Nature News, Vol. 5, Issue No 6 (June 2016)


The Pioneer 13 June 2016
Vulture population in India soon to get a boost: The vulture population in India that has declined by 99 percent may soon get a boost. The environment Minister Prakash Javadekar recently launched the Gyps Vulture Reintroduction Programme in Haryana, the first of its kind in Asia. The programme, according to him will restore the  Read more


The Business Standard 28 June 2016
ZSI to record climate change impact on animals in Himalayas: Zoological Survey of India has started five long-term monitoring plots in the Himalayas to document the impact of climate change on animal world. The project, funded by the Ministry for environment, forest and climate change Read more


The Hindu 20 Jun 2016
In the newly proposed draft notification seeking to amend the Environmental Impact Assessment, the Central government offers a way out to those who have violated environmental norms. The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF) has issued a draft notification seeking to Read more

The Hindustan Times 6 June 2016
One day not enough for environment : Railways minister Suresh Prabhu on Sunday said a single day as World Environment Day was not enough and population was a major factor leading to environment degradation. The challenge is so big that one day is not enough. There is so much awareness now globally Read more


The Pioneer 13 Jun 2016
Separate policies for each State to achieve 33% forest cover:  A new forest policy is on the anvil. The Environment Ministry has asked the respective States to frame their own policies for achieving the target of 33 per cent forest cover in the country. According to the sources in the Ministry, a meeting of State Forest and Environment Ministers Read more

The Times of India 21 June 2016
Draft forest policy out, brace for green tax : The environment ministry has come out with a draft National Forest Policy (NFP), proposing levy of a green tax while calling for safeguarding forest land by exercising strict restraint on diversion for non-forestry purposes like mining and industrial projects and  Read more


The Hindustan Times 12 June 2016
Threat to Gujarat’s pride as ‘gun for defence’ gets political support: Once considered harmless, Asiatic lions are attacking people living in the periphery of the Gir National Park India’s only reserve for the big cats. Consequently, 18 of the beasts have been taken into  Read more


The Pioneer 1 June 2016
Cherish every drop of rainfall: Efforts should be made to revive water conservation structures and build new ones. Over ground and underground water banks must be created. India's rich water conservation heritage needs a revival. When you see clouds gathering, prepare to catch the rain  Read more

The Times of India 1 June 2016
Wetland norms: No clarity on conservation:
New  wetland  rules are a much watered-down version of the 2010  norms , which could make identification and  conservation  of such ecosystems more difficult, if notified. Green experts and lawyers have communicated their concerns to the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF). Read more

The Hindu 6 June 2016
Missing the wetlands for the water:
Wetlands need to be reinforced as more than just open sources of water. How they are identified and conserved requires a rethink 
The government is all set to change the rules on wetlands. The Draft Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2016, Read more


The Hindu 4 June 2016
On a wild humour chase
: Cartoonist Rohan Chakravarty on his website, Green Humour, which discusses burning environmental issues. A tigress bathing in a waterhole. That sight was the turning point for Rohan Chakravarty, cartoonist and creator of Green Humour, a website that addresses environmental issues. Read more

The Pioneer 6 June 2016
Environmentalists pledge to combat wildlife crimes: Go Wild for Life Zero Tolerance for Illegal Wildlife Trade” theme of World Environment Day this year brought together environmentalists to combat wildlife crime and poaching. The event was organised jointly by Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB), TRAFFIC, WWF-India Read more

The Hindu 7 June 2016
A dumb primate: It is time our technologically desensitised civilisation woke up from its ecological idiocy before its follies wipe us all out. An old man can cry, too. He was a special guy in my life a gentle giant. Harambe was my heart. It’s like losing a member of the family. Read more

The Indian Express 13 June 2016
Why culling is not a ‘lust for killing’, it is conservation:
Selection, says the dictionary. In the wild, it is the process of weeding out of the weak through starvation, disease and predation. It is nature’s way of controlling population and maintaining the robustness of a stock. A population boom makes Read more

The Hindustan Times 14 June 2016
MP tiger reserve rejoices as trap cams catch 46 new cubs:
Tiger lovers in Madhya Pradesh can finally cheer. Forty six tiger cubs have been sighted on camera trap photographs in the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, officials said on Monday. Our research teams are still working to find out more details about these cubs. Read more

The Times of India 15 June 2016
Discovered: Konkan frog species touchless sex :
The female does much of the courting, the male is furiously possessive of her, but when it comes to intercourse, they make Victorian prudes seem rather forward. Meet the Bombay night frog, an oddity in the anuran world that reproduces without the mates touching each other. Read more

The Hindustan Times 21 June 2016
Impossible to end rhino poaching, says Assam minister:
The Bharatiya Janata Party-led government in Assam appears to have given up on ending rhino-poaching. On Monday, state forest minister Pramila Rani Brahma said it would not be possible to stop poaching. Brahma represents Bodoland People’s Front Read more
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