Ecology News

Threat to green belt in South Delhi: NGT notice to Delhi govt

South Delhi residents today moved the National Green Tribunal against the increasing commercial activities and encroachment in the "green belt" located along the Mehrauli Badarpur Highway in Saket.

Organized inter-state gangs behind killings of elephants
Organized inter-state gangs behind killings of elephants

Expressing concern over the recent spate of poaching of elephants in southern India, a global wildlife monitoring network has said organised inter-state poaching gangs were behind the killings of tuskers in the forests of Western Ghats.

North America's tallest mountain Mount McKinley to be renamed Denali
North America's tallest mountain Mount McKinley to be renamed Denali

Mount McKinley, the tallest of North America's mountains, is officially being renamed Denali, the White House has said, on the eve of President Barack Obama's historic visit to Alaska.

Russian bear captured in China after causing panic in town
Russian bear captured in China after causing panic in town

China has captured and released into the wild a black bear which had crossed over from Russia and caused a stir in a border town in the country's northeast Heilongjiang Province.

Ban on plastic packaging of food, drugs: NGT seeks Centre view
Ban on plastic packaging of food, drugs: NGT seeks Centre view

 The National Green Tribunal has directed the Centre and various stakeholders to file their submissions on a proposal that there should be a complete prohibition on the use of plastic packaging in food and pharmaceutical formulations of any kind.

Cruelty to jumbos: Kerala Forest Dept warns of strong action

The Kerala Forest Department has warned of strong action against any kind of cruelty towards captive jumbos, in view of a recent Supreme Court order pointing out the need to curb cruelty toward elephants in the state.

Severe wildfires threatening world's temperate forests

More extensive and severe wildfires and a myriad other threats, including diseases and longer, more severe and hotter droughts are threatening to transform some of the world's temperate forests, a study says.

How will climate change affect your livelihood?
How will climate change affect your livelihood?

As the reality of global warming starts to hit home, people may ask: "How will it affect my livelihood?"

US National Zoo's surviving newborn panda is male

The National Zoo's panda parents, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, have another son.

'Climate change will lead to rise in malaria, dengue cases'

 Rising temperatures due to climate change will increase the spread of deadly vector-borne diseases like malaria and dengue especially in the Himalayan region, experts said here on Friday while emphasising there was an urgent need to "strengthen" the country's health infrastructure.

Bring rules to check pet-care market where cruelty is norm: Law Commission

Despite violation of animal rights, the Environment Ministry has failed to notify rules for the past five years to regulate the pet care market in India estimated at Rs 800 crore citing lack of enabling provisions in the law, the Law Commission said today.

The Dead sea is now actually dying!
The Dead sea is now actually dying!

The Dead Sea is shrinking day by day as its waters vanish at a rate of more than one meter a year! The sea, a unique body of water marked by mineral-rich, unusually salty water nearly 10 times saltier than the world's oceans is actually dying.

India hits out at West over climate change

 Ahead of the Paris meet on climate change, Power Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday said coal-based thermal power will remain the staple power source for India and denounced Western concerns over climate and environmental hazards.

Andhra Pradesh targets to plant 5 crore trees in next five years

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu Friday said the government targets to plant five crore trees in the next five years through various plantation programmes.

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.