Biodiversity

49 rhinos dead in Assam

Asssam National Park - 49 Rhinos dead due to floods,poaching

Guwahati, Aug 11 () Forty-nine rhinos have died since May in Assam and horns of only 19 were recovered by the Forest Department, the Assembly was informed today.

Replying to a written query by BPF MLA Majendra Narzary, state Forest Minister Pramila Rani Brahma said 49 rhinos have lost their lives since the new BJP-led government took charge in May this year.

Out of this, poachers killed five rhinos in Kaziranga National Park and one in Orang National Park in little over two months, she said.

All-Women 'Army' Protecting Rare Bird in India

Greater adjutant storks stand near a garbage dump on the outskirts of Gauhati, India, on June 5, 2012.  PHOTOGRAPH BY ANUPAM NATH, AP

DADARA, INDIAOn a cloudy day in July, in a remote village in northeastern India, Charu Das excitedly imitates the awkward movements of a stork with her hands.

In a few months, the greater adjutant stork—called hargilla, which means "swallower of bones" in Sanskrit—will descend on this hamlet, situated in Assam's Brahmaputra Valley, to breed in large numbers.

"You will soon catch sight of this dark, quirky-looking bird, with large, thick bills, stalking over the beds of these wetlands or on the rain-soaked paddy fields in its typical military gait," Das says.

Nearly two decades of data reinforce concerns that pesticides are really bad for bees

Butterfly

New research has provided some of the strongest evidence yet that pesticides can do serious, long-term damage to bee populations. And the findings may help fuel the ongoing debate about whether certain insecticides should be permitted for agricultural use at all.

Endangered species wait 12 years to get on the list

Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid (Credit: Joshua Mayer/Wikimedia Commons)

The wait time for getting on the endangered species list is on average about 12 years, six times longer than it should be, a new analysis shows. Scientists say the delays could lead to less global biodiversity.

The US Congress enacted the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1973. To receive protection, a species must first be listed as endangered or threatened in a process that is administered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum 2016

Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum 2016

Successors & Inheritors of the Asian Elephants in the Wild & the Balipara Foundation Awards are proud to present the 2016 edition at Guwahati, Assam, India on 8th & 9th November 2016

Securing the Culture of Cashmere in the 21st Century

Securing the Culture of Cashmere

If you wear a fine and soft cashmere sweater, then you are likely to contribute to the desertification of Mongolia. I did not like the idea when I stood at the edge of the Gobi Desert, but the hard reality is that we are often not aware of the unintended consequences we cause wearing some of the finest clothing. Even if that organic sweater carries an organic label,it does not automatically imply that the absence of chemicals turns the goats' hair wear sustainable. An ever rising demand puts excessive pressure on production.

Inside the Green Economy - Promises and Pitfalls

BERLIN – In recent years, the push to build a “green economy” that can deliver the world from continual environmental and economic crisis and usher in a new era of sustainable growth has been gathering force. But the push has been a source of unexpected controversy, with many predicting little more than business as usual with a coat of green paint. Will reconciling environmental and economic imperatives be harder than we think?

Pakke Tiger Reserve Wins India Biodiversity Award 2016

Pakke Tiger Reserve in East Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh has received the India Biodiversity Award 2016. The Hornbill Nest Adoption Programme of the Pakke Tiger Reserve was awarded the prize under the category, “Conservation of Threatened Species”. The award was given away at a ceremony in Mumbai on May 22.

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