Ecology News

Climate change sparks tension in India's tea gardens
Climate change sparks tension in India's tea gardens

Usha Ghatowar smiles wryly when asked about the pay she earns picking leaves at a colonial-era tea garden in Assam.

Penguins 'crap' over snow melt it

Scientists have found that penguins use their feces to melt snow in their breeding grounds.

Baby turtles break out of their eggshells in Odisha
Baby turtles break out of their eggshells in Odisha

Millions of baby turtles have broken out of their eggshells and crawled towards the serene seawaters off Gahirmatha coast in Odisha's Kendrapara district, marking the culmination of annual sojourn of endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles since last week.

Three nabbed in connection with recovery of traps in Dudhwa Tiger Reserve

Three persons were on Monday nabbed by authorities of Dudhwa Tiger Reserve in connection with the recovery of 64-metre long wire traps from Sonaripur range in the reserve four days ago.

Baby turtles brake out of their eggshells in Odisha

Millions of baby turtles have broken out of their eggshells and crawled towards the serene seawaters off Gahirmatha coast in Odisha's Kendrapara district, marking the culmination of annual sojourn of endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles since last week.

Solar Impulse 2 gears up for historic Pacific crossing flight this week
Solar Impulse 2 gears up for historic Pacific crossing flight this week

Solar Impulse 2 (Si2), the world's first solar-powered plane is getting ready for its historic flight from China to Hawai this week.

Voices for environment protection ebb in economic downturn: IIM

Voices in support of environment protection have ebbed during economic down-turn, according to a study conducted by the Indian Institute of Management here.

Here's a low-cost water purifier for villages

A discarded sari, a few glass pipes and freely available sunlight are the only requirements for an innovative system that can provide safe drinking water to a rural household.

Forest officials hold Asiatic lion census in Gir sanctuary
Forest officials hold Asiatic lion census in Gir sanctuary

Forest officials have begun the five-day enumeration of Asiatic lions in the Gir sanctuary in Gujarat.

Odisha govt webcasts hatchlings of Olive Ridley turtles

 One can witness the hatchlings of Olive Ridley turtles at one's home without going to the site, courtesy the wildlife wing of Odisha forest department which is webcasting the unique phenomenon from near Rushikulya river in Ganjam district, about 50-km from here.

Bengaluru lake foaming shows urban wetlands under threat: CSE

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) on Sunday said that recent phenomenon of foaming of lake Varthur in east Bengaluru shows that the wetlands in the city as well as urban India are under a serious threat.

Green tribunal bans throwing of waste into Hindon canal

The National Green Tribunal has banned throwing of all kinds of waste into the Hindon canal, saying its pollution is a matter of "serious" concern.

Fearing ban, packaging firm moves National Green Tribunal
Fearing ban, packaging firm moves National Green Tribunal

With the National Green Tribunal mulling ban on plastic packaging of products including PET bottles, a packaging firm has approached it claiming that it is "least polluting" while alternative materials like paper and aluminium foil are environmentally more "dangerous".

Nepal quake may weaken moraine dams, say scientists

Moraine dammed lakes may also have weakened during the earthquake of 7.9 magnitude that hit Nepal on April 25, which could result in floods in future, scientists said on Sunday.

Ocean fronts boost fishery production, improve climate

Ocean fronts - separate regions of warm and cool water as well as salt and fresh water - can help increase fishery production in the ocean, a new study says.

NGT intervenes to save Vrindavan from garbage threat

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has issued notice to the Uttar Pradesh government and the Mathura-Vrindavan Development Authority asking why landfill sites have not been provided in Vrindavan to stop the dumping of garbage in the Yamuna flood plains.

World at risk of 'empty landscape' as large herbivores face extinction
World at risk of 'empty landscape' as large herbivores face extinction

As per a new study, populations of some of the world's large herbivores are dwindling, raising the threat of an "empty landscape."

Elusive new bird discovered in China

An international team of researchers has discovered an elusive new bird with a distinctive song in China.

GPCB asked to take off blaring multi-sound horns from vehicles
GPCB asked to take off blaring multi-sound horns from vehicles

The Environment Ministry has asked Goa State Pollution Control Board to ensure removal of all multi-toned horns from vehicles in the state within 30 days.

People participation needed for better waste management: Javadekar

Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday called for increased participation of people and use of new technology to make waste management more effective, an official statement said.

'Dead zones' found in Atlantic open waters

A team of German and Canadian researchers have discovered areas with extremely low levels of oxygen, called dead zones, in the tropical North Atlantic, off the coast of West Africa.

England very likely to see record-breaking warm years
England very likely to see record-breaking warm years

A team of researchers has shown that the chances of England experiencing record-breaking warm years, such as the one seen in 2014, are at least 13 times higher now as a result of anthropogenic climate change.

NGT extends stay on ban on diesel vehicles in Delhi till May 18
NGT extends stay on ban on diesel vehicles in Delhi till May 18

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday extended the stay till May 18 on its order banning 10-year-old diesel vehicles from plying in Delhi-NCR.

Gravity data reveals Antarctic ice sheet is melting at ever faster rate
Gravity data reveals Antarctic ice sheet is melting at ever faster rate

A team of researchers has found that Antarctica's massive ice sheet lost twice the amount of ice in its western portion compared with what it accumulated in the east, suggesting that the southern continent's ice cap is melting ever faster.

Extreme surfers chill with Arctic waves
Extreme surfers chill with Arctic waves

The water is icy cold, it`s windy and it`s drizzling out, but the intrepid group dives in: far from California`s sunny beaches, die-hard surfers flock here year-round to catch the Arctic`s cool waves.

Church of England to sell dirty fuel over climate change

One of the world`s wealthiest religious institutions, the Church of England is to sell off investments in coal and tar sands to try and help curb climate change, it announced on Thursday.

Ranthambore tiger moves to MP in search of territory
Ranthambore tiger moves to MP in search of territory

A three-year-old tiger from Ranthambore national Park in Rajasthan has sneaked into the adjoining forest of Madhya Pradesh's Sheopur district where it is scouting for home.

Dinosaur fossil with bat-like wings found in China

Close on the heels of the discovery of T Rex's "bizarre" cousin, scientists have now found a dinosaur with bat-like wings.

Two Indians win Whitley Awards for wildlife conservation
Two Indians win Whitley Awards for wildlife conservation

Two Indians have been awarded with the prestigious Whitley Awards for their contribution to wildlife conservation.

Transporters' group suggests ways to reduce Delhi pollution
Transporters' group suggests ways to reduce Delhi pollution

A delegation of the Delhi Transporters Association on Wednesday met Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and suggested ways to reduce air pollution in the national capital.