In a single generation, snakes have become more valuable to the Irula alive than dead.
A four-member bench of the National Green Tribunal imposed a fine on the Art of Living Foundation but allowed its cultural festival to go ahead.
The expansion of a temple along the banks of the Yamuna river in north Delhi has impacted the livelihoods of many living in nearby villages and has threatened a number of animal lifeforms sustained by the waters.
A parasite has been found to protect the economically important brine shrimp from arsenic poisoning.
Prior to this, 36 species belonging to 14 different genera were known from the Western Ghats in the family of freshwater crabs. The latest discoveries bring the total species count to 41.
The real challenge that we face today is whether we can scale up efforts to reconnect the habitat dots across India.
New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal on Tuesday began day-to-day hearings into a petition filed by environmentalist Manoj Misra of Yamuna Jiye Abhiyan to establish if the mega Art of Living celebration on the banks of the Yamuna’s from March 11 to 13 would cause damage to the its ecology. […]
After analysing samples directly obtained from around the leak site, scientists found that the amount of methane released was equal to those emitted by mid-sized European countries in a year.
At a time when public debate about nationalism and the idea of India is being intensely conducted across university campuses and in millions of drawing rooms, we must remind ourselves that our lives, culture and understanding of land are ecologically grounded. An ecological perspective interrogates dominant views of […]
India may be better served by a plan that looks at developing solar and other renewable energy generation in step with cost effective storage and flexible generation that is available to all states.
The ‘human’ in ‘human-wildlife conflicts’ suggests that many drivers of conflicts are the result of poor management, misguided clearance decisions and apathy.
Elephants are not domesticated creatures, and the ones we see that appear to have been domesticated have actually had their body and will broken by a gruesome capture and subsequent training processes.
If the behaviour of our closest relatives can change so dramatically, what are the implications of the parasite’s hold over humans?
A $48-billion (Rs 3.26 lakh crore) penalty claimed by the US government from Volkswagen for cheating on diesel-car emissions is about 200 times as large as the $225 million (Rs 1,500 crore) insurance pool set up by Indian insurance companies to compensate US nuclear companies for mishaps in […]
Until researchers come up with an experiment that rules out some variables, the jury on whether animals can have abstract thoughts is still out, and definitely not settled against their favour.
In spite of the 8 million new toilets constructed, patterns of toilet usage haven’t changed much. Analysing cultural variations in toilet use provides surprising insights into why this might be so, and what can be done to change it.
What makes matters worse in Delhi are the incessant tide of migrants, misaligned institutional structures (unwisely split between the Centre and the quasi-state of Delhi), and BJP’s ongoing vendetta against AAP.
For a long time, scientists thought consolation was a uniquely human trait. This barrier separating humans from animals is being battered down by species after species.
It is the right of the public to know and not a privilege of the elected government to share information based on its whims and fancies.
Given that mosquito-borne diseases are amongst the biggest killers on Earth today, going for a complete eradication is never out of health officials’ minds.
Seeing the strength of the campaign, politicians from all major parties have now extended support for the cause.
The detailed proceedings of the January meeting, where the commercial cultivation of GM mustard was discussed, have been denied in response to an RTI request.
Ants may not have dodged death, but remaining spry as spring in the evening of one’s life is enviable.
The answer is both dissatisfying and thrilling all at once.
Some of the causes being explored by the scientists are the shape of the coastal topography that traps them and the tight social relationships with others in the pod that may predispose them to strand.
Could Spider Man climb up skyscrapers like he does in the comics? Scientists say that normal-sized sticky hands and feet alone won’t help him.
A tool used by biologists to study evolution is called phylogenetics, in which the scientist attempts to make connections among extant species based on a set of measurable properties.
I met Rajni Kothari – who passed away one year ago on January 19, 2015 – briefly in the summer of 1986 when I had travelled to India for a summer internship. Although we did not have an extended interaction, the fact that he had agreed to my request […]
A discovery is made only when the appropriate tools required for that discovery are invented – and almost never completely by chance.
If India has to depend on fossil fuels for its energy requirements, at least in the short to medium term, natural gas is by far the cleanest option.
The societal, economic and ecological disasters of marine bioinvasions are not natural ones, and they are becoming more common.
If you thought trust was a unique trait of humanhood, you’d be mistaken. Our close relatives – the chimpanzees – trust too. This recent finding pushes the origin of trust way back to a common ancestor.
More should not be expected from it without greater effort by the AAP government
Marine animals’ ability to navigate across open seas has long been a mystery. Scientists now have an inkling of how sharks find their way.
Additional factors, such as temperature, wind-speed and increased moisture, could account for the rise in air-pollution levels.
Chennai is only the latest example of demographic and environmental changes leading to urban flooding. Without a focus on more equitable planning, such disasters are bound to recur.
When going up trees, snakes use a type of crawling called the concertina that isn’t only fast but also likely saves energy.
Opinion on social media was mixed, with some reporting positive experiences while driving because of fewer cars on the road while others complained that public transport was more crowded than usual.
The present attempt to reduce the number of cars on the road is well-intentioned but misguided in the long-run unless there is the political will to adopt a wider set of restrictions.
Imphal: Six unnatural deaths, 70 injured on a single day is by all means a tragedy. This despite the desensitisation to violent deaths that insurgency torn places like Manipur has undergone. But the fact is the casualty figure from Monday’s tremblor could have been much worse, if at […]