Ecology News

Assam to set up wildlife museum in Kaziranga

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Friday announced that the state government would set up a state-of-the-art interpretation centre and wildlife museum with modern 3D shows at Kaziranga.

Rare Asian black spotted turtles seized in Bengal

Border Security Force (BSF) personnel have seized 185 rare Asian black spotted turtles, worth Rs.1.11 crore in the international market, in Kalanchi in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district while they were being smuggled to Bangladesh.

Heat waves becoming more prominent in urban areas: Study

The world's urban areas have experienced significant increases in heat waves over the past 40 years, according to researchers from India and the US.

Mizoram government launches cleanliness drive

The Congress-ruled Mizoram government Friday launched a massive state-wide cleanliness programme in order to make it the cleanest state in India.

Rhino protection force to be raised in Assam

A Rhino Protection Force with more than twelve hundred personnel would be raised for protection of rhinos in the state, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has said.

Genes decide colour diversity in coral reefs
Genes decide colour diversity in coral reefs

Scientists from the University of Southampton have discovered the genetic basis which allows corals to produce their stunning range of colours.

Fuel-guzzling vehicles to go off Taj Trapezium Zone

Commercial vehicles running on diesel and petrol will not be permitted to run in the eco-sensitive Taj Trapezium Zone from July 31.

Cheetah reintroduction hits roadblock for want of funds
Cheetah reintroduction hits roadblock for want of funds

An ambitious project to reintroduce cheetah in India in the forests of Madhya Pradesh has hit a roadblock for want of funds.

India to get its first elephant sanctuary near Bengaluru
India to get its first elephant sanctuary near Bengaluru

India's first elephant sanctuary would soon come up in a fenced forested space near Bengaluru, a rights group said Thursday.

German govt commits 3 million euros for Ganga rejuvenation
German govt commits 3 million euros for Ganga rejuvenation

 The German government has committed three million euros amounting to nearly Rs 21 crore for rejuvenation of river Ganga and an appraisal by the government to formulate concrete projects for initial assistance is expected in March.

Scientists hold emergency meeting to save endangered rhinos
Scientists hold emergency meeting to save endangered rhinos

Conservationists and scientists have held talks in Kenya this week to come up with a last ditch plan to save the northern white rhinoceros from extinction.

Germany agrees with India on equal use use of GCF for adaptation & mitigation

 Germany today agreed with India's position that the funds in the Green Climate Fund (GCF) should be equally utilized for both mitigation and adaptation, a view which it were "opposed" to earlier.

Bengal delta facing ecological catastrophe: Amitav Ghosh

Warning that the Bengal Delta in South Asia is facing an "ecological catastrophe" in the light of climate change, acclaimed author Amitav Ghosh has questioned the "obscurement" of information regarding the vulnerabilities of the region.

Maharashtra govt mulls use of treated water in power plants

In an attempt to restart the Parli thermal power plant which was shut down due to a severe water crisis in Marathwada region, Maharashtra government is planning to use treated sewage water instead of the regular clean water.

Greenpeace activist moves HC challenging offloading

Greenpeace activist Priya Pillai Tuesday moved the Delhi High Court challenging her offloading at the airport here, when she was on her way to London to brief British MPs on the rights of forest-dwelling communities affected by coal mining.

India, Germany to hold talks on environment, climate change

India and Germany will hold a bilateral meeting tomorrow aiming at strengthening the cooperation between the two nations on issues related to environment.

GSPCB to seek BITS' tech expertise on pollution issues

Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) has joined hands with BITS Pilani's Goa campus to get the technical know-how for amplifying pollution control measures in the state.

Obama wants India to embrace cleaner fuels

Offering help in the adaptation of climate change, American President Barack Obama Tuesday said unless countries like India embrace cleaner fuel world does not stand a chance against climate change.

Be careful on relocating tigers: Valmik Thapar
Be careful on relocating tigers: Valmik Thapar

Tiger expert Valmik Thapar has expressed concern on relocating the Royal Bengal tigers in the Sunderbans mangrove of West Bengal and "dumping" them elsewhere in the forest, a process, he said, traumatises the big cats.

Dwindling bee population poses malnutrition risk
Dwindling bee population poses malnutrition risk

More than half the people in some developing countries could be at the risk of malnutrition if crop-pollinating animals like bees continue to decline, a study shows.

Find fate of Buxa tigers: Valmik Thapar asks Bengal govt

Tiger expert Valmik Thapar Monday urged the West Bengal government to "find out" the plight of tigers in the Buxa Tiger Reserve (BTR) in northern part of the state, in the light of no photographs emerging to substantiate the claim of presence of three big cats.

Leopard mauls five, beaten to death

A stray leopard mauled five persons in Bandhunagar village in Jalpaiguri district, after which a mob thrashed the animal to death when it was tranquilised by the forest department personnel.

'Agreement on climate change solidifies India's commitment'

The announcements by India to boost cooperation with the US in clean energy and confront climate change solidifies New Delhi's commitment to expand its share of renewable energy, an American think-tank said on Sunday.

Nothing momentous in Modi-Obama statement on climate change: Greenpeace

Greenpeace India Sunday expressed disappointment over the Indo-US joint announcement on climate change, saying it did not go beyond the "rhetoric and the usual platitudes", although it noted that the agreement reached to phase out HFCs marked a big shift.

India, US announce steps to promote clean energy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday dismissed that there was any pressure to ink a pact similar to US-China agreement on emission cuts as India and the US announced important steps to promote clean energy and confront climate change.

Three rhinos found dead in Bengal national park

Three rhino deaths were reported in the past week in north-west Bengal's Jaldapara National Park, a forest official said Sunday.

Govt plans more tiger habitats as population rises
Govt plans more tiger habitats as population rises

 Buoyed by the rising number of tigers in the wild, the government has decided to create more habitats for them to ensure their long-term conservation.

UN moves toward major treaty for ocean biodiversity

UN member states agreed Saturday to begin negotiations on a treaty to protect marine biodiversity in ocean areas extending beyond territorial waters, in a move heralded by environmental organizations.

New 3-D map sheds light on how Greenland ice sheet evolved
New 3-D map sheds light on how Greenland ice sheet evolved

A team of scientists using ice-penetrating radar data collected by NASA's Operation IceBridge and earlier airborne campaigns have built the first comprehensive map of layers deep inside the Greenland Ice Sheet, opening a window on past climate conditions and the ice sheet's potentially perilous future.

US must understand India's growth imperatives: Javadekar
US must understand India's growth imperatives: Javadekar

Urging developed countries to walk the talk on climate change, union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar Friday said he expects the US to understand India's "need for growth" that aligns with its bid for greater share in global carbon space.