On Saturday evening, Berlin's panda population doubled as Germany welcomed its first-ever panda offsprings, announced the Berlin Zoo adding that mother and two cubs were in good health. The zoo said that it is actively supporting mother Meng Meng and panda father Jiao Qing in the rearing. The panda couple was a part of a loan agreement between Germany and China.
Union environment ministry has endorsed suggestions on levying 'water conservation fee' on industries and infrastructure projects, including residential and commercial complexes, and brought agriculture sector for the first time into ambit of regulations for groundwater use in the country. The ministry submitted the report on the NGT's direction.
The study found that large quantities of dark aerosols- airborne particles such as dust and soot that absorb sunlight- settle on top of the Tibetan Plateau's snowpack in spring before the monsoons begin. These dark aerosols cause the snow to absorb more sunlight and melt more quickly.
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