User: indiatogether Topic: Environment
Category: Biodiversity :: Biodiversity Threats
Last updated: Dec 17 2017 18:44 IST RSS 2.0
 
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China's growing footprint on the globe threatens to trample the natural world 17.12.2017 Sify Finance
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Faced with climate change, Nagaland to revive traditional rice varieties 13.12.2017 BusinessLine - Science
Rising temperature, erratic rainfall and occurrence of moderate drought are beginning to impact food production in Nagaland. In order to meet the challenge of climate change, the state is now turning...
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BMC apathy and marine pollution kills hundreds of fishes in Sion pond 12.12.2017 DNA: India
Residents and elected representatives are up in arms against BMC's apathy after around hundred odd fishes have been found floating dead in the polluted Sion pond during the past two days. The pond had last witnessed a mass fish deaths in 2012 where almost all the fishes in it died. Former principal scientist at Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Dr Vinay Deshmukh said that one of the most common reasons for fishes dying in water bodies specially ponds and lakes is due the lack of oxygen. "I have not visited the spot but going by the photographs and information , it clearly seems that the deaths are due to the increase in the organic pollution, which reduces the dissolved oxygen levels. Most of the fishes that are dead are species of cat fish, which are already sensitive," he said stating that the pond water must be getting contaminated with sewage or other pollutants. Meanwhile BJP councillor of ward 172 Rajshri Shirwadkar expressed concerns over the death of fishes. She said that ...
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Naturebites 11.12.2017 Deccan Herald - Supplements
Unique genetic variation Once known for its green cover, Bengaluru has lost 78% of its green cover in the last two decades due to rapid urbanisation. The citys fig trees, however, have withstood the onslaught. Aiming to evaluate the loss of green cover, researchers from the Indian Institute of Science studied the genetic structure and diversity of the cluster fig tree population in Bengaluru. For the study, the researchers collected leaf samples from individual trees from different locations across the city. The study revealed that the population of cluster fig trees in Bengaluru has a fairly robust genetic structure, with no signs of inbreeding. Inbreeding results in low genetic diversity that could cause loss of fitness and increase the risk of extinction for small population of individuals. However, in the case of the cluster fig trees, the credit for maintaining healthy population probably goes to their pollinator fig wasps, which live in a special mutualism with the fig. The DNA extracted from the ...
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High mercury levels found even in UN global policy makers 10.12.2017 All News-IANS Stories
In a scary revelation, an international study detected neuro-toxic metal mercury levels above health alert thresholds in over half of the policy decision-makers tested at a UN summit this year.
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This heart-wrenching video of starving polar bear will make you teary-eyed - Watch 9.12.2017 Zee News : Science and Technology
The video shows a bony, emaciated polar bear trying to cling on to his life as he hunts for a morsel of food. 
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CPI leader moves NGTagainst encroachers 7.12.2017 Hindu: Home
Aim is to protect Munnar and Kurinjimala sanctuary
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Business leaders commit support of nearly Rs 500 crores for Namami Gange Mission following appeal by Shri Nitin Gadkari 7.12.2017 Govt of india: PIB
Captains of Indian trade and industry have committed a support of nearly Rs 500 crores for the development of amenities like ghats, river fronts, crematoria and parks at various places along River Ganga as part of the Namami Gange Mission. Shri Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Water Resources,
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Scientists say there's a limit to the human lifespan – and we’ve already hit it 7.12.2017 DNA: Top News
Humans may have reached their maximum limits for height, lifespan and physical performance, according to a first-of-its-kind research that looked at 120 years worth of historical information. Scientists suggest that humans have biological limitations, and that anthropogenic impacts on the environment - including climate change - could have a deleterious effect on these limits. Despite stories that with each generation we will live longer and longer, this review suggests there may be a maximum threshold to our biological limits that we cannot exceed. Researchers studied trends emerging from historical records, concluding that there appears to be a plateau in the maximum biological limits for humans' height, age and physical abilities. "These traits no longer increase, despite further continuous nutritional, medical, and scientific progress. This suggests that modern societies have allowed our species to reach its limits. We are the first generation to become aware of this," said Jean-Francois Toussaint ...
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Satellites monitoring endangered pink dolphins in Brazil's Amazon 7.12.2017 Zee News : Science and Technology
A select group of 11 dolphins are observed each day by researchers with the aim of registering their travel and activity routes, gathering information about their genetic profile and verifying, among other things, the extent of their contamination with mercury.  
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Satellites monitoring endangered pink dolphins in Brazil's Amazon 7.12.2017 All News-IANS Stories
Threatened by hydroelectric projects, pollution and fishing, Amazon pink river dolphins were now being tracked and monitored via satellite, an initiative in the Brazilian region to increase knowledge about a species on which little data exists.
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Migratory birds give Ameenpur lake a miss 6.12.2017 Hindu: Home
Deeper water level put off birds, pollution also cited as reason
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Microbes found on ISS resembles homes on Earth: Study 6.12.2017 All News-IANS Stories
The International Space Station (ISS) has a 'very diverse' community of microbes that more closely resembled that of homes than of humans, researchers said on Tuesday.
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Hunters on the prowl at Singanallur Tank, kill squirrels 6.12.2017 Hindu: Coimbatore
A glimpse hunting migratory birds and other fauna living around Singanallur Tank came to light when volunteers of Centre for Urban Biodiversity Conservation and Education (CUBE) on Tuesday traced squ...
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Kenyan sea turtle manages lucky escape from humanity's plastic binge 4.12.2017 Zee News : Science and Technology
Dozens of the endangered creatures need rescuing every year around Watamu, where plastic litter accumulates in Indian Ocean.
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British singer Ellie is UN environment global goodwill ambassador 3.12.2017 All News-IANS Stories
British singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding is a Global Goodwill Ambassador for UN Environment, joining the fight to save the lives and habitats of people and animals by cleaning up the planet's air and seas, fighting climate change and protecting species.
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Swami and his feathered friends: 468 species of birds fly around in a riot of colours in Shuka Vana in Mysuru 1.12.2017 Hindu: Arts
How over 2,000 parrots and parakeets came home to roost in a Mysuru ashram
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Crop insurance a failure: expert 1.12.2017 Hindu: National
Advocates farmer-friendly policies that will support small-scale farmers
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Obama to focus on training next generation of leadership 1.12.2017 All News-IANS Stories
Former US President Barack Obama on Friday said that his post-presidency priorities are to lend his voice to issues that he cares about and training the next generation of leadership
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‘India Awarded Certificate of Commendation for Its Effort to Combat Illegal Wildlife Trade”: Dr Harsh Vardhan 1.12.2017 Govt of india: PIB
Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan has said that India has been awarded with the Certificate of Commendation for its exemplary enforcement action in its regional and global effort to combat illegal wildlife trade.
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