Pune: A debate is brewing between researchers over the proposed study of the critically endangered forest owlet near Melghat tiger reserve.

While a section of experts emphasized the importance of research for the conservation of vulnerable species, activists and some scientists maintain that the bird can survive without any studies. Researchers are cut up about claims that the bird had become extinct in areas where similar research was carried out were ‘baseless’.

Pune: The latest gadgets and gizmos always create a buzz on college campuses, but for once the conversation will be all about what happens to the models long discarded.

Fifteen bird species in India remain critically endangered and three bird species that were in the ‘least concern’ category, so far, face greater danger than before, as per the recently-released In

Pune: The notification issued by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) last month declaring about 60,000 sq km area of the Western Ghats as an eco-sensitive area (ESA) has been further ame

PUNE: Researchers studying the critically endangered Forest Owlet in Madhya Pradesh hope to start a similar project in Maharashtra's Melghat tiger reserve soon.

PUNE: The state is in the process of declaring areas around national parks and wildlife sanctuaries as eco-sensitive zones.


Pune: Firecracker traders may have reported a drop in sales this Diwali, but the city still had a deafening blast on Sunday evening, with noise levels breaching the permissible barrier of 55 decibels (dB) in many areas, and also crossing last year’s high. The 10 pm deadline for bursting crackers was also conveniently ignored in most areas.

Air pollutant levels shot up to twice their permissible limit in various parts of the city on Sunday evening.

The levels of air pollutants more than doubled in some parts of the city, shooting way past the permissible limit this Diwali.

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has pulled up the state government for failing to implement measures to improve the sanitation and sewage management in Pandharpur, a big pilgrim centre.

In a strongly worded order passed by the western bench of the tribunal, the court has noted that a working plan submitted by the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) in September 2011 has not been implemented.