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It’s a wonderful weed

Source: www.indianexpress.com, 2017-06-09

The peskiest weed in Cuba sprouts a charming flower. Pink and wispy, with a bushy yellow tail, it looks like a cross between a Chinese lantern and Muppet.

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Over 500 new species of plants, animals discovered in India in 2016

Live Mint, 2017-06-08

Over 500 new species of plants and animals were discovered in India in 2016, in addition to 194 found in the country for the first time, according to the environment ministry.

More: http://www.livemint.com/Science/4w6Ls8sX7UEjUtMDLxeNEO/Over-500-new-sp...


First Biodiversity Heritage Site in India: fish for everyone

The Hindu, 2017-06-05

On the western fringes of Hyderabad, surrounded by fantastic primordial rock formations, modern apartments, factories and a village, is a sprawling and ancient man-made lake. Ameenpur Lake dates back to the time of Ibrahim Qutb Shah, who ruled the kingdom of Golconda between 1550 and 1580. According to one account, the tank was excavated to irrigate a large public garden. The lake is now divided into two parts called Pedda Ameenpur and Chinna Cheruvu.

More: http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/energy-and-environment/fish-for-every...

 


Environment education calls nature lovers

Source:-TOI Jun 5, 2017

PUNE: Students who love nature have an opportunity to pursue it as a career. Courses in biodiversity will provide them not only an inquisitive scientific approach, but also a profession.

More:-http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/environment-education-calls-nature-lovers/articleshow/58991084.cms

 


Gurugram may soon be “living hell”

Source:-Gurugram, june 02, 2017

The Millennium City’s woes include depleting groundwater table, pollution and poor waste management.

More:-http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/gurugram-may-soon-be-living-hell/article18702548.ece

 


An escape from a shopping bag triggers an idea.

Source:The Indian Express 02/05/2015

Plastic-eating caterpillars could save the planet.

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In Himachal Pradesh, a few new ideas to tackle an old problem

Source:-The Indian Express 01/05/2015

They bite people, contaminate drinking water in storage tanks, steal, tear, break and snatch.

More:-http://indianexpress.com/article/explained/himachal-pradesh-eco-task-force-mobilised-to-cull-experiment-to-give-monkeys-oral-contraceptives-under-discussion-4631134/

 

 


Bovine IVF: Mobile lab helps farmers breed perfect calves

Source:-The Indian Express 18/04/2017

FOR the last few days, the sight of a constantly-parked “ambulance-like” vehicle at the cow farm of Indapur-based Majid Khan Pathan had made his neighbours curious

More:-http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/pune/bovine-ivf-mobile-lab-helps-farmers-breed-perfect-calves-4615927/

 


How Ants Figured Out Farming Millions of Years Before Humans

Source:-The Indian Express 18/04/2017

We humans think we’re pretty smart because we invented farming. But we didn’t.

More:-https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/11/science/ant-fungus-farmers-evolution.html?_r=0


#Hunger4 Bees: Declining Bee Populations Mean and Our Food

Slow Food, 2017-03-27

Something that affects every single one of us—food—is being used as a way to offer a new perspective on the global problem of falling bee populations. The impact of the decline in pollinating insects on our diets and the tangible, daily consequences for our health, the environment and biodiversity are the driving forces behind the Hunger For Bees journalism project, winner of an “Innovation in Development Reporting” award from the European Journalism Centre.

More: http://www.slowfood.com/hunger4bees-declining-bee-populations-mean-food/

 


Poachers account for 53 of 131 leopard deaths across India in 2017

Source- HINDUSTAN TIMES, MARCH 15, 2016

Since the start of the year, 131 leopards have died across the country. Of these, 40% were killed by poachers. Wildlife activists said that while conservation efforts were largely focused on tigers, other big cats also needed protection.

More:http://www.hindustantimes.com/mumbai-news/poachers-account-for-53-of-131-leopard-deaths-across-india-in-2017/story-l6I19IoYw4Jn2EzTtuNkzI.html

 


On the origin of species in India

Source-THE HINDU, MARCH 12, 2016

Whenever you imagine planet Earth or sit and look at the stars on a dark moonless night, the thoughts that creep in are about life in our universe.

More:http://www.thehindu.com/books/books-reviews/on-the-origin-of-species-in-india/article17450238.ece

 


Monkeys wreak havoc with crops in Himachal Pradesh

Source- THE HINDU, MARCH 12, 2016

Monkeys have unleashed devastation in Himachal Pradesh. In the last one year, they have caused a loss of Rs. 184.28 crore to the State’s farmers by destroying their crops.

More:http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-otherstates/monkeys-wreak-havoc-with-crops-in-himachal-pradesh/article17451012.ece

 


Study on fish reveals key to cure blindness

Source- THE HINDU, MARCH 12, 2016

Scientists have discovered a chemical in the zebra fish brain that helps reveal how it regrows its retina, a finding that can potentially cure blindness in humans.

More:http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-sci-tech-and-agri/study-on-fish-reveals-key-to-cure-blindness/article17450674.ece

Indian researcher uses novel strategy to increase wheat yield

Source-THE HINDU, MARCH 11, 2016

Using a novel route, an Indian researcher has been able to increase wheat grain yield by 20% and also improve the resilience of wheat to environmental stress such as drought

More:http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/indian-researcher-uses-novel-strategy-to-increase-wheat-yield/article17448630.ece

New clone of MRSA identified in Kerala aquatic environment

Source-THE HINDU, MARCH 11, 2016

A new clone of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which is exclusive to Kochi, has been identified. The new clone, christened ‘t15669 MRSA’, is unique to seafood and the aquatic environment of Kerala.

More:http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/new-clone-of-mrsa-identified-in-kerala-aquatic-environment/article17448716.ece

Ganja attracts Shivamogga farmers as drough wilts paddy and ginger hopes.

Source- THE HINDU, MARCH 06, 2016

An agent enters a village bordering the verdant Western Ghats forests of Shivamogga district, in the guise of being a scrap merchant or ginger dealer. Acquaintances are made, and a proposition is put forth: start cultivating lucrative ganja (cannabis) instead of the low-profit paddy.

More:http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/ganja-attracts-shivamogga-farmers-as-drought-wilts-paddy-and-ginger-hopes/article17449353.ece

Couple Buys 300 Acres Of Barren Land, Converts It Into India's First Private Wildlife Sanctuary

Source- Indiatimes.com, MARCH 06, 2016

A couple has transformed 300 acres of denuded farmland in Karnataka into what is probably India's first private wildlife sanctuary. Pamela Malhotra walks through the forest, pointing out a spot where she and her husband saw a herd of 10 elephants a few days ago. She also shows off a giant tree nearby.

More:http://www.indiatimes.com/news/india/couple-buys-300-acress-of%20barren-land-converts-it-into-india-s-first-private-wildlife-%20danctuary-251613.html

Why are pandas black and white?

Source- THE HINDU, MARCH 05, 2017 

उत्तराखंड में एक अप्रैल से 'सुरक्षित हिमालय'

Source:- Dainik Jagran, 20/02/2017

पर्यावरण, वन एवं जलवायु मंत्रालय और संयुक्त राष्ट्र विकास कार्यक्रम (यूएनडीपी) के तत्वावधान में इन क्षेत्रों में एक अप्रैल से 'सुरक्षित हिमालय' परियोजना की शुरुआत की जा रही है। देहरादून, [केदार दत्त]:

More:- http://www.jagran.com/uttarakhand/dehradun-city-secure-himalaya-from-one-april-in-uttarakhand-15553032.html

दीमक दे रहे हैं पर्यावरण में बदलाव के संकेत

Source:- Dainik Jagran, 20/02/2017

जंगल में पाए जाने वाले दीमक के टीलों की संख्या में गिरावट आ र ही है, जो कुमाऊं की पारिस्थितिकी तंत्र में बदलाव के संकेत दे रहे हैं। हल्द्वानी, [अंकुर शर्मा]:

More:- http://www.jagran.com/uttarakhand/nainital-termites-are-giving-signs-of-change-in-environment-15553213.html

The giant panda’s distinct black-and-white markings have two functions: camouflage and communication, a new study has found.

More:http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/why-are-pandas-black-and-white/article17409189.ece

Source- hindustantimes, FEBRUARY 18, 2017 

A continent two-thirds the size of Australia has been found beneath the south-west Pacific Ocean, scientists reported in the journal of the Geological Society of America.

More:-http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/scientists-claim-discovery-of-zealandia-a-continent-drowned-in-the-pacific-ocean/story-2934FCAVYn3OVD2xF1LRCK.html

Butterfly find enriches Indian faunal diversity

Source- THE HINDU FEBRUARY 5, 2017

Marking an important addition to India’s rich wildlife, researchers have described Limenitis rileyi, a butterfly spotted in Arunachal Pradesh three decades ago as the first record of the species in the country

More:-http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/energy-and-environment/Butterfly-find-enriches-Indian-faunal-diversity/article17195046.ece

Scientists claim discovery of ‘Zealandia’, a continent drowned in the Pacific Ocean

Source- hindustantimes, FEBRUARY 18, 2017 

A continent two-thirds the size of Australia has been found beneath the south-west Pacific Ocean, scientists reported in the journal of the Geological Society of America.

More:-http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/scientists-claim-discovery-of-zealandia-a-continent-drowned-in-the-pacific-ocean/story-2934FCAVYn3OVD2xF1LRCK.html

Tribe offers clues to hidden wonders of medicinal plant

Source- THE HINDU FEBRUARY 5, 2017

A medicinal plant endemic to the southern parts of Western Ghats and Sri Lanka could offer scientists the key to new herbal formulations and modern drugs for the treatment of cancer and wounds and burns.

More:-http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/Tribe-offers-clues-to-hidden-wonders-of-medicinal-plant/article17195140.ece

Uttarakhand biodiversity board selects 13 sacred groves for eco-tourism

Source- TOI, October 1, 2016

Local residents have dedicated around 400 sacred groves to their deities and hence have shunned tree felling or any other exploitation of natural resources which help in conservation of biodiversity.

More:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/dehradun/Uttarakhand-biodiversity-board-selects-13-sacred-groves-for-eco-tourism/articleshow/54613585.cms

Uttarakhand’s largest bird reserve to come up near Nainital. view(123 KB)

Common Peacock declared as state Butterfly of Uttarakhand. View(168 KB)