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Mumbai The pre-monsoon showers may grace the city in less than 20 days from now. This may be the only positive upshot of the severely humid weather condition presently prevailing over Mumbai.

TUMKUR: Rain has destroyed standing paddy crop in 10 villages in Tumkur district. Siddapura and surrounding villages in Kasaba hobli of Madhugiri taluk in the district received heavy rain combined with wind and hailstones on Saturday evening. The crop, which had turned a golden yellow and was due to be harvested, fell flat on the ground. The fields were inundated by rainwater.

Pune Even as heatwave conditions prevail in most parts of the country, there is good news. The monsoon may arrive a week in advance.

Two island nations, Micronesia and Mauritius, filed a proposed amendment on 30th April 09 to regulate HFCs under the Montreal Protocol ozone treaty. HFC emissions are expected to grow rapidly over the next few decades, equaling about one third of the climate problem by 2040.

The IGSD press release on a joint proposal by Micronesia and Mauritius for phasing down HFCs which could otherwise be responsible for 1/3rd of total climate emissions by 2040. The U.S. is also considering submitting its own proposal on HFCs to the Montreal Protocol.

Mumbai Doppler radar in city but may not be ready before July 24 when highest tide is expected

The southern ozone hole has changed weather patterns around Antarctica and cooled the air above the east part of the continent, according to new research.

Pune Rajendra Shende, who heads the Ozone Action Group of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), on Tuesday received the prestigious climate protection award instituted by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) at a function held in Washington D. C. Shende hails from Pune and is currently working at the headquarters of the UNEP in Paris.

An expansion of sea ice around Antarctica is linked to a hole in the ozone layer high in the atmosphere, according to a study on Tuesday that helps clear up a mystery about global warming.

India's annual monsoon is likely to be 96 percent of the long-term average, which would make it the worst season in five years, although the near normal forecast raised hope for economic support and bumper crops.