Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Environment:2/14/2013 8:08:23 PM

Middle East rapidly losing freshwater reserves

The findings are the result of one of the first comprehensive hydrological assessments of the entire Tigris-Euphrates-Western Iran region.

Greenhouse emissions in cities can be reduced by 70%

It is technically feasible for cities to slash their greenhouse gas emissions by 70 per cent or more in the long-term, says a new study.

Obama tells US Congress to act on climate

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday told Congress that he will act on his own to tackle climate change unless lawmakers come up with their own market-based plan to reduce carbon emissions.

Hot summers, drought killing trees: Report

In 2002, the drought subjected the trees to the most extreme growing season and water stress of the past century.

Autopsy carried out on giant Philippines crocodile

Philippine veterinarians conducted an autopsy on Tuesday on the world's largest saltwater crocodile ever caught, amid concerns it died of mistreatment in a small pen where it was on show for tourists.

Blackbucks face perils of development

Over the last one month, speeding vehicles have killed seven blackbucks on the five-km stretch between Khetakhatli to Kalatalav village.

108 vultures spotted in Suhelwa Wildlife Sanctuary in UP

Indian vultures have vanished because of feeding on dead livestock that were administered an anti-inflammatory drug called diclofenac that increases the working life of cattle by reducing their joint pain.

India in dire need of e-waste segregation, management services: ESR Gopal

IIT-B professor emeritus ESR Gopal believes that absence of proper technology stops us digging into a treasure torve called e-waste that consists of expensive metals like gold and platinum

World's largest crocodile dies in Philippines

The world's largest saltwater crocodile in captivity has died in the Philippines, 17 months after the suspected man-eater was hunted down and put on display for tourists, his caretakers said Monday.

Philippine town mourns largest captive crocodile

The world's largest saltwater crocodile in captivity has died, sending villagers to tears in the backwater southern Philippine town that had started to draw tourists, revenue and development because of the immense reptile.

Did forest officials' folly lead to Kerala tiger attack?

A tigress captured over a week ago amid high drama in Kerala's Wayanad district, after it had injured five persons, has been found to be the same animal that was trapped by forest officials outside Karnataka's Nagarahole National Park last November and released without being radio-collared that very day in the adjoining Bandipur Tiger Reserve.

9,000-strong penguin colony discovered in Antarctica

A huge 9,000-strong colony of emperor penguins has been discovered in Antarctica after scientists spotted their poo trails in satellite images.

9,000-strong penguin colony discovered in Antarctic

A huge 9,000-strong colony of emperor penguins has been discovered in Antarctica after scientists spotted their poo trails in satellite images.

Tiger, leopard may be killed if posing danger to humans: NTCA

Tigers and leopards, accorded highest protection under the Wildlife Act, may now be killed with due permission from authorities if they pose a threat to human life or are disabled or diseased beyond recovery.

African hunting cheetah dies at Mysore zoo

An African hunting cheetah which was brought from Leipzig zoo, German, has suddenly died, at Mysore Zoo on Saturday.

Poaching menace: Govt considering shoot-at-sight at Kaziranga National Park

The Assam government is taking all steps and shoot-at-sight orders could be considered in the Kaziranga National Park (KNP) to deal with poaching.

Panel set up to re-assess green clearance process

Following the push from the PMO, the infrastructure ministries and industry, the environment ministry has set up a committee to review the kind of projects requiring environmental clearance from the Centre.

Forest guards with WW II rifles losing fight against poachers with submachine guns

8 rhinos have been killed in less than 2 months in Assam, but across India poorly armed and trained rangers are no match for HK MP5-wielding animal smugglers.

Cabinet nod to Rs 900 crore wetlands development plan

The Cabinet on Thursday approved a Rs.900 crore scheme for a new integrated National Plan for Conservation of Aquatic Eco-systems (NPCA).

Indian birds under threat from climate change: Study

Climate change is threatening the survival of a number of Asian bird species, including those in India, a new study warns.

Environment ministers of Arctic states meet to discuss climate

For the first time, environment ministers of member countries of the Arctic Council are holding a meeting in a mine to discuss issues related to the region in the polar town of Kiruna in northern Sweden.

Karnataka is now home to 6,072 elephants

Karnataka is now home to 6,072 Asiatic elephants, 5,945 of which were spotted in the Mysore elephant reserve (MER) alone, according to the latest elephant census.

Birds affected by climate change, says international study

Researchers from UK based BirdLife International and Durham University haenv impact of climate change on birds in Asia, including India .

Declared an endangered species, tiger count begins in Nepal

Nepal has begun a three-month-long census of its tigers which were declared by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as an endangered species in 2010.

China's thick smog arrives in Japan

The suffocating smog that blanketed swathes of China is now hitting parts of Japan, sparking warnings today of health risks for the young and the sick.

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