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60% of animal populations wiped out since 1970 — WWF

Bern, Oct. 30 (IANS): The global populations of vertebrates – mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles – have declined by 60 per cent since 1970, according to a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) report released on Tuesday. The “Living ...

30 Oct 2018

Farmer termites bury invaders alive to protect fungus farms

Termites are often a nightmare in human habitats, devouring wooden structures and ravaging crops and trees. But within their own homes, some of these farmer termites have sneaky tricks for pest control. The pests in question are an unwelcome variety ...

01 Oct 2018

Why Toilets Remain Aspirational for the Urban Poor Despite Subsidies

A 65 per cent shortfall in subsidies is affecting Maharashtra’s push to ensure a toilet in every urban household under the Swachh Bharat Mission, the nationwide cleanliness campaign, according to a study by CEPT University, Gujarat....

01 Oct 2018

Adverse Effects of Plastics on Environment and Health

By Vimenu Richa Plastics- one of the greatest inventions ever made. They are the most functional and convenient packaging option for customers and businesses, from shopping, retailing to parcelling plastic bags is used around the word in a large scal...

27 Sep 2018

Air Bombardment or ‘Chemical Attack’: Suspense Surrounds Idlib Endgame

The Byzantine and Roman sites of Ebla and Idlib, in northwest Syria, may well be reduced to dust if an explosion occurs on a scale many expect. Sadly these archaeological losses will not even be noticed. They will be submerged in the looming human ca...

17 Sep 2018

In a First, Scientists Satellite Collar a Dhole – A Species on Verge of Extinction

By Kushagra Dixit | IANS In a first, wildlife scientists have collared a dhole, the Indian wild dog, with a satellite transmitter to understand the ecology of this endangered species that is considered as important as tigers in keeping the balance i...

19 Jul 2018

Going Green with the Green Economy

By Ajay Adiseshann | IANS * 24 trees. That’s the number of trees that need to be cut to make one ton of uncoated, non-recycled printing and office paper. *10.6 per cent. That’s how much India’s per capita consumption of paper grew this year, p...

06 Jun 2018

Only India Can Help Itself Combat Pollution­—UN Environment Head Erik Solheim

By Kushagra Dixit | IANS United Nations Environment head Erik Solheim believes that only India can help itself when it comes to “Beat Plastic Pollution” — this year’s theme of World’s Environment Day that the country is hosting — or to ru...

06 Jun 2018

Let’s Make Future Plastic Free and End Plastic Pollution

By Mithilesh Kumar Sinha India will host the official global World Environment day celebration tomorrow. But only celebration of the day will not help in ending plastic pollution. We have to stop plastics to enter our house. Though Plastics are a pa...

03 Jun 2018

Water Crisis Looming Large Over Himachal, Warn Environmentalists

By Vishal Gulati | IANS As Shimla faces one of its worst water crises, sending locals on the warpath and making tourists cutting short their stay, environmentalists warn water scarcity not only looms large over the city but the entire Himalayan stat...

31 May 2018

Grasping at Straws: Pathetic State of Biofuels in India

By Ramya Natarajan | IANS For the past several winters, Delhi has drawn global attention for its life-threatening smog levels. This is attributed, in part, to the open burning of biomass residues like paddy straw and stubble in the neighbouring stat...

24 May 2018

‘Many Miles to Go Before the Tiger is Safe in India’

By Vishnu Makhijani | IANS Latika Nath was just seven when she decided she would dedicate her life to the conservation of wildlife. Along the way, she became India’s first woman wildlife biologist and spent a quarter of a century working at the gr...

17 May 2018

Only 11 Indus Dolphins Survive in India

New Delhi, May 10 (IANS) Only five to 11 individual Indus Dolphins, one of the world’s rarest mammals, survive in India, with their habitat confined to 130 km stretch of Beas river in Punjab, reveals the first-ever organised census. Low waterf...

11 May 2018

‘Conflict with wildlife because of human intrusion’

New Delhi, April 18 (IANS): Humans running into tigers and leopards, that left at least 156 people dead and injured in Dudhwa-Pilibhit area of Uttar Pradesh between 2000 and 2013 were due to people venturing into the forests and not the other way rou...

19 Apr 2018

Taps may dry up in India: Study

A new early warning satellite system has revealed that India along with Spain, Morocco and Iraq faces the risk of shrinking reservoirs that can lead to taps going dry. It has highlighted poor rains in 2017 to show the shrinking of the Indira Sagar da...

13 Apr 2018

Need Seen for ‘Global Agency’ to Help Protect Dying Dal Lake

By  Arun Kumar Das | IANS Faced with alarming levels of muck and choking weeds, Dal lake, the main tourist attraction in the Kashmir Valley, is gasping for breath — and the once-pristine waterbody seems to be in dire need of intervention by a...

04 Apr 2018

Crop Burning To Up Air Pollution in Delhi to Hazardous Levels — US Study

The air pollution in Delhi may reach 20 times higher than the safe limits owing to agricultural fires during peak burning season, a team of researchers have warned. In October and November which is a peak burning season in Punjab, about half of all p...

03 Apr 2018

Biodiversity Continues to Decline Globally, Warn Scientists

The world’s leading experts said on said that biodiversity continues to decline in every region, significantly reducing nature’s capacity to contribute to people’s well-being. This alarming trend endangers economies, livelihoods, fo...

23 Mar 2018

Squirrels are Using Plastic to Build Their Nests

By Monika Kundu Srivastava | India Science Wire Plastics have invaded our environment like never before. Now scientists have discovered that squirrels in urban areas are using plastic waste as a building material for their nests. Indian palm squirre...

08 Mar 2018

Ecotourism’s Direct Payment on Sighting Wildlife Helps Reducing Hunting

Ecotourism’s direct payment approach to the locals for sighting wildlife helps reducing illegal hunting, says a new international study. The study by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Foundations of Success (FOS) finds that an ecotour...

03 Mar 2018

Harsh Vardhan stresses on small deeds towards clean and green environment

New Delhi, Feb. 28 (India Science Wire): Small actions by everyone in their day to day lives can help meet the challenge posed by climate change, Minister for Science & Technology and Environment Dr Harsh Vardhan has said. “If by collective act...

01 Mar 2018

New Shark Species Discovered in Atlantic Ocean

A team of scientists has identified a new shark species residing in the Atlantic Ocean. Using genetic testing, the study confirmed that the new species, named the “Atlantic sixgill shark”, is different than its counterparts in the Indian and Paci...

22 Feb 2018

Extreme Weather Risk High Despite Paris Agreement: Study

Meeting the Paris Agreement’s goal of keeping the global-scale warming this century to less than 2 degrees Celsius could still lead to extreme weather events compared to the present, claims a study. The Paris Agreement saw nearly all the countries ...

15 Feb 2018

Why Polar Bears are Starving

The polar bear population is declining fast as they are unable to catch enough prey to meet their energy needs, says a study. The researchers found that these animals have higher metabolic rates than previously thought, and climate change is adversel...

02 Feb 2018

Climate Change Will Exacerbate Weed Problem

By Dr. Aditi Jain | India Science Wire Weedsare a persistent problem for farmers. A recent assessment by the Directorate of Weed Research shows that India loses crops worth 11 billion US dollar every year to these farm intruders. This study, pub...

31 Jan 2018