Ecology News

India, US announce steps to promote clean energy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday dismissed that there was any pressure to ink a pact similar to US-China agreement on emission cuts as India and the US announced important steps to promote clean energy and confront climate change.

Three rhinos found dead in Bengal national park

Three rhino deaths were reported in the past week in north-west Bengal's Jaldapara National Park, a forest official said Sunday.

Govt plans more tiger habitats as population rises
Govt plans more tiger habitats as population rises

 Buoyed by the rising number of tigers in the wild, the government has decided to create more habitats for them to ensure their long-term conservation.

UN moves toward major treaty for ocean biodiversity

UN member states agreed Saturday to begin negotiations on a treaty to protect marine biodiversity in ocean areas extending beyond territorial waters, in a move heralded by environmental organizations.

New 3-D map sheds light on how Greenland ice sheet evolved
New 3-D map sheds light on how Greenland ice sheet evolved

A team of scientists using ice-penetrating radar data collected by NASA's Operation IceBridge and earlier airborne campaigns have built the first comprehensive map of layers deep inside the Greenland Ice Sheet, opening a window on past climate conditions and the ice sheet's potentially perilous future.

US must understand India's growth imperatives: Javadekar
US must understand India's growth imperatives: Javadekar

Urging developed countries to walk the talk on climate change, union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar Friday said he expects the US to understand India's "need for growth" that aligns with its bid for greater share in global carbon space.

Chhattisgarh CM directs to develop 3 bird conservation zone in state

Chief Minister Raman Singh Friday directed to develop three places as bird conservation zones on the outskirts of the capital here.

Will be more pro-active if US addresses demand for green tech transfer: India

Ahead of President Barack Obama's visit, India Friday said it will be more pro-active on climate change issues if the US addresses its demand for transfer of green technology and operationalisation of the Green Climate Fund pledged by the developed world including America.

Great Barrier Reef can decline to less than 10% if ocean warming continues
Great Barrier Reef can decline to less than 10% if ocean warming continues

A new study has revealed that Australia's Great Barrier Reef could lose 90 percent of its living corals if ocean warming continues.

NGT asks West Bengal govt to demolish illegal structures in Sunderbans

The National Green Tribunal has directed the West Bengal government to demolish illegal constructions coming up in the Sunderbans, habitat of the Royal Bengal tigers and the world's largest mangrove forest.

Tiger population in North East up
Tiger population in North East up

Tiger population in North Eastern hills and Brahmaputra flood plains has increased to 201 in 2014 from 148 in 2010, according to the latest status report on tigers.

Climate change brings world closer to `doomsday`: Scientists
Climate change brings world closer to `doomsday`: Scientists

Climate change and the danger of nuclear war pose an ever-growing threat to civilization and are bringing the world closer to doomsday, a group of prominent scientists and Nobel laureates said Thursday.

Public functions in parks banned in Ghaziabad

The Ghaziabad municipal corporation Thursday banned organising of public functions in 22 parks that have been developed below high tension power lines.

Sanitation most relevant for India's health parameters: Bill Gates

Sanitation is the most relevant aspect of improving India's reproductive, maternal and newborn health, according to philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates.

28 tigers in Bihar's Valmiki Tiger Reserve
28 tigers in Bihar's Valmiki Tiger Reserve

The number of tigers in Bihar's Valmiki Tiger Reserve has increased from 22 to 28, an official said Thursday.

Fish found living beneath Antarctica
Fish found living beneath Antarctica

In a ground-breaking discovery, glacial geologists in Antarctica have discovered fish and other aquatic animals living in perpetual darkness and cold - beneath a 740 metre-thick roof of ice.

Odisha govt faces criticism over dwindling tiger population
Odisha govt faces criticism over dwindling tiger population

Voicing concern over reports about Odisha lagging behind as compared to the national trend of increase in tiger population, Congress on Thursday said it reflects the failure of the state government.

Spotted deer killed by poachers in UP

A spotted deer was killed with sharp-edged weapons by unidentified poachers in Panahpur village, police said today.

US hoping for development in climate negotiations with India
US hoping for development in climate negotiations with India

The United States is hoping to make significant progress in climate negotiations with India ahead of a major UN conference taking place later this year in Paris, a senior White House official has said.

Leopard found dead in Maharashtra

A full-grown leopard was found dead in Darwha forest region of Yavatmal district, forest officials said here Wednesday.

West Bengal govt to build eco-tourism cottages at Tiger Hill: Mamata

West Bengal government is planning to build eco-tourism cottages at Tiger Hill in Darjeeling for the tourists.

Tiger census: Expert group questions methodology adopted
Tiger census: Expert group questions methodology adopted

A day after tiger census declared a 30 per cent jump in big cat population, a wildlife expert group questioned the procedure India adopted for the estimation, saying the method used cannot yield "sufficiently refined results" to accurately measure changes in tiger numbers.

Odisha concerns over decline in tiger population
Odisha concerns over decline in tiger population

With the All India Tiger Estimation Report, 2014 reporting a fall in big cat population in Odisha, the state government Wednesday said it will examine the matter and take up the issue with the Centre.

First solar-powered flight around the globe to touch India

Two Swiss pilots will attempt to take their solar-powered aircraft around the globe, to demonstrate the promise of clean energy and would stop over at India also, among various countries, during the flight.

U'khand becomes second most tiger populated state
U'khand becomes second most tiger populated state

Tiger population in Uttarakhand has risen from 227 to 340 since the last census, becoming the second state in the country after Karnataka with the highest number of tigers.

Volcanic eruption creates new island in Tonga
Volcanic eruption creates new island in Tonga

A volcanic eruption in Tonga has created a new substantial island since it began erupting last month.

Endangered chimps can disappear in our lifetime
Endangered chimps can disappear in our lifetime

Climate change has threatened the population of the planet's most endangered chimpanzee sub-species, researchers report.

Novel approach adopted to manage flood, erosion of Brahmaputra

A novel approach towards managing floods and erosion in the river Brahmaputra and increase livelihood opportunities and income of local people was adopted at a meeting here Tuesday.

Norway updates Arctic ice map in potential boost to oil exploration

Norway wants to redefine the contours of the Arctic ice edge, the government announced Tuesday in a controversial decision that could allow it to further open the Barents Sea to oil and gas exploration.

Kanpur's 700 tanneries major source of pollution in Ganga: NGT

The National Green Tribunal Tuesday warned of complete closure of 700 tanneries located on the banks of river Ganga at Kanpur, terming them as one of the "highest sources of pollution".