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  • 19/12/2012
    Butterflies are back: Jaintia Hills is a threatened treasure trove of biodiversity …Read more
  • 07/12/2012
    Google invests $5 million in 'drones' to monitor poaching of endangered species: Web giant Google has reportedly given cash to the World Wildlife Fund to buy 'drones' in bid to monitor poaching of endangered species in the jungles of Africa and Asia.…Read more
  • 29/11/2012
    Global coalition to the rescue of White-bellied herons, Gangetic dolphins, river terrapins : The Save Our Species (SOS), a global coalition initiated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Global Environment Facility and the World Bank, will support the conservation of Indian White-bellied herons, Gangetic dolphins and river terrapins.…Read more
  • 15/11/2012
    Highway detour causes frequent killings of Wayanad animals: With ban orders on night time vehicular traffic in force on three highways passing through the Bandipur Tiger Reserve in Karnataka, interstate motorists tend to take a detour through the previously nondescript Mysore-Kutta-Tholpetty-Mananthavady road, making this 19 km-stretch, passing through the core of Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, a 'killer road' for animals. …Read more
  • 27/09/2012
    Environment ministry submits new eco-tourism guidelines to Supreme Court: Overlooks concerns raised by members of special panel; favours industry. …Read more
  • 29/08/2012
    Endangered vultures sighted in Raichur: A group of long-billed vultures on a hill on the Bellary-Raichur border in Karnataka.…Read more
  • 15/08/2012
    Delhi adopts humble sparrow as its state bird: Nature Forever Society will collaborate with the government on compiling resources and data on the sparrow. …Read more
  • 14/08/2012
    Tracking Nagpur biodiversity, the digital way : A professor from Nagpur University T Srinivasu has tried to give this age-old method of tracking the biodiversity of the region a digital avatar by making electronic database of the flora from Mumbai and Nagpur.…Read more
  • 04/08/2012
    Coal mines threaten over 1.1 million ha forest in Central India: Even as the environment ministry continues to come under pressure to speed up coal mining in forest areas, a GIS analysis released by Greenpeace, an NGO working for environment protection, shows that coal mining threatens over 1.1 million hectares forest in 13 coalfields in Central India alone. …Read more
  • 31/07/2012
    Heritage tag won’t change Ghats status: Putting an end to the confusion among politicians over the status of the Western Ghats, the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) has clarified that the declaration of the ghats as a Word Heritage Site by UNESCO recently will not mean any change in the existing status of the sites. …Read more
  • 25/07/2012
    SC cages tiger tour, stirs deep concern: The Supreme Court order banning tourism from core areas of tiger reserves may bring down curtains on the roaring tourism business in parks like Ranathambore and Bandhavgarh. …Read more
  • 16/07/2012
    Where old saris keep Indian gaurs at bay: Hanging saris along the fence of farm lands is very effective, but it is not a practical solution on a large scale …Read more
  • 03/07/2012
    Researchers rediscover rare plant species: A rare endangered plant species of 'spiderwort' Belosynapsis vivipara, has been seen after a gap of 161 years in Chandoli national park in the northern Western Ghats of Maharashtra. …Read more
  • 03/07/2012
    Western Ghats makes it to World Heritage List: 17 nations favour India at World Heritage Committee meeting. …Read more
  • 27/06/2012
    132 Indian species critically endangered: The dreaded ‘Red list’ is out, and it’s bad news for India. …Read more
  • 20/06/2012
    Gadgil certain that social strife will follow environmental degradation: Ecological expert Madhav Gadgil has stated that Goa has absolutely zero implementation of the Forest Rights Act 2006.…Read more
  • 15/06/2012
    Natarajan backs Forest Rights Act in elephant corridor: The Union environment and forests minister Jayanthi Natarajan backed the implementation of Forest Rights Act in the controversial Segur Elephant Corridor in Tamil Nadu while speaking at the standing committee meeting of the apex National Board of Wildlife. …Read more
  • 14/06/2012
    New freshwater fish found in Kerala rivers: A new freshwater fish, Pristolepis Rubripinnis was discovered from Pampa and Chalakudy rivers in Kerala during a collaborative taxonomic study carried out by Indian and British ichthyologists, on Wednesday. …Read more
  • 13/06/2012
    Tiger, tiger online: A new conservationist website - Conservation India, a one-of-its-kind non-profit and non-commercial portal, hopes to make a big difference. …Read more
  • 08/06/2012
    Summer takes a toll on bats in Athgarh, 50 dead: More than 50 bats have died in Athgarh forest division in the last three days, forest officials said on Thursday. …Read more
  • 06/06/2012
    Wildlife Trust of India gives 1L to Bor tiger attack victim kin: The Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), an NGO working for tiger conservation in the country, has launched an unique initiative to provide insurance cover of 1 lakh each to field staff of all the national parks and sanctuaries in Maharashtra. …Read more
  • 05/06/2012
    Adequate funds to maintain elephant-proof trenches stressed: It will help in reducing man-elephant conflict significantly, say conservation biologists…Read more
  • 04/06/2012
    Sawfish struggles to stay afloat: Sighting has become uncommon in Indian waters, where the Sawfish thrived once.…Read more
  • 10/05/2012
    ACF dies after attacked by tourists: Assistant conservator of forests (ACF) Madan H Nayak, 55, who was attacked by a group of tourists on Monday, succumbed to injuries at the SDM Medical College Hospital in Dharwad early on Wednesday.…Read more
  • 09/05/2012
    SC stays Cheetah Re-introduction Project:The Supreme Court today stayed the implementation of the Cheetah Reintroduction Programme by which the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) had proposed to import the African large-sized feline to India.…Read more
  • 30/03/2012
    139 Asiatic lions died in Gujarat in last three years:Around 139 Asiatic lions, including cubs, died in Gujarat in the last three years (2009 to 2011), the state assembly was informed today. …Read more
  • 29/03/2012
    'Wastelands home to threatened species of owls':A study on five different species of owls co-inhabiting the Deccan plateau and coastal region of Konkan in western Maharashtra revealed that areas, which at times are categorised as 'wastelands', are home to threatened species such as Indian eagle owl and spotted owlet.…Read more
  • 25/03/2012
    New bird species sighted at Bherjan:The ‘Grey-headed Bullfinch’ (Pyrrhula erythaca), a bird species new to Assam was captured on his camera by Dr Amar Jyoti Saikia in Bherjan area of Bherjan-Borajan-Padumoni Wildlife sanctuary.…Read more
  • 21/03/2012
    Urban jungle still home to sparrows:50 city localities still visited by elusive bird, study finds…Read more
  • 19/03/2012
    One panther killed every 2 days in Rajasthan:One panther is killed in road accidents, poached or attacked after straying into human habitats in Rajasthan every two days, according to a study.…Read more
  • 18/03/2012
    Greens disappointed with Pranab:Conservationists and environmentalists are shocked at the lack of concern shown by union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee towards wildlife, forests and environment, which have great ecological, economic and social value.…Read more
  • 15/03/2012
    Gujarat won’t part with its pride:The threat of Gujarat losing its hegemony over hosting the last breed of Asiatic Lions is getting real. …Read more
  • 13/03/2012
    Genetic evidence of tiger movement from Ranthambore:Highlighting the problem of man-animal conflict and the need to step up conservation efforts, a new study has found genetic evidence of migration of tigers from Ranthambore Tiger Reserve (RTR) to long distances of over 200 km through hostile terrains in search of new territories.…Read more
  • 12/03/2012
    Tiger reserves out of bounds to researchers:In a decision that is bound to antagonise conservation scientists, the State Forest Department has clamped down on field research in tiger reserves and will neither renew nor grant fresh permits to enter these forests.…Read more
  • 10/03/2012
    SAP Labs, Wipro 'move' closer to nature:The Bangalore offices of SAP Labs and Wipro are engaging ecologists in landscape designing to make their campuses more bird friendly.…Read more
  • 09/03/2012
    ‘Elephants raid crops most often post-monsoon and not in summer':A study indicates that the suggestion to create waterholes and grow fodder in forests to reduce crop raids by elephants is unscientific.…Read more
  • 08/03/2012
    Stop. Animals crossing:Road kills have the potential of wiping out entire species of animals: naturalists.…Read more
  • 07/03/2012
    Gir Sanctuary lost 86 lions in three years:The last abode of Asiatic Lions, Gir Sanctuary, lost 25 lions in the year 2011-12 till December, the Gujarat Assembly was informed today. …Read more
  • 04/03/2012
    Nation in a State: A fire in the forest:The destruction of large tracts of the Nilgiri bioreserve in a recent blaze reiterates that more needs to be done to prevent forest fires.…Read more
  • 03/03/2012
    Double speak on diversity:Karnataka's biodiversity board comes in for flak as it shies away from initiating prosecution for bio-piracy.…Read more
  • 02/03/2012
    Olive Ridley turtles start mass nesting in Odisha:Setting aside all speculations, the Olive Ridley sea turtles started their annual mass nesting on Wednesday near Rushikulya river mouth in Odisha's Ganjam district.…Read more
  • 28/02/2012
    356 leopard deaths in India in 365 days:Wildlife Protection Society of India report for 2011 shows 356 deaths in 365 days; poaching behind 52% of fatalities.…Read more
  • 26/02/2012
    MoEF damns project on Kalu:In what might come as a relief to all the villagers battling against the Kalu river dam project, a Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) report has recommended the stopping of “all construction activities” related to the project till all legal formalities, and forest, wildlife and environment related studies are completed, so that an informed decision can be taken.…Read more
  • 25/02/2012
    Rare black eagle spotted after 90 years:Amitava Misra and his friends, birding in the dense Aravali Biodiversity Park foliage earlier this month, saw a highly rare visitor to Delhi - the Indian Black Eagle - spotted last in India in the winter of 1920-21.…Read more
  • 23/02/2012
    New fish species sighted:A new species of barb, christened Puntius madhusoodani , has been reportedly discovered from the Manimala river in Pathanamthitta district during a river fish monitoring programme of the State Biodiversity Board.…Read more
  • 22/02/2012
    From Africa to Northeast, no need for legs:Biologists have discovered a new family of legless amphibians in northeastern India, adding a clan to the nine families hitherto known to science.…Read more
  • 21/02/2012
    WGEEP acting under influence of external agencies: KSEB:Terming the reasons cited by the Western Ghats Ecology Experts Panel (WGEEP) in its report against Athirapilly hydroelectric project as baseless, Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) has questioned the very constitution of the panel and said it was "acting with a closed mind, under the influence of other agencies."…Read more
  • 20/02/2012
    Gujarat Info Petro develops smart phone based tracking system:A software-based system for smart phone enabled surveillance and tracking has been developed by the State-run Gujarat Info Petro Ltd that would find diverse applications in sectors such as forests and agriculture.…Read more
  • 19/02/2012
    New lizard species found in Junagadh named after Gujarat:A new species of gecko, first found on a wall at Junagadh’s Vagheshwari Mata Temple, in the Girnar Hills, has earned Gujarat the distinction of having a lizard named after it.…Read more
  • 18/02/2012
    Tiger reserve proposal: Tribals to move court: Tribals who are opposed to the proposed tiger reserve in Kawal wildlife sanctuary in Adilabad district have decided to move court to seek protection of their Adivasi rights. Interestingly, there is no confirmation of the presence of tigers in the sanctuary although officials claim that the forest has seven big cats. …Read more
  • 17/02/2012
    Save dying swamps in Western Ghats: One of the last remains of the primary forests of Western Ghats is on the verge of extinction. The slow-growing Myristica swamps take a long time to mature, and with the environment witnessing rapid changes, the plant species is losing out on its stable habitat, which it requires to thrive in abundance.…Read more
  • 16/02/2012
    Ship of the desert gets that sinking feeling:In Kutch, the indigenous camel is slowly dying in both use and numbers. Dying along with it are the crafts such as Kharad and the ply-split braiding technique of making camel belts.…Read more
  • 15/02/2012
    BRAI bill state govts' role: Greenpeace:Greenpeace tore into the proposal to constitute a central biotechnology regulator, saying that the biotechnology regulatory authority of India (BRAI) bill will reduce the role of state governments to a recommendatory capacity.…Read more
  • 13/02/2012
    Centre pushes for sanctuary status to Nandhaur: Wildlife sanctuary status for Uttarakhand's ecologically sensitive Nandhaur area, which is home to Asian elephants, leopards, tigers and sloth bears, is being actively pursued by the Centre. …Read more
  • 12/02/2012
    Young blood in the tiger protection force: Jungle patrol staff have been given rigorous training to tackle poachers. …Read more
  • 11/02/2012
    Bio-piracy charges dropped against two US companies: Karnataka State Biodiversity Board, the regulatory body to implement the Biological Diversity Act, decided to drop the earlier planned legal action against US-based seed companies involved in bio-piracy. …Read more
  • 10/02/2012
    India's mangrove cover rises: India recorded a net increase of 23.34 sq. km of mangrove cover between 2009 and 2011, thanks to efforts of one of the most industrialised states, Gujarat, in planting and regenerating the ecosystem rich in biodiversity. …Read more
  • 09/02/2012
    Can the crane shift the dam?: The proposed power project at Zemithang valley could put the black-necked crane further at risk.…Read more
  • 08/02/2012
    CBI probe for Panna tiger debacle stuck at the lowest level: Three years after the entire tiger population of the Panna Tiger Reserve was decimated, the Madhya Pradesh government has neither been able to fix responsibility for the disaster, nor has it handed over the enquiry to the Central Bureau of Investigation inspite of requests from the Ministry of Environment and forests and even the Prime Minister's Office.…Read more
  • 07/02/2012
    Sunderbans gets the green light for new sanctuary:KOLKATA: It seems the chief minister's dreams of making Sunderbans a tourism hotspot is fast taking shape.…Read more
  • 06/02/2012
    Halt construction at Dadri wetland: Ministry:GREATER NOIDA: Following reports of the alleged encroachment around Bil Akbarpur wetland area in Dadri, the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) has issued a show cause notice to the Uttar Pradesh government. The ministry has ordered the government to halt ongoing construction work in the area with immediate effect, said sources.…Read more
  • 05/02/2012
    Don’t Ban Wildlife Tourism, Customise It:The case against wildlife tourism in core forests is up for hearing soon. But the interests of industry and conservation are not irreconcilable. …Read more
  • 04/02/2012
    Anand Agricultural University begins genetic study of flamingos:AHMEDABAD: Are Lesser Flamingos of India and South Africa genetically similar? The animal genetics & biotechnology laboratory at Anand Agricultural University (AAU) has initiated a genetic study of the Lesser Flamingos in Gujarat. Further, the findings of this study will be compared with those conducted by European scientists on African flamingos.…Read more
  • 03/02/2012
    Drop SkyCity project: Dheevara Sabha: Akhila Kerala Dheevara Sabha has demanded that the proposed SkyCity project in Kochi over the Chilavannoor backwaters, which is being pushed forward ignoring the key findings in the report of the National Coastal Zone Management Authority (NCZMA), should be dropped.…Read more
  • 02/02/2012
    Unique Hornbilll conservation project attracting foreign tourists to Arunachal: Naharlagun: The Hornbill Nest Adoption Programme (HNAP), a novel idea of Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Tana Tapi to conserve and protect hornbill nests in the fringe forest area outside Pakke Tiger Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary (PTRWS) in East Kameng District, is attracting tourists not only from India, but also from other countries as well.…Read more
  • 01/02/2012
    Environment ministry to clear controversial Demwe hydroelectric project: Despite majority of the members of National Board of Wildlife (NBWL) rejecting the clearance for the Demwe Lower Hydro Electric Project in Arunachal Pradesh, environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan has kept its fate hanging in balance.…Read more
  • 31/01/2012
    World's first 'wall-to-wall' map could help estimate carbon storage: Using a combination of remote sensing and field data, researchers have produced the first-of-its kind wall-to-wall map that can give accurate estimates of carbon storage of forests, shrublands, and savannas in the tropics of Africa, Asia, and South America.…Read more
  • 30/01/2012
    Centre wants Kolamarka to be wild buffalo sanctuary: NAGPUR: The Centre has asked the state government to declare Kolamarka forest area in Gadchiroli district a sanctuary to save the critically endangered wild buffaloes in India. The wild buffalo sanctuary was approved by the National Board of Wildlife (NBWL) at its meeting on December 13, 2011.…Read more
  • 29/01/2012
    Kumari wetland gets bird sanctuary tag: Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Saturday gave the vast wetlands along Suseendram, Therur and Manakudikayal in Kanyakumari district the status of a bird sanctuary. Announcing that that they would be developed as a tourist spot, she allocated Rs 1.61 crore for the task.…Read more
  • 28/01/2012
    India breathes the most toxic air, scrapes the bottom among nations: study: India ranks among the bottom 10 countries in controlling air pollution, according to the 2012 Environmental Performance Index (EPI), which addresses pollution control and natural resource management challenges.…Read more
  • 27/01/2012
    1,380 turtles recovered in Saifai: The police on Wednesday seized nearly 1,380 rare turtles from a truck in Saifai on Wednesday. The turtles, neatly packed in 47 sacks, were found loaded in a truck (UP-75-J-9994) belonging to Khurshid Alam of Etawah. Some of the reptiles were in critical condition.…Read more
  • 26/01/2012
    State to set up five restaurants for vultures: In a move to revive the dwindling population of vultures, the wildlife wing of the forest department has decided to set up five vulture restaurants in Maharashtra.…Read more
  • 24/01/2012
    Embryonic stem cells may help in saving snow leopards: City scientist: LUCKNOW: The cultivation of embryonic stem-like cells made up from the tissue of an adult leopard, by Rajneesh Verma, has come as a ray of hope for scientists working to save the snow leopard. Rajneesh, a native of Lucknow is presently working at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. …Read more
  • 23/01/2012
    Dead leopard found near Vasai, paws missing: Forest officers found a dead leopard in a village near Vasai on Sunday. The wild cat’s carcass was discovered in a peculiar condition — the animal’s right paws (front and hind) had been lopped off and its left claws were missing — raising the suspicion that poachers were at work in the region.…Read more
  • 22/01/2012
    Bishnois threaten road blocks against poaching: In no mood to give up against alleged poaching of black bucks in Adampur area of Hisar district, Bishnoi community on Saturday threatened to block roads if government failed to take steps to stop the killings. Forest department has deployed three additional wildlife guards in Adampur where black bucks were said to have been killed.…Read more
  • 21/01/2012
    Activists rescue Asian palm civet: Fire brigade and green activists rescued an Asian palm civet cat from a tree in Karad town in Satara district on Thursday morning.…Read more
  • 20/01/2012
    Thiruvananthapuram to host global ayurveda fest on Feb 9: With an aim to showcase the benefits and use of Ayurveda, the state capital is all set to host the biggest ever Global Ayurveda festival starting from February 9. About 2500 leading Ayurveda practitioners from across the world will be participating in the event, which would mainly focus on how to tackle the lifestyle disorders.…Read more
  • 19/01/2012
    Shift Mumbai trans-harbour link alignment, demand environmentalists: The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority has locked horns with environmentalists as it prepares to execute its ambitious bridge project—the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL).…Read more
  • 16/01/2012
    Bulbuls fight as Assam celebrates Bihu: Bulbuls fought for cash prizes as the people in Assam celebrated the Magh Bihu with pomp and gaiety on Sunday.…Read more
  • 13/01/2012
    Submergence threat to Palamu Tiger Reserve: Another development project, though long in the pipeline, is set to take its toll on a tiger habitat. The upcoming North Koel irrigation project has been assessed by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) as potentially harmful for Jharkhand's Palamu Tiger Reserve.…Read more
  • 12/01/2012
    Rare bird spotted in Kaiga exclusion zone: K. Puttaraju, amateur naturalist, wildlife photographer and scientific officer at the Kaiga Atomic Power Station, has captured the photograph of Blackish Darter which is rare in the Western Ghats.…Read more
  • 11/01/2012
    Threatened albino crocodile found:Wildlife personnel have spotted highly threatened albino salt-water crocodiles in the brackish water bodies and water-inlets along the wetlands of Bhitarkanika National Park in Odisha.…Read more
  • 09/01/2012
    Finally, a recovery programme for the neglected bustards: The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has prepared a species recovery programme to control the dwindling population of the Great Indian Bustard, the Lesser Florican and the Bengal Florican, three of the four bustard species found in India. …Read more
  • 10/11/2011
    Mushroom boost to farmers' kitty: With a view to boost the economy of the rural people who hardly have any livelihood, the Jharkhand Biodiversity Board of India and UNDP have set up biodiversity projects in several forest-dominated areas of the district.…Read more
  • 25/10/2011
    Project to study marine molluscs: The Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Department of Aquatic Biology and Fisheries, University of Kerala and Suganthi Devadason Marine Research Institute, Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu are joining hands in a collaborative project to prepare a biodiversity database and DNA barcode data of marine molluscs of India.…Read more
  • 14/09/2011
    Mangrove variety may be behind falling tiger count: Tigers in the Sunderbans face a new threat, this time from within. An alteration in the composition of the mangrove forest has made it difficult for tigers to hunt and could be a reason behind their dwindling number, says an ongoing study by the School of Oceanagraphic Studies, Jadavpur University.…Read more
  • 14/09/2011
    Breaking ban on diclofenac hits vulture population: Over a third of the Indian pharmacies continue to sell to livestock farmers the banned killer drug, diclofenac, responsible for the dramatic fall in vulture population in the country.…Read more
  • 05/09/2011
    'Indian Eagle Owls help farmers control rodents': In a study conducted in several locations in the state, including Pune, the Deccan Plateau, and in and around Alibaug and Chiplun, researchers from the city-based Ela Foundation and the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) has found that the Indian Eagle Owl (IEO) Bubo bengalensis plays a positive role in the biological control of crop pests.…Read more
  • 03/09/2011
    Helping sparrows come home to nest: For Fiona Desimon, a student of CMS Matriculation Higher Secondary School at Ganapathy in Coimbatore, 'homework' holds a different meaning these days. She is one among 26 students who are currently working on a novel project- that of protecting house sparrows, a species facing extinction. Feeding cans and nests adorn the front yards of their houses as they go about the business of trying to get the house sparrows to nest .…Read more
  • 29/08/2011
    World Bank to Prepare Integrated Plan for Sundarbans: The World Bank has taken up a mega-project, touted to be the first of its kind, for conserving the rich biodiversity and boosting socio-economic development of the Sundarbans area in West Bengal.…Read more
  • 25/08/2011
    Environmental disaster in the making: Ecologists blast Posco: A group of ecologists have warned of an ecological disaster at the Posco Steel Plant’s site in Jagatsinghpur district of Orissa, with the state government cutting around 50,000 trees to prepare the site for the plant.…Read more
  • 02/08/2011
    Trapped in a shrinking net: About 90% of tigers are now squeezed into 10% of the entire habitat that’s supposed to be occupied by the animals. …Read more
  • 20/07/2011
    India's food security emergency: Corporate influence on food production and large, chemical monoculture farms is causing a severe food insecurity crisis.…Read more
  • 19/07/2011
    ENTER THE CORRIDOR : If precious forest corridors are ravaged by the onslaught of ‘development’, the protected forest might turn into a glorified zoo…Read more
  • 17/07/2011
    India's most wanted -- frogs : A few weeks ago, Dr SD Biju, an eminent Indian amphibian researcher, was leading volunteers in the forests surrounding Mirik Lake in Darjeeling, West Bengal. They were on the lookout for frogs belonging to that region. Here, it's not habitat destruction that has led to the frogs' disappearance, but the fact that locals comsume them. …Read more
  • 12/07/2011
    The butterfly effect : As India continues to lose its rich butterfly diversity at an alarming rate, a handful of individuals work towards creating newer habitats. …Read more
  • 10/07/2011
    Mass graveyard at bird sanctuary: Birdwatchers might find it hard to digest but many birds of different varieties have been found dead at the Vedanthangal sanctuary' some 82 km south-west of Chennai . Excessive heat' polluted water of a nearby tank and starvation due to the dwindling numbers of fish in the sanctuary have been cited as the reasons . …Read more
  • 07/07/2011
    Bird breeding site under threat: The Acacia nilotica (karuvaelam) trees inside the Vaagaikulam Tank near Alwarkurichi in the district that give shelter to several hundreds of domestic and migratory birds between November and March may be felled for commercial purposes since an influential contractor from the district has submitted an application to the Forest Department to get the consent.…Read more
  • 05/07/2011
    NTCA committee on orphaned tiger cubs: The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has constituted a three-member committee for examining issues…Read more
  • 30/06/2011
    Pay and take:A High Powered Committee set up by the Central government has suggested that allocation of natural resources should go to the highest bidder. …Read more
  • 24/06/2011
    Aiming to protect Great Indian Bustards, Pune doc launches website:NAGPUR: Why should tigers hog all the limelight when only 300 Great Indian Bustards (GIBs) are left in the wild? In bid to promote GIB conservation, a Pune-based doctor has come up with a website on GIBs, which is perhaps the first in Indian subcontinent. …Read more
  • 22/06/2011
    ‘Extinct' mangrove species sighted after 150 years:KOLLAM: A mangrove species, long believed to have gone extinct in the State, was sighted on an isolated private island of Ashtamudi Lake in Kollam. ‘Ceriops tagal' or the yellow mangrove has been listed by the Forest Department as a “mangrove species that had disappeared from Kerala.”…Read more
  • 21/06/2011
    Assam zoo plans to breed highly endangered golden langurs:The Assam-state-zoo-cum botanical garden is all set to achieve another milestone with the authorities planning to build a conservation breeding centre for the highly endangered golden langurs inside its premises.…Read more
  • 17/06/2011
    Local communities should also support tag, feels expert:BANGALORE: The Karnataka forest minister's decision to bar some Western Ghats sites in Karnataka from Unesco's natural heritage site status may have invited a lot of wrath. In fact, experts suspect that opposition could be mainly from mining companies, the timber lobby and those with a stake in power projects. But there is another side to the issue: that local communities in very interior parts of the Western Ghats could also fear the forest department completely taking over these sites and extorting local people.…Read more
  • 14/06/2011
    PhD for study on grey hornbills:NAGPUR: There may be many working for tiger conservation but a few have been silently working for our winged friends. A city birder's research on Indian Grey Hornbills (IGHs) has bagged him a doctorate, perhaps the first on IGH study. …Read more
  • 13/06/2011
    1,411 to 1,706: WHO WILL COUNT THE STRIPES? :The tiger survey has run into a hot controversy with scientists and conservationists putting a question mark on the new inflated numbers …Read more
  • 12/06/2011
    Wired to death: Flamingos die by the dozen in Gujarat :BHAVNAGAR: Hundreds of flamingos are dying of electrocution daily as they fly into high-voltage electricity cables passing over their habitat on the outskirts of Bhavnagar city. The situation is made worse by stray dogs which attack these birds, causing the flock to take off in panic and hit the high-tension lines. …Read more
  • 11/06/2011
    Rare bird spotted after 23 years :The birds, belonging to the Laughing Thrush family, are mostly found in north India and only three species of these birds are found in south India. …Read more
  • 09/06/2011
    Jackal survey to involve people's participation :An online survey of jackals, initiated by Mysore-based Nature Conservation Foundation, began on the World Environment Day, last Sunday. The survey titled ‘Days of Jackal' will be completed in two months. Sharing details of the project, M. D. Madhusudan, Senior Scientist and Trustee, Nature Conservation Foundation, told The Hindu that the objective of the survey is to enlist researchers, wildlife enthusiasts, photographers, and common people to answer a few simple questions about jackals based on their observations.
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  • 08/06/2011
    Country's national bird may be extinct soon :JODHPUR: Unabated killing of peacocks is gradually pushing the national bird on the brink of extinction and lack of stringent measures to put a check on their poaching is making the situation worse. After repeated instances of killing in Bundi previous month, 23 more peacocks were killed in Bhilwara and Ajmer last week, where poachers used the poison laced grains as bait.
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  • 06/06/2011
    These 9 steps can make Earth a better place : Climate change is a problem that is affecting people across the world. Temperatures are rising, Arctic ice is melting, many species are facing extinction and food and water crises threaten the globe.
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  • 03/06/2011
    Environment Ministry ready with eco-tourism guidelines in ecologically fragile areas : NEW DELHI: As India prepares to host the biennial meeting of the Convention on Biodiversity, the Environment Ministry has prepared a set of guidelines to regulate tourism in ecologically fragile areas. The draft guidelines on eco-tourism is an attempt by the ministry to stem the tide of "eco-tourism" which has been to the detriment of the ecosystem and results in further alienation of the local people and communities.
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  • 02/06/2011
    North East Biodiversity gallery opened : BHUBANESWAR: A North East Biodiversity Gallery showcasing mega biodiversity of the region was opened at the Regional Museum of Natural History (RMNH), Bhubaneswar, on Wednesday. …Read more
  • 01/06/2011
    Sunderbans absorbs 4 cr tonnes carbon dioxide : The Sunderbans forests play a vital role in protecting the world from the adverse affects of climate change, acting as a carbon sink and absorbing more than four crore tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, a recent study has found. …Read more
  • 27/05/2011
    Vembanad fish count reveals an alarming fall : ALAPPUZHA: The fourth annual fish count in the Vembanad Lake here on Thursday revealed an alarming fall in aquatic life in the ecologically fragile lake and a steadily deteriorating biodiversity. …Read more
  • 18/05/2011
    After years Hoopoe resurfaces in Valley: Srinagar, May 16: After remaining invisible from the green swathes of Kashmir for past many years, Hoopoe, a popular seasonal bird, has resurfaced this summer following sufficient rains proving it conducive environs. …Read more
  • 16/05/2011
    Confining Birds in Cages Violates Their Right to Live: HC: Gujarat High court has ordered the release of 494 birds held captive in cages, saying that it was the fundamental right of birds to fly in the open sky and their confinement was violation of their right to live freely.…Read more
  • 06/05/2011
    Himalayan avian diversity among richest in world: It has been speculated for long but now experts have confirmed it with substantive evidence. The diversity of birdlife in the Himalayan region is among the richest in the world.…Read more
  • 05/05/2011
    Beasts search for water, find human beings: With natural water holes drying up and tanks allegedly not being filled up by officials, leopards are venturing into adivasi settlements in search of water …Read more
  • 04/05/2011
    Confusing Green Bush Frog found in Shola forests : CHIKMAGALUR: Zoological scientists published a report on the prevalence of an endangered species — Confusing Green Bush Frog, which is known in biological terms as Raorchestes Chromasynchysi, in the Shola forest patches of Kemmanugundi parts of Western Ghats in Chikmagalur district in the 2010 issue of the Records of Zoological Survey of India, Kolkata. …Read more
  • 03/05/2011
    Bleeding the forests will not protect them : Revolutions invariably liberate. Living up to the prototype, Union minister Jairam Ramesh claims to have launched a revolution to “liberate bamboo” at Mendha-Lekha village of Gadchiroli district in Maharashtra last week when he granted full rights to harvest and sell bamboo to local forest dwellers. The move may have won him applause from forest right advocates in the National Advisory Council. But it has left those concerned about future of India’s dwindling forests dismayed. This was facilitated by a change in the definition of bamboo in the Indian Forest Act — from timber to grass. As timber, its management was under the control of the forest department. As grass, its cultivation, harvesting and trade will now be managed by local people under the Forest Rights Act. …Read more
  • 02/05/2011
    Three countries join to save Ladakh’s black-necked crane : India, China and Bhutan have agreed to join hands to save from extinction the black-necked crane, the state bird of Jammu and Kashmir. …Read more
  • 27/04/2011
    Rise in wildlife tourism in India comes with challenges: A line of tourist jeeps clogs the road in a dry forest, as all eyes—and cameras—are on a big cat ambling along the road ahead; when the striped predator turns for a moment to face the tourists, voices hush and cameras flash.…Read more
  • 25/04/2011
    India’s tiger count shows increase, but conservationists question survey: Herding cats is notoriously difficult, and even counting them presents a challenge. Particularly when they are big cats. Adding up wild tigers is a major undertaking that the Indian government completed last month.…Read more
  • 20/04/2011
    All that birds need is a bit of our support: Prabhakar Kukdolkar: Heavy traffic, rising pollution and the concrete jungle are playing havoc with bird life in Pune. Prabhakar Kukdolkar, who recently took voluntary retirement as assistant conservator of forests, feels that organised efforts should be made to protect the environment. His latest book Birds of Pune (Punyache Pakshivaibhav) aims at creating awareness about birds and the environment among the young generation. The nature lover talks to DNA about the current scenario of the bird life in the city.…Read more
  • 19/04/2011
    No dark corner for firefly smiles to flash: Just a generation ago, kids buzzed around city's fabled bungalow gardens collecting ladybirds and butterflies during day and fireflies on hot midsummer nights. Fireflies, iconic insects of the nocturnal environment, are steadily becoming another footnote to the city's natural history. The biggest factor leading to the dulling of the fireflies' flash -apart from the usual culprits of pesticides and habitat loss -is millions of wattage of artificial power that light up the skyline. …Read more
  • 18/04/2011
    When the pink birds set the hearts aflutter: Groups of children jumped with joy as they gazed at thousands of pink, white and grey-coloured flamingoes on the sheet of Sewri-Mahul mudflats here. The occasion was the annual flamingo festival organised by the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) here on Saturday. “This is so beautiful! Most of the flamingoes here are Lesser Flamingoes. There are a few Greater Flamingoes as well,” Chirag Singhal, a Std. V student of the Navy Children's School said, as he repeated all the information he had gathered from the exhibition arranged there on the winged visitors. …Read more
  • 15/04/2011
    Dolphin poaching goes unabated: Despite Gangetic dolphins being an endangered species, they are being killed at an alarming rate in Bihar. …Read more
  • 13/04/2011
    2 rare vulture species sighted : Two rare vulture species were reportedly sighted in Rajasthan's Baran district on Tuesday. …Read more
  • 11/04/2011
    Olive Ridley turtles arrive in large numbers!: Wildife enthusisats and others in the field are excited. Volunteers from the Student Sea Turtle Conservation Network (SSTCN) have reported finding around 101 nests of Olive Ridley turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) on the 8 km stretch from Neelankarai to Urur Kuppam in South Chennai.…Read more
  • 09/04/2011
    Saving vultures:The inter-Ministerial consultation on vulture conservation, convened by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, has sent out a clear message to the State agriculture departments: it is they who hold the key to the fortunes of three critically endangered species in India. After years of research, scientists concluded that the cause for extermination of about 95 per cent of the estimated populations of oriental white-backed, slender-billed, and long-billed vultures in the subcontinent is the painkiller diclofenac. Feeding on carcasses of cattle that had been administered the drug proved fatal to the birds. The Ministry responded positively to that finding by coming up with a multi-pronged strategy. It essentially consists of banning veterinary formulations of diclofenac, popularising the drug meloxicam to eliminate the threat to vultures from contaminated carcasses, and opening breeding centres. The results have been encouraging. There is a declining trend in the use of the toxic drug. The breeding centres at Pinjore in Haryana, Rajabhat Khawa in West Bengal, and the Rani range in Assam now host a good number of birds. Yet, given the scale of the ecological disaster that has struck vultures, much more needs to be done.…Read more
  • 08/04/2011
    Court nod for elephant corridor:The Madras High Court on Thursday said the Tamil Nadu government is fully empowered to notify the ‘Elephant Corridor' in The Nilgiris district as a management strategy. The government is also authorised by the Centre's ‘Project Elephant' since there was no impediment in the Wildlife Protection Act to declaring the corridor by the State government.…Read more
  • 07/04/2011
    SC refuses to grant relief in NH7 four-laning along Pench:The Supreme Court has refused to grant any relief in the four-laning of NH7 along the Pench Tiger Reserve but has granted liberty to the petitioner to approach authorities under the Wildlife Protection Act (WPA) 1972 and put fresh proposals for their consideration.…Read more
  • 06/04/2011
    Roar of tiger census subsides:The camera flies over a green forest. A tiny tiger cub struggles to leap over tall grass, as the voiceover intones: “He’s two months old. He’s hungry and scared. He’s wondering when his mother is coming home…” As the camera zooms out, leaving the lonely cub cowering in a cave, a gunshot echoes through the forest. “Maybe she is not.”Last year, Stripey the Cub, a scruffy young orphan from the “Save Our Tigers” initiative became everyone’s pet cause. The number 1,411 (a chillingly scant count of the tigers left in the world) was plastered over billboards, tossed over coffee tables and screamed on televised marathons to save tigers.…Read more
  • 05/04/2011
    Bears get some attention, conservation plan on cards:The solitary and reclusive sloth bear is all set for some protection in the country. The Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) and (WSPA) will prepare a national action plan for its conservation. Workshops will be held in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa and Chattisgarh to draw up the action plan. Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh recently hosted the first workshop. The species, found in at least four states including Maharashtra, is threatened by habitat fragmentation and destruction, human-animal conflict, degradation and loss of forests outside protected areas. It is also poached for its body parts.
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  • 24/03/2011
    Marshland yet to be notified as reserve forest:An ambitious plan to notify 150 hectares of the Pallikaranai marsh as a reserve forest area, announced over a year ago by the DMK-led government, is yet to see the light of day. The ecologically sensitive wetland, adjoining the Pallavaram-Thoraipakkam Radial Road, remains with the Corporation of Chennai.…Read more
  • 23/03/2011
    Board gets 80 emails giving sparrow count:The emails from people kept pouring in for UP state bio-diversity board, even two days after the World Sparrow Day. The board had urged people to spare some time to count the sparrows in their vicinity on the World Sparrow Day on March 20.
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  • 22/03/2011
    Honey bees get a high on city's blooms:No creature in Chandigarh's beautiful gardens welcomes spring (basant) with such joy as honey bees. Starved of food through the long and cold winter of 2010-2011, the bees are busy feeding on the blooming flowers as they prepare for the breeding season when the Queen bee will lay an increasing number of eggs. …Read more
  • 21/03/2011
    Hornbills find Top Slip ideal for nesting:After cleaning up the traditional nests in January, hornbills have, since February, started nesting eggs in tree cavities deep inside the jungles in Karian Shola near Top Slip in the Anamalai Tiger Reserve (ATR).…Read more
  • 20/03/2011
    Mission Sparrow: Bring them back:If you thought House Sparrows have disappeared from the neighbourhoods of Bangalore, you may want to visit Harish Bhat's house in Yeshwantpur. An ecologist, Harish managed to call back the little guests, but it was a long wait, and of course, involved a lot of effort. Now, there are 25 sparrows visiting his balcony every day!…Read more
  • 16/03/2011
    First whale shark satellite-tagged in India:A whale shark was satellite-tagged for the first time in India, earlier this week, as part of research to understand behavior, ecological preferences and migration of this species.…Read more
  • 07/03/2011
    NAC Drafts rules for identifying critical wildlife habitats:The Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council has prepared a detailed set of draft rules for identifying critical wildlife habitats or areas within national parks and sanctuaries that would be free of human presence.…Read more
  • 03/03/2011
    Minister inaugurates India’s 1st marine bio-diversity centre:Union Minister for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh inaugurated the National Centre for Marine Bio-Diversity (NCMB), the first institution of its kind in India, in Jamnagar, on Wednesday.…Read more
  • 28/02/2011
    Greens do not harbour much hope:Amid concerns by the industry over green hurdles to development and the Economic Survey released on Friday too saying ecological concerns should not derail growth, conservationists do not expect much from Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee. …Read more
  • 24/02/2011
    India will host World Environment Day (WED) 2011 on June 5, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced:The theme for this year's WED is 'Forests: Nature at Your Service' and will focus on the relationship between populations and forests.…Read more
  • 21/02/2011
    CIL coal projects get green signal:The Ministry of Environment and Forests has cleared seven to eight more projects of Coal India Limited that have been stranded for about a year, Coal Minister, Mr Sriprakash Jaiswal, said…Read more
  • 18/02/2011
    Marine biodiversity survey reveals data gaps:A marine biodiversity survey covering the 47 countries of the Indian Ocean has highlighted inequalities and inadequacies in data coverage, and a shortage of scientists equipped to conduct such surveys.…Read more
  • 17/02/2011
    Five frog species rediscovered:Scientists of the University of Delhi, in a collaborative programme involving researchers from other leading institutions in the country, have rediscovered five species of frogs believed extinct long ago.…Read more
  • 15/02/2011
    ZSI survey records 374 faunal species in W Ghats:The faunal diversity survey conducted by the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), Pune, at the Chandoli National Park in Sangli district and the Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary in Kolhapur district, has recorded presence of 374 species, marking them as rich biodiversity sites.…Read more
  • 12/02/2011
    First ever rainforest festival in Assam:India’s easternmost rainforest, one of very few wildlife preserves on earth housing seven wildcat species, has thrown open its doors to tourists with a three-day festival.…Read more
  • 10/02/2011
    MoEF gives nod to SAIL’s Chiria mines:State-run Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL), the country’s second largest producer of the alloy, was allowed by the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) on Tuesday to extract iron ore from its Chiria mines in Jharkhand. This will allow SAIL to more than quadruple capacity to 60 million tonnes (mt) by 2020.…Read more
  • 08/02/2011
    6 WWF volunteers abducted at Manas:Security operations are under way in an area under Manas Tiger Reserve to extract six young volunteers abducted by an unidentified armed group on February 6.…Read more
  • 06/02/2011
    A bad nuclear choice in India: Imagine a beautiful ecosystem with virgin rainforests, great mountains, and immense biodiversity, in which two great rivers originate. Add to this a flourishing farming, fisheries and horticultural economy which grows the world-famous Alphonso mango.…Read more