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Arctic ice melt could trigger uncontrollable climate change

Updated: Nov 25, 2016 15:43 IST      
Arctic ice melt could trigger uncontrollable climate change

London [UK], Nov. 25 (ANI): Arctic scientists have warned that the rapid melting of the ice cap risks triggering 19 "tipping points" in the region that could have disastrous consequences around the globe.

The Arctic Resilience Report found that the effects of Arctic warming could be felt as far away as the Indian Ocean.

Temperatures in the Arctic are currently about 20C above what would be expected for the time of year, which scientists describe as "off the charts". Sea ice is at the lowest extent ever recorded for the time of year, the Guardian reports.

"The warning signals are getting louder. These developments also make the potential for triggering [tipping points] and feedback loops much larger," said Marcus Carson of the Stockholm Environment Institute and one of the lead authors of the report.

The research, compiled by 11 organisations including the Arctic Council and six universities, comes at a critical time, not only because of the current Arctic temperature rises but in political terms.

Aides to the US president-elect, Donald Trump, this week unveiled plans to remove the budget for climate change science currently used by Nasa and other US federal agencies for projects such as examining Arctic changes, and to spend it instead on space exploration.

"That would be a huge mistake. It would be like ripping out the aeroplane's cockpit instruments while you are in mid-flight. These are very serious problems, very serious changes are happening, but they are still poorly understood. We need more research to understand them. A lot of the major science is done by the US." Carson said.

The authors of the reports also warned that people living in and near the Arctic would be badly affected, and called for communities to be provided with equipment and skills to survive. (ANI)

Trump agrees to renegotiate NAFTA deal with Canada, Mexico

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 23:01 IST     

New Delhi [India], April 27 (ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump has agreed to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) instead of withdrawing it after speaking to the leaders of Mexico and Canada to see if the deal can be made.

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Warsaw [Poland], April 27 (ANI): Vice President Hamid Ansari has said that Poland supports India's bid for membership in Nuclear Suppliers Group and also a permanent membership in expanded United Nations Security Council.

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Warsaw [Poland], Apr 27 (ANI): Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari has said that if Polish business looks for markets and business opportunities beyond Europe, India is a natural destination.

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Man arrested with weapon near British Parliament

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 20:51 IST     

London [UK], April 27 (ANI): A man has reportedly been arrested by London police after being found in possession of weapons near the British Parliament.

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Nepali trekkers rescue Taiwanese after 47 days

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 20:07 IST     

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Brexit not to affect UK-Bangladesh ties: Former British PM

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 18:38 IST     

Dhaka [Bangladesh], April 27 (ANI): Former British Prime Minister David Cameron has said that the Brexit would not affect bilateral relations between the United Kingdom and Bangladesh.

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Pak poll body refuses to allot 'bat' symbol to PTI

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 18:14 IST     

Islamabad [Pakistan], April 27 (ANI): The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has barred former cricketer Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) from using the 'bat' as an electoral symbol for upcoming by-elections until the party holds intra-party elections and fulfills its legal requirement.

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Islamabad [Pakistan], April 27 (ANI): Pakistan has said that the decision to provide consular access to alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav would be taken on merit.

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Moscow [Russia] Apr 27 (ANI): Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Asif termed the United States' missile strike against Syria as 'foreign interference'.

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Pakistan lashes out against India over Kashmir issue

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 15:12 IST     

Moscow [Russia], Apr 27 (ANI): Pakistan Defence minister Khawaja Asif has said that the unresolved Kashmir issue had the potential to threaten the peace and stability of the entire region even as he accused India of not reciprocating the efforts made by Islamabad.

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Lahore [Pakistan], Apr 27 (ANI): The Lahore High Court has issued notices of contempt of court to the chief executive officers of Ittefaq, Chaudhry and Haseeb Waqas sugar owned by members of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's family for operating the mills in defiance of a stay order.

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Japanese firms help rebuild quake-affected areas

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 14:49 IST     

Tokyo [Japan]/Yangon [Myanmar], Apr 27 (ANI): The Great East Japan Earthquake that occurred on March 11, 2011 caused extensive damage to the Tohoku area in Japan.

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Caracas [Venezuela], Apr 27 (ANI): Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez has said the country would withdraw from the Organisation of American States (OAS).

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Pakistan arrests 29 Indian fishermen for violating sea limits

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 12:09 IST     

Karachi [Pakistan], Apr 27 (ANI): Pakistan on Thursday arrested 29 Indian fishermen near its coast alleging that they violated the maritime boundaries.

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Chinese Mainland dismisses 'dwarfing Taiwan' accusations

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 12:06 IST     

Beijing [China], Apr 27 (ANI): The Chinese mainland has dismissed accusations that it had "dwarfed" Taiwan by changing how the island was addressed on mainstream media.

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Pak FM, U.S. NSA discuss Kashmir at White House

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 11:25 IST     

Washington [U.S.A.], Apr 27 (ANI): In the first official meeting between representatives of Washington and Islamabad, all thorny issues including India-Pakistan relations and Kashmir were discussed on the table when Pakistan Finance Minister Ishaq Dar met U.S. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster at the White House on Tuesday.

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THAAD in South Korea to be operational soon: U.S.

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 11:09 IST     

Washington [USA], Apr 27 (ANI): The United States advanced missile defense system Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), which is being installed in South Korea to mitigate threats by Pyongyang, will soon be operational.

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Jerusalem [Israel], Apr 27 (ANI): Explosions were heard near Damascus's airport on Thursday morning, allegedly caused by an Israeli airstrike.

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Islamabad [Pakistan], April 27 (ANI): The departments tasked with deputing a representative each to the joint investigation team (JIT), which will probe the money laundering case against Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family, have submitted lists of the proposed names to the Supreme Court.

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Lahore [Pakistan], Apr 27 (ANI): The Lahore High Court on Thursday is likely to hear a petition challenging Jamaat-ud- Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed's detention by Pakistan.

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