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Boost to renewables, short shrift to forests

With increased coal energy cess, ambitious renewable energy targets, and sops for electric vehicles, the Union Budget hopes to generate investment in green energy while giving short shrift to fore... »
The government has set an ambitious target of generating 175,000 MW of energy through renewable energy sources by 2022. In this, solar is expected to contribute 100,000 MW. Photo: M. Periasamy

Budget fails to cheer clean energy sector

‘Unlike rail and roads, tax free bonds have not been specifically proposed’ »

Visionary move for green energy

The Union Budget presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday was a momentous occasion for renewable energy with the announcement of a visionary goal of 175-gigawatt capacity by 2022. Thi... »
Wetlands perform extraordinary functions like recharging ground water, acting as a drain during floods, recycling nutrients and purifying water. Photo: K. Ramnath Chandrasekhar INSIDE MY GREEN BOOK

In troubled waters

India’s wetlands are being ravaged at an alarming rate »
Olive Ridley hatchlings grown in nests being released into sea near Ramakrishna Beach. Photo: K.R. Deepak

The mystery of the Olive Ridley turtles

Their beaches eroding and disturbed by human interference, fewer turtles are returning to nest every year »
Solar panel being placed on the roof of Kalyana Katta to harness Solar energy. Photo: V.Ganesan
March 1, 2015

No light ahead for green energy

The Union Budget 2015 has been a disappointment for solar retailers and consumers in the city, as no tax exemptions or reductions have been announced for green energy. Though an ambitious ta... »
Malabar pied hornbill
February 27, 2015

Study of the rich avifauna of Eastern Ghats

While many extensive bird surveys have been carried out in the Himalayas and the Western Ghats, for the first time, a detailed study of the rich and diverse avifauna (bird wealth) of the Eastern Gh... »
Kolkata, February 25, 2015

India home to 18% of world’s raptors

India is home to 106 species of raptors, popularly known as ‘birds of prey,’ says a recent publication by the Zoological Survey of India.The publication reveals that more than 18 per cent o... »
A young birdwatcher Photo: M. Periasamy
COIMBATORE, February 25, 2015

Head out to bird watch

With the arrival of autumn and winter, birds that breed in the northern latitudes migrate to our more moderate Southern areas. The verdant forests surrounding the Western Ghats, rushing streams, f... »
R.K. Pachauri, who stepped down as the chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change after being faced with sexual harassment allegations, has earned the praise of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
NEW DELHI, February 24, 2015

R.K. Pachauri steps down as IPCC chair

After facing allegations of sexual harassment, Dr Rajendra K Pachauri has stepped down as Chairperson of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) with effect from Tuesday. The Energy a... »
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, February 24, 2015

Indian monsoon fluctuated during ice age: study

As ice ages on Earth waxed and waned over time spans of thousands of years, there were substantial fluctuations in monsoon intensity over India. But while the rains in north-eastern India declined... »
U.S. feels that all countries should aim at cutting emissions, not just the developed world. File Photo
NEW DELHI, February 23, 2015

At Geneva, India opposes dilution of tasks

India’s position underscoring the historical responsibilities of developing countries in the context of climate change was up against proposed dilutions to that concept notably by the U.S. and the... »
Compliance with Indian air quality standards would save 2.1 billion life years, says a study.
Chicago, February 21, 2015

High air pollution cuts most Indian lives by 3 years

India’s high air pollution, ranked by the World Health Organisation (WHO) among the worst in the world, is adversely impacting the lifespans of its citizens, reducing most Indian lives by over thr... »
February 19, 2015
Climaction

The Climate is Changing: So What?

Economists subscribe to the theory that unless the incremental benefit of changing is greater than the incremental cost of that change, the change will not occur.Be aware: Change is costly i... »
Sanaka Sarkar, wife of tiger attack victim Srinivas Sarkar. Photo: Sushanta Patronobish
SUNDERBANS (SOUTH 24 PARGANAS), February 18, 2015

Sunderbans on the edge as tiger numbers rise

About a fortnight ago, when the nationwide tiger count was released, Sonoka Sarkar, 31, was trying to come to terms with her husband’s disappearance and death. Srinivas Sarkar, 40, was drag... »

Optimism after countries agree on draft in Geneva

MoEF accepts some HLC recommendations

India pumps 0.6 tonnes of plastic waste into ocean annually: researchers

SpaceX rocket blasts off to put weather satellite into deep space

Mining brought pollution 240 years before industrial revolution

From the Himalayas

BRICS to set up green fund

Uttarakhand to take up leopard census

Bahraich (UP), February 28, 2015

Leopard beaten to death by villagers in UP

A leopard was on Saturday killed by angry villagers after it attacked and injured two persons in a village in Katarniaghat wildlife division in Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh. Vipnesh (2... »
In this January 22, 2015 photo, Gentoo penguins stand on rocks near the Chilean station Bernardo O'Higgins, Antarctica. Here on the Antarctic peninsula, where the continent is warming the fastest because the land sticks out in the warmer ocean, nearly 45 billion metric tonnes, is lost a year according to NASA.
CAPE LEGOUPIL, Antarctica, February 27, 2015

Antarctica’s retreating ice may reshape Earth

From the ground in this extreme northern part of Antarctica, spectacularly white and blinding ice seems to extend forever. What can’t be seen is the battle raging underfoot to reshape Earth. ... »
Stalagmites contain reliable records of past rainfall.
February 25, 2015

How aerosols affect tropical rainfall

The inter-tropical convergence zone (ITCZ), a belt of precipitation caused by the trade winds (which blow from east to west in the north and southern hemispheres near the equator) has been shifting... »
SUCH A LONG JOURNEY A 10,000 km round trip. Photo: Deepa Mohan
February 25, 2015

Doing what Genghis could not

Striking black bars across their snowy whiteheads, the bar-headed goose (Anser indicus) is a goose that breeds in Central Asia. They thrive in massive colonies near mountain lakes in Mongolia and w... »
Dr. Robert C. Orr
NEW DELHI, February 24, 2015

‘Modi government has shifted gears on climate change’

While India has been an active participant and leader in global climate discussions for many years, the Modi government has shifted the gears on the issue of climate change, according to Dr Robert... »
NEW DELHI, February 23, 2015

States’ climate action plans to be approved soon

The Union Environment Ministry will soon approve plans from various States to tackle climate change and an additional Rs.150 crore has been sought in this budget for the National Adaptation Fund.<... »
Georg Lesser, left, and Johannes Leeder
February 22, 2015

Together for Nature

It is in small initiatives like the Save Nature Group, started by two young Germans, Johannes Leeder, 26, and Georg Lesser, 25, that one finds hope for our environment. The duo, on their first vis... »
Washington, February 19, 2015

US to expand air quality monitoring to embassies in India

The US plans to expand air quality monitoring to some of its missions in countries like India, Vietnam and Mongolia to help raise awareness about the dangers of pollution. The initiative... »
Facing constant threats from roving tigers and other animals, people struggle to eke out a living by farming, shrimping, fishing and collecting honey from the forests.
BALI ISLAND, February 19, 2015

Millions at risk from rapid sea rise in Sundarbans

The tiny hut sculpted out of mud at the edge of the sea is barely large enough for Bokul Mondol and his family to lie down. The water has taken everything else from them, and one day it almost... »

West Bengal accounts for nearly 64 per cent of this increase in forest cover. File photo: Arunangsu Roy Chowdhury
Kolkata, February 15, 2015

India’s forest cover up by 5,871 sq km

Of the 5,871 sq km increase in the forest cover of India, West Bengal accounts for nearly 64 per cent of this rise, reveals the latest report of Forest Survey of India.A study conducted by t... »

ADP session ends, draft to fight climate change adopted

NGOs, Greens against Adani’s Australia project

Madurai gets rare winged visitors

Understanding the INO

Parasitic wasp’s novel weapon

Ratan Tata among business leaders for zero GHG emissions by 2050

Climate change ‘Terminator’