Ecology News

Meeting on Western Ghats tomorrow

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar will hold a meeting Tuesday to review the progress of physical demarcation of Ecologically Sensitive Area (ESA) in Western Ghats region and will also discuss further course of action for its protection and conservation.

Leopard nursed back to life

An almost dead two-year-old leopard found in a swamp at nearby Kannerimandanai has regained consciousness after treatment by two veterinarians.

Rare albino whale spotted in New Zealand

A group of scientists spotted a rare albino humpback whale, possibly the mythical, rarely-sighted whale `Migaloo`, off the coast of New Zealand, official sources said on Monday.

NGT mulls ban on tourism in Rohtang, issues notice to Himachal govt

Lashing out at Himachal Pradesh government for allowing a "traffic chaos" atop the eco- sensitive Rohtang Pass, the National Green Tribunal Monday issued show cause notice to it asking why should not a complete ban be imposed on tourism activities in and around that area.

Elephant poaching: Kerala to convene meeting

Kerala government Monday said it would convene a meeting of Forest ministers of southern states next month to tackle the increasing incidents of elephant poaching for ivory in forests in these states.

Flying spiders able sailors
Flying spiders able sailors

Using their legs as sails and their silk as an anchor, some spiders can travel across water like ships, new research says.

China puts up ads showing environmental problems in India

China, the world's largest carbon emitter, has put up advertisements at public places depicting the environmental issues in Indian cities like Mumbai to warn its people about the impact of climate change and encourage them to plan future around low carbon development.

Oceans need big reduction in greenhouse gases
Oceans need big reduction in greenhouse gases

Our oceans need an immediate and substantial reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Otherwise, there will be far-reaching and irreversible impacts on marine ecosystems, says a study.

Bees' DNA 'soup' may shed light into species' decline
Bees' DNA 'soup' may shed light into species' decline

 Scientists have found that directly looking into the extracted "soup" of bees' DNA could help conservationists understand and even reverse their decline.

Incredible story of India's wandering Asiatic lions captured on film
Incredible story of India's wandering Asiatic lions captured on film

 The mesmerising story of Asiatic lions, once on the brink of extinction but who now spill over the borders of Gir Sanctuary and have found a way to become an integral part of the Gujarat's farming community, has been captured on film.

12,314 birds of various species found during summer bird count
12,314 birds of various species found during summer bird count

As many as 12,314 birds of various species were found during the day-long summer bird count exercise at Pong Dam, to monitor the number of birds present in the Wildlife Sanctuary.

Nobel Laureates call for action on climate change

 Comparing the threat of climate change with that of nuclear war, a group of over 30 Nobel laureates have called upon the nations of the world to take decisive action to limit future global emissions.

Telangana launches massive plantation programme

Telangana on Friday launched a massive programme to plant 230 crore saplings over the next three years.

Japanese island continues to grow, thanks to magma flow

The remote Japanese island of Nishinoshima is continuing to grow a year-and-a-half after a volcano erupted on it and will continue to grow, according to a study broadcast on Friday by public radio and television broadcaster NHK.

Solar Impulse 2 shatters records in historic Pacific flight, reaches Hawaii
Solar Impulse 2 shatters records in historic Pacific flight, reaches Hawaii

The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft completed an historic flight on Friday after circling the globe without so much as a drop of fuel, then touching down seemingly effortlessly in Hawaii.

Solar Impulse 2 to land at dawn, arrives in Honolulu
Solar Impulse 2 to land at dawn, arrives in Honolulu

The solar-powered plane, Solar Impulse 2 (SI2), has arrived early on Friday morning in Honolulu, the capital city of the US's island state of Hawaii, and will land at dawn.

Solar powered-plane breaks non-stop flight record
Solar powered-plane breaks non-stop flight record

The solar-powered plane Solar Impulse 2 broke the endurance record of 72 hours of non-stop flight over the Pacific on its round-the-world journey and is due to touch down in Hawaii on Friday.

Eco-friendly plastic substitute could reduce dependency on fossil fuels: Indian scientists
Eco-friendly plastic substitute could reduce dependency on fossil fuels: Indian scientists

Indian scientists have created an environmentally-friendly material from renewable natural marine resources that could eventually replace the fossil fuel-derived plastics commonly used in a variety of applications.

New species of songbirds evolving in Western Ghats, says study
New species of songbirds evolving in Western Ghats, says study

Interspersed with "sky islands" and large valleys, the unique topography of Western Ghats is aiding evolution of new species of songbirds, a recent study shows.

Solar Impulse 2 closing in on Hawaii after `difficult` hours
Solar Impulse 2 closing in on Hawaii after `difficult` hours

Solar Impulse 2 (Si2), the solar-powered plane on a round-the world trip bid, is closing in on Hawaii after a record-breaking flight which has tested its exhausted pilot to the limit in “difficult” conditions. 

Cities, regions call for 'robust' world climate pact

Thousands of cities, provinces and states from around the world urged national governments on Thursday to deliver a "robust, binding, equitable and universal" planet-saving climate pact in December.

Solar Impulse beats new record, but pilot 'tired'
Solar Impulse beats new record, but pilot 'tired'

A solar-powered aircraft flying from Japan to Hawaii on the most perilous leg of a round-the-globe bid has beaten the record for the longest solo flight, organizers said on Thursday.

Six-year-old male rhino killed in UP

A six-year-old male rhino was killed in a fight with another male rhino in Dudhwa Tiger Reserve (DTR).​

'Brick kilns turn hazardous for Kashmiris, violate environmental laws'

With most brick kilns in the Kashmir Valley not implementing the measures specified for minimizing pollution levels, the areas where they operate are virtually facing an environmental catastrophe, affected citizens and at least one prominent doctor have said.

ZSI monitoring climate change impact on Sundarban animals

To measure the effect of climate change on the flora and fauna of Sundarbans, the Zoological Survey of India has set up monitoring bases inside the mangrove forests.

Man mauled by shark in Australia

A man was attacked by a shark on Australia`s east coast Thursday, close to where a Japanese surfer was killed earlier this year, rescue officials said.

Polar bears face steep declines because of melting sea ice: US study
Polar bears face steep declines because of melting sea ice: US study

Imperiled polar bears will see a population crash in most parts of the Arctic Ocean if global greenhouse gas emissions continue at current rates, causing accelerated melting of the sea ice the bruins depend on for survival, US scientists said on Wednesday.

Solar Impulse 2 entering critical phase in trans-Pacific flight
Solar Impulse 2 entering critical phase in trans-Pacific flight

Solar Impulse 2 (Si2), the sun-powered plane, is entering the critical phase of its flight, the Pacific Ocean crossing from Japan to Hawaii.

Ice cream for primates, blackouts for humans as Europe feels heat

A blistering heatwave sweeping through Europe today brought blackouts to France and fears of heat stroke for Wimbledon tennis fans, but meant a range of interesting ice creams for the continent's zoo animals.

UN climate meet: CSE urges India to submit INDCs

 In the run up to UN climate change conference in Paris later this year, a green body today urged India to work with developing nations and push for a "fair and equitable" global deal which saves the world from catastrophic climate impacts.