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JFA demands immediate forensic tests of rhino horns
JFA demands immediate forensic tests of rhino horns

Journalists' Forum Assam (JFA) Tuesday demanded that the Assam forest department conduct immediate forensic test of all rhino horns in their custody and make their statistics public.

Modi budget fails to cheer scientists

The national budget presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has been hailed as "growth oriented" by the corporate sector, but Indian scientists seem not too enthused and say the much-touted "achhe din" (good days) are yet to arrive.

Sand sculpture on animals on World Wildlife Day

On the occasion of World Wildlife Day, renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has created a sand sculpture with a message "Save us" at Puri sea beach in Odisha.

Rare 'alien of the deep' goblin shark found in Australia
Rare 'alien of the deep' goblin shark found in Australia

A rare sea creature described as an "alien of the deep" has been found off Australia and delivered to a museum which Tuesday showed off its fleshy snout, nail-like teeth and flabby pink body.

Govt refutes claims of Oxford-led study, says tiger census correct
Govt refutes claims of Oxford-led study, says tiger census correct

The Indian government has rejected claims made by the Oxford University's wildlife experts that the increased tiger count was a result of flawed methodology for the census conducted in January this year.

Deforestation could shift monsoons, leaving India high and dry

Large-scale deforestation could cause monsoon rains to shift south, cutting rainfall in India by nearly a fifth, scientists say.

No turtle poaching since 2012

The Madras High Court was on Monday informed that not a single case of poaching or killing of Olive Ridley turtle has been slapped on any fisherman in the past ten years and there has been no incident of turtle poaching off Chennai coast since 2012.

Experts raise doubts over China's panda survey
Experts raise doubts over China's panda survey

The number of giant pandas living in the wild may have risen by a sixth over the past decade but experts have questioned the numbers unveiled in a latest survey by China's state forestry administration, suggesting it is unclear if the results can be compared to previous national counts.

Punjab to set up Organic Farming Board

Punjab government on Monday said it will set up an Organic Farming Board for promoting chemical-free farming in the state.

Irrawaddy dolphin population in Chilika drops
Irrawaddy dolphin population in Chilika drops

The population of Irrawaddy dolphin in Chilika lake in Odisha, famous for one of the biggest habitats for the sea mammal, dwindled as their number dropped from 153 in 2013 to 144 this year, state's Chief Wildlife Warden S S Srivastav said.

Assam Governor expresses concern over rhino poaching
Assam Governor expresses concern over rhino poaching

Assam Governor Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya Monday expressed concern over rhino poaching and said that all measures would be taken to protect the world famous one-horn animal.

'Warrior' fungus threatening wheat production: Study
'Warrior' fungus threatening wheat production: Study

Wheat production in Britain faces serious threat from the spread of exotic and aggressive "warrior" strains of a plant fungus, a new research has found.

Algal species help corals survive in extreme heat

A new species of algae has been discovered in the coral reefs of the Persian Gulf that helps corals to survive seawater temperatures of up to 36 degrees Celsius.

'Sun has maximum impact when the Earth is cooler'

Giving fresh insight into the role of the Sun in climate change, a new study shows its impact is not constant over time but has greater significance when the Earth is cooler.

Don't treat us strangers to Delhi: NGT to Delhi government

The National Green Tribunal has pulled up the Delhi government for its lackadaisical approach in implementing the green panel's directions to curb vehicular pollution in the capital.

Madhya Pradesh minister wants law allowing people to keep tigers as pets
Madhya Pradesh minister wants law allowing people to keep tigers as pets

In a bizarre suggestion, a senior Madhya Pradesh minister has sought a law that allows people to domesticate or keep as pets big cats like lions and tigers for their conservation.

Climate change gets a boost; environment ministry budget trimmed

In sync with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's commitment on climate change, the government on Saturday ramped up budget allocation a whopping sixteen-fold to boost India's mission to climate change and adaption, even as the overall allocation to the environment ministry was trimmed by four percent.

Haryana to promote organic farming: Khattar

 Haryana government will promote organic farming in the state and 10 per cent of the total cultivable area will be brought under it, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said on Saturday.

Govt cuts funds for Water Ministry, 'Clean Ganga' gains most
Govt cuts funds for Water Ministry, 'Clean Ganga' gains most

The Water Resources Ministry has witnessed a substantial slash in its fund allocations in the Union Budget 2015-16 though Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pet project for cleaning river Ganga was accorded a good hike.

Budget 2015: Arun Jaitley wants development to be green
Budget 2015: Arun Jaitley wants development to be green

The Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley today has said that the Government is committed to make development process as green as possible. 

Climate-warmed leaves change ecosystems: Study
Climate-warmed leaves change ecosystems: Study

Rising soil temperatures significantly affect autumn leaves and in the process our food supply chain and appearance and biochemical makeup of the lakes these leaves fall into, finds a new study.

China appoints new environmental protection minister

China has appointed Chen Jining, a scientist in ecological studies, as its new environmental protection minister, replacing Zhou Shengxian.

Giant Panda population goes up to over 1900: Survey
Giant Panda population goes up to over 1900: Survey

Over 1,900 giant pandas, an endangered species, are currently in China and different parts of the world, representing an increase of 16.8 per cent compared to twelve years ago, according to official data.

65 endangered juvenile gharials released into Ganges at Hastinapur, UP
65 endangered juvenile gharials released into Ganges at Hastinapur, UP

To protect the 'critically-endangered' species from extinction, the Uttar Pradesh government in association with the World Wide Fund for Nature has released 65 juvenile Gharials, bred in captivity, into the Ganges at Hastinapur.

Forest minister in Kaziranga, another rhino killed
Forest minister in Kaziranga, another rhino killed

Poachers killed a one-horned rhino even as the state's newly appointed forest minister was camping in the park and personally reviewing strategies to thwart poaching in Assam's Kaziranga National Park Thursday night, officials said.

New volcano island getting big in Japan

Famously crowded Japan is getting a bit more space as a newly-formed volcanic island just keeps on growing. 

Over 16,000 habitations hit by water contamination: Govt

With thousands of habitations being affected by water contamination, Health Minister J P Nadda today said this was leading to complications and even death and stressed the need for intensive co-ordination with various entities to ensure safe drinking water.

Air quality in Delhi violates prescribed norms: CPCB

Amid growing concerns over deteriorating air quality in the capital, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has said that air quality in Delhi is seriously violative of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

IPCC sea-level rise scenarios fall short for high-risk coastal cities
IPCC sea-level rise scenarios fall short for high-risk coastal cities

According to a new research, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) sea-level rise scenarios may not provide complete information for high-risk coastal decision-making and management.