Ecology News

Syria's rare bird may go extinct due to ISIS invasion of Palmyra: Experts
Syria's rare bird may go extinct due to ISIS invasion of Palmyra: Experts

Experts have warned about the possible extinction of a rare bird species, the northern bald ibis, in Syria after its ancient city Palmyra has been captured by the Islamic State.

Here's how birds choose 'heavier' peanuts amongst the lot
Here's how birds choose 'heavier' peanuts amongst the lot

Since most of the foods that birds eat have shells, it's hard to know what seeds and nuts are good, but this study shows that birds have their own way to determine the quality of the food inside of the shell.

India set to become water scarce country by 2025: Report

Although India is set to become water scarce country by 2025 due to demand-supply mis-match, the water sector is expected to see investment of USD 13 billion from overseas players in the next few years, a new study has said.

Steps to improve habitat, security at Buxa as experts doubt presence of tigers
Steps to improve habitat, security at Buxa as experts doubt presence of tigers

With tiger experts raising doubts about the presence of big cats in Buxa Tiger Reserve (BTR) in north Bengal, authorities have decided to improve habitat, prey base and ensure protection in the reserve before considering their relocation in it.

MoEF mulls stringent penalties for green violators

The Environment Ministry is mulling stringent penalties including financial and criminal action for violators by bringing amendments to the Environment Protection Act and creating a "reign of enforcement".

Delhi zoo soon to get four-horned antelopes, monitor lizards

As part of its animal exchange programme, Delhi zoo is all set to get a group of four-horned antelopes and water monitor lizards from Odisha's Nandankanan Zoological Park.

Thousands worldwide march against Monsanto and GM crops

From Paris to Ouagadougou, thousands of people took to the streets today to protest against the American biotechnology giant Monsanto and its genetically modified crops and pesticides.

Leopard beaten to death in Odisha

A leopard was beaten to death by locals when it strayed into a village from Kuldhia forest in Myurbhanj district Saturday.

Oldest tiger in Pilikula zoo dead

A 22-year-old tiger died of cardiac arrest at the Shivaram Karanth Nisargadhama Wildlife Park at nearby Pilikula, park sources said.

Alipore zoo to get nature interpretation centre soon

The city's Alipore zoo, India's oldest formally stated zoological park, will soon get a nature interpretation centre (NIC) to help visitors, especially children, get closer to nature.

Govt gives nod to sea plane landing in Goa waters amid protest

The Goa government on Saturday went ahead with its tourism proposal amid protests by fishermen community and conducted trial of sea plane landing on Mandovi river in the heart of the state.

207 giant turtles to be released in the Galapagos
207 giant turtles to be released in the Galapagos

Administrators at Ecuador's Galapagos National Park said 207 giant turtles will be released next month on the island of Santa Fe, where the native tortoises died out more than 150 years ago.

SC notice to Himachal on NGT cap on Manali-Rohtang tourist vehicles

The supreme Court Friday issued notice to Himachal government on the plea by the tourist taxi operators operating between Manali and Rohtang challenging the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order restricting their operation to just 1,000 taxis per day coupled with an environmental compensation charge.

Tiger kills five-year-old in Bihar national park

A tiger mauled a five-year-old child to death in a national park in Bihar's West Champaran district, a forest official said on Friday.

'Poor in India can't pay for 150 years of pollution by West'

India has asked the developed world to bear the "burden of the cross" for pumping carbon dioxide into the air for the past 150 years as a poor man in India cannot be told to pay more for a cleaner planet.

Make helpline number on air pollution public: Sisodia to civic bodies
Make helpline number on air pollution public: Sisodia to civic bodies

To keep a check on air pollution, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia Friday asked three Municipal corporations and other local bodies to make their helpline number public by Monday, so that people can register complaints pertaining to burning of material in open.

Poor to face fallout of depletion of natural resources: Prakash Javadekar

Poor in India as well as in the world face the negative fallout of depletion of natural resources and sustainable development rests on a "viable and sound" natural resource base, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Friday.

Found: How birds avoid collision with man-made obstacles

Migratory birds are able to avoid collision with man-made structures, thanks to a well informed leader who guides the flock towards smooth flight, scientists have found.

China kicks off birthday celebrations for oldest panda
China kicks off birthday celebrations for oldest panda

China on Friday kicked off birthday celebrations for the country's oldest panda who will turn 35 years old in November, the age-equivalent of a 100-year-old human.

Antarctica region once thought stable suddenly 'thawing fast'
Antarctica region once thought stable suddenly 'thawing fast'

A group of scientists has observed a sudden increase of ice loss in a previously stable region of Antarctica.

Air quality improved in Beijing ahead of Olympic vote

Beijing`s air quality has improved as the vote to decide the 2022 Winter Olympics host city is less than three months away.

Poacher killed, two apprehended in Assam

A poacher was killed and two others have been apprehended by forest protection force personnel in Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in Assam's Morigaon district Friday, a forest official said.

Here's what it'll take to limit climate change to 1.5 degree C by 2100

As per researchers, achieving a 1.5 degree Celsius world is feasible, at least from a purely technological standpoint.

SC orders Ranthambhore tiger T-24 to remain in Sajjangarh for now
SC orders Ranthambhore tiger T-24 to remain in Sajjangarh for now

 The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered that tiger T-24 "Ustad" who was being translocated from Ranthambhore tiger reserve to a zoo after it was alleged that he had mauled a forest guard will not be moved out out of the Sajjangarh Biological Park.

India ranks 24th in the first Environmental Democracy Index

India has ranked 24th out of 70 countries in the first Environmental Democracy Index that is topped by Lithuania and evaluates nations' progress in enacting laws to promote transparency, accountability and citizen engagement in environmental decision making.

New Zealand launches scheme to save Kiwi national bird

The New Zealand government has launched a programme to save the country's national bird, the Kiwi, from becoming extinct, Conservation Minister Maggie Barry said on Thursday.

Winter chill kills 20 times more people than hot weather

When it comes to death toll due to weather, cold winters claim 20 times more lives than hot summers, finds an international study.

India ranks 24th out of 70 countries in first Environmental Democracy Index
India ranks 24th out of 70 countries in first Environmental Democracy Index

India has ranked 24th out of 70 countries in the first Environmental Democracy Index that is topped by Lithuania and evaluates nations' progress in enacting laws to promote transparency, accountability and citizen engagement in environmental decision making.

Wild `teddy bear` of Louisiana no longer endangered

The Louisiana black bear, which inspired the popular stuffed animals known as teddy bears, is no longer an endangered species, US officials said Wednesday.

BP oil spill caused dolphins` lung disease, deaths: Study
BP oil spill caused dolphins` lung disease, deaths: Study

Dolphins swimming in the oil-contaminated waters of the Gulf of Mexico after the 2010 BP spill suffered unusual lung lesions and died at high rates because of petroleum pollution, US scientists said Wednesday.