Biodiversity

Could we set aside half the Earth for nature?

A bald uakari monkey (Cacajao calvus) in the flooded forest of the Amazon in Brazil. The IUCN Red List categorizes this species as vulnerable. Photograph: Alamy

As of today, the only place in the universe where we are certain life exists is on our little home, the third planet from the sun. But also as of today, species on Earth are winking out at rates likely not seen since the demise of the dinosaurs. If we don’t change our ways, we will witness a mass extinction event that will not only leave our world a far more boring and lonely place, but will undercut the very survival of our species. So, what do we do? E.O. Wilson, one of the world’s most respected biologists, has proposed a radical, wild and challenging idea to our species: set aside half of the planet as nature preserves.

Phalong Village in Manipur declared as Amur Falcon Village

Phalong Village in Manipur declared as Amur Falcon Village

Phalong village, Tamenglong, in Manipur has been officially declared as an Amur Falcon Village by the government of Manipur on 26th November 2015, after acknowledging the villagers efforts to conserve the bird species.

Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum - Launch Event

Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum 2016 - Preparing For Event

The Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum 2016 (EHNF ‘16) is the evolutionary outcome spanning three years, covering three editions of the Balipara Foundation Environmental Awards (2013-14-15) and two editions of the ‘Asian Elephant in the Wild’ Conferences (2014-15). Over the last three years, our events have primarily focused on Asian Elephants attracting participation from 30+ Countries and 50+ Organizations including Governments, NGOs, Corporates, Civil Societies, Universities and others.

 

Visit These 10 Biosphere Reserves in India If You Really Love Nature

India is the seventh largest country in the world and inhabits hundreds of different cultures within itself. Along with cultural diversity, India is also to home to several biosphere reserves. These biosphere reserves in India play a huge role in conservation of wildlife, tribal communities and unique forests.

There are several reserves and national parks in India that protect an array of flora and fauna. Every reserve in the list has been declared so, as it the natural habitat of one or many endangered species, such as the Asian Tiger.

Nepal model mulled against poachers

A drone

The Assam government will act on a proposal to follow Nepal's success story in preventing rhino poaching. Forest minister Pramila Rani Brahma today responded to a proposal of BJP legislator Padma Hazarika on sending a team of officials and experts from Assam to Nepal to know how the neighbouring country has achieved zero poaching success. Nepal has a rhino population of 645 and there has been no rhino poaching cases in 2014 and 2015.

Poverty endangers the Hilsa in Bangladesh

A fisherman’s wife on the doorstep on poverty in Bangladesh [image by Zobaidur Rahman

Selim Miah went to the Meghna river to catch fish with his father when he was nine years old. Now, 41 years later, he is still fighting to make ends meet.

“We are struggling to find food to survive; not just for a few days or nights, we struggle day after day. Being a fisherman is a curse!” Selim Miah told thethirdpole.net.

Rhino horn audit today

Rhino horn audit today

 Rhino horns kept in various treasuries of Assam will be brought out for the first time in the history of the state's wildlife since 1980, and examined by forest officials and experts to check their genuineness.The verification of rhino horns, stored in various treasuries of Assam since 1980, will start tomorrow. Sources said there are around 2,000 rhino horns in various treasuries of the state.

Guns, tractors threaten wildlife more than climate: study

Demand for meat and body parts has driven the gorilla to near extinction. By Ivan Lieman (AFP/File)

The main driver of wildlife extinction is not climate change but humanity's rapacious harvesting of species for food and trophies, along with our ever-expanding agricultural footprint, said researchers pleading for a rest of conservation priorities.

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