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Delhi zoo losing its sheen as empty enclosures welcome visitors
Delhi zoo losing its sheen as empty enclosures welcome visitors

The enclosures are lying empty and only a handful of people can be seen revolving round the cages.

Scientists discover world's oldest, 152 million-years-old crocodile eggs
Scientists discover world's oldest, 152 million-years-old crocodile eggs

The eggs, discovered in cliffs in Portugal, were laid by close relatives of "true" crocodiles, a group called crocodylomorphs, which according to palaeontologists, had been two metres long.

Great Barrier Reef suffers severe coral bleaching for second year in a row
Great Barrier Reef suffers severe coral bleaching for second year in a row

On Thursday, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) carried out the first survey for 2017 over the area between Cairns and Townsville in Queensland state.

Vaccine created to protect Ebola-ravaged chimps
Vaccine created to protect Ebola-ravaged chimps

The vaccine is given orally, the developers said, which means it could be disguised in food and left out for the animals to eat – easier and less traumatic than darting.

'Clean' coal won't be viable until 2030, says energy analysis
'Clean' coal won't be viable until 2030, says energy analysis

RepuTex argued that the rising price and the falling cost of energy storage made renewable energy the cheapest source of reliable power in Australia.

Alaska's 'Bogoslof Volcano' erupts again, sends ash cloud over Aleutians
Alaska's 'Bogoslof Volcano' erupts again, sends ash cloud over Aleutians

The Bogoslof Volcano of Alaska that's been active since mid-December has erupted again and sends ash cloud all over the Aleutian Islands in the United States.

This newly-developed molecular gel will halt spread of snake venom
This newly-developed molecular gel will halt spread of snake venom

Scientists have recently developed a novel molecular gel that could come handy in neutralising lethal snake venom and that too cheaply.

Sir David Attenborough has a new frog species named after him
Sir David Attenborough has a new frog species named after him

The new species which measures just about two centimetres and was found in the Peruvian Andes, South America.

Barbarism at its peak! Rhino shot dead at Paris preserve, poachers saw off its horn
Barbarism at its peak! Rhino shot dead at Paris preserve, poachers saw off its horn

The poachers broke into the Thoiry Zoo forcing an outer gate and several doors open before shooting and killing the rhino.

Beware! Increase in vehicular density causing spike in NO2 levels in Delhi air
Beware! Increase in vehicular density causing spike in NO2 levels in Delhi air

In 2015, the average level of NO2, a toxic byproduct of diesel combustion, was 73 micrograms per cubic metre (ug/m3), as against the permissible annual average of 40 ug/m3.

One of Earth's biggest mass extinctions the result of ice age, not global warming!
One of Earth's biggest mass extinctions the result of ice age, not global warming!

It is the first time that the various stages of a mass extinction have been accurately understood and that scientists have been able to assess the major role played by volcanic explosions in these climate processes.

Coming soon – Tires made from eggshells, tomato peels
Coming soon – Tires made from eggshells, tomato peels

In tests, rubber made with the new fillers exceeds industrial standards for performance, which may ultimately open up new applications for rubber.

Global warming: Arctic sea ice may vanish this century despite climate action, warn scientists
Global warming: Arctic sea ice may vanish this century despite climate action, warn scientists

The 2 degrees Celsius target may be insufficient to prevent an ice-free Arctic, James Screen and Daniel Williamson of Exeter University in Britain wrote in the journal Nature Climate Change after a statistical review of ice projections.

Thai sea turtle undergoes operation after vets find 915 coins inside its stomach!
Thai sea turtle undergoes operation after vets find 915 coins inside its stomach!

Many Thais believe that throwing coins on turtles will bring longevity.

Take a look! First-ever clouded leopard born via artificial insemination at Nashville Zoo
Take a look! First-ever clouded leopard born via artificial insemination at Nashville Zoo

The male leopard cub was born on Wednesday (March 1) to Tula, a clouded leopard that was born and raised at the Nashville Zoo. 

45% of country's bird species in Himachal Pradesh: Great Backyard Bird Count
45% of country's bird species in Himachal Pradesh: Great Backyard Bird Count

The Great Backyard Bird Count is the first online citizen-science project aimed at collecting data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time.

Changing flight routes may reduce climate impact, says study
Changing flight routes may reduce climate impact, says study

The study by researchers at by University of Reading in the UK shows airlines could make a large positive impact on climate change by altering flight routes to avoid areas where emissions have the largest impact.

Ro-Ro gets NGO green signal; calls for long-term approach to lessen pollution

The Greenpeace India said movement of goods through public transport systems such as railways is a cleaner way of transportation compared to the truck-based system.

Bringing water to Kenya's drought-stricken wildlife

After the rains failed for the third time in November, Mwalua was so distressed by the obviously weak and thirsty animals that he began seeking donations to bring water to the Taita Hills sanctuary.

Earth's interior 60 degrees hotter than thought, says study
Earth's interior 60 degrees hotter than thought, says study

The findings led by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in the US could change how scientists think about many issues in Earth science including how ocean basins form.

This is the reason why pandas are black and white
This is the reason why pandas are black and white

Humans are curious to know why pandas have black and white patches on their body. Well, the giant pandas did not get their unique patches to look cute in human eyes.

Do you know what helped early dinosaurs stand on two back feet?
Do you know what helped early dinosaurs stand on two back feet?

Researchers have revealed that big muscles in the tails of early dinosaurs helped them move about on all fours and rise up on just their two back feet, new research suggests.

Have you ever thought what dismays wildlife lovers – Read story
Have you ever thought what dismays wildlife lovers – Read story

With a record six lakh Olive Ridley turtles converging on the sandy beach of Gahirmatha this year for the annual mass nesting, several million turtle eggs have been destroyed ironically by the turtles themselves due to space crunch leaving wildlife enthusiasts dismayed.

Public display of penguins at Byculla zoo won't be stopped: Bombay High Court
Public display of penguins at Byculla zoo won't be stopped: Bombay High Court

Bombay High Court has decided not to stop the public display of seven penguins, brought from South Korea to the Byculla zoo here, saying it cannot hastily conclude that they are not taken proper care.

This is how species extinction affects complex ecosystems - Read
This is how species extinction affects complex ecosystems - Read

This is because current thinking assumes that when a species vanishes, its role within an environment is lost too.

This is why woolly mammoths did not survive for long – Read story
This is why woolly mammoths did not survive for long – Read story

The study reveals that they accumulated multiple harmful mutations in their genome which may have hampered their ability to survive, before the giant animals went extinct thousands of years ago, a new study has found.

World Wildlife Day: Sudarsan Pattnaik urges people to protect wildlife in his sand art tribute
World Wildlife Day: Sudarsan Pattnaik urges people to protect wildlife in his sand art tribute

Introduced by the United Nations in 2013, World Wildlife Day is celebrated with a new theme each year and this year's theme is 'Listen to the Young Voices.'

Pune: NGT asks builder to pay Rs 40 lakh for 'environmental damage'

The western zonal bench of judicial member U D Salvi and expert member Ranjan Chatterjee asked the Mumbai-based builder to deposit Rs 40 lakh with Lonavala Municipal Council for the restoration work.

Researchers discover ancient primate species in India

The last primate found in the area was 38 years ago. So, in addition to being a new species, this is the first primate fossil found in the area in decades.

Wildlife agency seizes huge consignments of live animals
Wildlife agency seizes huge consignments of live animals

It said that the operation witnessed overwhelming response from states of Assam, Meghalaya, Maharashtra, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Uttarakhand, Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.