Ecology News

Taj Mahal vulnerable to pollution, no study on other monuments yet: Govt
Taj Mahal vulnerable to pollution, no study on other monuments yet: Govt

The government has not carried out any specific study to identify monuments across the country with regards to their vulnerability to climate change and air pollution, the Lok Sabha was informed today.

Over 60 endangered red-crowned cranes hatched in China

Over 60 red-crowned crane chicks have hatched in a nature reserve in China, stated to be the world's largest artificial breeding centre for the endangered birds.

50 percent mammals face habitat loss: Govt

Scientific studies conducted by many organisations have shown that around 50 per cent of mammals are facing habitat loss due to biotic pressures, Lok Sabha was informed today.

Multi-stakeholder consultation on to finalise green gas cut

Government has undertaken an "elaborate" multi-stakeholder consultation process for finalising its intended greenhouse gas emission cut ahead of the crucial UN climate change conference in Paris later this year, the Lok Sabha was informed Tuesday.

PM Modi expected to address UN Sustainable Development Summit
PM Modi expected to address UN Sustainable Development Summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to address a high-level summit on sustainable development hosted by the UN on September 25 when the new and ambitious post-2015 development agenda will be adopted.

Post-2015 SDGs already being implemented, India tells UN

As the UN reached a consensus on the ambitious post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda, India has said it is already implementing the new goals as most of the government's initiatives can be related to one or more of the SDGs to be adopted in September.

3,501 tonnes plastic waste generated daily in 60 major cities

Over 3,500 tonnes of plastic waste is generated every day in 60 major cities in the country, Lok Sabha was informed Tuesday.

Need to build environmentally friendly houses

Why not build houses the environmentally friendly way? That is a question an increasing number of people across the developing world - environmentalists, town planners, architects and others - have been asking of late.

Obama's fight against climate change: Five big steps
Obama's fight against climate change: Five big steps

US President Barack Obama on Monday unveiled what he called the “biggest, most important step we've ever taken” to fight climate change, amidst an overwhelming opposition from several states nationwide.

World glaciers melting faster than ever
World glaciers melting faster than ever

The intense ice loss of the past two decades has resulted in a strong imbalance of glaciers in many regions of the world.

UN chief welcomes Obama's climate change plan
UN chief welcomes Obama's climate change plan

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today praised US President Barack Obama's plan to tackle greenhouse gases from coal-fired power plants, saying such "visionary leadership" is needed for securing a global climate change deal.

Whale gets close-up of Buenos Aires, delighting onlookers
Whale gets close-up of Buenos Aires, delighting onlookers

A disoriented whale stunned onlookers and delighted tourists at Buenos Aires` bustling waterfront Monday, swimming alongside boats and periodically surfacing to the perplexed crowds. 

Obama hopeful of successful Paris Summit on Climate Change

US President Barack Obama has exuded confidence of a successful Paris Summit on climate change later this year, with the White House hoping countries like China and India will be fully on board for the "most ambitious international climate change in human history".

 

Obama says climate one of key challenges of our time

President Barack Obama described climate change as one of the key challenges of our time Monday as he announced the first ever limits on US power plant emissions.

Climate: No 'Plan B' for oceans, says study

Technology to drain heat-trapping CO2 from the atmosphere may slow global warming, but will not reverse climate damage to the ocean on any meaningful timescale, according to research published today.

Obama says climate one of `key challenges` of our time

President Barack Obama described climate change as one of the key challenges of our time Monday as he announced the first ever limits on US power plant emissions.

Maharashtra requests Tendulkar, Bachchan to help save tigers
Maharashtra requests Tendulkar, Bachchan to help save tigers

The Maharashtra government has written to cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and actor Amitabh Bachchan requesting them to be brand ambassadors for its tiger conservation project, it was announced here on Monday.

Zimbabwe confirms lion named Jericho still alive

The wildlife authorities in Zimbabwe on Sunday confirmed that a lion named Jericho is still alive and dismissed the report of his death. Jerico was a companion of Cecil, a well-known lion who was killed by an American hunter in early July.

Govt to take suitable action against polluting units

The government will take "suitable action" against the industries, located in Ganga basin states, which have failed to install continuous online effluent quality monitoring system as per the direction of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Rajya Sabha was told Monday.

UN states agree post-2015 sustainable development agenda
UN states agree post-2015 sustainable development agenda

The United Nations 193-member states agreed on Sunday on an agenda for the world`s sustainable development over the next 15 years that pledges to leave no-one behind and is now due to be formally adopted by world leaders at a summit in September.

Obama to unveil `biggest step ever` in climate fight

US President Barack Obama will Monday unveil what he called the "biggest, most important step we`ve ever taken" to fight climate change, a sensitive issue central to his legacy.

 

Obama to unveil 'biggest step ever' in climate fight
Obama to unveil 'biggest step ever' in climate fight

US President Barack Obama is set to unveil what he called the "biggest, most important step we've ever taken" to fight climate change, a sensitive issue central to his legacy.

Butterflies, ants battle it out to become UK's favourite insect
Butterflies, ants battle it out to become UK's favourite insect

 Will it be the small tortoiseshell butterfly or the black garden ant that bags the title of UK's favourite insect? An online poll will decide!

Massive tree plantation drive in Ghaziabad

The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) on Sunday launched a massive drive to plant 31,000 trees in the city.

Delhi zoo gets record 22 lakh visitors this summer

 Around 22 lakh people visited Delhi zoo this summer with white tiger Vijay, who mauled a youth to death, and a King Cobra being the crowd-pullers.

Elephants restricted to half of Karnataka's Western Ghats
Elephants restricted to half of Karnataka's Western Ghats

 The presence of elephants has shrunk to less than half of the forests in Karnataka's Western Ghats due to anthropogenic factors, a recent study shows.

Drones to control man-animal conflict around forests!
Drones to control man-animal conflict around forests!

If things go according to plan, drones may soon come to the rescue of those caught in conflict with wild animals.

'Endangered' seahorses could be extinct in next three decades
'Endangered' seahorses could be extinct in next three decades

 Seahorses, which have existed for 13 million years, could be the creatures of the past in three decades unless a drastic action is taken.

Carcass of leopard found in well in cashew farm

The carcass of a four-year-old leopard was found in a well at a forest-fringe village in Kannur district of Kerala.

Rohtang Pass may become world's highest tourist place with CNG buses

Rohtang Pass is likely to become the world's highest mountain destination to run CNG buses at a height of 13,050 feet with the Himachal Pradesh government successfully completing two trial runs in this regard.