Ecology News

Leopard found dead in Maharashtra

A full-grown leopard was found dead in Darwha forest region of Yavatmal district, forest officials said here Wednesday.

West Bengal govt to build eco-tourism cottages at Tiger Hill: Mamata

West Bengal government is planning to build eco-tourism cottages at Tiger Hill in Darjeeling for the tourists.

Tiger census: Expert group questions methodology adopted
Tiger census: Expert group questions methodology adopted

A day after tiger census declared a 30 per cent jump in big cat population, a wildlife expert group questioned the procedure India adopted for the estimation, saying the method used cannot yield "sufficiently refined results" to accurately measure changes in tiger numbers.

Odisha concerns over decline in tiger population
Odisha concerns over decline in tiger population

With the All India Tiger Estimation Report, 2014 reporting a fall in big cat population in Odisha, the state government Wednesday said it will examine the matter and take up the issue with the Centre.

First solar-powered flight around the globe to touch India

Two Swiss pilots will attempt to take their solar-powered aircraft around the globe, to demonstrate the promise of clean energy and would stop over at India also, among various countries, during the flight.

U'khand becomes second most tiger populated state
U'khand becomes second most tiger populated state

Tiger population in Uttarakhand has risen from 227 to 340 since the last census, becoming the second state in the country after Karnataka with the highest number of tigers.

Volcanic eruption creates new island in Tonga
Volcanic eruption creates new island in Tonga

A volcanic eruption in Tonga has created a new substantial island since it began erupting last month.

Endangered chimps can disappear in our lifetime
Endangered chimps can disappear in our lifetime

Climate change has threatened the population of the planet's most endangered chimpanzee sub-species, researchers report.

Novel approach adopted to manage flood, erosion of Brahmaputra

A novel approach towards managing floods and erosion in the river Brahmaputra and increase livelihood opportunities and income of local people was adopted at a meeting here Tuesday.

Norway updates Arctic ice map in potential boost to oil exploration

Norway wants to redefine the contours of the Arctic ice edge, the government announced Tuesday in a controversial decision that could allow it to further open the Barents Sea to oil and gas exploration.

Kanpur's 700 tanneries major source of pollution in Ganga: NGT

The National Green Tribunal Tuesday warned of complete closure of 700 tanneries located on the banks of river Ganga at Kanpur, terming them as one of the "highest sources of pollution".

Government releases book on climate change
Government releases book on climate change

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu released a book on climate change in the capital on Tuesday.

Western Ghats zone holds world's single-largest tiger population
Western Ghats zone holds world's single-largest tiger population

A single ecological continuum spread across three states of India in the biodiversity rich Western Ghats region holds the world's single-largest tiger population, according to a government report.

India willing to donate tiger cubs to international community: Javadekar
India willing to donate tiger cubs to international community: Javadekar

India is willing to donate tiger cubs to the international community and play a key role in global efforts for the conservation of the endangered species, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said Tuesday as the country reported a jump in its big cat population.

'Organic dairy farming will yield better milk, enrich farmers'

Cultivating organic fodder and nurturing cows with care would yield plenty of "truly" organic milk and make their owners wealthy in a short period, says a veterinary expert who runs a dairy in the Karnataka countryside.

Asiatic lions' census in May
Asiatic lions' census in May

Asiatic lion census held once every five years by the Gujarat government will be conducted at Gir sanctuary from May 2 to 5, a senior official said on Tuesday.

Tiger population rises to 2226 in 2014, up from 1706 in 2010
Tiger population rises to 2226 in 2014, up from 1706 in 2010

The government on Tuesday released the latest tiger population report which shows a bump up in population.

Focus on climate change must shift to 'green credit': PM Modi
Focus on climate change must shift to 'green credit': PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday called for greater emphasis on generating and conserving clean energy as opposed to staying focused on cutting down carbon emissions alone.

Man arrested with endangered geckos in Assam
Man arrested with endangered geckos in Assam

A man was Monday arrested from a passenger train at the Guwahati railway station in Assam and 15 gecko lizards were recovered from his possession, officials said.

PM chairs first meet of reconstituted climate panel
PM chairs first meet of reconstituted climate panel

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday chaired the first meeting of the reconstituted high-level climate panel to review the national action plan on climate change.

Manage Himalayan ecosystems to reduce effects of climate change: Javadekar

Managing Himalayan forest ecosystems on a trans-boundary scale is a must to reduce the effects of climate change, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said here.

New maps offer clearer view of global agriculture
New maps offer clearer view of global agriculture

To know precisely where agricultural land is located for regional and global food security planning, two new maps offer a clearer view of global agriculture.

2014 may not be hottest year on record: Report

In a twist to the claim that 2014 was the hottest year on record, NASA climate scientists now reportedly say that the likelihood that 2014 was the warmest year since 1880 is just "38 percent".

'Stop using banned items to control captive elephants'

Animal rights campaigners have urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to immediately intervene to stop the widespread practice of using sharp-tipped goads, steel capture belts and other banned items to control captive elephants in Kerala.

Marine wild life about to collapse in 100 years: Study
Marine wild life about to collapse in 100 years: Study

The collapse of wildlife on land due human activity is about to recur in the sea in the next 100 years, a consortium of scientists has found.

PM Modi to preside over first meeting of climate panel
PM Modi to preside over first meeting of climate panel

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Monday preside over the first meeting of the reconstituted Prime Minister's Council on Climate Change here.

Rhino census in north West Bengal begins today
Rhino census in north West Bengal begins today

The officials of West Bengal forest department will from Monday begin a four-day-long census to estimate rhino population in Jaldapara National Park and Gorumara National Park. 

India's can make distinctive contribution to Paris climate conference
India's can make distinctive contribution to Paris climate conference

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP) meeting to be held in Paris (COP-21) in December 2015 is expected to establish a new international agreement on climate change. 

Rhino census in north Bengal to begin Monday

A four-day-long census to ascertain rhino population in Jaldapara National Park and Gorumara National Park in north West Bengal will begin Monday, a forest official said.

PM's climate panel to meet on Monday to review existing schemes

The first meeting of a reconstituted high-level climate panel, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is scheduled to be held on Monday to review the national action plan on climate change.