE20 cryogenic engine clears human rating test, ready for Gaganyaan missions

A file photo of ISRO conducting the hot test of CE20 cryogenic engine for the LVM3, at its test facility in Mahendragiri, Odisha. | Photo Credit: File photo Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has accomplished a major milestone in the human rating of its CE20 cryogenic engine, that powers the cryogenic stage of the human-rated LVM3 launch vehicle for Gaganyaan missions, with completion of the final round of ground…

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NASA’s spacecraft grabs 4.5 billion-year-old rocks from asteroid; Details here

NASA scientists recently conducted a study on asteroid rocks that their spacecraft took from a distant “potentially hazardous” asteroid. The findings reveal that the spacecraft managed to take hold of a significant portion of the asteroid, almost more than double what was expected. In 2023, the OSIRIS-REx capsule was taken to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston following its touchdown in the Utah desert on September 24. At the…

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Rampant Water Pollution Threatens Iraq’s Shrinking Rivers | – Times of India

BAGHDAD: Stricken by drought and depleted by upstream dams, Iraq‘s once mighty rivers the Tigris and Euphrates are suffocating under pollutants from sewage to medical waste.In a country where half the population lacks access to safe drinking water, according to UN figures, state institutions are to blame for a man-made disaster which is turning rivers into waste dumps.“What is strange about water pollution in Iraq is that most government…

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Commercial spaceship set for lunar touchdown, in test for US industry | – Times of India

WASHINGTON: A company from Texas is poised to attempt a feat that until now has only been accomplished by a handful of national space agencies, but could soon become commonplace for the private sector: landing on the Moon.If all goes to plan, Houston-based Intuitive Machines will guide its spaceship named Odysseus to a gentle touchdown near the lunar south pole on Thursday at 2249 GMT, then run experiments for…

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AstroSat unravels mysteries surrounding Black Hole X-ray Binary MAXI J1820+070

The Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) AstroSat’s full multi-wavelength capabilities have enabled an international team of scientists to unravel the mysteries surrounding the X-ray binary system MAXI J1820+070, hosting a black hole. AstroSat is India’s first multi-wavelength space observatory which was launched in September 2015 and now a comprehensive study presents unique insights into the behaviour of this transient black hole X-ray binary during its 2018 outburst. According to…

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World needs ‘trillions’ for climate action: COP28 president | – Times of India

PARIS: The world needs “trillions” of dollars to spur on the green transition and tackle global warming, the head of last year’s COP28 climate talks said Tuesday, warning that political momentum can evaporate without clear action.COP28 president Sultan Al Jaber hailed progress made at UN negotiations last year in Dubai, where countries agreed to triple global renewables capacity this decade and “transition away” from polluting fossil fuels.But the deal…

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Universe’s brightest object found – a black hole devouring a sun every day

Astronomers at the Australian National University (ANU) have identified what could be the brightest object in the universe, a black hole that is devouring the equivalent of a Sun every day. According to a study published in the journal Nature Astronomy, the black hole with a mass roughly 17 billion times that of the Sun has set a record that may not ever be beaten. It shines 500 trillion…

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Astrosat aids unravelling mysteries of transient black hole x-ray binary | – Times of India

BENGALURU: An international team of scientists has employed exceptional multi-wavelength capabilities of India’s Astrosat to gain novel insights into the transient black hole X-ray binary system — “MAXI J1820+070” — located some 9,800 light-years from Earth. Accepted to be published in The Astrophysical Journal, the comprehensive study presents unique revelations about this cosmic phenomenon’s behaviour during its 2018 outburst. Led by researchers from The Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and…

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Do sheep swim? If so, how do they learn?

Representative photo. | Photo Credit: Judith Prins/Unsplash A: Yes, sheep do swim, said Edward Spevak, assistant curator of mammals at the Bronx Zoo. “It’s basically instinctive, a life-saving device,” he said. “They don’t go swimming every day, but in case of flooding or falling into a river, in essence they know how to swim.” Sheep have never been known as big swimmers, and most of the habitat where they…

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Andaman’s clean environment, ecology must be preserved: President Murmu | India News – Times of India

PORT BLAIR: President Droupadi Murmu on Monday stressed on the need for preserving the clean environment and ecology of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Murmu, while addressing a gathering during a civic reception here, called for maintaining a balance between development and environmental protection. “It is very important to preserve the ecology and environment of this island. We have to maintain a balance between developmental work and preservation of…

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