Ecology News

Bangladeshi ship's oil spill threatens Sunderbans
Bangladeshi ship's oil spill threatens Sunderbans

The natural Sunderbans region of West Bengal is about to face an ecological nightmare after a 350-tonne oil spilled over an 80-sq-km area along the Sela river in Bangladesh. 

Kerry appeals to all to share burden of climate change

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday appealed to the countries at UN climate talks to jointly share the burden of combating climate change and draft their energy policies around renewable sources.

Rhino horn trafficking up 30-fold: Wildlife group

The trafficking of African rhinoceros horn on the black market has surged 30-fold in the past 13 years and is now running "out of control," animal protection advocates said on Thursday.

Peru's melting glaciers a deadly threat as temperatures rise

High in the Peruvian Andes, the glacier-fed lake Laguna 513 brims with meltwater atop a populated valley in a region prone to earthquakes.

Himalayan states discuss climate change

Climate change and the bulging population are reasons for the rising temperature in Himalayan states, BJP leader Anurag Thakur said Thursday as nine Himalayan states discussed the issue.

Kenyan conservancy mulls measures to save northern white rhino

 East Africa's largest black rhino sanctuary, Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy, said Thursday that artificial techniques of reproduction may be the answer to saving the northern white rhino.


Over five trillion pieces of plastic litter world's oceans: Study

The health of our oceans is at grave risk, with a study revealing that more then five trillion pieces of plastic now litter the world's oceans, media reported.

PAC recommends ban on sewage treatment at mouth of rivers

Observing serious structural lacunae and weakness in legislative framework, a Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has recommended a ban on sewage treatment at the mouth of rivers and called for creating a consolidated legislative framework to curb water pollution.

Asiatic lions in Gir facing threat from poachers: Govt
Asiatic lions in Gir facing threat from poachers: Govt

Asiatic lions in Gujarat's Gir forests are facing threat from poachers, government Thursday said quoting a study by a wildlife monitoring agency.

Air pollution discolouring Taj Mahal, finds study

A team of researchers from India and the US has found that the browning of the Taj Mahal's iconic marble dome and soaring minarets is due to dust and airborne carbon particles.

India very important player in climate talks: US

Terming India as a "very important player" in the climate change negotiations, the US has said it is not involved in any agreement on climate with India ahead of President Obama's Republic Day visit to New Delhi.

Oceans laden with 269,000 tonnes of plastic: Study
Oceans laden with 269,000 tonnes of plastic: Study

The world`s oceans are laden with nearly 269,000 tonnes of plastic pollution, international researchers said on Wednesday after a six-year study of conditions across the globe.

Thousands in Lima march for the planet

Thousands of people marched in central Lima against the abuse of Earth`s resources Wednesday, urging ministers haggling over a world climate deal to ensure a global switch to 100-percent clean energy by 2050.

Indian metropolis subject of climate change case study

Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore will serve as case studies for a Norwegian research project to study climate change impacts on Indian cities, a statement said Wednesday.

Leopards change activity patterns in response to tigers and humans
Leopards change activity patterns in response to tigers and humans

A new study has revealed that leopards do change their activity patterns in response to tigers and humans, but in different ways.

Watershed conservation can reduce pollution in India: Study
Watershed conservation can reduce pollution in India: Study

Indian cities like Mumbai, Gurgaon, Rajkot and several others that suffer from water pollution, have the potential to reduce pollution at the source by 10 percent through practices like watershed conservation and river bank restoration, a new study says.

UN for working together on matters of finance and adaptation

The UN has asked countries to work together to take action on matters of finance and adaptation and define a clear pathway for achieving the goal of USD 100 billion per year by 2020 in support of developing countries.

Still possible to curb warming but time short: Ban Ki-moon

The UN urged nations Tuesday to seize a shrinking opportunity to tame global warming as ministers negotiated in Lima for a new world pact to slash carbon emissions.

India named among moderate-performers on climate change

India has been named as a moderate-performing country in combating climate change with Australia being the worst in this sphere, according to a report released at climate negotiations here.

India working with developing nations to push for climate deal
India working with developing nations to push for climate deal

India Tuesday said the developing nations, including China, are on the same page on several issues regarding climate and they will work together to push for the conclusion of a historic agreement to be signed next year in Paris to curb potentially disastrous global warming.

Punjab to rejuvenate village ponds: Minister

Punjab would soon rejuvenate village ponds across the state in around 12,673 villages, Rural Development and Panchayat Minister Sikander Singh Maluka said Tuesday.

TN govt announces 48-day rejuvenation camp for jumbos

The annual 48-day rejuvenation camp for some 100 elephants belonging to various temples in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry besides those managed by the Forest department would begin from December 11.

Review of targets under INDCs by others not acceptable: India

India Tuesday told the US that the review of targets under Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) by other countries was not acceptable to it and the principle of Common But Differentiated Responsibility (CBDR) should be at heart of the Paris deal.

INDCs should be exclusively devoted to mitigation: EU

The EU on Tuesday said the intended nationally determined contributions of all nations on climate should be exclusively devoted to mitigation, a stand opposed by India which want more adaptation elements to be included in the INDCs.

Virus probably behind deaths of millions of starfish
Virus probably behind deaths of millions of starfish

Millions of starfish have died in recent months on the Pacific coast from Alaska to Mexico due to an epidemic across the ocean ecosystem caused by a pathogen agent that has been present for decades, recent research shows.

Global warming threat cut slightly, still severe: Study

Projected global warming this century has slowed but is still at a severe rate after promises by China, the United States and the European Union to limit greenhouse gas emissions, a scientific study showed on Monday.

US naturalist Paul Rosolie swallowed by a snake for TV show

When naturalist Paul Rosolie wanted to focus attention on the destruction of the Amazon rainforest, he decided he needed a stunt guaranteed to get people looking.

Lioness Jimmy, the last big cat of Byculla Zoo, dies

 Jimmy, a 16-year-old lioness in Jijamata Udyan, a zoo at Byculla in central Mumbai, died Monday after prolonged illness, an official said.

Oil spill Israel's 'biggest ecological disaster': Expert

A pipeline leak in southern Israel last week has caused the country's biggest environmental disaster, an energy expert said Monday, after estimates of the size of the spillage were raised.