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The impact of global warming has become much conspicuous this year. Unlike the past, the days seem to be getting hotter this time even when the Met office records of the previous 10 years show that the maximum temperature has shot up to as high as 40.4 degree Celsius in March in the past.

V Krishna Ananth

As part of its 'Green Initiative', Indian Railway plans to equip its entire fleet of over 1000 AC coaches with eco-friendly refrigerant technology. The Northern Railway (NR), Lucknow division, will get this facility by March-end," confirmed a senior NR official to The Pioneer.

Each year, on 23 March, the World Meteorological Organization, its 188 members and the worldwide meteorological community celebrate World Meteorological Day around a chosen theme. This day commemorates the entry into force, on that date in 1950, of the WMO Convention creating the Organization. Subsequently, in 1951, WMO was designated a specialized agency of the United Nations System.

Net primary production (NPP) in the Yellow River Basin, China, during 1982-1999 was estimated with the CASA model using satellite data. The yearly NPP (NPPt) tended to increase during 1982-1999 throughout the Yellow River Basin. A large mean annual NPP for each grid cell was indicated in both the upper and lower reaches, and a low value was indicated in the middle reaches.

food safety China lists illegal additives China has come out with its first official compilation of 17 illegal food additives used in the country. The banned substances include boric acid, commonly used as an insecticide but also mixed with noodles and meatballs to increase elasticity, and industrial formaldehyde, used in making soap and drains cleaner but also used as a common

The international treaty drawn up to tackle ozone-destroying substances is gearing up to curb greenhouse gases.

Surface ozone variability at Pune (an urban location) and nearby rural locations has been studied using KI solution chemical method. The measurement showed well-marked diurnal cycle of ozone concentration with minimum at sunrise and maximum at noon hours.

Aerosols above the Himalaya may alter regional thermostat nano-sized pollutants were for the first time found reacting with each other above the Himalaya. Scientists from the Universite Blaise Pascal, France, said these ultra-fine pollutants are combining to form aerosols

Environment Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka yesterday announced that the Vienna convention has provided a sum of US$ 490 million for the protection of the ozone layer.
Minister Ranawaka made this announcement at a felicitation ceremony organized by the parliament to felicitate him on his election as the President of the Vienna Convention in Doha Qatar recently.