Ecology News

Mission to bring students closer to nature

 A unique initiative to help students forge a lifelong bonding with nature by growing saplings at the school nursery and creating a green canopy was launched here today, covering 1000 schools in the first phase.

NGT bans use of plastic bottles in Haridwar
NGT bans use of plastic bottles in Haridwar

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has banned the use of plastic bottles around the banks of Uttarakhand here to check the menace of pollution in and around the river Ganges, an official said on Monday.

Watch: Lion flipped five metres into the air by a buffalo!
Watch: Lion flipped five metres into the air by a buffalo!

This is unbelievable! In a viral video which has surfaced on social media sites, watch this amazing footage of how a wild buffalo manages to throw a lion up in the air to save a fellow buffalo.

Tiger found dead in Madhya Pradesh

A decomposed carcass of a tiger on Sunday was found in Kurai Range of the Pench Tiger Reserve near here, an official said.

Rival lion kills one of Cecil's cubs

 A rival big cat has reportedly killed one of the eight cubs of Cecil, the much-loved Zimbabwean lion who was killed last month by an American dentist.

School Nursery Yojana to be launched on Monday

 Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar will on Monday launch the School Nursery Yojana that aims to bring students closer to nature by involving them in raising saplings in nurseries created in school.

Yamuna pollution: Parliamentary panel for better waste management infrastructure in Agra

 To tackle degradation of the Yamuna, a Parliamentary panel has recommended strengthening of solid and liquid municipal waste management infrastructure in Agra and preventing bathing of animals in the river and other water bodies around Taj Mahal "immediately".

Thane creek declared as 'Flamingo Sanctuary' by Maharashtra government
Thane creek declared as 'Flamingo Sanctuary' by Maharashtra government

The city can now boast of being the home to a wetland sanctuary! The Maharashtra government on Thursday issued a notification declaring the northern part of Thane Creek as a flamingo sanctuary under Section 18 of the Wildlife (Protection Act), 1972.

NDMC plants 15,000 saplings - from 20 countries

The NDMC planted 15,000 saplings -- taken from 20 countries -- on Saturday, and said the number will go up to some 50,000 by the time the monsoon ends.

Did ancient flood volcanoes trigger climate change?
Did ancient flood volcanoes trigger climate change?

NASA scientists have found evidence pointing towards ancient flood volcanoes to be reason for altered climate.

Land animals diversify faster than those in water

Animals living on land proliferate more rapidly than their aquatic counterparts, says a new study.

Botanical Survey of India develops first e-flora database

The Botanical Survey of India (BSI) has developed the first open-access online database of India's floral diversity to document over 18,000 flowering plant species in an effort at boosting digitisation and conservation of endangered ones.

Warming oceans drive fish deeper
Warming oceans drive fish deeper

In response to rise in sea surface temperature, fish go deeper into water to escape the heat, says a new study.

World's first venomous frogs discovered in Brazil!
World's first venomous frogs discovered in Brazil!

Scientists claimed to have discovered the world's first known venomous frogs with spikes on their heads in Brazil.

El Niño getting stronger, could cause 'mayhem'
El Niño getting stronger, could cause 'mayhem'

Warm water sloshing from the western Pacific towards the Americas has strengthened El Niño in the past several months.

Risk of west Nepal quake still high: Researchers
Risk of west Nepal quake still high: Researchers

Large quakes in Nepal this year only partially relieved stress on a major Himalayan fault line, and chances for a big tremor are as high as before, researchers said Thursday.

Delhi govt strives to make populated areas greener

Delhi government's 'City First Forest Programme', as part of which 12 lakh saplings would be planted across the national capital, will focus more on increasing green cover in the major urban centres rather than the outer areas.

HC raps govt for no details of trees supplied to crematoriums

The Delhi High Court today rapped the city government for the failure of its forest department to give details of the amount of wood consumed in crematoriums in the national capital and the number of trees that have been cut which were then supplied to them.

Tougher biosecurity checks in New Zealand

 Travellers arriving in New Zealand will come under greater scrutiny from later this year as biosecurity officials step up screening for pests and diseases.

Fast-growing fish face dramatic fall in population

 In a counterintuitive discovery, new research has found that ocean species that grow quickly and reproduce frequently -- such as sardines -- are more likely to experience dramatic plunges in population than larger, slower growing fish such as sharks or tuna.

Give top priority to restoration of Shola forests: Madras High Court

The Madras High Court has directed the Forest Department to give priority to the restoration of Shola Forests in the Western Ghats, Kodaikanal and Palani.

Formulate scheme for disposal of e-waste: NGT to MoEF

The National Green Tribunal has directed the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to convene a meeting of various stakeholders and propose a scheme for environment-friendly disposal of e-waste.

Flowers serve as 'parasite hotpots', may endanger bees

 Flowers can infect visiting bees with parasites that are known to cause lethargy, dysentery, colony collapse and queen death in heavily infected bees, a new study has found.

Mean temp in India has risen by 0.6 deg C in last 110 yrs: Govt

 With the mercury rising across the globe due to warming of the planet, mean temperature in India has increased by 0.6 degree Celsius over the last 110 years, the government today said.

China to adopt remote monitoring for pollution control

China, the world's top polluter, will build a comprehensive network involving drones, satellites and remote sensors to detect land, sea and air pollution by 2020.

Now, solar cells made of animal blood to tap energy
Now, solar cells made of animal blood to tap energy

In a move to optimise the cost of solar power, researchers of the premier S N Bose Institute of Basic Sciences have come up with an idea to lessen over-dependence on silicon for creation of solar panels.

NGT notice to 66 offenders dumping waste on railway tracks

The National Green Tribunal today issued notice to 66 offenders who were caught dumping waste on railway tracks in the national capital and refused to pay Rs 5,000 fine as per orders of the green panel.

Caught on camera: Anaconda gives birth to live snakes!
Caught on camera: Anaconda gives birth to live snakes!

Behold the wonders of nature! It is very well known that snakes are known to lay eggs when it is about time to release their offspring.

Use of polythene bags unchecked despite ban: NGT told

The use of polythene bags is going on unabated in the pilgrimage town of Haridwar with traders and residents rampantly using them despite the ban order, the National Green Tribunal was told today.

'Over 1 lakh hectare forest land approved for development projects'

 The government has accorded approvals for use of around 1.25 lakh hectares of forest land for various development projects during the last three years, the Lok Sabha was informed today.