Grassland communities of Kaziranga National Park (KNP) classified as Eastern Wet Alluvial Grasslands. It comprised of tall grasses (61%) as well as short grasses (only 3%). Rapid periodic changes occurred due to recurrence of flood, erosion and alluvial depsition and have direct implications for the establishment of early successional species.

KATTAPPANA: The wildfire that destroyed 10 hectares of grasslands in Koottakal and Choriyanthandu areas of the Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary was brought under control on Monday by the joint efforts of forest officials, activists of the Eco-Development Committee (EDC) and a Fire and Rescue team from Cheruthoni.

According to official estimates, four hectares at Kootakal and six hectares at Choriyanth

In 1996, the National Remote Sensing Center (NRSC) began using NOAA-AVHRR data for fire monitoring in Mongolia. It expanded its detection technology with the addition of TERRA and AQUA MODIS data, giving it a spatial resolution of 250 m as of 2008, and developed a related methodology and technology for detection and monitoring of active fires and mapping of burned areas over Mongolia.

A group of Yaks at the National Yak Research and Breeding Centre, Arunachal Pradesh. File Photo
The Hindu A group of Yaks at the National Yak Research and Breeding Centre, Arunachal Pradesh.

Large carnivore conservation is akin to a multi-billion dollar riddle. Scores of researchers, activists, bureaucrats, politicians, livestock herders, and hunters each hold a clue to the solution, but cannot seem to be able to agree on how to bring it together. The large carnivores themselves are far from cooperative be it the wolf, tiger or leopard. They are constantly making a meal out of someone’s coveted animal, wild and domestic.

The Government of India has announced the Greening India Mission (GIM) under the National Climate Change Action Plan. The Mission aims to restore and afforest about 10 mha over the period 2010–2020 under different sub-missions covering moderately dense and open forests, scrub/ grasslands, mangroves, wetlands, croplands and urban areas.

If you're a typical westerner, you ate nearly 100 kilograms of meat last year. This was almost certainly the costliest part of your diet, especially in environmental terms. The clamour for people to eat less meat to save the planet is growing ever louder. "Less meat = less heat", proclaimed Paul McCartney in the run-up to last December's conference on global warming in Copenhagen.

A Group of Experts has submitted a detailed assessment of the potential for reintroducing the cheetah in India, recommending three potential sites for reintroduction. The cheetah, which is a flagship specie of the deciduous dryland/grassland ecosystem, became extinct in India in the 1960s. The word "cheetah" derived from the sanskrit word citrak?yah.

Many factors have contributed to China

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Madhavan Pillai Foundation, in a petition, has requested Governor R S Gavai not to accord sanction to the Ordinance for taking over 1,036 acres of land in Munnar for setting up a tourism township.

The foundation further urged the government to consult experts from various fields before finalising any development plan for the area.