Multiple states in India are taking to an SMS-based early warning system that informs people in an area about the movement of elephants.
Scientists think nitrogen, an important part of ammonia, could become “the next carbon” if its use isn’t properly regulated.
Himachal Pradesh is hurrying to build a dam in Renuka Valley that will benefit three regions quarrelling with each other about the water. Meanwhile, the valley’s peasants look lost about their future.
One of the infamous lions of Tsavo suffered from a debilitating abscess that may have been the cause of its macabre diet.
As mining makes a comeback in Goa, people’s protests against environmental pollution and destruction of livelihoods have resurfaced in the state.
Urumin has been found to be effective against influenza strains that have developed resistance to commonly used drugs.
“I had seen black francolins at 1,400 m in the late 1990s and early 2000s, but now the maximum elevation for them has changed to 2,800 meters.”
Having been criticised in the past for failing to predict the monsoons correctly, IMD has said it has now improved its system.
Since Matabele ants go out in force, raid and return as a column, any ants that lag behind are at high risk.
As scientists prepare for IPCC’s sixth assessment report, they want more systematic information on the Himalayas and the rivers that flow down from there.
What really is the mandate of the environment ministry? And what is the state of India’s environmental governance?
Despite much hue and cry, the NGT had allowed the AOL to hold the three-day festival in the region as a fait accompli last year.
A study has found that conditions conducive to the spread of malaria are created when projects that cause land-use change and labour migration are kicked off.
Over 60% of the infectious diseases that have assailed humans since 1940 have originated from animals – and among them, bats and rodents have been the most to blame.
A study is being done in Ethiopia’s Danakil Depression – a natural environment like no other on earth – to understand how microbes thrive in extreme environments such as those found on Mars.
With no visual facial expressions to signal their intentions, animals may have evolved laughter-like sounds to reassure others that they are not being aggressive.
A quick review of interesting research on living things from the last month.
The forest policy has been in limbo for over four years, while the government has continued to clear some coal blocks that fall into a deeply pruned list of inviolate areas on a piecemeal basis.
In a mental landscape increasingly dominated by the ephemeral nature of ‘Breaking News’, Larsen C exemplifies a global warming trait difficult to get our heads around.
Flamingoes have been known to fly into high-tension wires strung over saline wetlands, where the birds like to feed, but efforts to take the wires down have seldom succeeded.
None of the people charged with securing the rights of the Ganga and Yamuna rivers are from the communities that depend on the rivers for their livelihoods.
It’s inexcusable that India’s states continue to function without crowd-control procedures in place and make decisions by the seat of their pants.
The researchers have now set their sights on developing software to calculate optimum fertiliser amounts for crop fields given other cultivation parameters.
A British police intelligence unit allegedly relied on an Indian counterpart, who in turn used hackers to obtain the email ID passwords of environmental campaigners and journalists.
En route to answering this question, a new study shows that some components of snake venom can be used for defensive purposes also.
Small steps by Pakistan are helping it create resilience in the face of climate change, an issue the Indus Waters Treaty did not anticipate, and which endangers it.
A video shows hundreds of men descending upon a herd of elephants every time they move out of the forest patches in search of food.
Over the years, Aarthi Sridhar has learnt to be decisive and insistent, to sound confident about being out at sea. It’s the only way she will be allowed on a fishing boat.
Between 1992 and 2012, indigenous cattle breed numbers fell by an average of 20% and that of exotic cross-bred cattle rose by more than 150%.
The signature shore-operated lift nets – or ‘Chinese fishing nets’ – at Fort Kochi in Kerala are now a barely-viable source of income for fishermen.
Mangroves are superheroes on both land and sea, storing carbon and providing protection for coasts.
Citizens of Bengaluru will have to brace themselves for more protests to save its green cover.
While farmers, researchers and activists want politicians to be more transparent and honest, the government continues to say due process will be followed in Neduvasal.
“The river was beautiful many years ago. Now, the waters are murky and sludgy. The companies have caused destruction. The river is gone and with that our lives are gone.”
Rather than allowing every protest to degrade into name-calling, where protestors are branded ignorant or anti-national, it may be worthwhile to engage with substantive issues raised by them.
We need an international agreement on a set of Earth’s ‘vital signs’ and how to measure them. Reliance on just temperature goals won’t do.
Sustainable buildings don’t just make environmental sense. There are potentially large economic gains to be had from more efficient use of resources. This includes increased employment, increased productivity and less need for government subsidies.
While the BBC has faltered in its investigation on multiple fronts, it would be naïve to believe that Kaziranga’s management and forest guards are themselves faultless.
The BBC has managed to widen the prevailing distrust between the forest department and conservationists who wish to research and critically analyse the Kaziranga model.
Based out of Tromso in Norway, Vikram Goel has been travelling to Antarctica to study glaciers, which may have lessons for the Himalayas.