Ecology News

Africa needs India's cooking stove, solar know-how: Think tank

Africa, which is on a "slow, uphill battle" to improve its bio-energy sector, needs India's expertise in improved cooking stove (ICS) and durable solar products technology, a member of a leading think tank said here Wednesday.

More than 15-year-old vehicles not permitted to ply in Delhi: NGT

Dismayed at increasing air pollution in the national capital, the National Green Tribunal Wednesday held that all vehicles which were more than 15 years old would not be permitted to ply on the city roads.

'Revise bioenergy power tariffs to equal diesel, coal'

To boost the scope of renewable energy, India should revise tariffs generated from biomass energy (a renewable source) such that their pricing is equivalent to those of coal and diesel, an expert said here Wednesday.

Leopard electrocuted by poachers in MP

A leopard was Wednesday allegedly electrocuted by unidentified poachers near Kudra forest area, around 25 km from here, a forest official said.

Nine fishermen held for illegal fishing in Odisha

At-least nine fishermen have been held for alleged unlawful fishing activity along the Gahirmatha marine sanctuary, Forest Department Wednesday said.

Maldives wants common SAARC platform on climate change

Maldives believes it is time to walk the talk on climate policies jointly-supported by all South Asian countries, Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen said at the 18th Saarc Summit here Wednesday.

Global warming aiding spread of honeybee-harming parasite
Global warming aiding spread of honeybee-harming parasite

Global warming is aiding the spread of a parasite that is decreasing honeybee populations around the world, a research has found.

China could become world's largest renewable energy market by 2030, says report

The International Renewable Energy Agency has said that China has the potential to become the world's largest renewable energy market by 2030 provided it succeeds in doubling the ratio of renewable sources like solar and wind energy.

New bird species named after late India-born ornithologist

A new bird species discovered more than 15 years after it was first seen on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi has been named after late ecologist and ornithologist Navjot Sodhi.

PowerMin for changes in renewable energy obligations

The Power Ministry will soon approach the Cabinet with a proposal to introduce stringent rules for buyers and sellers of renewable energy, besides making amendments to the provisions in the overall tariff policy, Union minister Piyush Goyal said Tuesday.

New 'Tree of life' puts turtles next to dinosaurs
New 'Tree of life' puts turtles next to dinosaurs

Refuting the notion that turtles are most closely related to lizards and snakes, researchers from the California Academy of Sciences have now reconstructed a detailed “tree of life” linking turtles to dinosaurs.

India, UNESCO ink letter of intent to cooperate in reducing disaster risks

India and the UNSECO signed a letter of intent for better cooperation in the field of reducing disaster risks and capacity-building In Earth Sciences.

Inquiry ordered into allegations of cruelty to sick lioness

The Gujarat Forest Department has initiated an inquiry into an alleged incident of cruelty to a sick and helpless lioness by an unidentified man in Gir forest in the state, which is home to more than 400 Asiatic lions.

Rhino calf seriously injured by tiger in Kaziranga

A rhino calf, seriously injured by a tiger, was recovered in Kaziranga National Park on Monday.

Erosion may trigger earthquakes: Study
Erosion may trigger earthquakes: Study

Surface processes such as erosion and sedimentation may trigger shallow earthquakes and favour the rupture of large deep quakes up to the surface, a new study has found.

How humans colonised the Tibetan plateau

After several failed attempts to negotiate the tough terrain of the Tibetan plateau, farming cold-tolerant barley helped humans adapt to year-round living at higher altitudes some 3,600 years ago, says a new research.

India can replicate Singapore's sanitation success story: 'Mr Toilet' Jack Sim
India can replicate Singapore's sanitation success story: 'Mr Toilet' Jack Sim

India can replicate Singapore's success story with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Clean India campaign as it will help its people and the country to be more productive, according to noted sanitation activist Jack Sim.

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.