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Study finds reduced feeding activity of soil detritivores under warmer and drier conditions

Phys.org, 2017-12-21
When the soil warms up, it releases more carbon dioxide (CO2)—an effect that fuels climate change. Until now, it had been assumed that this was mainly due to the presence of small soil-dwelling animals and microorganisms that would eat and breathe more in warmer temperatures. However, a new study in Nature Climate Change has shown that this is not the case. If warmth is accompanied by drought, the soil animals eat even less. In order to improve the predictive power of climate models, it is now crucial to understand biological processes in the soil better, say the scientists.
More: https://phys.org/news/2017-12-soil-detritivores-warmer-drier-condition...

Global disasters in 2017 cost $306 billion—nearly double the cost of 2016
Quartz, 2017-12-21
Hurricanes, earthquakes, and wildfires ravaged the world in 2017, as they do each year. But the economic loss from this year’s global disasters cost us more than usual. Insurance firm Swiss Re, which makes this calculation every six months, estimates the economic loss in 2017 to be $306 billion, which is almost double 2016’s loss of $188 billion (and also much higher than the 10-year-average of $190 billion).
More: https://qz.com/1162791/2017-natural-disasters-and-climate-change-effec...


In molecules of an ‘overcompensating’ little red flower, promise of a supercrop in future.

Source: www.indianexpress.com, 24-09-2017

THE SCARLET gillia(Ipomopsis aggregata), also known as scarlet trumpet or skyrocket, a wild flowering plant native to Western North America, belongs to a type that biologists call the “overcompensators”.  


Tiger Species Thought Extinct Is Possibly Spotted in Indonesia

New York Times, 2017-09-15
JAKARTA, Indonesia — Park rangers in Indonesia may have spotted an animal thought to live only in folklore and history books: a Javan tiger, declared extinct more than 40 years ago.

The 30-year-old ozone layer treaty has a new role: fighting climate change
The Conversation, 2017-09-15
The 1987 treaty that stopped the pollution causing a hole in the ozone layer is rightly seen as a major success story. It’s arguably the most successful international environmental agreement ever. It’s true that, 30 years on from the signing of the Montreal Protocol, the Antarctic ozone hole still reappears every year. Yet the protocol really is working and its continued development means that it is doing more good than ever, including helping the fight against climate change.
More: https://theconversation.com/the-30-year-old-ozone-layer-treaty-has-a-n...

World hunger is on the rise again due to climate change and war
New Scientist, 2017-09-15
Global hunger is on the rise for the first time in over a decade, thanks to a toxic combination of localised wars aggravated by climate extremes.In 2016, the number of undernourished people increased year on year for the first time since 2003, when a peak of 947 million people (14.9 per cent of the world’s population) were undernourished. There were 815 million undernourished people in 2016 (11 per cent), up from 777 million in 2015 (10.6 per cent).
More: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2147570-world-hunger-is-on-the-ri...

Ancient Antarctic Volcanic Eruptions Sparked Climate Change

NDTV (India), 2017-09-05

A series of volcanic eruptions in Antarctica over a period of 192 years may have accelerated the deglaciation event and onset of the most rapid, widespread climate change in the Southern Hemisphere that took place about 17,700 years ago, a study has found.

More: http://www.ndtv.com/world-news/ancient-antarctic-volcanic-eruptions-sp...

Can business save the world from climate change?

GreenBiz.com, 2017-09-05

"We are still in." On June 5, with these four words a group of U.S. businesses and investors with a combined annual revenue of $1.4 trillion sent a powerful message to the world: U.S. President Donald Trump may have withdrawn from the Paris agreement on climate change four days earlier, but corporate America was not following suit.

More: https://www.greenbiz.com/article/can-business-save-world-climate-change

Changing landscapes: From forests to food

CIFOR, 2017-09-05

The growing demand for food — demand that is expected to double by 2050 — has led to widespread agricultural expansion, primarily at the expense of forests. It is estimated that between 1980 and 2000, more than half of new agricultural land across the tropics was developed on forested land and a further 28 percent opened up on secondary forestland. Despite this expansion and significant progress made to reduce hunger, the UN estimates that more than 840 million people worldwide remain hungry and undernourished.

More: https://forestsnews.cifor.org/51278/changing-landscapes-from-forests-t...

80% of Bornean orangutans live outside protected areas

Mongabay (India), 2017-09-05

Four fifths of wild orangutans in Kalimantan, the Indonesian portion of Borneo, live outside national parks and other protected areas, according to a new study by the Indonesian government.

More: https://news.mongabay.com/2017/09/80-of-bornean-orangutans-live-outsid...

Community development: Role of tourism

Himalayan Times, 2017-09-05

A new challenge in the tourism sector is the construction of new roads in various spots including inaccessible areas mainly affecting trekking tourism.

More: https://thehimalayantimes.com/opinion/community-development-role-tourism/

The ivory game

Source: www.indianexpress.com, 2017-09-04

NO LANDSCAPE was dearer to Wayne Lotter than the savannah of southern Africa, and in particular one corner of it, the Selous-Niassa Wildlige Corridor round the Ruvama river in Tanzania.


State-sponsored quackery

Source: www.indianexpress.com, 2017-09-04

Promoting Traditional Chinese Medicine will only exacerbate the damage it is causing the environment and endangered species.



Indian home to 60% of Asian elephants: Census report

Source: Timesof india, 13/08/2017

With 60% of the Asian elephant population, India is home to a total of 27312, free ranging megaherbivores, an official said here on Saturday on the occasion of the release of a census report to mark the World Elephant Day.


Bacteria Killer in Holy Ganga Water

source:www.indianexpress.com, 25/08/2017

Bacteriophages that kill pathogenic bacteria responsible for diseases, Including pneumonia, were found in the entire stretch of the Ganga, from the Gaumukh to Gangasagar in West Bengal.


The Egg Scare Across Europe and Asia

Source: www.indianexpress.com,25/08/2017

A scandal involving eggs contaminated with Insectiside sperad to 15 EU countries and Asia as the Europian Commission called for a special meeting on the growing crisis.Here is all you need to know.


3 Out of 4 deep-sea creatures make their own light

Source: www.theindianexpress.com, 25/08/2017

N 1932, William Beebe became the first scientiest to descend into the sea's inky darkness. A tiny window in his submersible let him gaze out.



The return of the Irrawaddy dolphin

Source: The Hindu, 25/08/2017

The first sighting of the endangered Irrawaddy dolphins in the Rambha sector of Chilkika lake in the three decades has brought much cheer to nature lovers.


Deep Blue Sea for Tamil Nadu Fisherfolk

Source: www.newindianexpress.com, 25/08/2017

After several phases of conflict and relative peace, the troubled life of Tamil Nadu fishermen has now entered new waters, thanks to the Sri Lankan Fisheries and the Aquatic Resources (Amendment) Bill moved last month.


Brain Food: Chocolate Makes You Smarter & Sharper

Source:www.indianexpress.com, 25/08/2017

Cocoa can give you a performance boost and give you a lift when you're extra tired, improving your memory.


A cocktail geo- engineering approach to reversing global warming

Source: www.indianexpress.com, 2017-08-21

A recreation of pre-industrial conditions of temperature as well as precipitation, a rare simultaneous balance on the way to combating global warming.


A speedy way to catalogue human cells

Source: www.indianexpress.com, 2017-08-21

New method helps scientists look at large numbers of cells at the same time, but they have miles to go before they can catalogue all 37 trillion cells..


How, far from Doklam, a second India-China battle of claims is on — over Tibet’s medicine

Source: www.indianexpress.com, 2017-08-21

As Indian and Chinese troops face off at Doklam on the edge of the Tibetan plateau, their countries are locked in another, lesser known but longer running, argument — this too involves Tibet, but is playing out in a theatre far away.

More: http://indianexpress.com/article/explained/how-far-from-doklam-a-second-india-china-battle-of-claims-is-on-over-tibets-medicine-4801759/


Source: THE HINDU, 2017-08-08

The barren, cold desert of Ladakh sees signs of a new life- theotter


IIT Delhi team develops a new antibacterial drug-delivery system

Source: THE HINDU, 2017-08-06

The Nano conjugates will be useful for cancer patients suffering from bacterial infections.


Elephant dung shows stress levels

Source: THE HINDU, 2017-08-06

Traces of hormones come through in the dung and indicate.


River, a strong brown God

Source:www.indianexpress.com, 2017-08-06

A DEAFENING sound at midnight suddenly woke up the village. The Solengi had torn through an embankment somewhere..


Erratic monsoons, vanishing vipers

Source: THE HINDU, 2017-08-06

The Malabar pit viper is encountered less frequently in the Western Ghats, worrying conservationists.


Call to Nature

Source: THE HINDU, 2017-08-08

The organic farming sector in India has a supply chain problem and technology may just be the answer.


The classroom and the field

Source:www.indianexpress.com, 2017-08-08

Although autarky on Indian farms is a distant dream, as the 71st year of Independence dawns..


Study finds serious changes in Pampa Riverine System.

Source: THE HINDU, 2017-08-06

The Environment Resource Centre (ERC) of the Pampa Parirakshana Samiti has observed that indiscriminate sand-mining..


The animals on my farm

Source:THE HINDU, 2017-08-06

The hills of Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary(CWS) loom over Duntoor village, a few hour’s frive from Bangaluru.


Amid clamour over cows, who will save the Deoni?

Source:THE HINDU, 2017-08-06

The debate over the protection of cows across the rescued the Deoni, an important native breed of Karnataka, Maharashtra and Telangana, from complete neglect.


Two new species of Cycas found

Source: THE HINDU, 2017-08-06

Research conducted on a tree found in the Acharya Jagdish Chandra Bose Indian Botanical Garden in West Bengal..


Learning from space and teaching from space

Source: THE HINDU, 2017-08-05

July 24 has turned out to a Monday of sorrow, since it was on that day that India lost two of its sons….


The price of living with tigers

Source: THE HINDU, 2017-08-05

In a matter of days, a tigress will find a new home in Bor Tiger Reserve…


Seven species of grasshoppers found

Source: http://www.thehindu.com ,2017-08-04

A small-granulated dark black and brown coloured pygmy grasshopper measuring about 9.07 mm revealed itself to the world in the forests of Chhattisgarh last month.


Coconut palm declared State tree of Goa

Source: http://www.thehindu.com, 2017-08-04

The State government has decided to include coconut palm as tree in the Goa


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.


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.


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.


An escape from a shopping bag triggers an idea.

Source:The Indian Express 02/05/2015

Plastic-eating caterpillars could save the planet.


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.


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


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.


#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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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

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