User: indiatogether Topic: Environment
Category: Biodiversity :: Endangered Species
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Deep reefs won't be 'twilight zone' refuge for fish, corals: Study 20.7.2018 DNA: Money
Deep coral reefs in a "twilight zone" in the oceans differ sharply from those near the surface, dimming hopes that they can be a refuge for marine life fleeing threats such as climate change and pollution, scientists said on Thursday. Worldwide, coral reefs in shallow waters are among ecosystems most threatened by climate change. The Great Barrier Reef off Australia suffered severe bleaching, a whitening driven by warm waters that can kill corals, in 2016 and 2017. A U.S.-led team of divers who studied little-known reefs in the West Atlantic and Pacific Oceans between 30 and 150 metres (100-500 ft) deep where sunlight fades, found most species of corals and fish were unlike those closer to the surface. "We were surprised to find little overlap," lead author Luiz Rocha of the California Academy of Sciences told Reuters of the findings published in the journal science. Less than five percent of fish and corals were found in both shallow and deep waters against the scientists' previous estimate of 60-75 ...
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Trump administration proposes stripping some endangered species protections 20.7.2018 Reuters: World News
The Trump administration on Thursday proposed changes to key provisions of the U.S. Endangered Species Act in a move it said would streamline the law but which conservation groups slammed as an assault on wildlife protections.
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Urbanisation, encroachment pushing city’s wildlife to brink 16.7.2018 The Assam Tribune
Urbanisation, encroachment pushing city’s wildlife to brink
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Jaguar Escapes Zoo Enclosure, Kills Trapped Animals One After The Other 15.7.2018 NDTV News - Latest
A jaguar at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans slipped out of its enclosure and went on a territorial killing rampage sometime overnight, attacking four alpacas, an emu and a fox trapped in their own...
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Opinion: We Are Losing The Fight To Save Endangered Species 15.7.2018 NDTV News - Top-stories
The northern white rhino isn't going out with the thundering charge that it's due. It won't go out in a blaze of glory, fighting a pride of lions, as would befit such an inspiring creature. It's going...
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Rare Whale Killed In Iceland. It May Be First Blue Whale Hunt In 50 Years 14.7.2018 NDTV News - Top-stories
Is it a blue whale or not? The slaughter in Iceland of what is claimed was a member of the endangered species has triggered outrage and left experts puzzled about its true identity.
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Rising carbon dioxide levels threaten monarch butterflies: Study 11.7.2018 DNA: Wide Angle
Mounting levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide pose a previously unrecognised threat to monarch butterflies, by reducing the medicinal properties of milkweed plants that protect the iconic insects from disease, a study has found. Milkweed leaves contain bitter toxins that help monarchs ward off predators and parasites, and the plant is the sole food of monarch caterpillars. Researchers at the University of Michigan in the US grew four milkweed species with varying levels of those protective compounds, which are called cardenolides. Half the plants were grown under normal carbon dioxide (CO2)levels, and half of them were bathed, from dawn to dusk, in nearly twice that amount. Then the plants were fed to hundreds of monarch caterpillars. The study showed that the most protective of the four milkweed species lost its medicinal properties when grown under elevated CO2, resulting in a steep decline in the monarch's ability to tolerate a common parasite, as well as a lifespan reduction of one week. The ...
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This baby python hissed to come out of a box while boarding a plane 11.7.2018 Sify Finance
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Endangered dolphin sighted at Nakhanda confluence 11.7.2018 The Assam Tribune
Endangered dolphin sighted at Nakhanda confluence
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New power lines might accelerate bustard extinction in Gujarat 8.7.2018 DNA: Money
The thrust towards green energy is having an environmental cost that few had foreseen. The power lines that connect windmills and solar power plants are turning out to be death traps for the critically endangered Great Indian Bustards (GIB) in Gujarat. In the last decade alone, power lines have claimed the lives of about 10-15 GIBs in the GIB-range states of India. If that wasn't enough, the GETCO substation at Bhachunda, where the company plans to put about 15 to 20 power lines, is another potential death trap, claim activists, adding that it is right in the middle of a bustard habitat. Devesh Gadhvi of The Corbett Foundation, an organisation that is working towards GIB conservation, said, "The windmills, by virtue of being green energy, do not require an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) before being set up, especially outside forest areas. The same happens with the power lines as well.  This means that when such plants are set up in revenue areas, adjacent to the forest areas, which are actually ...
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Bid to check dwindling numbers of local fish varieties in Manipur 7.7.2018 The Assam Tribune
Bid to check dwindling numbers of local fish varieties in Manipur
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Why our lakes are forever teeming with the deadly water hyacinth 5.7.2018 Citizen Matters, Chennai
The uncontrolled flourishing of water hyacinth in Chennai’s lakes and ponds speaks volumes about the health of these water bodies. What causes this infestation and what has the Corporation done to check it? »
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Scientists hope test-tube embryos can save near-extinct white rhino 5.7.2018 Reuters: World News
LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have created hybrid embryos from the sperm of near-extinct northern white rhinoceroses in the laboratory, hoping they can ultimately help save the species.
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Book Review: Sumana Roy’s Missing shows literary novels are far from extinc... 4.7.2018 DNA: Bangalore
Book Review: Sumana Roy’s Missing shows literary novels are far from extinc...
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Wildlife Board adds four species to recovery plan 2.7.2018 DNA: Money
The National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) has given its nod to include four diverse species — Northern River Terrapin (riverine turtle), Red Panda, Clouded Leopard and Arabian Sea Humpback Whale — in the recovery programme for critically endangered species. This decision will lead to targeted conservation of these species whose population is on the decline. They fall in the critically endangered to vulnerable categories as per the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The species recovery programme of the Union Environment Ministry is implemented under Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats — a centrally sponsored umbrella scheme for management and conservation of parks, wildlife habitats and conservation. Minutes of the NBWL meeting held on June 13, show that the Environment Ministry's wildlife division proposed for inclusion of these four species in the recovery programme. In April, the wildlife division had held a meeting of the Chief Wildlife Wardens (CWW)of East and Northeast ...
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Watch: Himalayan Brown Bear Takes A Lazy Stroll At Amarnath Shrine 29.6.2018 NDTV News - Latest
A Himalayan Brown Bear was caught on camera taking a lazy stroll near Amarnath Shrine in Jammu and Kashmir. The encounter was recorded by an SDRF jawan who was deployed at the shrine for the annual...
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The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) recovers smuggled E?xotic B?irds 29.6.2018 Govt of india: PIB
Acting on specific input that live exotic birds of foreign origin smuggled into India from Bangladesh through Indo-Bangla border at North 24 Parganas are being transported in a vehicle heading towards Kolkata via Chakdaha/Kalyani Expressway, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) sleuths immediately swung into action.
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Flying squad: With drones and machetes, China's green vigilantes combat bird poachers 29.6.2018 Reuters: World News
POYANG LAKE, China (Reuters) - For much of the past year, Liu Yidan has patrolled the backroads of China in a black jeep, hunting for bird poachers.
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School dropouts turn wildlife conservationists 28.6.2018 The Assam Tribune
School dropouts turn wildlife conservationists
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Kenya Wildlife Service relocates 14 endangered black rhinos to more secure habitat 27.6.2018 DNA: Mumbai
The Kenya Wildlife Service has started moving 14 black rhinos to a sanctuary in the south east of the country to offer a more secure location for the endangered species. Eight rhinos from a national park in the capital Nairobi and six from a wildlife reserve in the Rift Valley will be moved to Tsavo East National Park rhino sanctuary in the southeast near the coast, Tourism Minister Najib Balala said on Tuesday as the move started. Poaching has risen in recent years across sub-Saharan Africa where well-armed criminal gangs have killed elephants for tusks and rhinos for horns. Often the animal parts are shipped to Asia for use in ornaments and medicines. "We are working on improving our surveillance using technology because also humans can be a factor in poaching and also in negligence," Balala said. "So we are not concentrating on increasing the numbers, we are concentrating on using technology to manage wildlife, both inside and outside the national parks." Kenya had a rhino population of 1,258 in 2017 ...
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