Ecology News

Ensure compliance to green laws, not environmental clearances: Ramesh
Ensure compliance to green laws, not environmental clearances: Ramesh

Notwithstanding India's need for "smart" environmental regulation, the government is working against the nation's interest by wrecking the very edifice of green laws, former environment minister Jairam Ramesh said on Friday.

Shut industries in Delhi's residential areas in a month: NGT

The National Green Tribunal Friday cracked the whip on industries located in the city's residential areas with a direction to close them within a month for discharging untreated toxic waste in drains leading to Yamuna.

IAF to switch off lights for Earth Hour

In support of action against climate change, Air Force installations across the country will switch off all non-essential lights for one hour on Saturday to mark the Earth Hour.

Autorickshaw race to raise one mn pounds to save elephants

A colourful autorickshaw race will be held in November this year in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh to raise awareness for elephant conservation.

Antibiotic use in animals on the rise worldwide

Antibiotic consumption in livestock worldwide could see a 67 per cent increase by 2030, and nearly double in countries such as India and China, scientists, including one of Indian-origin, have found.

India ready to impart training to conserve tigers: Javadekar

India is ready to impart training and even donate tigers to other countries as part of efforts for the conservation of the endangered species, Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests, Prakash Javadekar said on Friday.

Japan's quake-tsunami disaster in 2011 triggered global warming, ozone loss
Japan's quake-tsunami disaster in 2011 triggered global warming, ozone loss

A new study has recently revealed that Japan's quake-tsunami disaster in 2011 triggered global warming andozone loss , as it released tons of harmful chemical in the atmosphere.

Antarctica's floating ice shelves show massive depletion over two decades
Antarctica's floating ice shelves show massive depletion over two decades

A new study has recently revealed that Antarctic's ice shelves have shrunk by as much as 18 percent in over nearly two decades.

Bengal tops in executing 'Clean Ganga' schemes: Mamata Banerjee

 West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday claimed her state has topped in implementing "Clean Ganga" mission schemes.

Govt to make law to protect Ganga from pollution
Govt to make law to protect Ganga from pollution

The Centre will enact a law for permanent protection of river Ganga from pollution as Prime Minister Narendra Modi today pitched for an "uncompromising mission-mode approach" to stop its further pollution.

Earth Hour 2015: Delhi to observe the 9th edition on March 28
Earth Hour 2015: Delhi to observe the 9th edition on March 28

People around the world will mark Earth hour on Saturday, March 28 by turning off their lights for one hour between 8:30 p.m and 9:30 pm.

Modi calls for 'uncompromising' approach to clean Ganga
Modi calls for 'uncompromising' approach to clean Ganga

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday called for an "uncompromising mission mode approach" to stop pollution of the river Ganga.

Created 1.2 lakh ponds in West Bengal, says Mamata

Protecting environment and aiding livelihood, the West Bengal government has created more than 1.2 lakh ponds since coming to power, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday said.

PM Modi to chair National Ganga River Basin Authority meet Thursday
PM Modi to chair National Ganga River Basin Authority meet Thursday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose government has given top priority to cleansing the Ganga, would chair the fifth meeting of National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) Thursday.

HC seeks Centre's action plan to curb air pollution in Delhi

Observing that air pollution in the national capital was "terrible", Delhi High Court Wednesday directed the Centre as well as an amicus curiae to prepare an action plan with suggestions to address the issue.

Global summit in Botswana tackles illegal wildlife trade

Politicians, activists and conservation experts meeting in Botswana on Wednesday vowed to fight the booming illegal wildlife trade that is decimating populations of elephants, rhinos and other threatened species.

Centre seeks action plans from municipalities, ULBs on Ganga

Concerned over unabated pollution of River Ganga, the Centre Wednesday directed 118 municipalities, urban local bodies (ULBs) in five states to furnish action plans for reducing pollution or face legal action for non-compliance.

Humans being increasingly attacked by animals: Kerala CM

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy expressed concern over growing incidents of man-animal conflict as evidenced by increasing animal attacks on humans.

Indian ecologist Madhav Gadgil, US scientist Jane Lubchenco share 2015 Tyler Prize
Indian ecologist Madhav Gadgil, US scientist Jane Lubchenco share 2015 Tyler Prize

Dr Madhav Gadgil, an eminent ecologist from Goa University, has been awarded the 2015 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement.

Cafe to dine with foxes to be opened in London

Aiming to change people's wrong "perception" towards foxes, the first ever fox cafe will be opened in East London where the customers can dine and play with the animal and see its playful side.

'King Cobra' beaten to death by tribals in AP village

A 12-feet long 'King Cobra' was caught and killed by tribals at a village here.

India's Polar vehicle in North Antarctica operationalised

After two months of successful trials, India's Polar Remotely Operated Vehicle (PROVe), indigenously built by National Institute of Ocean Technology, was operationalised for research Wednesday in North Antarctica.

Scrap market closure: NGT asks authorities to reply in 2 weeks

The National Green Tribunal has granted authorities in Gokalpur scrap market area here two weeks time to ensure compliance of its orders on burning of tyres and plastic.

Prolonged weakening of Atlantic Ocean overturning caused by global warming can impact weather
Prolonged weakening of Atlantic Ocean overturning caused by global warming can impact weather

Researchers have revealed that continuous slowdown of the Gulf Stream system, which has been caused by the man-made global warming, can have a negative impact on the marine ecosystems and sea level as well as weather systems in the US and Europe.

Earth Hour lights-out seeks to illuminate climate plight
Earth Hour lights-out seeks to illuminate climate plight

Hundreds of landmarks from Paris` Eiffel Tower to the Seattle Space Needle will dim their lights on Saturday, as people around the world go briefly off-grid to mark Earth Hour with candlelight and barbecues.

Climate change to have considerable impact on Ganga's dynamics
Climate change to have considerable impact on Ganga's dynamics

 Climate change will have a "considerable" impact on the dynamics of the river Ganga, affecting a major portion of north India which is directly dependent on it for its agriculture and industrial needs, a recent study said.

Forest fires scorch over 11,000 hectares in Himachal
Forest fires scorch over 11,000 hectares in Himachal

Forest fires raging across the hills of Himachal Pradesh scorched over 11,000 hectares of wooded areas and grasslands in the past two years, the state assembly was informed on Tuesday.

Orchid named after Singapore's founding PM

An orchid named after former Singapore prime minister Lee Kuan Yew was on Tuesday presented to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at Istana.

India should prepare to face extreme weather, warn scientists

Around the same time as Cyclone Pam flattened the tiny Pacific island nation of Vanuatu early this month, untimely rains and hailstorms lashed Maharashtra in India destroying at least 5.5 million hectares of winter crops.

Population growth could outpace water supply by mid-century
Population growth could outpace water supply by mid-century

A new study has demonstrated that population growth could cause global demand for water to outpace supply by mid-century if current levels of consumption continue.