Ecology News

Elephant herd raid mango groves

Mango groves stretching to more than 200 acres in Rajapalayam, Srivilliputhur, Watrap and Saptur have suffered extensive damage over the past three days as elephants from adjoining forests raided and broke branches besides eating the mangoes, forest officials said.

Bioplastics made from egg whites may soon make conventional plastic history

 Scientists investigating alternatives to petroleum-based plastics have found that a bioplastic made from proteins found in egg whites demonstrate superior antibacterial properties and are fully biodegradable.

Artificial Photosynthesis can help solve carbon emission problem: Study

 A new research has suggested that there is a possibility that carbon emission problem of the world might be solved by a potentially game-changing breakthrough in artificial photosynthesis.

How to make trees grow bigger and quicker
How to make trees grow bigger and quicker

Scientists have discovered a way to make trees grow bigger and faster which could increase supplies of renewable resources and help trees cope with the effects of climate change.

Developed world has to walk the talk on climate change: India

The developed world would have to "walk the talk" on climate change and provide a green climate fund to the developing world, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar has said, ahead of a crucial UN meet on the issue in Paris later this year.

Four-horned antelope, jungle cats new entrants to Delhi zoo

Delhi Zoo has welcomed a female four-horned antelope and a pair of jungle cats from Kanan Pendari zoo in Bilaspur.

Climate change makes apple take on new avatars
Climate change makes apple take on new avatars

With global warming causing temperatures to rise and snowfall to decrease, the apple you eat might never be the same again as new varieties of the fruit find favour with cultivators looking to adapt to the change in weather patterns.

Green technologies need to be developed on war footing: Arun Jaitley
Green technologies need to be developed on war footing: Arun Jaitley

Asserting that India is prepared to play its part in combating the danger posed by climate change, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said the global community needs to develop greener technologies "on a war footing".

Govt committed to protect wildlife: Haryana Forests Minister

Haryana's Environment Minister Captain Abhimanyu on Friday said the state government was committed to protect and further develop the wildlife and bio-diversity in the state.

31 rhinos found dead in Namibia

Thirty-one rhino carcasses have been discovered in Etosha National Park in northwestern Namibia, the tourism minister said on Friday.

March was hottest worldwide since 1880: US

Last month was the hottest March worldwide since record keeping began in 1880, and the first three months of 2015 also set a new heat record, US government scientists said on Friday.

Leopard captured from ordnance factory premises

A wild leopard was caught from thickets of Ordnance Factory Itarsi (OFI) premises located in Madhya Pradesh's Hoshangabad district here today, a forest official said.

NGT notice to Haryana, UP, Rajasthan over alarming air pollution in Delhi
NGT notice to Haryana, UP, Rajasthan over alarming air pollution in Delhi

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday issued notice to Haryana, UP and Rajasthan governments over alarming levels of air pollution in Delhi.

Three tigers spotted at Namdapha Tiger Reserve
Three tigers spotted at Namdapha Tiger Reserve

Three tigers have been spotted at Namdapha Tiger Reserve (NTR) during a recent tiger estimation and monitoring expedition using camera trapping exercise.

Maharashtra to start online monitoring of industries, waste disposal
Maharashtra to start online monitoring of industries, waste disposal

Maharashtra environment department will soon start online monitoring of industries and their hazardous waste disposal based on which it would take a decision on renewing licences of such units.

Apple to build first solar project in SW China

In the first of its kind project outside the US, Apple will help China to build a 40-megawatt solar power project as part of the company's environmental and climate commitments.

NGT asks Centre to reply on mining in Doon Valley in U'khand

The National Green Tribunal Thursday sought the Centre's response on a plea for stay on mining of minor minerals "carried out without approval" of authorities in the Doon Valley in Uttarakhand.

Leopard attacks villager in Uttarakhand

A leopard Thursday attacked a man in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district and hid in his house, creating panic among villagers.

Response teams to deal with construction waste: DDA to NGT

Delhi Development Authority (DDA) Thursday informed the National Green Tribunal that it has decided to form quick response teams to deal with dumping of construction waste in the Yamuna.

Jumbo carcass found in Banspahari

The carcass of an adult female elephant, guarded by a calf, was found at Banspahari in West Midnapore district Thursday.

Task force to review 30 interlinking river projects

The newly constituted task force on interlinking rivers of the water resources ministry would "review" 30 interlinking river projects in the country and suggest alternatives if some existing links are "unviable".

'Delhi's air worst in the world, can cause cancer and respiratory problems'
'Delhi's air worst in the world, can cause cancer and respiratory problems'

The National Capital of India, New Delhi, has the worst air in the world, surpassing Beijing, as per the latest report by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Leopardess dies in Indore

A 4-year-old wild leopardess Thursday succumbed to her injuries during treatment at the hospital of Kamla Nehru Zoo here, an official said.

Elephants trample forest guard to death in West Bengal

A forest guard was trampled to death by a herd of elephants in West Bengal's Bankura district on Thursday, a forest official said.

Uttarakhand sets up committee to check human-animal conflict

The Uttarakhand government has decided to set up a high-level committee to check rising incidents of human-animal conflict in areas adjacent to forest areas and suggest a mechanism to curb it, an official said on Thursday.

Elephant dies of starvation, was suffering from ulcer

A 10-year old male elephant died of starvation after the animal was unable to eat for around ten days due to ulcer in its mouth, forest officials said.

Groundwater level in Noida under 'stress': CGWA tells NGT

Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) Thursday told the National Green Tribunal that groundwater level in Noida is under "stress" and recommended cap on number of houses being owned by individuals.

Haryana govt classifies Aravalli grove as 'not forest'
Haryana govt classifies Aravalli grove as 'not forest'

Much to the ire of environmentalists, the Haryana forest department took a U-turn on its previous decision and has declassified Faridabad’s Mangar Bani as a 'forest'.

Bird populations suffer dramatic decline in Fukushima post 2011 nuclear disaster

 A new study has revealed that bird populations are suffering a dramatic decline in Fukushima after the 2011 nuclear disaster.

El Nino predictions can be improved by learning more about westerly wind bursts
El Nino predictions can be improved by learning more about westerly wind bursts

 Researchers have revealed that by learning more about the westerly wind bursts would help them predict El Nino events more efficiently.