Ecology News

''Greener'' alternatives may be harmful too: Study

Transitioning from fossil fuels to electric-powered technology is widely believed to be the best way to lower carbon emissions.

Two mummified bodies spotted on Mexico's highest peak

A team of Mexican climbers searching for a frozen body on the country's highest mountain stumbled onto a second mummified cadaver during their expedition Friday.

Mission to find mummified body at Mexico`s highest peak

Mexican climbers embarked on an expedition on Thursday to recover a frozen, mummified body discovered near the peak of the country`s highest mountain.

India at highest risk from river floods in world: Study

India is at the highest risk from river floods in the world, with an increasing number of people threatened by climate change and economic growth in low-lying regions, according to a new study.

Forest dept captures tiger which enters village

 A tiger which had strayed into a village in South 24 Parganas district was captured by Forest department officials.

Leopard skin seized in Odisha

Forest officials in Odisha on Thursday seized the skin of a leopard, which was suspected to have been killed by poachers inside Similipal National Park about six months ago.

Scientists question rush to build Nicaragua canal

A consortium of environmental scientists has expressed strong concern about the impact of a controversial Central American canal across Nicaragua.

China vows to fight pollution `with all might`

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday renewed pledges to tackle the country`s chronic pollution, without announcing any significant new environmental measures.

Blackbuck population increases in Odisha's Ganjam district
Blackbuck population increases in Odisha's Ganjam district

Population of the endangered blackbucks in Ganjam district of Odisha has increased by 1,612 in the past four years.

Wild tusker tramples one to death, injures two others

A 50-year-old man was killed and two others were injured when a wild tusker attacked them in a forest area in Odisha's Ganjam district, forest department officials said Thursday.

Prince William`s wildlife speech draws online applause in China

Britain`s Prince William won praise Thursday from Chinese Internet users after he visited an elephant reserve in the country and condemned illegal wildlife trafficking as "a vicious form of criminality".

Pee-powered "green" toilet to light up refugee camps

A toilet that uses urine to generate electricity and can charge a mobile phone will soon light up dark corners of refugee camps after being tested by students in Britain.

EU to mull outright ban on animal experiments

The EU will consider a ban on animal experimentation after receiving a petition with 1.1 million names from an anti-vivisection group, officials said Wednesday.

Climate change has negative impact on human health

A new study has revealed that climate change has negative impact on the human health.

'Dramatic thinning' of Arctic ice since 1975
'Dramatic thinning' of Arctic ice since 1975

Combined Arctic ice observations have shown decades of loss.

Rhino killed in Kaziranga

An adult rhino was Wednesday killed and its horn removed by poachers in Assam's Kaziranga National Park.

Glaciers in Brahmaputra basin may reduce alarmingly: Study

Glaciers in the upstream basin of the Brahmaputra, a 2,900-km-long river that originates from Tibet and flows into the Bay of Bengal, are likely to reduce alarmingly by the middle of the 21st century, according to an international body which also warned that the overall flow in the river was likely to increase.

Toll in Bihar elephant attack rises to four

Two more people died in Bihar's Sitamarhi district Wednesday after a wild elephant attacked them, taking the toll to four, police said.

'Time Tree of Life' sheds new light on evolution

Researchers from Philadelphia-based Temple University, including an Indian-origin scientist, have assembled the largest and most accurate tree of life calibrated to time, revealing that life has been expanding at a constant rate.

As Delhi chokes, pressure grows for Indian climate action

Torrents of thick black smoke billow up toward the smoggy skies as Kunti Desai feeds a coal-fired furnace to make tar for a Delhi road. 

It's time to get serious about wildlife crime: UN
It's time to get serious about wildlife crime: UN

Illegal wildlife trade undermines rule of law, degrades ecosystems and severely hampers the efforts of rural communities striving to sustainably manage their natural resources, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday as the intergovernmental organisation marked World Wildlife Day.

Dolphin found dead in Tamil Nadu

A 4-foot-long dolphin was found washed ashore in the district Tuesday, forest officials said.

78 tigers died in 2014: Prakash Javadekar

Number of tigers died in 2014 has increased to 78, due to both poaching and natural reasons, parliament was informed Tuesday.

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.