Ecology

Cheetahs are ‘sprinting’ towards extinction: Study

Call for urgent action to save the fatest animal


Assessed, approved but scant attention to compliance

Environmental public hearings have been excellent open classrooms to learn about the political economy of development


NGT bans open waste burning

Announces a fine of Rs. 25,000 on each incident of bulk waste burning


Wild barking deer drops in at Yamuna biodiversity park

Barking deer.— File photo  


Huge ‘dead zone’ discovered in Bay of Bengal

The Bay of Bengal hosts a ‘dead zone’ of an estimated 60,000 square kilometres — an area that contains little or no oxygen and supports microbial processes that remove vast amount of nitrogen from the


Polar bears turn climate refugees

They enter land as sea ice they rely on for hunting seals is receding


Environment Ministry now has its own pet project

Rules to keep dogs, birds, hamsters and mice comfortable in pet shops have been proposed


Rights for the rightful owners

On the tenth anniversary of the historic passage of the Forest Rights Act, tribal resistance to defend their rights is growing even as government after government tries to dilute its provisions


‘It is time to leave the history of coal behind’

Getting renewables to market too soon may mean costly and inefficient subsidies for technology that is irrelevant


Accounting for natural capital

Natural resources are being overexploited, which in turn affects their renewability. A study shows that India will become water scarce by 2025


Warmer winter may hit wheat crop yield

‘An increase of temperature by one degree Celsius can result in a loss of 1 quintal per hectare’


Giraffes facing extinction after devastating decline, experts warn

IUCN ‘Red List’ assesses status of the world’s flora and fauna populations


Kudumbasree to clean up 1,072 water sources

Members of Kudumbasree will clean up 1,072 water sources as part of the launch of the Haritha Keralam project on Thursday.


The nowhere people

While some hail the Paris Agreement for alluding to the rights of environmental ‘migrants’ in its Preamble, it is an anaemic attempt


Rare weasel species makes a comeback

The elusive weasel-like mammal poked its head out of the wooden crate, glanced around and quickly darted into the thick forest of Mount Rainier National Park, returning to a landscape where it had bee


Amur falcons pay a surprise visit

A falcon was spotted for the first time in the Daroji Wildlife Sanctuary.


Environment Ministry postpones forest policy indefinitely

The Environment Ministry has indefinitely postponed an ambitious plan to update India’s forest policy.


Turning turtle

Extreme approaches to conservation have repeatedly proved counterproductive in India


Delhi air quality goes from bad to worse

Delhiites woke up to a layer of smog on Wednesday, with air quality plunging to ‘very poor’ after a few days of relatively less pollution thanks to high wind speed.


Two leopards found dead in the Nilgiris

A four-year-old male leopard was found dead in the Segur Range in the Nilgiris on Monday, bordering the core area of the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve. Coincidentally, the animal was found just one kilometr