Homes were reduced to rubble and debris littered the streets of San Juan as powerless Puerto Rico plunged into darkness.
The moles, Topos in Spanish, formed as a volunteer search and rescue group in the aftermath of the devastating quake that struck Mexico City in 1985.
Although basic public services have been restored, economic, commercial and educational activities have come to a halt.
The data on which rivers are running low and which are carrying surpluses is not publicly available. There is also no conceptual clarity of the indicators needed for defining ‘deficit’ and ‘surplus’.
In 12 hours, 100 wax moth caterpillars had reduced a mass of plastic by 92 milligrams, the fastest plastic degradation process known so far.
Maria, a rare Category 5 storm at the top end of the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, churned in the eastern Caribbean about 30 miles (45 km) southeast of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands with maximum sustained winds of 175 mph (280 kph)
Flights were diverted with the main runway out of use and inter-city trains cancelled, stalling transport services in the commercial capital
Affected people who owned property are still awaiting proper rehabilitation, while others are not even being recognised as affected.
Nitin Gadkari needs more than a silver bullet to meet the deadline of cleaning up the Ganga which remains one of Modi’s showpiece schemes.
The sad truth is it’s almost impossible to convert plantations to montane grasslands unless the successive waves of invasive weeds and saplings are held back.
Water is still not reaching those who need it, while people are being forced to give up their homes and livelihoods linked to the Narmada.
Maria’s strength was building as it approached the Lesser Antilles, the US National Hurricane Center said, estimating its winds at near 85 miles per hour.
A majority of the waterbird population occurs in wetlands not conserved under law. New research makes a case for the prevention of illegal hunting in such areas.
All embankments along the India-Nepal border are controlled by India, which means that during a cross-border flood, one side will drain itself by drowning the other.
For people living by the Narmada in Madhya Pradesh’s Nimar, Modi’s birthday is being seen as a death day for their homes and livelihoods.
“There has been no change in the US’s position on the Paris agreement,” said White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters.
In addition to deaths and injuries, the storm has caused widespread damage to road and electrical infrastructure, housing stock, ports and telecommunications.
A back-of-the-envelope calculation suggests that it will cost Rs 12.5 crore per city per year for 10 years to report air pollution and its severity in real time.
The most striking aspect of Wilderness Tales from Similipal is a vivid picture of the forests that Satyesh Naik weaves through his words, so charming that you’re left wanting to visit a forest right away.
Government aid for flood reconstruction is going to landowners rather than tenant farmers, who often enter verbal contracts and cannot prove their status.
A new study has found that India’s tigers aren’t all the same. Instead, their genes suggest they form three distinct clusters.
The ministry of external affairs confirmed the government has evacuated over a 100 Indians from Irma-hit Sint Marteen to Curacao Island.
With the water bodies shrinking in size due to encroachment and in depth due to siltation, Kashmiri livelihoods are at stake.
Comments critical of “dangerous” project are not shown amidst ambiguity over Jaggi Vasudev’s stand, and real reason for rivers rally.
An INTACH project at the Assi river in Varanasi, using bioremediation to remove pollutants from the water, has yielded considerable results in a short period of time.
President Enrique Pena Nieto declared three days of national mourning and pledged to rebuild shattered towns and villages.
A recent study shows how the number of vulnerable and endangered amphibians is nearly double that of birds or mammals. Strategies need to be put in place, and fast.
Category 5 Hurricane Irma has left a trail of destruction across Cuba, destroying private properties and tourism resorts in its wake.
Hurricane Irma draws our attention yet again to something that bears repetition: that those most affected by global warming’s impacts are the people least responsible for them.
While both Jindal and Coal India abdicated responsibility around the Gare Pelma coal mines, local Adivasis have tried their hardest to make sure they don’t get away with it.
UN chief Antonio Guterres urged nations to get serious about keeping the ambition high on climate action.
The campaign ignores the real threats – back to back dams, sand mining, pollution, deforestation and river interlinking – and offers tree plantation as the panacea to all ills.
Hurricane Irma is set to hit Southern Florida after causing wide spread devastation in the Caribbean.
High social costs are associated with renewables as per the latest economic survey but the discrepancies in arriving at them raise questions of data credibility and intent.
At least 15 greater one-horned rhinoceroses have been swept across the Indo-Nepal border by this year’s monsoon floods, and both countries have come together for the rescue operations.
Given that waste segregation and incineration come with their own drawbacks, the need of the hour is to identify a large plot away from human settlements that can be used as a landfill.
The Sahara is the largest hot desert on Earth, covering more than 9,000 square km, comparable to the surface of China or the US.
Fewer monsoon depressions in the Bay of Bengal are causing shifts in the duration and intensity of the rainy seasons. What does this mean for South Asia?
A steady decrease in rainfall, the switch to water-intensive cash crops and ever-increasing borewells have lowered the water table in Nagarur village of Anantapur, leaving farmers struggling to keep their crops alive.
‘It may be the size of the Asian rivers, large because they drain the Himalayas, that makes the pollution so prominent.’