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.
The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services said the state was more susceptible to flooding because of destructive wildfires that left many areas in northern and southern California with burn-scarred hills.
Bellandur Lake’s ghastly snow has been around for at least a decade, its flammable froth just one more piece in a long tale of decline that has caught far fewer headlines than the lake’s current flirtation with death
The NGT’s views in the Okhla case also underscore a trend towards technocratic decision-making that sees technology as a panacea to all policy challenges.
“I had noticed earlier that my illness subsided when I had access to the wilderness. Time spent outdoors in wild places were the only happy memories in an otherwise confused and chaotic few years.”
Amidst opposing views on the issue of Rhino poaching in Kaziranga, park rangers, local people and conservationists need to find some common ground.
In spite of set protocols, an initial denial that a spill had occurred at all, followed by a failure to inform the coast guard, put the port’s lack of preparedness on display.
With global population projected to be at least nine billion by the year 2050, insects might just be the most viable solution to satiate our protein needs.
How well we have failed that garbage, our dirtiest possessions, ends up inside sanctuaries, our cleanest places!
The distinct endemic genera of birds challenges a widely held belief that India’s avifauna were merely species within broad genera found outside India.
At the end of every month, Janaki Lenin will quickly review interesting recent research on living things.
In many rainfall-scarce areas, groundwater has been exploited to plant water-guzzling crops like paddy and sugarcane, especially in Vidarbha and Rayalaseema.
Forty-three million tonnes of solid waste are collected annually, out of which 11.9 million are treated and 31 million are dumped at landfill sites.
With widespread disapproval against diverting the Yettinahole from the public, scientists, environmentalists and local political representatives, why are policymakers pushing ahead?
When pollution is bad, we have to be more informed about the problem in advance and promote programs that avoid, improve, shift – just the way fuel is burnt in the city.
Listen to the story of the rare litigon in Kolkata to understand the politics around hybrids in the animal kingdom.
There’s probably no more consequential and contentious a target for the incoming administration than an arcane metric called the “social cost of carbon.”
Making people anxious to ask honest questions, and robbing them of the opportunity to respectfully disagree, isn’t going to do much good for the climate.
Dam-builders seldom keep their promises and the government has failed to stop their infrastructural orgies. We thus have a disease of gigantism on our hands crippling the Chambal’s ecology.