Ecology News

'Dramatic thinning' of Arctic ice since 1975
'Dramatic thinning' of Arctic ice since 1975

Combined Arctic ice observations have shown decades of loss.

Rhino killed in Kaziranga

An adult rhino was Wednesday killed and its horn removed by poachers in Assam's Kaziranga National Park.

Glaciers in Brahmaputra basin may reduce alarmingly: Study

Glaciers in the upstream basin of the Brahmaputra, a 2,900-km-long river that originates from Tibet and flows into the Bay of Bengal, are likely to reduce alarmingly by the middle of the 21st century, according to an international body which also warned that the overall flow in the river was likely to increase.

Toll in Bihar elephant attack rises to four

Two more people died in Bihar's Sitamarhi district Wednesday after a wild elephant attacked them, taking the toll to four, police said.

'Time Tree of Life' sheds new light on evolution

Researchers from Philadelphia-based Temple University, including an Indian-origin scientist, have assembled the largest and most accurate tree of life calibrated to time, revealing that life has been expanding at a constant rate.

As Delhi chokes, pressure grows for Indian climate action

Torrents of thick black smoke billow up toward the smoggy skies as Kunti Desai feeds a coal-fired furnace to make tar for a Delhi road. 

It's time to get serious about wildlife crime: UN
It's time to get serious about wildlife crime: UN

Illegal wildlife trade undermines rule of law, degrades ecosystems and severely hampers the efforts of rural communities striving to sustainably manage their natural resources, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday as the intergovernmental organisation marked World Wildlife Day.

Dolphin found dead in Tamil Nadu

A 4-foot-long dolphin was found washed ashore in the district Tuesday, forest officials said.

78 tigers died in 2014: Prakash Javadekar

Number of tigers died in 2014 has increased to 78, due to both poaching and natural reasons, parliament was informed Tuesday.

JFA demands immediate forensic tests of rhino horns
JFA demands immediate forensic tests of rhino horns

Journalists' Forum Assam (JFA) Tuesday demanded that the Assam forest department conduct immediate forensic test of all rhino horns in their custody and make their statistics public.

Modi budget fails to cheer scientists

The national budget presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has been hailed as "growth oriented" by the corporate sector, but Indian scientists seem not too enthused and say the much-touted "achhe din" (good days) are yet to arrive.

Sand sculpture on animals on World Wildlife Day

On the occasion of World Wildlife Day, renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has created a sand sculpture with a message "Save us" at Puri sea beach in Odisha.

Rare 'alien of the deep' goblin shark found in Australia
Rare 'alien of the deep' goblin shark found in Australia

A rare sea creature described as an "alien of the deep" has been found off Australia and delivered to a museum which Tuesday showed off its fleshy snout, nail-like teeth and flabby pink body.

Govt refutes claims of Oxford-led study, says tiger census correct
Govt refutes claims of Oxford-led study, says tiger census correct

The Indian government has rejected claims made by the Oxford University's wildlife experts that the increased tiger count was a result of flawed methodology for the census conducted in January this year.

Deforestation could shift monsoons, leaving India high and dry

Large-scale deforestation could cause monsoon rains to shift south, cutting rainfall in India by nearly a fifth, scientists say.

No turtle poaching since 2012

The Madras High Court was on Monday informed that not a single case of poaching or killing of Olive Ridley turtle has been slapped on any fisherman in the past ten years and there has been no incident of turtle poaching off Chennai coast since 2012.

Experts raise doubts over China's panda survey
Experts raise doubts over China's panda survey

The number of giant pandas living in the wild may have risen by a sixth over the past decade but experts have questioned the numbers unveiled in a latest survey by China's state forestry administration, suggesting it is unclear if the results can be compared to previous national counts.

Punjab to set up Organic Farming Board

Punjab government on Monday said it will set up an Organic Farming Board for promoting chemical-free farming in the state.

Irrawaddy dolphin population in Chilika drops
Irrawaddy dolphin population in Chilika drops

The population of Irrawaddy dolphin in Chilika lake in Odisha, famous for one of the biggest habitats for the sea mammal, dwindled as their number dropped from 153 in 2013 to 144 this year, state's Chief Wildlife Warden S S Srivastav said.

Assam Governor expresses concern over rhino poaching
Assam Governor expresses concern over rhino poaching

Assam Governor Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya Monday expressed concern over rhino poaching and said that all measures would be taken to protect the world famous one-horn animal.

'Warrior' fungus threatening wheat production: Study
'Warrior' fungus threatening wheat production: Study

Wheat production in Britain faces serious threat from the spread of exotic and aggressive "warrior" strains of a plant fungus, a new research has found.

Algal species help corals survive in extreme heat

A new species of algae has been discovered in the coral reefs of the Persian Gulf that helps corals to survive seawater temperatures of up to 36 degrees Celsius.

'Sun has maximum impact when the Earth is cooler'

Giving fresh insight into the role of the Sun in climate change, a new study shows its impact is not constant over time but has greater significance when the Earth is cooler.

Don't treat us strangers to Delhi: NGT to Delhi government

The National Green Tribunal has pulled up the Delhi government for its lackadaisical approach in implementing the green panel's directions to curb vehicular pollution in the capital.

Madhya Pradesh minister wants law allowing people to keep tigers as pets
Madhya Pradesh minister wants law allowing people to keep tigers as pets

In a bizarre suggestion, a senior Madhya Pradesh minister has sought a law that allows people to domesticate or keep as pets big cats like lions and tigers for their conservation.

Climate change gets a boost; environment ministry budget trimmed

In sync with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's commitment on climate change, the government on Saturday ramped up budget allocation a whopping sixteen-fold to boost India's mission to climate change and adaption, even as the overall allocation to the environment ministry was trimmed by four percent.

Haryana to promote organic farming: Khattar

 Haryana government will promote organic farming in the state and 10 per cent of the total cultivable area will be brought under it, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said on Saturday.

Govt cuts funds for Water Ministry, 'Clean Ganga' gains most
Govt cuts funds for Water Ministry, 'Clean Ganga' gains most

The Water Resources Ministry has witnessed a substantial slash in its fund allocations in the Union Budget 2015-16 though Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pet project for cleaning river Ganga was accorded a good hike.

Budget 2015: Arun Jaitley wants development to be green
Budget 2015: Arun Jaitley wants development to be green

The Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley today has said that the Government is committed to make development process as green as possible.