Ecology News

Drain cleaning: NGT warns Delhi officials of coercive action

Lambasting civic bodies for not cleaning drains in the national capital, National Green Tribunal (NGT) Monday warned Delhi chief secretary and the senior-most civic officials of coercive action like attachment of salary if they do not comply with its order on the matter.

Water levels at 90 reservoirs equal last year's mark

Over 90 important reservoirs in the country have equalled the water storage levels of the corresponding period of last year, the Water Resources Ministry Monday said.

Kenya relocates 14 black rhinos for boosting population

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said on Monday it has so far translocated 14 black rhinos from two national parks to boost populations of the iconic species.

Online system for green nod in 12 states by next month: MoEF

Around 12 states are expected to launch online platform for green clearances by next month to ensure transparency and faster approval of projects, a top Environment Ministry official said.

Rare albino sparrow spotted in Australia

A rare pure white sparrow has been spotted in Australia, leaving ornithologists all aflutter on Monday.

Birds can 'weigh' nuts too: Study

Just like humans, birds too can choose the best quality peanuts without even opening their shells, says a recent research.

Japan under-estimated Fukushima tsunami risk: IAEA

Japanese regulatory authorities and the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), owner of the Fukushima nuclear plant, failed to implement adequate safeguards at the plant before the 2011 tsunami despite being aware of the risks, the International Atomic Energy Agency has said.

Madhya Pradesh: Tiger mauls farmer

A 50-year-old man was mauled by a tiger in Kurai forest area near here Monday.

Sudden ice loss in Antarctica affects Earth's gravity field
Sudden ice loss in Antarctica affects Earth's gravity field

A sudden increase in ice loss in a previously stable region of Antarctica is causing small changes in the gravity field of the Earth, says a team of scientists.

Syria's rare bird may go extinct due to ISIS invasion of Palmyra: Experts
Syria's rare bird may go extinct due to ISIS invasion of Palmyra: Experts

Experts have warned about the possible extinction of a rare bird species, the northern bald ibis, in Syria after its ancient city Palmyra has been captured by the Islamic State.

Here's how birds choose 'heavier' peanuts amongst the lot
Here's how birds choose 'heavier' peanuts amongst the lot

Since most of the foods that birds eat have shells, it's hard to know what seeds and nuts are good, but this study shows that birds have their own way to determine the quality of the food inside of the shell.

India set to become water scarce country by 2025: Report

Although India is set to become water scarce country by 2025 due to demand-supply mis-match, the water sector is expected to see investment of USD 13 billion from overseas players in the next few years, a new study has said.

Steps to improve habitat, security at Buxa as experts doubt presence of tigers
Steps to improve habitat, security at Buxa as experts doubt presence of tigers

With tiger experts raising doubts about the presence of big cats in Buxa Tiger Reserve (BTR) in north Bengal, authorities have decided to improve habitat, prey base and ensure protection in the reserve before considering their relocation in it.

MoEF mulls stringent penalties for green violators

The Environment Ministry is mulling stringent penalties including financial and criminal action for violators by bringing amendments to the Environment Protection Act and creating a "reign of enforcement".

Delhi zoo soon to get four-horned antelopes, monitor lizards

As part of its animal exchange programme, Delhi zoo is all set to get a group of four-horned antelopes and water monitor lizards from Odisha's Nandankanan Zoological Park.

Thousands worldwide march against Monsanto and GM crops

From Paris to Ouagadougou, thousands of people took to the streets today to protest against the American biotechnology giant Monsanto and its genetically modified crops and pesticides.

Leopard beaten to death in Odisha

A leopard was beaten to death by locals when it strayed into a village from Kuldhia forest in Myurbhanj district Saturday.

Oldest tiger in Pilikula zoo dead

A 22-year-old tiger died of cardiac arrest at the Shivaram Karanth Nisargadhama Wildlife Park at nearby Pilikula, park sources said.

Alipore zoo to get nature interpretation centre soon

The city's Alipore zoo, India's oldest formally stated zoological park, will soon get a nature interpretation centre (NIC) to help visitors, especially children, get closer to nature.

Govt gives nod to sea plane landing in Goa waters amid protest

The Goa government on Saturday went ahead with its tourism proposal amid protests by fishermen community and conducted trial of sea plane landing on Mandovi river in the heart of the state.

207 giant turtles to be released in the Galapagos
207 giant turtles to be released in the Galapagos

Administrators at Ecuador's Galapagos National Park said 207 giant turtles will be released next month on the island of Santa Fe, where the native tortoises died out more than 150 years ago.

SC notice to Himachal on NGT cap on Manali-Rohtang tourist vehicles

The supreme Court Friday issued notice to Himachal government on the plea by the tourist taxi operators operating between Manali and Rohtang challenging the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order restricting their operation to just 1,000 taxis per day coupled with an environmental compensation charge.

Tiger kills five-year-old in Bihar national park

A tiger mauled a five-year-old child to death in a national park in Bihar's West Champaran district, a forest official said on Friday.

'Poor in India can't pay for 150 years of pollution by West'

India has asked the developed world to bear the "burden of the cross" for pumping carbon dioxide into the air for the past 150 years as a poor man in India cannot be told to pay more for a cleaner planet.

Make helpline number on air pollution public: Sisodia to civic bodies
Make helpline number on air pollution public: Sisodia to civic bodies

To keep a check on air pollution, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia Friday asked three Municipal corporations and other local bodies to make their helpline number public by Monday, so that people can register complaints pertaining to burning of material in open.

Poor to face fallout of depletion of natural resources: Prakash Javadekar

Poor in India as well as in the world face the negative fallout of depletion of natural resources and sustainable development rests on a "viable and sound" natural resource base, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Friday.

Found: How birds avoid collision with man-made obstacles

Migratory birds are able to avoid collision with man-made structures, thanks to a well informed leader who guides the flock towards smooth flight, scientists have found.

China kicks off birthday celebrations for oldest panda
China kicks off birthday celebrations for oldest panda

China on Friday kicked off birthday celebrations for the country's oldest panda who will turn 35 years old in November, the age-equivalent of a 100-year-old human.

Antarctica region once thought stable suddenly 'thawing fast'
Antarctica region once thought stable suddenly 'thawing fast'

A group of scientists has observed a sudden increase of ice loss in a previously stable region of Antarctica.

Air quality improved in Beijing ahead of Olympic vote

Beijing`s air quality has improved as the vote to decide the 2022 Winter Olympics host city is less than three months away.