Ecology News

Corporate sponsorship of climate talks sparks NGO ire

France Wednesday unveiled a list of companies which will sponsor the year-end UN climate talks in Paris, sparking accusations of corporate "greenwashing" from campaigners.

'Montreal Protocol has helped slow ozone depletion'

Thanks to the Montreal Protocol, the ozone layer is in much better shape now than it would have been without the United Nations (UN) treaty, a new study says.

Plying vehicles in Rohtang Pass: NGT to hear plea on Thursday

Taxi operators on Wednesday rushed to the National Green Tribunal seeking reconsideration of its directions limiting the entry of all diesel and petrol tourist vehicles in Himachal Pradesh's Rohtang Pass till August 14 to 1,000 per day.

India: Don't use environment as pretext to kick away poor's development ladder

 Don't use universality and shared responsibilities for the environment as pretexts to kick away the ladder of development for the poor or to avoid responsibility for the global ecological havoc, India told the developed nations Tuesday in a telling message.

Over 70 percent of Everest glacier's volume may be lost by 2100: Study
Over 70 percent of Everest glacier's volume may be lost by 2100: Study

Over 70 percent of the glacier volume in the Mount Everest region in the Himalayas could be lost in 85 years if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, a new paper suggests.

National Green Tribunal bans garbage burning in Vrindavan
National Green Tribunal bans garbage burning in Vrindavan

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has banned civic garbage burning in the holy town of Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh.

NGT allows tanneries in Kanpur to operate for a trial run

The National Green Tribunal Tuesday allowed the closed down tanneries situated on the banks of river Ganga at Kanpur to operate on a trial basis for 19 days in June during which their effluent levels will be checked by a team of experts.

Political mood good for climate deal: France's Fabius

Despite "extremely complex" issues, the political mood for reaching a global climate deal this year is stronger than ever, says French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.

Ganga-Bramhaputra Basin mapped in first of its kind study

The Ganga-Bramhaputra Basin together store around 960 cubic km of water, researchers have claimed in a first of its kind study after mapping the rivers, and said it will help understand signatures of droughts and floods to better manage water resources in the region.

Forest programme to be launched in June: Javadekar

The Centre will launch Urban Forest Programme on June 5 under which saplings will be planted across the country with the participation of people.

Madagascar's `colourful` panther chameleon actually comprises of 11 different species

A new study has brought panther chameleon into limelight in Madagascar which is actually composed of eleven different species.

Climate engineering may better protect coral reefs

When it comes to protecting coral reefs from rising seawater temperature, climate engineering could be a better method than conventional carbon dioxide (CO2) mitigation strategies, new research says.

Bad weather delays round-the-world solar plane's journey
Bad weather delays round-the-world solar plane's journey

Bad weather has caused the organizers of Solar Impulse 2, an airplane powered solely by alternative energy, to postpone on Tuesday the seventh leg of its round-the-world journey, during which it has to cover most of the Pacific Ocean, Efe news agency reported.

Plying vehicles in Rohtang Pass: SC refuses to stay NGT order

The Supreme Court Tuesday refused to stay the operation of NGT directions limiting the entry of all diesel and petrol tourist vehicles in Rohtang Pass in Himachal Pradesh till August 14 to 1,000 per day.

Watch: Fearless crane takes on two tigers at China zoo!
Watch: Fearless crane takes on two tigers at China zoo!

In a dramatic 'bird versus tiger' brawl, a red-crowned crane was seen fearlessly fighting off against two attacking tigers at a zoo in China.

48 tigers in non-protected Chandrapur forest areas: Survey
48 tigers in non-protected Chandrapur forest areas: Survey

As many as 48 tigers have been found to be inhabiting outside the protected areas in forests of Chandrapur district in Maharashtra, taking their number to 120 in the zone which is home to Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR).

RO-RO service not feasible in Delhi-NCR: Railways to NGT

Indian railway has informed the National Green Tribunal that it will not be possible to provide 'Roll-On, Roll-Off' (RO-RO) services with the existing infrastructure and it is not feasible in Delhi as almost the entire rail network in the region is electrified.

Volcano erupts on Galapagos island with world's only pink iguanas
Volcano erupts on Galapagos island with world's only pink iguanas

The Wolf volcano is erupting on Isabela Island in the Galapagos Islands, home to the world's only population of pink land iguanas, the management of Galapagos National Park said.

Reduced water level in Yamuna is govt's main concern: Uma Bharti

Terming the reduced water level in Yamuna as the "main" concern, Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti Monday said the government wants to develop it in a way that farmers get adequate water for irrigation while continuous flow in the river is maintained.

Learn from China: NGT to Centre on curbing vehicular pollution

The National Green Tribunal Monday asked Centre to learn from China in curbing vehicular pollution in the Delhi-NCR, as it extended till July 13 the stay on its order banning plying of over 10-year-old diesel motor vehicles.

UN chief seeks 'global action' on climate change this year

UN chief Ban Ki-Moon Monday called for "global action" this year to limit climate change as international weather experts began a quadrennial congress in Geneva.

Drain cleaning: NGT warns Delhi officials of coercive action

Lambasting civic bodies for not cleaning drains in the national capital, National Green Tribunal (NGT) Monday warned Delhi chief secretary and the senior-most civic officials of coercive action like attachment of salary if they do not comply with its order on the matter.

Water levels at 90 reservoirs equal last year's mark

Over 90 important reservoirs in the country have equalled the water storage levels of the corresponding period of last year, the Water Resources Ministry Monday said.

Kenya relocates 14 black rhinos for boosting population

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said on Monday it has so far translocated 14 black rhinos from two national parks to boost populations of the iconic species.

Online system for green nod in 12 states by next month: MoEF

Around 12 states are expected to launch online platform for green clearances by next month to ensure transparency and faster approval of projects, a top Environment Ministry official said.

Rare albino sparrow spotted in Australia

A rare pure white sparrow has been spotted in Australia, leaving ornithologists all aflutter on Monday.

Birds can 'weigh' nuts too: Study

Just like humans, birds too can choose the best quality peanuts without even opening their shells, says a recent research.

Japan under-estimated Fukushima tsunami risk: IAEA

Japanese regulatory authorities and the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), owner of the Fukushima nuclear plant, failed to implement adequate safeguards at the plant before the 2011 tsunami despite being aware of the risks, the International Atomic Energy Agency has said.

Madhya Pradesh: Tiger mauls farmer

A 50-year-old man was mauled by a tiger in Kurai forest area near here Monday.

Sudden ice loss in Antarctica affects Earth's gravity field
Sudden ice loss in Antarctica affects Earth's gravity field

A sudden increase in ice loss in a previously stable region of Antarctica is causing small changes in the gravity field of the Earth, says a team of scientists.