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March Equinox

The Spring Equinox of 2020 falls on March 20th -marking the start of astronomical spring for the Northern Hemisphere. Equinox The term equinox is derived from Latin words ‘equi’ meaning equal and ‘nox’ meaning night. It is the day when the Earth is neither tilted away or towards the Sun. This implies that the duration ..

Google Earth covers 98 percent of the Entire Population

Google Earth developed by the global search engine, Google has revealed that it now covers more than 98 percent of the world population, and has 10 million miles of street view imagery captured. 10 million miles is equal to a distance that could circle our entire planet Earth more than 400 times. Google Earth-based primarily ..

Arctic Ocean sea-ice is declining: Study

According to a study published in the journal Nature Climate Change, conducted by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the U.S., Arctic Ocean may be ice-free for part of year starting sometimes between 2044 and 2067.  Satellite observations show that since 1979, the amount of sea ice in the Arctic in September has declined ..

2019 edition of World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought (WDCDD)

The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought (WDCDD) is observed every year on 17th of June to promote public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification. The day is a unique moment to remind everyone that land degradation neutrality is achievable through problem-solving, strong community involvement and co-operation at all levels. The 2019 theme ..

70 people killed by rising water in Iran

Iran has began to evacuate more towns after forecasts of new round of rains and flooding, as the death toll from the recent floods after 3 weeks of heavy rainfall in which around 70 people were killed. Authorities have issued warnings for a fresh round of flooding in the regions bordering Iraq, home to a ..

Deepa Mehta recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award (LTA) by Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television

Acclaimed Indo-Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta will be given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television (ACCT). She is best known for her Elements Trilogy — Fire (1996), 1947 Earth (1999) and Water (2005). Mehta’s “Earth” was submitted by India as its official entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign ..

Environment: Definition and Four Components

In simple words, environment is defined as the natural world in which people, animals and plants live. The term Environment is derived from French terms ‘virer (to turn) or ‘in/viron’ meaning to encircle; and denotes the interaction between natural surroundings and organisms including human beings. Thus, environment is the surroundings in which living and non-living ..

Malpelo Plate

The Malpelo Plate is a small tectonic plate (a microplate) located off the coasts west of Ecuador and Colombia and south of Panama. The team of Researchers led by Rice geophysicist Richard Gordon named for an island and an underwater ridge it contains is the 57th plate to be discovered. Malpelo microplate is located west of the Galapagos Islands off the ..