Ecology News

CCIP will help Odisha in tackling climate change: UK

Affirming support to Odisha in tackling climate change, the UK today said the Climate Change Innovation Programme (CCPI) taken up in six Indian states under a 12 million pound technical assistance would ensure low-carbon and climate resilient development in the state.

Germany proposes to clean part of River Ganga

Keen to be part of 'Clean Ganga' initiative, Germany has offered to rejuvenate a segment of the river in Uttarakhand by using technology it had employed to clean the Rhine, considered one of the most important waterways in Europe.

Newly discovered crustacean species named after Sir Elton John
Newly discovered crustacean species named after Sir Elton John

Scientists have discovered a small 'hitchhiking' coral reef crustacean species in Indonesia, and named it after English composer and singer Sir Elton John.

Rare nautilus spotted for first time in 30 years

A US biologist has spotted a rare species of nautiluses, the small, distant cousins of squid and cuttlefish, after a gap of 30 years.

Grow plants if you want to curb urban heat: NASA
Grow plants if you want to curb urban heat: NASA

The presence of vegetation in urban areas - along the roads, in the parks and in your neighbourhood - can limit city heat effect to a great extent, says a NASA study.

Nagaland forest officer honoured

Nagaland's Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Head of Forest Force (PCCF & HoFF), M Lokeswara Rao, on Wednesday received the first Tigerland India Biodiversity Conservation Award.

Watch: NASA data reveals seas rising more than predicted
Watch: NASA data reveals seas rising more than predicted

Sea levels worldwide are rising faster than predicted as a result of climate change, according to NASA scientists.

Rajasthan govt to undertake water conservation programme
Rajasthan govt to undertake water conservation programme

Rajasthan government has decided to undertake water conservation programme using rain-water harvesting techniques for villages reeling under drinking water shortage.

Six-member panel to suggest ways for cleaning Yamuna

The success of Delhi Metro Rail project is likely to be the model for cleaning up the Yamuna river in the national capital, where the central and Delhi governments would join hands to make the polluted river into a hub of tourism and navigation, and provide clean drinking to the residents.

World leaders must 'accelerate' climate talks: Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said today that countries must "accelerate the rhythm of negotiations" on capping global warming ahead of an international climate conference in Paris in December.

Will work across party lines to clean Yamuna:  Delhi's Water Minister
Will work across party lines to clean Yamuna: Delhi's Water Minister

The central and Delhi governments on Wednesday agreed to jointly work to clean the Yamuna river, Delhi's Water Minister Kapil Mishra said.

World Coconut Day to be celebrated on Sept 2
World Coconut Day to be celebrated on Sept 2

The World Coconut Day-2015, themed 'Coconut for Family Nutrition, Health and Wellness', will be celebrated in the city on September 2.

One arrested with 113 rare tortoises in UP

A man was arrested with 113 rare tortoises while they were being smuggled to West Bengal from Jarwal road area here, police said Wednesday.

Metal pollution triggered world's largest extinction events

Metal poisoning caused the malformation observed in fossil remains of marine plankton from the late Silurian (415 million years ago) and may have contributed to their extinction and that of many other species, new research suggests.

Watch: Caged elderly bears freed for first time in 20 years
Watch: Caged elderly bears freed for first time in 20 years

Aged bears that spent most of their lives constrained behind rusty cages took their first steps of freedom after a Colorado prairie sanctuary and PETA stepped forward to rid them of their plight.

NSE becomes first Indian bourse to harness wind energy

Leading share bourse National Stock Exchange (NSE) became India`s first stock exchange to invest in wind power with a 6.25 MW project, said Suzlon Group on Tuesday.

Chimps adapt to human-dominated habitats faster
Chimps adapt to human-dominated habitats faster

Looking at the chimpanzee population in Uganda, researchers have found that our primate cousins can survive even in human-dominated habitats and not just in national parks and other protected areas, a new study says.

Drone to track tigers and check encroachers in Sundarbans
Drone to track tigers and check encroachers in Sundarbans

To track the movement of tigers and encroachers in protected forest areas, a drone would soon be flying in the Sundarban delta.

Remote-controlled NASA aircraft set to track hurricanes
Remote-controlled NASA aircraft set to track hurricanes

In a first, a unique remotely piloted aircraft from NASA is set to take off this week to improve track and intensity forecasts of hurricanes as part of the new generation weather forecast observations tools.

NASA releases spectacular image of melting sea ice off Greenland
NASA releases spectacular image of melting sea ice off Greenland

The US space agency NASA has released a new satellite image that shows bits and pieces of ice floating about in the Greenland Sea.

Newborn pandas 'doing well' after tense night at US zoo

The twin cubs born to the Smithsonian National Zoo's giant panda Mei Xiang were said on Monday to be "doing well" after a night that had zoo keepers on edge.

Australians call for crocodile culling to prevent fatalities

 There are calls for a review of crocodile management in the Kimberley region of Australia with some locals saying culling needs to be done around towns before there is another fatality, the media reported on Monday.

Govt approval to develop 50 solar cities

 The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has approved a proposed master plan to develop 50 solar cities, including three in the national capital region.

World's largest solar power station to come up in Madhya Pradesh!
World's largest solar power station to come up in Madhya Pradesh!

 Madhya Pradesh will house world's largest 750 Mega Watts(MW) solar power station in Rewa district, state's energy minister Rajendra Shukla said today.

NGO moves green tribunal against chopper services in Kedarnath
NGO moves green tribunal against chopper services in Kedarnath

Voicing concern over the looming threat to the flora and fauna due to operation of helicopters in the eco-sensitive zone at Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttarakhand, an NGO has approached the National Green Tribunal seeking closure of such services.

Rise in CO2 to melt world's glaciers

Just as it did at the close of the last Ice Age 11,000 years ago, rise in greenhouse gases will eradicate many of the world's glaciers by the end of the century, warns a new study.

20.8 percent green cover in Delhi due to plantation: HC told

Forest cover in the national capital increased from six per cent in 1999 to 20.8 percent in 2013 mainly due to plantation activity carried out in non-forest areas, the city government has told the Delhi High Court.

Watch: NASA satellite reveals how big is Typhoon Ineng!
Watch: NASA satellite reveals how big is Typhoon Ineng!

The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has released a high-resolution satellite image of Typhoon Ineng which is almost the size of the entire island of Luzon, Philippines.

Case closed, says study: C02 melted Ice Age glaciers

Greenhouse gases were the driving force behind global glacier retreat at the end of the last Ice Age, echoing current climate change, according to a study published today.

Targets to tackle climate change will remain a dream without affordable technology: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the targets of reducing greenhouse gases will remain difficult dreams in the absence of affordable technology and adequate finance as he made a strong pitch for concrete and effective outcome at the upcoming global conference on climate change.