Ecology News

Zoo in Kerala capital to get swamp deer from Lucknow

 After arrival of a white tiger and seven anacondas, a herd of swamp deer will be brought to the zoological park here, one of the oldest such facilities in the region.

Olive Ridley turtles begin to arrive for breeding
Olive Ridley turtles begin to arrive for breeding

Arrival of Olive Ridley sea turtles at Rushikulya river mouth in Odisha's Ganjam district has marked the start of the annual breeding season of the endangered animal.

Citizen scientists play important roles in conserving wildlife
Citizen scientists play important roles in conserving wildlife

Citizen scientists are playing a significant role in conservation of wildlife by contributing to increased environmental awareness among the masses, according a new study.

NTCA approves tiger reserve in Chhattisgarh
NTCA approves tiger reserve in Chhattisgarh

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has given in-principle approval for creation of Guru Ghasidas-Tamor Pingla tiger reserve in Chhattisgarh.

India-Bangladesh collaboration can save Sunderbans: Experts

India and Bangladesh must collaborate to facilitate and maintain a flow of fresh water round the year to save the Sunderbans mangrove ecosystem, scientists said here Saturday.

Early warning may not save lives during earthquakes

 Proposals for an earthquake Early Warning System (EWS) for India -- similar to the one successfully tested during the recent quake in California -- is mired in a scientific controversy.

Proposal to document Kaziranga Park's biodiversity
Proposal to document Kaziranga Park's biodiversity

 The central government has asked scientists in northeast India to map and document the biodiversity in Assam's famous Kaziranga National Park.

Tusker dies after being rescued from well

A day after being rescued from a defunct well by forest personnel, a tusker died Friday in Mayurbhanj district due to critical injuries sustained in the fall, despite efforts by experts to save it.

Asbestos mining: NGT raps MoEF for vague response

Perturbed by illegal and unscientific asbestos mining across the country, the National Green Tribunal Friday pulled up the Environment Ministry (MoEF) for providing a "vague and uncertain" response.

NGT notice to Himachal over illicit felling of trees

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has taken suo moto cognisance of the illicit felling of over 450 trees on the outskirts of Shimla, an official said Friday.

2014 heads for warmest year on record: NOAA
2014 heads for warmest year on record: NOAA

Climate scientists on Thursday said that the year 2014 is almost certain to be the warmest year on Earth since 1880.

Wild cat trapped in cage meant to catch foxes near airport

A wild cat was trapped in a cage put up by the forest department at Devi Ahilyabai Airport here Friday, to catch foxes which posed a danger to flights.

Horses, rhinos may have originated from India
Horses, rhinos may have originated from India

A new study has suggested that ancestor of horses and rhinos originated on the Asian subcontinent while it was still an island.

Poachers kill one-horn rhino in Kaziranga National Park
Poachers kill one-horn rhino in Kaziranga National Park

An adult female one-horn rhino has been killed by the poachers in Assam's famed Kaziranga National Park.

Disposal of solid waste near Ganga: NGT seeks Centre's reply

 Taking a serious view of dumping of garbage around the Ganga, the National Green Tribunal has sought the Centre's response on a plea seeking directions for disposal of solid wastes on the bank of the river accumulated during Kartik Poornima fair in Uttar Pradesh.

Nations pledge USD 9.3 bn for Green Climate Fund

Thirty nations meeting in Berlin today pledged USD 9.3 billion for a fund to help developing countries cut emissions and prepare for global warming, just shy of a USD 10 bn target.

Northeast's traditional environmental knowledge important: Expert

The traditional environmental knowledge from India's northeast and northern regions, particularly the Himalayas, integrated with modern science is important for battling climate change, suggested Nobel laureate Betsy Weatherhead here Thursday.

India in danger of moving towards water scarcity condition:ADB
India in danger of moving towards water scarcity condition:ADB

India is in danger of moving towards water scarcity conditions as per capita availability of water is reducing in the country, a Asian Development Bank official said Thursday.

Rhino killed by poachers in Kaziranga National Park

The bullet-riddled carcass of a rhino was found from Kaziranga National Park in Assam on Thursday.

People in Rajasthan village protect ponds for birds

A village in southern Rajasthan has scripted a heart warming conservation story by refusing to allow fishing or any other activity in two ponds, leaving them exclusively for birds, including migratory ones.

Watch: Cute video of Giant Panda playing in the snow
Watch: Cute video of Giant Panda playing in the snow

The Toronto Zoo has released a video footage of a six-year-old Giant Panda frolicking on the snow.

More crop yields adding more CO2 to atmosphere
More crop yields adding more CO2 to atmosphere

A sharp rise in food production to meet the demands for rising population accounts for as much as 25 percent of the seasonal increase in carbon dioxide (CO2), finds new research.

Indian wildlife managers use 'camera trap images' to identify conflict-prone tigers
Indian wildlife managers use 'camera trap images' to identify conflict-prone tigers

The wildlife managers use high-tech solutions like camera trap images in order to identify conflict-prone tigers in India.

Greenpeace denounces destruction of rock glaciers in Chile

Mining operations are destroying rock glaciers in Chile's central valley, already one of the world's most battered glacier areas, Greenpeace said in a statement Wednesday.

World not close to avoiding dangerous warming: UN

he world still isn't close to preventing what leaders call a dangerous level of man-made warming, a new United Nations report says. That's despite some nations' recent pledges to cut back on carbon dioxide emissions.

British zookeeper seriously injured in rhino incident

A zookeeper at a British zoo was today receiving treatment for serious injuries to his chest, abdomen and pelvis sustained during an incident involving a rhino.

India tight-lipped on the issue of hydrofluorocarbons

 India did not clearly spell out its position on the issue of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) during a key UN conference here as nations debated whether to set up a contact group for discussing the proposed amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase down the harmful greenhouse gas.

Cleanliness should also include thought process: Smriti Irani
Cleanliness should also include thought process: Smriti Irani

'Swachhta' (cleanliness) should not be limited to physical cleanliness but should also include the thought process, Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani said Wednesday.

China unveils stiff targets to cut down emissions by 2020
China unveils stiff targets to cut down emissions by 2020

China, world's top emitter of greenhouse gases, Wednesday unveiled a new strategy to limit energy consumption, setting ambitious targets to curb the country's dependence on coal, days after it clinched a surprise climate deal with the US.