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.
This is the latest study in the growing field of research on animal vocalisations. Deciphering animal communication is an important aspect of tracing the evolution of language in humans.
If after 20 years of dialogue we are exactly at the same (if not worse) place as we started at, how are we going to get better?
Both industries and the authorities have ignored the conditions laid out in the Vapi Action Plan, while local people and the environment pay the price.
At the end of every month, Janaki Lenin will quickly review interesting recent research on living things.
Discussions on culling had moments that were difficult to comprehend – especially since India claims to be a leader of wildlife research in the region.
After years of being labelled as ‘obstructionist’, India has shown that it is also a part of positive climate action.
In 2013-2014, the CPCB spent a mere Rs 8.14 crore on air-quality monitoring for the entire country and this amount was further reduced to Rs 5.45 crore in 2014-2015.
Nepal can ill-afford further decline in what is an already small dolphin population, and only about 50 individuals of a river species survive in all of Nepal’s rivers.
Some amphipods use a layer of small protuberances on their surface to reduce the amount of light reflected off of them. But what these protuberances are made of could be even more fascinating…
The seed bank in Tal Hadya continues to operate. Its refrigerated vaults remain powered, and a small number of Syrian staff are permitted by occupying rebels to maintain the facility.
Researchers say the rainfall on December 1, 2015 cannot be attributed to climate change.
A new mapping study shows that roads have sliced and diced almost the entire land surface of Earth, leaving huge areas prone to illegal logging, mining and hunting.
In November, after a very cogent public speech on India’s rivers, he was completely exhausted and in pain. But that he came anyway showed his dedication.
Its name, Eriovixia gryffindori, is both a nod to the Harry Potter series as well as an attempt to involve more people in conversations about spiders.
The movement of people in the south Pacific to escape rapidly rising sea levels poses a challenge from a legal perspective since there are no climate refugees.
The forest department has been exhibiting none of the foresight or vision necessary to prevent the loss of lives – among both leopards and humans.
The burial sites of two of Tamil Nadu’s former chief ministers do not feature in the list of approved sites published by the Chennai Corporation.
In 2001, economists pegged the costs of damages caused by invasive species to agriculture and forestry at about $91 billion a year in India alone.
Two biologists witnessed a critical period when the fish larvae forsake their nomadic open-water existence for life in the undersea garden of corals, in Lakshadweep.
The Havelock and Neil islands have been hit the most by the cyclonic weather conditions caused by a severe depression over the Bay of Bengal.
Wildlife biologist, Orus Ilyas studied ungulates in Himalayan forests of Binsar, while also conducting a socioeconomic study for the WWF in the region.
No one should be surprised about Trump being a sceptic. But what leaves one startled is how poorly informed his scepticism is.
Delhi’s environment minister has indicated the leopard will be trapped for its safety – but these decisions have been about pleasing people and that doesn’t make things less dangerous.
A tristate junction in south India seems to have been exporting tens of thousands of star tortoises every year. Are populations being wiped out?
That there is renewed sense in auditing the carbon-costs of a regular sofa or a Thanksgiving dinner speaks to the precarious position the ongoing environmental crisis has placed us in.
A book on Israel’s success in water management deliberately ignores the brutal military reality of water conquest, while another by a Palestinian journalist during the Israeli Operation Protective Edge in 2014, can only see the harm
To solve water problems in a cold desert, Wangchuk came up with a path-breaking idea: freeze millions of litres of water in the form of ‘ice stupas’.
Under the programme, schoolchildren in Pune have been collecting plastic items from their homes for safe disposal, assisted by their teachers and community workers.
Conspicuously absent in all mainstream discourse since Trump won the elections is discussion of the systemic factors that underpin continued massive emissions worldwide.
‘The role of the foreign community in drawing attention to the health effects of air pollution was crucial in Beijing, as it would be in Delhi later.’
Real policy is not defensive short term emergency measures but something proactive spanning multiple years, and acting fast, local and through multiple agencies.
In a December 2015 order, the National Green Tribunal had called for a curb on straw burning, and had recommended that satellite-based monitoring mechanisms be adopted and local government officers engaged to take action against stubble burning.
Installing an air filter in public is more like avoiding the problem and diverting attention away than solving it. Emissions should always be controlled at the source.
The index is showing a steeper plunge in wildlife populations than two years ago, when the WWF estimated a 52% decline by 2010.
The petitioner submitted that the ministries of environment and science have openly pushed GM mustard and that they shouldn’t be allowed to regulate GMOs.
The results of a new study suggest that the Tasmanian devils are rapidly evolving to beat the cancer, which has killed off 80% of the animals in the last two decades.