NEW DELHI (AP) — Never mind lowering the rate of death from air pollution in India and China. Just keeping those rates steady will demand urgent action to clear the skies, according to a report published Tuesday.
The findings — gleaned from a new global model for how changes in outdoor air pollution could translate into changes in disease rates — highlight a demographic quirk of Asia's two fastest-growing economies, where young populations have so far kept pollution-related mortality relatively low even amid breakneck economic development at steep environmental cost.
HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Dizzying temperatures killed hundreds more Indians over the past day, causing water shortages in thousands of villages and driving the death toll from a weeks-long heat wave to at least 1,826 by Friday.
Meteorological officials called the heat wave "severe" and warned that it would continue for at least two days across a huge swathe of the South Asian country from Tamil Nadu in the south to the Himalayan foothill state of Himachal Pradesh.
HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Eating onions, lying in the shade and splashing into rivers, Indians were doing whatever they could Thursday to stay cool during a brutal heat wave that has killed more than 1,400 in the past month.
Meteorological officials said the heat would likely last several more days — scorching crops, killing wildlife and endangering anyone laboring outdoors.
NEW DELHI (AP) — Four months after becoming prime minister, Narendra Modi stunned Indians by picking up a crude straw broom and, holding it like a dance partner, gently sweeping at a small pile of green leaves on a New Delhi street.
Modi, ever the darling of photo ops and grinning selfies, seemed to be calling for a cultural revolution, defying centuries-old hierarchies that make the idea of an official cleaning a street anathema in Indian society. By leading a new campaign called "Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan" or "Clean India Mission," Modi challenged those divisions while dignifying labor and elevating cleanliness as a nationwide goal.
A rare joint statement from India and China on climate change calls on wealthier countries to cut their carbon output even more and to honor their $100 billion commitment to help developing nations reduce emissions, The Guardian reports.
BEIJING (AP) — They are the strongest leaders to emerge in years from the world's two most populous nations — and appear to be trying to forge a strong working relationship.
In a rare personal touch, Chinese President Xi Jinping will host the Indian prime minister in his hometown of Xi'an for Thursday's start of Narendra's Modi's three-day visit, highlighting warming ties between the Asian giants despite their continued rivalry and contrasting political systems.
India President Pranab Mukherjee plans to discuss civilian nuclear power cooperation when he meets his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during a five-day visit to Moscow that began Friday, India Today reports.
SUNDARBAN TIGER RESERVE, India (AP) — At first, the numbers seem impressive: India's tiger population has gone up 30 percent in just four years. The government lauded the news as astonishing evidence of victory in conservation.
But independent scientists say such an increase — to 2,226 big cats — in so short a time doesn't make sense.
Sandia Corp. is alleged to have used federal funds to plan a campaign to lobby Washington to extend its contract to manage Sandia National Laboratories, according to an Energy Department Inspector General report obtained by E&E through the Freedom of Information Act.
An Air Force contract on energy savings that costs $19 million may not be giving the military its money’s worth, according to a report from the Pentagon’s Inspector General, the Air Force Times reports.
People living near the decommissioned Weatherspoon power plant in North Carolina may be pleased that Duke Energy is planning to remove coal ash that has been sitting in the area for decades, but there's concern about where the ash will be stored, The Fayetteville Observer reports.
Driller Linn Energy says it has finalized deals with private equity firms for $1.5 billion to fund acquisitions and development, even as it is selling off its last position in the Permian Basin for $281 million, FuelFix reports.
Many of the loans that banks have issued to oil and gas producers are being flagged as substandard, according to warnings from regulators like the Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, The Wall Street Journal reports.