Ecology News

Kolkata, Kanpur, Allahabad among top Ganga polluters: Govt

Kolkata, Howrah, Kanpur and Allahabad are amongst the 118 towns that discharge maximum sewage into the River Ganga, Rajya Sabha was informed Monday.

Ban on old vehicles in Delhi: Centre moves NGT seeking stay
Ban on old vehicles in Delhi: Centre moves NGT seeking stay

The government on Monday moved the National Green Tribunal (NGT) seeking stay of its ban orders on 15-year-old petrol and 10-year-old diesel vehicles from plying on Delhi roads on the ground that it would affect public and essential services.

Natural insect repellent to cut pesticide use
Natural insect repellent to cut pesticide use

Using novel biochemical techniques, British scientists have recreated a natural insect repellent that can help avoid the use of chemical pesticides and save plants from pest attack.

Quick safety tips during an earthquake!
Quick safety tips during an earthquake!

At least 3,218 people have been confirmed dead in the devastating earthquake which hit Nepal on Saturday. It is important for people to know safety measures to be taken during an earthquake.

New technique to store potatoes for longer period
New technique to store potatoes for longer period

Researchers at the Central Potato Research Station (CPRS) here Sunday claimed to have invented a new technique that would ensure storage of potatoes for longer duration.

'Monkeys behaved peculiarly ahead of quake'

An animal lover on Sunday said monkeys in the Taj city displayed peculiar behaviour ahead of Saturday's earthquake.

77 Olive Ridley turtles let out into the sea

A total of 77 Olive Ridley sea turtles, an endangered species, were let out into the sea near Dhanushkodi Sunday, a forest department official said.

Know what triggers an earthquake!
Know what triggers an earthquake!

Earthquakes can neither be prevented nor be accurately predicted but one must have a sound knowledge about this extremely dangerous natural phenomena.

Delhi zoo makes special arrangements for animals to beat the heat
Delhi zoo makes special arrangements for animals to beat the heat

With temperature soaring, the Delhi zoo authorities have put in place a series of special arrangements like installation of water sprinklers and desert coolers to help its animals stay cool.

Need to reduce timeline, increase accountability: Prakash Javadekar

The Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar, has emphasized the need to reduce timelines for various projects and right conditions to be prescribed that are reasonable, practical, real and need-based.

Minimise use of animal for experiments: Prakash Javadekar

The Environment Ministry Friday launched a single-window system for online registration by institutions looking to carry out clinical trials on animals.

Delhi HC appalled over government's lack of concern about air pollution

The Delhi High Court today said it was "appalled" over how bureaucrats are unconcerned over air pollution in the national capital and how cutting of trees could lead to worsening of the situation and called for some "radical" steps to address the issue.

Artificial photosynthesis method turns waste CO2 into fuels

In a breakthrough in artificial photosynthesis, researchers have developed a new system that uses sunlight to convert waste carbon dioxide into valuable chemical products such as biodegradable plastics, pharmaceuticals, and even liquid fuels.

JK govt to restructure the organisation of forest department

The Jammu and Kashmir government is mulling to restructure the organisation of the forest department so as to make optimum use of manpower and to streamline its functioning.

'Pocket' sharks are world's rarest find

Ever heard of a five-inch-long shark? That's a very rare species discovered recently -- and if you ever spotted one, you'd only be the third person to ever do so.

Our oceans worth $24 trillion: WWF
Our oceans worth $24 trillion: WWF

Ocean assets such as fisheries, shipping lanes and tourism are worth $24 trillion and produce an annual value of $2.5 trillion from their outputs, says a latest report by the conservation group World Wide Fund (WWF).

US researchers advance artificial photosynthesis
US researchers advance artificial photosynthesis

US researchers have created a hybrid system of semiconducting nanowires and bacteria to mimic the natural photosynthetic process, an advancement they believe could be a potentially game-changing breakthrough.

Carcass of whale washes ashore in Tamil Nadu

The carcass of a whale, weighing about 20 tonnes and 45 feet long was on Friday found washed ashore at Mandapam near here, officials said.

Dolphins raise voices to communicate in noisy waters
Dolphins raise voices to communicate in noisy waters

When their water environment becomes noisy, dolphins put in extra effort, raising their voices in order to communicate.

Iconic Lotus Temple turning yellow due to pollution

Activists on Thursday said that the pollution in the national capital`s air is corroding the iconic Lotus temple made of pristine white marble.

E-gates installed in Mysore zoo

Electronic gates that prevent unauthorised access in the premises have been installed in the Mysore zoo here.

Oceans are worth at least USD 24 trillion: WWF
Oceans are worth at least USD 24 trillion: WWF

The world's oceans are awash in riches, with output rivalling that of some of the world's largest economies, but over-fishing, pollution and climate change are rapidly eroding those resources, WWF warned today.

Maharashtra govt adheres to PETA's appeal, bans 'manja'
Maharashtra govt adheres to PETA's appeal, bans 'manja'

Adhering to PETA's appeal the Maharashtra government has issued a circular banning the sale and use of sharp kite strings called 'manja' which injure and kill birds as well as people.

CPCB asked to inspect polluting industries in Greater Noida

The National Green Tribunal has directed country's anti-pollution watchdog to inspect and initiate action against polluting industries in Greater Noida's Chhapraula Industrial Area.

Immediate steps needed to mitigate climate change impact: Barack Obama
Immediate steps needed to mitigate climate change impact: Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that climate change "can no longer be denied" and immediate measures are needed to mitigate its effects.

Andhra Pradesh to amend Forest Act to clamp down on red sanders smuggling

Aiming to curb the smuggling of red sanders wood and other criminal activities related to forest resources, Andhra Pradesh government today decided to make the provisions of an existing act more stringent.

NGT asks Assam govt to release funds for Kaziranga park

The National Green Tribunal today pulled up the Assam government for its failure to release funds for protection of wildlife in Kaziranga and Manas national parks and directed it to make the amount available in two weeks.

'Students should tell people on impact of environment damage'

Coinciding with Earth Day, the Directorate of Higher Education, Nagaland today held a one-day workshop on Sustainable Development and Waste Management for college students under the theme 'It's Our Turn to Lead.'

Rapid decline of trees in Amazon rainforest dramatically changing climate
Rapid decline of trees in Amazon rainforest dramatically changing climate

 A new study has revealed that one-tenth of trees have been removed by human activities from Amazon rainforest since 1960s that has led to the climate change.

Sanitation challenges: Govt not well equipped, say experts
Sanitation challenges: Govt not well equipped, say experts

According to experts, the Indian government’s flagship Clean India campaign would not deliver results without an integrated approach.