Environment ministry to organise brain-storming camp for officers

Environment, Forests and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar Friday said his ministry would organise a "Chintan Shivir" or a platform for its officers to ideate and suggest measures geared towards "good" governance.

Feb 06, 2015, 19:13 PM IST

Salinisation posing threat to Sunderbans: Study

Accumulation of salts in the soil leading to reduced fertility (salinisation) is a "poorly understood" process and is a "silent" threat to the Sunderbans mangrove forests, a World Bank report said on Monday.

Feb 02, 2015, 15:43 PM IST

Over 1.45 lakh claims rejected under FRA in Odisha

The Odisha government has rejected over 1.45 lakh individual and community claims under the Forest Rights Act, 2006, till Dec 2014.

Jan 17, 2015, 20:32 PM IST

Urban Indian travellers venture forth on rural trails

From visits to centuries-old villages to experiencing forest trails to participating in village festivals and carrying out traditional day-to-day agricultural activities, the urban tourist is going rural these days.

Dec 22, 2014, 12:47 PM IST

Forests at greater risk due to climate change than previously believed

A new study has revealed that forests around the world are affected by man-made climate change, suggesting that degradation of woods cannot be ruled out for the future.

Dec 20, 2014, 10:40 AM IST

Parl panel examining recommendations on green laws

 The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Environment and Forests is examining the recommendations of a government-appointed panel, which reviewed various green laws.

Dec 18, 2014, 22:05 PM IST

NGT issues notice to HP govt over illegal felling of trees

 The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday took suo moto notice of alleged illegal felling of over 450 trees at Tara Devi temple complex, 10-Km from here and issued notice to the Himachal Pradesh government, officials said.

Nov 21, 2014, 21:38 PM IST

Chimpanzees plan their breakfast time

Wild chimpanzees flexibly plan when and where they will have breakfast after weighing multiple factors, such as the time of day and the type of food to be eaten, research shows.

Oct 29, 2014, 10:36 AM IST

Animal campaigners demand aerial surveying of Kerala forests

Animal rights campaigners have urged the Centre to deploy drone helicopters for conducting aerial survey of Kerala forests to check wildlife crimes including poaching.

Oct 27, 2014, 13:13 PM IST

Chinese scientist proposes 6 new satellites to monitor earth

A Chinese scientist has proposed six new satellites to monitor "global change" or planetary scale changes concerning the Earth as well as human activity.

Oct 15, 2014, 22:28 PM IST

Rusty-spotted cat spotted in Ramgarh Wildlife Sanctuary

Rusty-spotted cat, one of the smallest cats in the world, has recently been sighted in Ramgarh Vishdhari Wildlife Sanctuary here.

Oct 15, 2014, 21:43 PM IST

Elephant carcass found in Odisha forest

The carcass of a female elephant was spotted by forest personnel in Odisha's Keonjhar district today, officials said.

Oct 10, 2014, 21:44 PM IST

Second tiger freed by Putin found near Sino-Russian border

The second of the three rare tigers set free by Russian President Vladimir Putin was found wandering around the Sino-Russian border while hunt is on for the other one, official media reported here today.

Oct 10, 2014, 17:46 PM IST

Greenpeace hopes for draft plan to protect wildlife, forests

Greenpeace India expressed hopes here today that the central government would draft a comprehensive plan to protect wildlife and dense forests from mining, while auctioning new blocks in future, after the recent Supreme Court decision to cancel coal blocks across several states.

Oct 07, 2014, 19:34 PM IST

Elephants still being subjected to torture in circuses: PETA

Elephants are still "tortured" in circuses despite a decision by Animal Welfare Board of India last year to ban their registration for performing in such shows, an animal rights group has alleged.

Oct 05, 2014, 10:51 AM IST

Tiny creatures balance ecosystem

Tiny creatures like earthworms and beetles play a vital role in maintaining grasslands and balancing the ecosystem, a study says.

Oct 04, 2014, 16:25 PM IST

Human activity possible reason for plummeting Cheetahs

A new study has revealed that it might have been human activity which is responsible for the decline in number of cheetahs.

Oct 03, 2014, 11:49 AM IST

NASA to map earth forests in 3D

The US space agency, NASA, is developing the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) Lidar device to map forests on Earth in 3D and increase understanding of their role in the carbon cycle.

Sep 10, 2014, 11:12 AM IST

We ensured transparency in environment clearances: Javadekar

Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar Tuesday said that his ministry has ensured greater transparency by initiating online submission of applications for environment and forest clearances.

Sep 03, 2014, 08:38 AM IST

Scientists say world`s primary forests at risk

A new study by an international team of conservationist scientists has warned that only five percent of the world`s pre-agricultural primary forest cover is now found in protected areas.

Aug 25, 2014, 09:34 AM IST