Night parrot sighting confirmed in Western Australia for first time in 100 years
It is the first verified sighting of the bird in WA for almost 100 years and follows a history of unverified sightings, disbelieved reports and futile ecological surveys that rivals the hunt for the (presumably still) extinct Thylacine in Tasmania.
World's first fluorescent frog discovered in South America
World's first fluorescent frog that glows bright green is found in Argentina. The world's first fluorescent frog, which glows bright green under UV light, has been found in Argentina. Researchers stumbled upon the bizarre creature by accident while studying the skin pigments of polka-dot tree frogs in the Amazon.
45% of country's bird species in Himachal Pradesh
About 45 percent of country's total bird spices were reported in Himachal Pradesh during Great Backyard Bird Count (GGBC) 2017 in the state.As per eBird data, as many as 564 bird species, nearly 45 percent of the 1,263 Indian bird species, were reported from Himachal during the 4-day bird count from February 17 to 20.
Government launches first ever across-the-river survey to figure out aquatic life
The Union Government has launched the first ever across-the-river survey in River Ganga to determine the population of aquatic life, including that of the endangered Gangetic doplhin.
World Wildlife Day 2017 observed globally
World Wildlife Day is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people.2017 Theme: "Listen to the young voices"
Barren Island: India’s only live volcano active again
According to scientists from Goa based National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), India’s only live volcano at Barren Island in the Andaman and Nicobar has become active again. After lying dormant for 150 years, Barren Island volcano had erupted in 1991 and since then it is showing sporadic activity. Now it is erupting in small episodes of five to 10 minutes.
January 2017 is third warmest month in 137 years
Last month was the third warmest January in 137 years of modern record-keeping, according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by Nasa scientists. Last month’s temperature was 0.20 degrees Celsius cooler than the warmest January in 2016.
Antarctica’s Sea Ice Shrinks to New Record Low
Sea ice in Antarctica has hit a worrisome milestone, reaching its lowest recorded extent this week, according to data from the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center.
India’s air pollution is world’s deadliest compared to China: Study
According to a new study of global air pollution India’s rapidly worsening air pollution is now surpassing China’s as the deadliest in the world. The report was issued jointly by Health Effects Institute, a Boston research institute focused on the health effects of air pollution, and Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, Seattle based population health research centre.
181 Irrawaddy dolphins counted in Odisha census
According to new census carried out by the Odisha State Forest and Environment department in 2016, as many as 181 Irrawaddy dolphins have been sighted in the state. This marks a significant drop from 2015 survey which had recorded 450 dolphins. The 2016 dolphin census in Odisha reported Humpback dolphins (34), bottlenose dolphins (31) and five pantropical spotted dolphins.