Well it was just a matter of time before some commie scientists named an extinct animal after the 44th president of the United States. Obamadon gracilis is the name, and the foot-long creature — which was discovered in a
fossil bed in Montana — has been extinct for about 65 million years. And
ironically, its extinction may indicate that paleolithic changes in
climate affected animals differently than previously believed.
Paleontologist Nicholas Longrich explains that scientists are now
rethinking the idea that the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs
spared smaller lizards like Obamadon:....
India’s Biological Diversity (BD) Act was enacted in 2002. There is now a decade of its existence to reflect on.The genesis of the law can be traced to the Convention on Biological Diversity(CBD), which was signed at the Rio Summit in 1992. While assessing the 10 years of the Act, one has to be mindful of how India itself has undergone change in these years. By the time the Act came into force, trade imperatives had begun to influence environmental law and policy making both at the national and global level. The final shape of the Act and the manner of its implementation through the BD rules issued by the Ministry of Environment and Forests....
the birth announcement of Endow-Bio, Inc., the First National Endowment for
Biodiversity. Please help us to
publicize our brand new, all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) public charity. Endow-Bio, Inc. operates wholly within the
Our current crises of nature, conservation and culture call
for an audaciously hopeful response in the form of this new public
charity. Our mission is to further
conservation of biodiversity of native species and their habitats in the U.S.,
to expose the full breadth of our environmental problems, to show there are
good-hearted people working to solve these problems who would ....
“We are looking to make wildlife and livestock more compatible by dealing with diseases, by dealing with human/wildlife conflict, and at the same time seeking economic opportunity in both of these arenas.” Steve Osofsky, director of wildlife health policy for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), developed the Animal & Human Health for the Environment And Development (AHEAD) program at WCS and served as the first wildlife veterinary officer for the Botswana Department of Wildlife and National Parks. In an interview with Worldwatch Research Fellow Molly Theobald, Dr. Osofsky discusses how farmers can both help and benefit from wildlife c....
photo: Bitteroot via flickr.
Continuing the all volcanos all the time theme we've got going at the moment... Though it's unlikely the eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano will have any impact on global climate, and it's equally unlikely that climate change is to blame for the eruption itself, ...
Tuesday,20 April, 2010 | Hits: 35
Children From Sea Lots, A Depressed Area Outside The Capital Port Of Spain, of TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO Fill A Bottle With Water At A Standpipe due to the lack of pipe-borne water caused by a prolonged dry season April 15, 2010.The situation is so grave that potable water has been rationed in some communities to only one day a week.© Thomson Reuters 2010 All rights reserved...
Monday,19 April, 2010 | Hits: 102
" TALKING GREEN " weekly e-Newsletter of My GREEN CHANNEL, an initiative of LAKSHYA [ issue 2.15, Friday, 9th April 2010 ]
Enough is ENOUGH
The wind is changing …. ! as our Asian hornet’s are leaving the native love of petals and reaching the Queens land we are observing the reality and struggle for a drop of water in various parts of the world truly when a chilled bottled Aquafina and Brisleri makes us feel at the top of the world we forget that fresh water production increases by 9.5m cubic metres a day – twice the annual flow of the Thames – as one-third of world goes thirsty when the world contributed $ 72 billion to the “ bottles” . presently I don’t have the data of the thrown away plastic bottles after our thirst is over …. ! when lakes are drying we don’t want to take steps for conservation restructure the source of the lake but built a recycle water plant because we believe in parallel power …! We fail to understand the reality/ strength of nature ……….. I just want to ask how much more …….! On the 17th of April [ 5 days before earth day 2010] we are initiating our national platform “ EARTH DAY INDIA” to talk about earth day how to build a better planet ….. ! Thank you friends for your support towards young India network in face book in talking about the earth day , its importance and what and how to achieve the dream planet. We appreciate your solidarity for growing together….!
With GREEN hope and GREEN thoughts ….………… ENJOY READING!
Uzzwal Madhab President / Executive Director LAKSHYA Foundation, New Delhi , INDIA
Verizon Launches Major Sustainability Initiative
Verizon has just announced a comprehensive sustainability program that contains a number of new initiatives, as well as the expansion of existing efforts. Readmore
Central assistance provided to take up rural water schemes in NE
The Union Ministry of Rural Development has released grant-in-aid for various Northeastern States, including Sikkim, to take up rural water schemes. Readmore
Asian hornet threatens British bees Lakshya foundation Delhi
An Asian hornet is heading for Britain that could wipe out our native honey bee hives, experts have warned. Readmore
Climate change: turning costs into income opportunities
Concerns about the high costs of climate change mitigation dominate the global debate to be resumed at Copenhagen. The question of who is to pay for the investments that will undoubtedly be needed receives far greater attention than the corollary question of who is to gain from them. Readmore
GREEN & BLUE
Global water crisis and cheaper technology sparks surge in desalination
The world's unquenchable thirst for clean water drove a record increase in the desalination and reuse of sewage last year, figures show, as water-stressed countries around the world try to build their way out of trouble. Readmore
A guide to get the most out of green stimulus packages
There is need for an integrated response to the current economic and environmental crises, says a recently released report. It calls for greening of national economies, creating green jobs, and hiking public spending on R&D for energy-efficiency and clean energy. Readmore
Ditch that bottled water Lakshya foundation Delhi Lakshya foundation Delhi
Bottled water has become ubiquitous over the last decade or so. In fact, in 2006, Americans spent $15 billion on bottled water. Of course, as consumers have proved time and again, just because a product is popular doesn’t mean it’s a good thing for the planet, or even for their own health. Readmore
The environmental refugees of Brahmapuram
Recently, disaster struck all 53 families of the Chellipadam village in a Kochi suburb, when nearly 25 lorries, all carrying stinking garbage from the city rolled in with heavy police escort and dumped decaying garbage in their midst. The villagers had to flee their homes unable to stand the stench. M Suchitra and P N Venugopal have more. Readmore
Green is the colour of our times. In the run up to the Copenhagen Climate Summit, everyone is doing whatever is possible to establish one’s green credentials. Nowhere is such symbolic activity more in evidence than China. Readmore
GREEN VISION ?
Climate science: The dark side of the light
Telling the truth does not offer sufficient protection from the limelight's unforgiving glare The damage has been incalculable, but the original sin appears milder by the day. Readmore
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Thursday,08 April, 2010 | Hits: 230
The World Bank approved a controversial $3.75bn loan to build one of the world's largest coal-fired power plants in South Africa yesterday, defying international protests and sharp criticism from the Obama administration that the project would fuel climate change.
Thursday,08 April, 2010 | Hits: 138
INDIANAPOLIS - The six finalists for the Indianapolis Prize, the world's leading award for animal conservation, were announced today. Selected from a pool of 29 nominees, the finalists are Gerardo Ceballos, Ph.D., Iain Douglas-Hamilton, Ph.D., Rodney Jackson, Ph.D., Laurie Marker, D.Phil., Carl Safina, Ph.D. and Amanda Vincent, Ph.D. These heroes of animal conservation were nominated by their peers and chosen for their outstanding achievements on behalf of endangered or at-risk species across the globe.
"The passion and energy of these six finalists are the essence of the Indianapolis Prize. Their ability to connect conservation with the community has established hope for all species, including us," said Indianapolis Prize Chair Myrta Pulliam.
Monday,12 April, 2010 | Hits: 166
The National Board for Wildlife, headed by Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh, rejected some big projects, including a port project in Gujarat, signalling that the ministry would not clear projects in ecologically sensitive zones.
Tuesday,13 April, 2010 | Hits: 141
Both for vast array of species it shields and the sustainability of the ecosystems it inhabits, the tiger is the sentinel of the ecological destiny of the whole Indian subcontinent. Malini Shankar says tiger conservation is no longer a mere choice.
Conservation skeptics often dismiss the importance of tiger conservation under the ruse that it gets too much media coverage. They also say that too much significance is attached to mammals at the cost of other endangered fauna. Nevertheless its significance cannot be undermined, for among other things, the Royal Bengal Tiger presides over territory meant for a vast faunal diversity. Mammals are the youngest in the evolution of species, thus there is a whole spectrum of faunal diversity below them, some of which are its prey base.
Wednesday,02 December, 2009 | Hits: 143
India, China and Nepal are set to launch a joint conservation initiative for the Mount Kailash landscape. The conservation will be meant to tackle the issue of glacial melt, biodiversity conservation and, interestingly, also have a mandate for cultural conservation in the Himalayan region.
Sunday,11 April, 2010 | Hits: 154
India's rejection of GM aubergines shows a shift in emphasis towards cultural exchange as a solution to agricultural problems
The EU has opened up to more GM with a moratorium lifted on genetically modified Amflora potatoes. Three thousand miles away, in India, a new moratorium has recently been imposed: the rejection of GM Brinjal, the "not so humble" aubergine. For some however, this has not gone far enough.
Sunday,11 April, 2010 | Hits: 144
It is hard to imagine a less fitting environment for a mollusc than the arid plain of Damoguzhen in south-west China.
There is not a drop of water in sight. The baked and fissured earth resembles an ancient desert. Yet shellfish are scattered here in their thousands; all so recently perished that shriveled, blackened bodies are still visible inside cracked, opened shells.
Tuesday,06 April, 2010 | Hits: 131