Riding hard on its promise of a better India, the BJP government has consistently spoken on creating ‘ease of doing business’. And the way to do this, the government seems to think, is by dissolving clearance regimes.
Temperature impacts on worker productivity may be more pronounced and widespread in sectors such as agriculture because exposure may be higher and adaptation possibilities more limited.
Hybrids can damage local plants by serving as bridges to exchange genes between native and non-native species. This can lead to a genetic “melting pot” where the identity of the native species is blurred beyond recognition.
A visit to a secluded and well-protected rescue centre reveals how the approach to the rescue and rehabilitation of leopards has evolved considerably since efforts first began around 2000.
As sea levels rise due to climate change, planners across the world are debating the best ways to protect their coasts.
Although India is no stranger to extreme heat at this time of year, the smog has kept record-breaking high temperatures at bay – until now.
Biologists have long debated whether giraffes extended their necks first and then evolved the heart adaptations to counter the difficulties posed by the long necks.
These fast-growing, adaptable creatures are perfectly equipped to exploit the gaps left by extreme climate changes and overfishing.
Stories of feral children are widely disputed because the ability of other animals to raise human children calls many long-standing assumptions about human uniqueness and superiority into question.
We have hit a roadblock when it comes to finding the full range of microbes that surround us and inhabit us. From here on out, progress can be made only by innovation.
A new study has significant implications for theories about the production of the simple molecules required for life – on Earth and beyond.
It’s a great example of how geography and climate are linked: one small strip of newly-created land that helped changed the planet forever.
No normal tiger approaches a fallen man, drags and guards a corpse defiantly and eats it, and kills victims with a bite to the neck.
Did vested interests centred around wildlife tourism in Ranthambore conspire to send away a tiger whose presence was bad for business?
Urbanisation is a new selective force that is changing the composition of animal communities tremendously.
How does a plant digest its prey? What molecular processes aid digestion? A group of German scientists worked to solve the mysteries of the Venus flytrap.
A pilot project led by the Punjab provincial government is providing farmers with biogas equipment at a subsidised rate.
Given the challenges of climate change, deep agrarian distress and malnutrition, it is time to learn from a knowledge system that is built on the experiences of farmers.
Even if the rainmaking mountain is not itself geoengineering, it still raises many issues of ambition and hubris.
In the brimming potpourri of factors that encouraged the evolution of Homo sapiens, the extinction of dinosaurs also plays an important role.
None of self-mutilation, cannibalism, bondage and genital plugging among the spiders surprised the researchers as much as the males performing oral sex as well.
The animals have altogether disappeared from 63% of the land they once roamed in, an area of almost 22 million sq. km., while they may have disappeared from another 3.5 million sq. km.
The bullhorn acacia trees of Mexico and whistling thorn trees of east Africa provide housing for ants in their fat, hollow thorns. Any disturbance brings out hordes of the biting insects
Each new species contributes another piece to the puzzle in understanding how mouse lemurs evolved and spread to different types of habitats on the island.
As Kashmir’s forests are converted into orchards, croplands and settlements, there is a reduction in the prey and food-base available to wild predators.
From frogs to lizards, we have plenty of new species about which to be excited – and worried – this year.
They survived the cataclysmic event that killed the dinosaurs. What nifty adaptations did these ancient mammals have? Australian scientists say it may be their ability to curl up and go into torpor.
Cambodia has confessed to not having the money for the cost involved, estimated to be $20-50 million, in its national budget.
Surface water is used for diverse purposes but the water’s quality is tested only to suit a few.
The correct protocol after a snakebite does not involve ‘cutting out’ the bite or ‘sucking out’ the venom. Caution, observation, diagnosis and access to medical facilities can save lives.
Described as floating gold, it’s a highly-prized natural treasure used by past kings and still sought after by artisan perfumers.
When people perceive there to be a lot of disagreement within the scientific community, it becomes harder for them to take scientists seriously on global warming.
Not just the reservoir closest to Latur – three other major water storage points in Marathwada, Maharashtra, have run dry. It’s just a sign of things to come.
The government’s focus on exact population numbers where none exist, dismissal of habitat development and deceptive allocation of funds is letting India pretend it’s helping its tigers.
Could a 56-ton Moby Dick ram and sink Ahab’s Pequod that would have weighed nearly 240 tons? Using computer simulations, a study says sperm whales have the ability to ram ships without suffering serious harm.
Can humans solve the lionfish invasion problem by eating them? The question leads us down a slippery slope of consequences we might not always be able to contain.
An exhibition in New Delhi unveils and humanises the work of recycling in India, and the people behind it.
Indian researchers can and will eventually develop high-yielding mustard hybrids through non transgenic means. Still, India will need transgenic mustard as an alternative.
Several utility items and gadgets we use today are actually inspired by designs and systems already found in nature. Samanth and Padmaparna investigate.
Otters are apex predators in a riverine ecosystem. Their return indicates that there is plenty to eat for the otters and that there is a natural habitat safe enough for them to breed.