Ecology News

Encourage 'clean diesel' to reduce public health risk: CSE

 Expressing concern over continued 'dieselisation' based on outdated vehicle technology and "dirty diesel", a research and advocacy group today demanded creation of a clean fuel fund to introduce clean diesel to cut public health risks.

Forest Owlet spotted in central India mountains

The critically endangered Forest Owlet, which was till now considered to be endemic to the Satpuda mountain ranges in central India, has now been spotted in Western Ghats by naturalists.

EU reposes faith on Lima climate summit for post-Kyoto deal

The upcoming UN climate talks in the Peruvian capital Lima would be significant in terms of reaching an agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol, the European Union (EU) leadership feels.

UN-backed summit to promote 'Swachh Bharat' drive

Prominent leaders of all major faiths in India as well as political leaders and celebrities will gather here Saturday for a summit, where they will ask their followers to embrace the spirit of "Swachh Bharat" campaign, among other things.

Human-induced nitrogen pollution big threat to ocean

 Human activity, particularly in industrial and agricultural processes, has had significant impacts on the upper ocean nitrogen cycle, a new study warns.

Climate rhetoric faces the devil in the detail

Politically sidelined since a 2009 UN summit almost ended in a bustup, climate change has resurfaced as a priority but faces a brutal test at talks opening in Lima on Monday.

Education pivotal in implementation of climate change adaptation measures
Education pivotal in implementation of climate change adaptation measures

A new study has revealed that investing in empowerment through universal education should be an essential element in climate change adaptation efforts.

CSE lauds measures to check pollution in Delhi

 The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has applauded the measures ordered by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to check the rising level of air pollution in Delhi.

Hollande seeks 'historic' climate pact at key 2015 summit

French President Francois Hollande today urged the world's nations to make history in Paris next year by signing a globally binding climate pact he hopes to leave as his government's legacy.

India must be active in Lima climate change talks: Experts

 India must get actively get involved in the climate change talks to be held in Peru next month, expressing how much it wants as its share in the "carbon budget", or the country's annual flow of emissions, and and setting up time limit to reduce its carbon footprint, experts said Thursday.

NGT imposes ban on cutting of trees without permission

 Noting that indiscriminate and illegal felling of trees would lead to environmental disaster, the National Green Tribunal has imposed ban on cutting of trees without clearance from the Centre and authorities.

Punjab CM calls for 'Evergreen Revolution'

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Thursday called upon people to usher in an 'Evergreen Revolution' by planting more trees to make the country clean, green and pollution free.

'Underworld' can help understand climate change

A new study demonstrates the organisms below ground could hold the key to understanding how ecosystems around the world are responding to climate change.

Russian expedition aims to go 100 metres deep in Antarctic waters

An expedition to reach a depth of 100 metres in the Antarctic waters, involving divers from the Republic of Tatarstan, was launched in Russia Thursday.

'Pesticides pose threat to wildlife in Kerala elephant corridor'
'Pesticides pose threat to wildlife in Kerala elephant corridor'

Animal rights' activists have voiced concern over alleged widespread use of banned pesticides near forest area at Vazhachal elephant corridor, a rich abode of Asiatic elephants in Thrissur district in Kerala.

Africa needs India's cooking stove, solar know-how: Think tank

Africa, which is on a "slow, uphill battle" to improve its bio-energy sector, needs India's expertise in improved cooking stove (ICS) and durable solar products technology, a member of a leading think tank said here Wednesday.

More than 15-year-old vehicles not permitted to ply in Delhi: NGT

Dismayed at increasing air pollution in the national capital, the National Green Tribunal Wednesday held that all vehicles which were more than 15 years old would not be permitted to ply on the city roads.

'Revise bioenergy power tariffs to equal diesel, coal'

To boost the scope of renewable energy, India should revise tariffs generated from biomass energy (a renewable source) such that their pricing is equivalent to those of coal and diesel, an expert said here Wednesday.

Leopard electrocuted by poachers in MP

A leopard was Wednesday allegedly electrocuted by unidentified poachers near Kudra forest area, around 25 km from here, a forest official said.

Nine fishermen held for illegal fishing in Odisha

At-least nine fishermen have been held for alleged unlawful fishing activity along the Gahirmatha marine sanctuary, Forest Department Wednesday said.

Maldives wants common SAARC platform on climate change

Maldives believes it is time to walk the talk on climate policies jointly-supported by all South Asian countries, Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen said at the 18th Saarc Summit here Wednesday.

Global warming aiding spread of honeybee-harming parasite
Global warming aiding spread of honeybee-harming parasite

Global warming is aiding the spread of a parasite that is decreasing honeybee populations around the world, a research has found.

China could become world's largest renewable energy market by 2030, says report

The International Renewable Energy Agency has said that China has the potential to become the world's largest renewable energy market by 2030 provided it succeeds in doubling the ratio of renewable sources like solar and wind energy.

New bird species named after late India-born ornithologist

A new bird species discovered more than 15 years after it was first seen on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi has been named after late ecologist and ornithologist Navjot Sodhi.

PowerMin for changes in renewable energy obligations

The Power Ministry will soon approach the Cabinet with a proposal to introduce stringent rules for buyers and sellers of renewable energy, besides making amendments to the provisions in the overall tariff policy, Union minister Piyush Goyal said Tuesday.

New 'Tree of life' puts turtles next to dinosaurs
New 'Tree of life' puts turtles next to dinosaurs

Refuting the notion that turtles are most closely related to lizards and snakes, researchers from the California Academy of Sciences have now reconstructed a detailed “tree of life” linking turtles to dinosaurs.

India, UNESCO ink letter of intent to cooperate in reducing disaster risks

India and the UNSECO signed a letter of intent for better cooperation in the field of reducing disaster risks and capacity-building In Earth Sciences.

Inquiry ordered into allegations of cruelty to sick lioness

The Gujarat Forest Department has initiated an inquiry into an alleged incident of cruelty to a sick and helpless lioness by an unidentified man in Gir forest in the state, which is home to more than 400 Asiatic lions.

Rhino calf seriously injured by tiger in Kaziranga

A rhino calf, seriously injured by a tiger, was recovered in Kaziranga National Park on Monday.

Erosion may trigger earthquakes: Study
Erosion may trigger earthquakes: Study

Surface processes such as erosion and sedimentation may trigger shallow earthquakes and favour the rupture of large deep quakes up to the surface, a new study has found.