Ecology News

'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.

'Draft notification for emission standards for bio-fuel vehicles'

The government Friday said it has formulated a draft notification for mass emission standards for bio-diesel (B100) fueled vehicles, a move to promote bio-fuel friendly vehicles across the country.

Adopt latest technology to manage solid waste: Asim Ahmed Khan

Delhi Environment Minister Asim Ahmed Khan Friday inspected the upcoming Waste-to-Energy plant at Ghazipur and emphasised on the need to adopt latest technology to manage solid waste.

'Frequent monsoon and drought years in coming decades'

The rapid warming of the equatorial Indian Ocean region and cooling of atmosphere over the Eurasian continent centered around China would lead to frequent monsoon and drought years in the coming decades, according to scientists.

Invasive alien species threaten Indian ecosystems: Govt

Invasive alien species like Lantana and Cuscutta pose a threat to the ecosystems and lead to loss of biodiversity of the country, the government Friday said.

Over 5,600 trees illegally cut in Ghaziabad: Activist

Authorities in Ghaziabad have illegally cut down over 5,600 trees in the last eight years, an environmental activist claimed on Thursday.

NGT slaps Rs 15 lakh penalty for felling trees

 The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has slapped a penalty of Rs. 15 lac on a former sarpanch and a gram sevak for felling 3000 trees in the forest area of a village.

Wildlife Board cleared 81 projects in six months: Prakash Javadekar

 Government today said that National Wildlife Board has cleared 81 projects in the past six months, of which nine fall under various tiger reserves and 27 are close to 10 km of wildlife sanctuaries.

Climate change taking a toll on fishery resources: KUFOS
Climate change taking a toll on fishery resources: KUFOS

 Climate change is taking a toll on fishery resources with consequent ocean warming and rise in sea level, posing multiple threats to the marine ecosystem, Vice Chancellor of Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS), B Madhusoodana Kurup, said today.

River Ganga likely to be clean by 2020: Govt
River Ganga likely to be clean by 2020: Govt

Cleaning of river Ganga is expected to be completed by 2020, by which time desired results of initiatives taken up for the purpose will be visible, the government has said.

NGT issues notice to illegal nurseries on Yamuna floodplains

The National Green Tribunal today issued notice to around 3,000 illegal nurseries and private persons causing pollution on the floodplains of river Yamuna here.

Eco-sensitive zones around Sundarbans national park soon

Eco-sensitive zones may soon come up around the Sundarbans National Park in West Bengal, said a senior forest department official on Thursday.

377 unauthorised animals seized from Mexican zoos

Mexico's Profepa environmental protection agency has seized 377 wild animals from zoos that violated regulations.

Relocate Tiger T-24 to Ranthambore National Park: Experts

Stating that Tiger T-24 alias 'Ustad', which was shifted out after the alleged death of a forest guard in May, was not a "man-eater", wildlife experts have urged Rajasthan Government to relocate the tiger to its habitat in Ranthambore National Park (RNP) at Sawaimadhopur.

Newly discovered frog species named after Goan forest officer

Wildlife researchers Wednesday announced here that a species of frog discovered in South Goa's Netravali forest sanctuary has been named after State Range Forest Officer Prakash Salelkar as 'Indirana Salelkari'.

Six green law amendments to be finalised by Oct: Javadekar

Union Environment Ministry is likely to finalise the amendments to the six green laws by October this year after consultations with legal experts and stakeholders.

Steps need to be taken to control particulate matter in air: HC
Steps need to be taken to control particulate matter in air: HC

Delhi High Court Wednesday expressed serious concern over high levels of particulate matters in the air affecting the health of the people in the national capital and directed the city government to take steps to check unregulated building activities and plant trees.

China breeds deer to feed Siberian tigers

A deer breeding centre at a nature reserve in northeast China is being used as a staple food chain for wild endangered Siberian tigers.

Nepal in talks with Corbett Tiger Reserve for anti-poaching system

Nepali officials are holding talks with the famed Corbett Tiger Reserve (CTR) in Uttarakhand to adopt its 'electronic I' (EI) surveillance system as an anti-poaching measure, its director said here on Wednesday.

Rising sea level poses threat to Bengal tigers: IUCN
Rising sea level poses threat to Bengal tigers: IUCN

Rising sea levels caused by climate change threaten to wipe out Sundarbans, a large mangrove forest area shared by India and Bangladesh, and thus world's beautiful Bengal tigers, according to a leading conservation organisation.

Patna High Court orders regular desilting work in Ganga

The Patna High Court Wednesday ordered regular desilting of the Ganga, which had moved five km away from the Patna town, but was dredged back to the original place acting on a high court directive.

SDGs need to avoid environment-development trade-offs: Report

Efficient use of the available natural resource and minimizing the wastage should be the driving point of the upcoming Sustainable Development Goals, says a new report.

Washington DC sinking fast, threat looms of sea-level rise: Study
Washington DC sinking fast, threat looms of sea-level rise: Study

 The land under the Chesapeake Bay - the largest estuary in the US - is sinking rapidly and Washington DC could drop by six or more inches in the next century, adding to the problems of sea-level rise, researchers from University of Vermont have warned.

'Missing' carbon sink found underneath world's deserts
'Missing' carbon sink found underneath world's deserts

 Besides our oceans and plants, the world's deserts may be storing a large portion of carbon dioxide emitted by human activities, a new study suggests.

France hails India's efforts ahead of Paris climate meet

Ahead of the crucial UN climate change conference in Paris later this year, France Tuesday said that India will play a "leading" role in the summit.

'Empower the marginalised to ensure success of climate plan'

Several civil society groups have batted for empowerment of the most marginalised sections to ensure success of the country's proposed climate action plan -- Intended Nationally Designated Contributions (INDCs).

Difficult to maintain 10 cumecs in Yamuna: Haryana to NGT

Haryana government Tuesday told the National Green Tribunal that maintaining a minimum flow of at least 10 cumecs of water at Hathnikund barrage in Yamuna as directed by it would be difficult during lean season but the Tribunal remained unconvinced.

Hillary Clinton sets ambitious goals to tackle climate change
Hillary Clinton sets ambitious goals to tackle climate change

Aimed at making the US a clean energy super power, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has set ambitious target of having enough renewable energy in place to power every home in America within 10 years.