Nature News, Vol. 4, Issue No.5 (May 2015) | WWF India

Nature News, Vol. 4, Issue No.5 (May 2015)

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BIRDS

The Deccan Herald 3 May 2015
Clipped wings: Shocking Unsustainable developmental policies and rising insensitivity towards. It was a strange sight indeed. On our side of the mudflats, carpenters and mechanics were hammering and banging away, repairing the boats docked along the jetty; at the far end, we could see a chemical fertiliser factory Read more

The Business Standard 10 May 2015
Raje to seek Centre's support for conservation of Great Indian: Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje would seek support from the Centre for conservation of the Great Indian Bustard from becoming extinct in the desert state. Chairing a meeting of the state Wildlife Board here, Raje said that she would write a Read more

The Hindu 21 May 2015
£52,000 to save the bustard: Pramod Patil, a Pune-based ornithologist, has earmarked the £35,000 prize money he got with the Whitley Award for conserving the bird. A U.K. charity is contributing the rest. Pramod Patil, a city-based ornithologist, plans to help conserve the great Indian bustard (Ardeotis nigriceps) with £52,000 (about Rs. 50 lakh). Read more

CLIMATE CHANGE

The Hindustan Times 8 May 2015
The climate will decide how we all get along: In December, France will be hosting the 21st UN climate conference, COP21. The aim is to reach a universal agreement that will limit temperature rise by the end of the century to 2°C compared to the pre-industrial period.  As the president of COP21 Read more

HUMAN – ANIMAL CONFLICT

Hindu 18 May 2015
Need to minimise human interference: There is a need to minimise human interference in the Aravalli Range. It may not be possible to reverse the process of development and undo the large-scale devastation of wildlife habitat in the Aravalli Range, but wildlife activists believe that certain measures can certainly be taken to prevent and reduce future face-offs between humans and wildlife. Read more

WETLANDS, RIVERS & WATER

Pioneer 9 May 2015
MoEF releases new guidelines for amendment to Wetland Rules : The Environment Ministry has come up with fresh draft guidelines for amendment to Wetland (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2010, that were notified by the UPA Government. The draft guidelines, Ministry officials said, will be in sync with the original rules and aim to give States a clear roadmap to protect wetlands along with resources. Read more

The Hindustan Times 19 May 2015
Govt wants corporates, spiritual organisations, NRIs to adopt clean Ganga projects: Aiming to steer more private participation into its pet Ganga clean-up mission, the Modi government has asked corporates, cash-rich spiritual organisations and the global Indian community to fund specific projects of the programme. Indians abroad could get the projects adopted by them named after family members. Read more

WILDLIFE & ENDANGERED SPECIES

The Hindu 8 May 2015
Outreach on social media against illegal trade of lesser-known species: A digital media campaign on illegal trade in lesser-known and non-charismatic wildlife species including pangolins, owls and mongooses.  The campaign, “Preserving the Future: Stop Illegal Wildlife Trade was jointly run by TRAFFIC, WWF-India and the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau Read more

The Deccan Herald 10 May 2015
A grand scheme to save endangered mammalian fauna: Govt will seek aid of Japan International Cooperation. All those wildlife enthusiasts, who drive up to neighbouring Odisha to catch a glimpse of lions roaming around in the safari at Nandankanan, here is some good news for such tourists. Read more

The Pioneer 11 May 2015
Nosing out trouble for wildlife protection: With illegal wildlife trade going more organised and threatening the survival of many species in the country, several States have decided to add more sniffer dogs in their brigade to bust poaching and smuggling cases. The country's wildlife sniffer dog brigade will get a major boost with the addition of 14 new dogs and 28 handlers. Read more

The Times of India 16 May 2015
Rising number of Asiatic Lions makes way for stray menace: The outcome of Asiatic Lion census is definitely a matter of rejoice for the wildlife lovers, but the increase in number of lions from 411 in 2010 to 523 in 2015 has raised issues of conservation of the big cats, especially in wake of the straying area. However, the area has also been doubled from 10,000 sq km to 22000 across the Saurashtra region. Read more

The Pioneer 23 May 2015
Bid to smuggle protected species turns turtle : More than 400 endangered black-spotted turtles  recovered from Mumbai international airport recently  will be relocated to Kukrail Rehabilitation Centre in Lucknow on the occasion of World Turtle Day on Saturday. Following which, they will be released back into their natural habitat in Tarai region of Uttar Pradesh. Read more
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