Nature News Vol. 6, Issue No.1 & 2 (January - February 2017) | WWF India

Nature News Vol. 6, Issue No.1 & 2 (January - February 2017)

BIRDS

The Times of India 5 Jan 2017 
Asian water bird census to start in Delhi this weekend: The Asian Waterbird Census (AWC) 2017 in Delhi region will start from January 7. This census will be carried out simultaneously in 27 countries from January 7 to 21. For Delhi region, it is planned from January 7 to 9 in wetland sites like Okhla Bird Sanctuary, Surajpur wetland, Najafgarh drain and jheel Read more

The Hindustan Times 14 Jan 2016 
Unique birdsong leads experts to discover new species in Arunachal: A birdsong has led a team of scientists to India’s first new bird species in a decade and the fourth since 1947. The bird, which has been named the Himalayan Forest Thrush, has been described from  Read more

The Pioneer 22 Jan 2016 
New bird species identified from its song, named after Salim Ali : A bird species from eastern Himalaya has been identified as a new species. A team of scientists from India, Sweden, China, US and Russia has described this species from northeastern India and adjacent parts of China as Himalayan Forest Thrush (Zoothera salimalii). Read more

The Hindustan Times 27 Jan 2016
Owls to blame for maximum bird hits near airports: Barn owls, red-wattled lapwings and little swifts are likely to have struck an aircraft in midair most often than any other bird in India, finds a one-of-a-kind study. In addition to these three, the study found black kites and three bat species were also involved in most bird strikes. Read more

CLIMATE CHANGE

The Hindu 28 Jan 2016 
After Paris, keep the heat on: In order to have a chance of limiting temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius, we need suitable technologies to make low-carbon transitions in development right away. Now that the Paris Conference of the Parties (COP) meet is long over  Read more

ENVIRONMENT

The Pioneer 29 Jan 2016
The federal way to green living: India had adopted a comprehensive strategy in 2009 to tackle environmental challenges. It is now up to the respective State Governments to encourage and recognise the efforts to implement the action plan on climate change. A growing awareness on the relevance of climate change within the Government, civil society and the corporate sector, coupled with mounting international pressure, had led India to adopt a comprehensive strategy to tackle environmental challenge in 2009. Read more

FOREST AND BIODIVERSITY

The Tribune 2 Jan 2016 
Felling of trees sets alarm bells ringing for Forest dept: Illegal felling of large number of trees in the Krishnawati region has set alarm bells ringing for the Forest Department. Mahendragarh DC Atul Kumar has submitted his report to the higher authorities, seeking a probe into the case. Read more

WETLANDS, RIVERS, WATER AND MARINE

The Hindustan Times 5 Jan 2017 
Turtle hunters feast on river basins of UP: The turtle’s shell is a wondrous thing, allowing the shy reptile a place of refuge when it detects the presence of a predator. However, even this fortress designed by nature isn’t enough to protect these creatures from certain “intelligent” mammals with opposable thumbs Read more

The Hindu 28 Jan 2016
Water harvesting, conservation movement launched in Rajasthan: Mukhya Mantri Jal Swavlamban Abhiyan (MJSA), described as the country's largest campaign of its kind towards water harvesting and conservation in rural areas, was launched by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Wednesday. Read more

WILDLIFE & ENDANGERED SPECIES 

The Hindu 4 Jan 2017 
Death of a naturalist: Peter Jackson was instrumental in nature and tiger conservation in India. Peter Jackson’s death last month in England after a prolonged and sad illness went virtually unnoticed in this country. This is a pity given his lifelong association with India and his two signal contributions to nature conservation, one in Haryana and the other in Gujarat. Read more
 
Explaining how and why a man-eater tiger kills : The Rajasthan Forest Department has admitted to having declared Ranthambhore’s Tiger-24 a man-eater  and moving it to an enclosure in Udaipur  under public pressure, without following the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) laid down by the Read more

The Pioneer 7 Jan 2016 
MM Hills can be declared tiger reserve: Study - A first ever study conducted by conservation biologist Sanjay Gubbi of the Nature Conservation Foundation at the Male Mahadeshwara (MM Hills) Wildlife Sanctuary and Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary, traditionally not known for tigers Read more

The Indian Express 14 Jan.2016 
Why beaching of whales still baffles science: More than 100 short-finned pilot whales were stranded along a 15-km stretch of Manapad beach south of the port city of Thoothukudi (Tuticorin) in Tamil Nadu this week, and at least 60 died. How did the giant creatures show up in these shallow waters? How do whales find their way around the oceans? Read more

The Hindustan Times 20 Jan 2016 
Project Tiger in danger as Centre cuts funding and states won’t step in: A massive fund crunch is starving India’s flagship tiger conservation programme. The Centre has decided to reduce its allocation from this financial year for the project to save the big cats with a clutch of national parks Read more

The Pioneer 28 Jan 2016 
Indian rhino’s last refuge falls prey to poachers: The year began on a brutal note for the Asian one-horned rhinos with three incidents of poaching reported in a row in January. These consecutive killings of the species classified as vulnerable under the Red list of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) occurred in UNESCO heritage site of Kaziranga in Assam. Read more
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