Ecology News

US and Brazil agree on ambitious climate change agenda

 Ahead of the key Paris climate change summit this year, the US and Brazil today agreed on an ambitious agenda to mitigate the challenges posed by climate change, as they underlined the need for a deal that reflects the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities.

Climate negotiations moving at a 'snail's pace': Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that negotiations on a new climate pact to keep global warming from reaching dangerous levels are moving at a "snail's pace" and must be speeded up.

China sets CO2 target, garners praise

China, the world`s top CO2 polluter, promised Tuesday to peak emissions within about 15 years, in a move widely hailed as a boost for the global effort to curb planet warming.

Substandard plastic bags: Centre to impose fines on street vendors
Substandard plastic bags: Centre to impose fines on street vendors

Concerned over the growing waste menace, including plastic scrap, the government intends to impose fines on street vendors for providing substandard plastic carry bags among a slew of other stringent measures to tackle the issue.

Govt to upgrade three CETPs into ZLD units: Javadekar

The Environment Ministry has planned upgrading of three common effluent treatment plants (CETPs), which treats the discharge of 440 highly-polluting tanneries on the main stem of river Ganga, into zero liquid discharge (ZLD) units.

Pollution monitoring devices installed in over 900 units: Prakash Javadekar

 A total of 920 industries in India have installed 24X7 pollution monitoring devices and another 400 have moved towards zero liquid discharge (ZLD), Environment, Forests and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Tuesday.

New bill on sand mining on the anvil: Prakash Javadekar

 The government proposes to introduce soon a new "sustainable sand mining" bill to curb illegal mining in river beds, union Environment, Forests and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Tuesday.

Documentary reveals Gir lions co-existing with humans
Documentary reveals Gir lions co-existing with humans

 Lions roaming among humans may be a scary thought for many, but to those who live close to the Gir National Park, it is a matter of pride, says filmmaker Praveen Singh, whose documentary "India's Wandering Lions" captures the incredible tolerance of the people to the big cats.

New rice flour may help get rid of global food poverty

Researchers have developed a new, high-quality rice flour which they claim can help alleviate global food poverty.

Solar Impulse reaches quarter way point in Japan-US flight
Solar Impulse reaches quarter way point in Japan-US flight

A solar-powered aircraft on a round-the-world flight was high above the Pacific Ocean Tuesday, over a quarter of the way to Hawaii after leaving Japan, the mission website showed.

Coral gardening beckons ecotourists to restore reefs
Coral gardening beckons ecotourists to restore reefs

Coral reefs are fragile and in danger worldwide, but a growing movement to restore them is based on the science of breaking off pieces in order to grow more, known as coral gardening.

China to unveil UN climate pledges imminently: Li

China is about to submit its long-awaited national pledges to reduce carbon emissions beyond 2020, ahead of the Paris climate summit, Premier Li Keqiang said Monday.

Community-oriented activity must to tackle climate change: Experts
Community-oriented activity must to tackle climate change: Experts

Expressing concern over the scale and frequency of disasters taking place globally, experts today said the world is at an "important stage" to deal with climate change and laid stress on "very strong" community- oriented activity to tackle the issue.

Sea-level warming forces seabirds to abandon nesting grounds

Warming oceanographic conditions and fishing pressure are driving nesting seabirds away from their ancestral breeding grounds in the Gulf of Mexico into California harbours, a study has found.

Solar plane takes off for Hawaii from Japan
Solar plane takes off for Hawaii from Japan

The Swiss-made solar-powered plane, Solar Impulse 2, on Monday started its second bid at a record-breaking flight across the Pacific Ocean.

Conservationists to move 7 lions from South Africa to Rwanda

A conservation group plans to move seven lions from South Africa to a national park in Rwanda, where it says the lion population was wiped out 15 years ago.

Wildlife body requests Prakash Javadekar not to challenge shifting of Asiatic lions to MP
Wildlife body requests Prakash Javadekar not to challenge shifting of Asiatic lions to MP

 With the death of nine Asiatic lions following heavy rains in Gujarat, a wildlife body has requested Union minister Prakash Javadekar not to challenge in Supreme Court the shifting of lions from Gir National Park to Palpur-Kuno wildlife sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh.

5,500-year-old fingerprint traced on vessel in Denmark

Archaeologists have found a 5,500-year-old ceramic vessel bearing the fingerprint of the artisan who made it.

Backward-moving glacier key to glacial earthquakes
Backward-moving glacier key to glacial earthquakes

 When an iceberg breaks off into the ocean, the glacier moves rapidly backward and downward, causing the characteristic glacial earthquakes, says a new research.

Students learn better in informal environment

Students tend to learn and perform better in an informal environment rather than in a rigid classroom atmosphere, reveals an experiment.

Continents rose above oceans earlier than thought
Continents rose above oceans earlier than thought

Continents may have first risen above the oceans about three billion years ago -- about a billion years earlier than geoscientists thought -- reveals a study.

Gujarat floods lead to death of eight lions

 Heavy rains, which led to a flood-like situation in Gujarat, has left eight lions dead in Krankach of the Amreli district of the state.

Four more lions found dead in Gujarat following rains

The death toll of Asiatic lions following heavy rains has climbed to nine, with the recovery of four more carcasses from Amreli district of Gujarat Saturday, officials said.

Western Ghats potential stronghold for leopard cats: Study
Western Ghats potential stronghold for leopard cats: Study

Prevention of massive land-use changes due to infrastructural projects in the Western Ghats could help conserve leopard cats and other small carnivores, says a new study. It establishes the region as a potential stronghold for the leopard cat population.

Corals adapting to global warming: Study
Corals adapting to global warming: Study

At a time when global warming is threatening the very survival of coral reefs, some coral populations already have genetic variants necessary to tolerate warm ocean waters, a new study says.

Fossil fuel divestment alone will not halt climate change: Bill Gates
Fossil fuel divestment alone will not halt climate change: Bill Gates

Fossil fuel divestment would be ineffective on its own as a means of halting global warming, software billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates said Friday.

How rainwater can save rupees
How rainwater can save rupees

A new study, using NASA data, has suggested that rainwater can save people in India a bucket of money.

Tibet vulnerable to climate change: Karmapa

Tibet is highly vulnerable to climate change and its preservation is urgently needed, the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the third most important Tibetan religious head, said on his 30th birthday on Friday.

Birds back in Bhitarkanika with the onset of monsoon

With the onset of monsoon, birds have made Bhitarkanika in Odisha's Kendrapara district their temporary abode again.

Rains rally Asia crops in El Nino year, but relief seen short-lived

Surprisingly strong rains in an El Nino year, typically marked by droughts in parts of Asia, have eased concerns of a lower crop output in the region.