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‘You have stolen my dreams and childhood’ : Greta Thunberg at UN

‘All you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!’ says Swedish teenager

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Activist Greta Thunberg tells world leaders at a UN climate summit they are “not mature enough” to “tell it like it is” on climate change, adding young people will “never forgive” them if they fail to act

Watch : Greta Thunberg gives emotional speech at UN climate summit.

“Cutting our emissions by 2030 only gives us a 50% chance of escaping runaway #ClimateChange beyond human control to reverse. If you continue to fail us, future generations will never forgive you” Greta Thunberg tell it straight UN Climate Action Summit.

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Greta tweets with Stop Adani, asks Siemens to pull out of Aus mine

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Stop Adani in Australia

New Delhi, Jan 11 : Teenage climate activist from Sweden Greta Thunberg has tweeted with the #StopAdani hashtag, asking German engineering major Siemens to “stop, delay or interrupt” the building of the Adani coal mine in Australia.

“It seems that @SiemensDE have the power to stop, delay or at least interrupt the building of the huge Adani coal mine in Australia. On Monday they will announce their decision. Please help pushing them to make the only right decision,” Thunberg said.

Thunberg also asked netizens to put pressure on Siemens to call off the contract for the mine.

Thunberg has called for Siemens to review its $20 million contract to supply rail infrastructure to Adani Group’s Carmichael mine in Australia which has been facing backlash from environment experts.

Siemens has said that it will decide on the project by Monday. Thunberg was in the news recently for her speech on preventing climate change in the United Nations.

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No tree will be felled for defence expo, UP govt assures SC

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New Delhi, Jan 9 : The Uttar Pradesh government informed the Supreme Court on Thursday it is not considering felling early 64,000 trees for a defence exhibition scheduled in Lucknow.

A bench, headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde and comprising Justices B.R. Gavai and Surya Kant, recorded the statement of the advocates appearing for the Uttar Pradesh government stating the government has already shelved the plan to cut trees, and not a single tree has been felled so far in order to facilitate the arrangements for the defence expo.

Sheela Barse, an environment activist, had moved the apex court seeking a direction to the UP government to shelve its plan to cut-down thousands of trees. The top court asked the petitioner to move the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court. Barse sought declaration of the inter-generational equity rights of trees and also recognition of the trees as living entities, which are entitled to rights.

The court noted that the High Court is already seized of a similar matter, and the petitioner is at the liberty to place the matter before it. Barse, in her plea, said the unmindful felling of trees is devastating to nature; it is against inter-generational equity and against the right to life and existence of not just humans but other living beings including trees and the entire living beings dependent on such vegetation.

In December, the apex court had asked the Uttar Pradesh to respond on this plea. The 11th biennial edition of DefExpo India-2020 is slated in February, and it is taking place in Lucknow for the first time.

The plea had cited various media reports which detailed on government’s plan to fell 64,000 trees on the banks of river Gomti for DefExpo-2020. She said according to various reports the UP government planned to clear the entire area for the exhibition by January 15, 2020, and then the land will be given to exhibition’s organisers.

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Excitement marks solar eclipse viewing in Hyderabad

The solar eclipse coincided with the 15th anniversary of the 2004 tsunami that killed 230,000 people along the coast of the Indian Ocean.

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Hyderabad, Dec 26 : There was excitement in the air as families thronged Birla Science Planetarium and parks here on Thursday to watch the solar eclipse, the last of the decade.

Wearing solar filters, men, women and children watched the partial eclipse, which began around 8.08 a.m. and lasted for little over three hours.

The sky watchers thronged Birla Planetarium in the heart of the city and Indira Park, where Planetary Society of India had made special arrangements for the enthusiasts to watch the celestial event.

Initially the clouds marred the visibility, disappointing a large number of people who had gathered at different places to watch the eclipse. Later the clouds cleared, providing a clear view of the partial eclipse.

Dr B.G. Siddharth, director, Birla Planetarium, joined the visitors to watch the eclipse. He advised people to take all precautions. “Watching the eclipse with a naked eye is harmful. The ultraviolet radiation can damage the retina,” he said advising the sky watchers to use solar filters and other safe equipment.

Annual solar eclipse happens when the moon covers the sun’s centre, leaving the sun’s visible outer edges to form a ‘ring of fire’ or annulus around the moon.

The solar eclipse coincided with the 15th anniversary of the 2004 tsunami that killed 230,000 people along the coast of the Indian Ocean.

The experts at Birla Planetarium, however, said it was a mere coincidence and that they did not anticipate any such extreme weather event.

The planetarium organised a special show about the solar eclipse at the observatory including how an eclipse occurs.

Young students were thrilled to watch the eclipse. “It is really exciting to see the eclipse,” exclaimed R. Aditya, a class six student at a city school.

Planetary Society of India also organised a programme at Indira Park to enable people to watch the solar eclipse through solar filters and telescope. The society officials explained how the celestial event happens.

Jana Vignana Vedika, a NGO working to build scientific temper among people, along with students’ union of Osmania University organised a programme titled ‘breakfast over eclipse’ to bust the myths and superstitions about the eclipse. People associated with the NGO and invitees had breakfast on the campus of Osmania University.

“We want to tell people that eating during the eclipse will have no harmful effect on food. It is just a superstition that eclipse poisons your food,” said Jana Vignana Vedika activist Ramesh.

He along with other activists also offered ‘puja’ to counter the superstition that there should be no worship during the eclipse and that the temples should be closed.

He said there was a need to remove other superstitions that the eclipse harms pregnant women or brings bad luck.

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