biological diversity

Fighting for India’s ’seed freedom’


July 5th, 2012 - 11:59 am ICT by IANS
New Delhi, July 5 (IANS) Stressing that seeds are "inseparable" from the culture and traditional knowledge of farmers, an NGO fighting to protect native seeds has criticized an Indian Council ... Read more...

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Biodiversity project launched in Himachal


July 3rd, 2012 - 7:27 pm ICT by IANS
Shimla, July 3 (IANS) A national project to access genetic resources, their economic values and share their benefits was launched in Himachal Pradesh Tuesday.The Rs.46-crore United Nations Environment Programme-Global Environment ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Western Ghats put on World Heritage Site list


July 2nd, 2012 - 2:02 pm ICT by IANS
Mumbai, July 2 (IANS) The eco-sensitive Western Ghats along the west coast of India have been included on the coveted list of the World Heritage Sites, at a meeting ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

World’s oceans need greater protection: UN chief


May 23rd, 2012 - 10:26 am ICT by IANS
United Nations, May 23 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has sought global attention to the fragile state of the world's oceans and the importance of marine diversity for global survival.He ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Awareness drive to be launched to protect Kerala’s fish


May 21st, 2012 - 8:02 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, May 21 (IANS) The Kerala State Biodiversity Board (KSBB) will launch a campaign to protect the fish wealth of the state Tuesday on the occasion of 'International Day for ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Awareness campaign on marine biodiversity in Kerala May 22


May 8th, 2012 - 6:57 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, May 8 (IANS) The Kerala State Biodiversity Board (KSBB) will organise an awareness campaign on marine life in the nine coastal districts of the state May 22, on the ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Mexico steps up effort to protect biodiversity


March 7th, 2012 - 11:24 am ICT by IANS
Mexico City, March 7 (IANS/EFE) Mexico has signed the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Protocol, which sets the rules for protecting biodiversity, as well as for the responsible and safe use of biotechnology, ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Kerala to set up biodiversity panel in all local bodies


November 10th, 2011 - 6:00 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 10 (IANS) Kerala has become one of the first states in the country where all the 978 local village bodies have completed the formation of a Biodiversity Management ... Read more...

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Kerala seeks tighter laws to prevent bio-piracy


September 14th, 2011 - 11:34 am ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 14 (IANS) Kerala, which likes to call itself "God's own country" and is home to a staggering 10,035 plant species and 4,600 flowering plants, has sought tighter laws ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Legal action against Mahyco, Monsanto in Bt Brinjal case


August 11th, 2011 - 10:49 pm ICT by IANS
Bangalore, Aug 11 (IANS) The National Biodiversity Authority of India (NBA) has recommended legal action against seed firms Mahyco and Monsanto for violating the biodiversity protection law in promoting Bt ... Read more...

Posted in Business |

India’s first green tribunal gets scores of environment cases (Lead)


July 4th, 2011 - 5:50 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, July 4 (IANS) The National Green Tribunal (NGT), a judicial body aimed at expediting environment-related cases and the first in the country, has got scores of cases to ... Read more...

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India signs Nagoya Protocol on genetic resources


May 12th, 2011 - 11:42 am ICT by IANS
United Nations, May 12 (IANS) India has signed the landmark Nagoya Protocol linking conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity with development.The Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Consultations on economics of ecosystems, biodiversity in India begins tomorrow


February 9th, 2011 - 10:36 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi, Feb 9 (ANI): The two day's stakeholder consultations to develop the framework for strengthening biodiversity conservation programs and initiating action for assessing the economic value of India's natural capital begins ... Read more...

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Polar bears ‘threatened’, not ‘endangered’


December 23rd, 2010 - 12:27 pm ICT by ANI
London, Dec 23 (ANI): The Obama administration has confirmed an earlier Bush-era decision that polar bears are merely 'threatened' rather than 'endangered'.The US Department of the Interior has upheld a ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Toxic compound to be banned from baby bottles


November 29th, 2010 - 1:36 pm ICT by IANS
London, Nov 29 (IANS) The European Union has banned the use of a potentially harmful chemical commonly used in the manufacture of plastic baby bottles, giving a huge relief to parents.Tests show ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

Only ancient wisdom can save India’s ’sacred’ animals


September 5th, 2010 - 2:56 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 5 (IANS) Many "sacred" animals of India - a concept most visible in Hindu religion - may become extinct one day unless the ancient respect for all creations returns. "Respecting ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Now, a regulatory mechanism for wetland conservation


May 23rd, 2010 - 6:24 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) The central government is planning to set up a legally enforceable regulatory mechanism for conservation of wetlands, a senior official of the environment ministry said Sunday. "There is ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Hindu statesman Zed launches Global Council on Environment to ‘better the universe around us’


May 10th, 2010 - 5:44 pm ICT by ANI
Nevada (US), May 10 (ANI): A new global environment advocacy organization has been launched to "preserve, protect and better the universe around us".Named "Global Council on Environment" (GCE), it aims to raise ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Global Council on Environment launched to “better the universe around us”


May 9th, 2010 - 4:31 pm ICT by admin
A new global environment advocacy organization has been launched to “preserve, protect and better the universe around us”.Named “Global Council on Environment” (GCE), it aims to raise the environment standards of the ... Read more...

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World’s rising consumption killing off third of all plants and animals


May 9th, 2010 - 4:03 pm ICT by ANI
London, May 9 (ANI): With human populations surging and people consuming more, animal and plant species are being killed off faster than ever before, says a United Nations report.The report, which has ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Don’t table biotech bill in parliament, CPI to PM


March 14th, 2010 - 6:29 pm ICT by IANS
By Shweta Srinivasan New Delhi, March 14 (IANS) Saying that the biotech bill is all "wrong and retrogressive", Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D. Raja has written to Prime Minister Manmohan ... Read more...

Posted in Sci-Tech |

Delegates gather in Qatar to save elephants, tuna


March 13th, 2010 - 11:19 pm ICT by IANS
Doha, March 13 (DPA) Some 1,500 delegates representing 175 parties to a treaty designed to protect endangered species around the world on Saturday gathered in Qatar to discuss how best to protect ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Mechanism for evolution of sex chromosomes identified by scientists


October 2nd, 2009 - 4:56 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, October 2 (ANI): In a new research, biologists have genetically mapped the sex chromosomes of several species of cichlid fish from Lake Malawi, East Africa, and identified a mechanism by which ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Humans may have pushed Earth’s system beyond 3 of its biophysical thresholds


September 24th, 2009 - 3:32 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, September 24 (ANI): In a new international research, scientists have determined that human activities have already pushed the Earth system beyond three of the planet's biophysical thresholds, with consequences that are ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

World’s ecosystems can have key role in countering climate change


September 3rd, 2009 - 3:14 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, September 3 (ANI): A new research has determined that investing in restoration and maintenance of the Earth's multi-trillion dollar ecosystems can have a key role in countering climate change and climate-proofing ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Hundreds of new species discovered in the Himalayas


August 11th, 2009 - 4:53 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 11 (IANS) Over 350 new species, including the world's smallest deer, a "flying frog" and a 100 million-year-old gecko, have been discovered in the Eastern Himalayas, according to a World ... Read more...

Posted in Sci-Tech |

“Flying frog” and world’s smallest deer discovered in Eastern Himalayas


August 11th, 2009 - 2:11 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, August 11 (ANI): Scientists have discovered over 350 new species including the world's smallest deer, a "flying frog" and a 100 million-year old gecko in the Eastern Himalayas.The new species include ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Invasive crabs and snails threaten oyster reefs in California coastal estuary


July 18th, 2009 - 1:48 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 18 (ANI): In a study, scientists have found new evidence of invasive species threatening native ones, in the form of oyster reefs in a once-pristine California coastal estuary devastated by ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Species diversity can arise without influence from geographical barriers


July 18th, 2009 - 1:20 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 18 (ANI): A team of scientists has demonstrated, using a computer model, how diverse species can arise from the arrangement of organisms across an area, without any influence from geographical ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Isolated forest patches can lose species and biological diversity


June 12th, 2009 - 3:04 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 12 (ANI): A new study has revealed that the increasing fragmentation of forest patches by roads and development are making them isolated green islands, which can lose species and biological ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Cabinet approves pact between India and UNEP


January 29th, 2009 - 7:36 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi, Jan 29, (ANI): The Cabinet has approved a proposal for an Agreement between India and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for capacity building in the field of protection ... Read more...

Posted in National |

11,000 alien species have invaded Europe


November 21st, 2008 - 3:40 pm ICT by ANI
Berlin, Nov 21 (ANI): A unique three year research project has determined that there are more than 11,000 alien species present in Europe, that have biologically invaded the continent.Known as DAISIE ... Read more...

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Natural selection favors only some species based on their metabolism rate


November 4th, 2008 - 4:12 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 4 (ANI): A new research by ecologists has determined that natural selection favors only some species based on their rate of metabolism, meaning how fast a species consumes energy, ... Read more...

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Air pollution is degrading every major ecosystem type in northeastern and mid-Atlantic US


July 22nd, 2008 - 12:09 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 22 (ANI): A new report has found that air pollution is degrading every major ecosystem type in the northeastern and mid-Atlantic United States. The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and ... Read more...

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Kerala unveils intellectual property rights policy


June 27th, 2008 - 9:22 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, June 27 (IANS) Kerala Friday unveiled its intellectual property rights (IPR) policy aimed at safeguarding the state's rich base of ayurveda and herbal medicine. With this move, Kerala has become the ... Read more...

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