Ecology News

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.

Five NGOs to secure 100 elephant corridors in India
Five NGOs to secure 100 elephant corridors in India

 Five NGOs have come together to raise 20 million pounds for securing 100 elephant corridors in India by 2025 to curb increasing fragmentation of forests as well as human-elephant conflict, it was announced on Wednesday.

Environmenatlists oppose move to shrink eco-zone near Taj

Local environmentalists on Wednesday again voiced their opposition to the Uttar Pradesh government`s move to reduce the eco-sensitive zone limit around Sur Sarovar or Keetham Lake from ten km to just 250 metres.

China climate pledges easily achievable, experts say

China`s pledges ahead of a major climate change conference in Paris lack ambition and are easily achievable, experts said Wednesday, adding Beijing could offer more.

Solar Impulse passes halfway point of Pacific Ocean crossing
Solar Impulse passes halfway point of Pacific Ocean crossing

Solar Impulse 2 (Si2), the solar-powered aircraft on a round-the-world flight, passed the halfway point of the perilous Pacific Ocean crossing from Japan to Hawaii on Wednesday.

Crocodile `nanny` brings reptile back from brink in El Salvador

The hungry baby crocodiles wriggle in Jose Antonio Villeda`s hand. One by one, he squeezes open their jaws and uses a plastic tube to prod pieces of fish down their gullets.

Nemo`s garden off Italy offers hope for seabed crops
Nemo`s garden off Italy offers hope for seabed crops

In the homeland of pesto, a group of diving enthusiasts have come up with a way of growing basil beneath the sea that could revolutionise crop production in arid coastal areas around the world.

US and Brazil agree on ambitious climate change agenda

 Ahead of the key Paris climate change summit this year, the US and Brazil today agreed on an ambitious agenda to mitigate the challenges posed by climate change, as they underlined the need for a deal that reflects the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities.

Climate negotiations moving at a 'snail's pace': Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that negotiations on a new climate pact to keep global warming from reaching dangerous levels are moving at a "snail's pace" and must be speeded up.

China sets CO2 target, garners praise

China, the world`s top CO2 polluter, promised Tuesday to peak emissions within about 15 years, in a move widely hailed as a boost for the global effort to curb planet warming.

Substandard plastic bags: Centre to impose fines on street vendors
Substandard plastic bags: Centre to impose fines on street vendors

Concerned over the growing waste menace, including plastic scrap, the government intends to impose fines on street vendors for providing substandard plastic carry bags among a slew of other stringent measures to tackle the issue.