Ecology News

Great Barrier Reef not in danger: UNESCO report
Great Barrier Reef not in danger: UNESCO report

UN heritage body UNESCO has recommended that the Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest marine park off the Australian coast, should not be included in the World Heritage danger list, even as conservationists describe the outlook for the reef as "poor", a media report said on Friday.

NGT gives partial relief to Manali-Rohtang Pass taxi operators

The National Green Tribunal Friday granted partial relief to taxi and luxury coach operators plying in the Manali-Rohtang Pass areas of Himachal Pradesh by staying environment compensation tax on the vehicles, but refused to relax the 1,000 vehicle limit to the scenic pass.

Box jellyfish anti-venom closer: Australian scientists
Box jellyfish anti-venom closer: Australian scientists

Australian scientists say they are closer to developing anti-venom for one of the world's deadliest toxins, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported on Friday.

Dangerous levels of toxins in Delhi's air as heat and dust intensify
Dangerous levels of toxins in Delhi's air as heat and dust intensify

Of late, experts have raised concerns about poor air quality in the national capital. And now, prevailing high temperatures in Delhi have caused a steep rise in ozone levels.

'Rural women can play crucial role in tackling climate change'

Women, especially those living in rural areas, can play a crucial role in tackling climate change "by changing the way they cook, gather wood or maintain household", French Ambassador to India Francois Richier said Thursday.

Patnaik releases report on Climate Change Action Plan

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Thursday released a report on the Odisha Government's Action Plan on climate change to be implemented in the next five years.

Climate change compounding natural disasters: Obama

US President Barack Obama warned Thursday that climate change was making natural disasters worse, as he toured the National Hurricane Center ahead of the annual storm season.

Plying vehicles in Rohtang Pass: NGT seeks state's response

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) Thursday refrained from providing any immediate relief on a plea to relax its directives limiting the playing of diesel and petrol vehicles in Rohtang Pass, saying it would examine Himachal Pradesh government's stand on how it would address the grievances of tourist vehicle operators.

No change in Yamuna pollution despite drop in sewage flow: Govt

Yamuna has failed to show any improvement in its pollution level in the past one year despite gradual reduction in pollution load contributed by major drains in Delhi, says an Environment Ministry report.

Corporate sponsorship of climate talks sparks NGO ire

France Wednesday unveiled a list of companies which will sponsor the year-end UN climate talks in Paris, sparking accusations of corporate "greenwashing" from campaigners.

'Montreal Protocol has helped slow ozone depletion'

Thanks to the Montreal Protocol, the ozone layer is in much better shape now than it would have been without the United Nations (UN) treaty, a new study says.

Plying vehicles in Rohtang Pass: NGT to hear plea on Thursday

Taxi operators on Wednesday rushed to the National Green Tribunal seeking reconsideration of its directions limiting the entry of all diesel and petrol tourist vehicles in Himachal Pradesh's Rohtang Pass till August 14 to 1,000 per day.

Don't use environment as pretext to kick away poor's development ladder: India

 Don't use universality and shared responsibilities for the environment as pretexts to kick away the ladder of development for the poor or to avoid responsibility for the global ecological havoc, India told the developed nations Tuesday in a telling message.

Over 70 percent of Everest glacier's volume may be lost by 2100: Study
Over 70 percent of Everest glacier's volume may be lost by 2100: Study

Over 70 percent of the glacier volume in the Mount Everest region in the Himalayas could be lost in 85 years if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, a new paper suggests.

National Green Tribunal bans garbage burning in Vrindavan
National Green Tribunal bans garbage burning in Vrindavan

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has banned civic garbage burning in the holy town of Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh.

NGT allows tanneries in Kanpur to operate for a trial run

The National Green Tribunal Tuesday allowed the closed down tanneries situated on the banks of river Ganga at Kanpur to operate on a trial basis for 19 days in June during which their effluent levels will be checked by a team of experts.

Political mood good for climate deal: France's Fabius

Despite "extremely complex" issues, the political mood for reaching a global climate deal this year is stronger than ever, says French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.

Ganga-Bramhaputra Basin mapped in first of its kind study

The Ganga-Bramhaputra Basin together store around 960 cubic km of water, researchers have claimed in a first of its kind study after mapping the rivers, and said it will help understand signatures of droughts and floods to better manage water resources in the region.

Forest programme to be launched in June: Javadekar

The Centre will launch Urban Forest Programme on June 5 under which saplings will be planted across the country with the participation of people.

Madagascar's `colourful` panther chameleon actually comprises of 11 different species

A new study has brought panther chameleon into limelight in Madagascar which is actually composed of eleven different species.

Climate engineering may better protect coral reefs

When it comes to protecting coral reefs from rising seawater temperature, climate engineering could be a better method than conventional carbon dioxide (CO2) mitigation strategies, new research says.

Bad weather delays round-the-world solar plane's journey
Bad weather delays round-the-world solar plane's journey

Bad weather has caused the organizers of Solar Impulse 2, an airplane powered solely by alternative energy, to postpone on Tuesday the seventh leg of its round-the-world journey, during which it has to cover most of the Pacific Ocean, Efe news agency reported.

Plying vehicles in Rohtang Pass: SC refuses to stay NGT order

The Supreme Court Tuesday refused to stay the operation of NGT directions limiting the entry of all diesel and petrol tourist vehicles in Rohtang Pass in Himachal Pradesh till August 14 to 1,000 per day.

Watch: Fearless crane takes on two tigers at China zoo!
Watch: Fearless crane takes on two tigers at China zoo!

In a dramatic 'bird versus tiger' brawl, a red-crowned crane was seen fearlessly fighting off against two attacking tigers at a zoo in China.

48 tigers in non-protected Chandrapur forest areas: Survey
48 tigers in non-protected Chandrapur forest areas: Survey

As many as 48 tigers have been found to be inhabiting outside the protected areas in forests of Chandrapur district in Maharashtra, taking their number to 120 in the zone which is home to Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR).

RO-RO service not feasible in Delhi-NCR: Railways to NGT

Indian railway has informed the National Green Tribunal that it will not be possible to provide 'Roll-On, Roll-Off' (RO-RO) services with the existing infrastructure and it is not feasible in Delhi as almost the entire rail network in the region is electrified.

Volcano erupts on Galapagos island with world's only pink iguanas
Volcano erupts on Galapagos island with world's only pink iguanas

The Wolf volcano is erupting on Isabela Island in the Galapagos Islands, home to the world's only population of pink land iguanas, the management of Galapagos National Park said.

Reduced water level in Yamuna is govt's main concern: Uma Bharti

Terming the reduced water level in Yamuna as the "main" concern, Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti Monday said the government wants to develop it in a way that farmers get adequate water for irrigation while continuous flow in the river is maintained.

Learn from China: NGT to Centre on curbing vehicular pollution

The National Green Tribunal Monday asked Centre to learn from China in curbing vehicular pollution in the Delhi-NCR, as it extended till July 13 the stay on its order banning plying of over 10-year-old diesel motor vehicles.

UN chief seeks 'global action' on climate change this year

UN chief Ban Ki-Moon Monday called for "global action" this year to limit climate change as international weather experts began a quadrennial congress in Geneva.