A new study, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B , by National Centre for Biological Sciences on high elevation songbirds of Western Ghats, has found that deep valleys have greater

In order to characterize the long-term trend of remote marine aerosols, a 12-year observation was conducted for water-soluble ions in TSP (total suspended particulate) aerosols collected from 2001 to 2012 in the Asian outflow region at Chichijima Island in the western North Pacific. We found a clear difference in chemical composition between the continentally affected and marine background air masses over the observation site.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday pledged 55 billion yen in aid to Pacific island nations to help them combat climate change and natural disasters.

The Ganges–Brahmaputra river delta, with 170 million people and a vast, low-lying coastal plain, is perceived to be at great risk of increased flooding and submergence from sea-level rise. However, human alteration of the landscape can create similar risks to sea-level rise. Here, we report that islands in southwest Bangladesh, enclosed by embankments in the 1960s, have lost 1.0–1.5 m of elevation, whereas the neighbouring Sundarban mangrove forest has remained comparatively stable.

Majuli, one of the largest inhabited river islands in the world, is under serious threat due to large-scale bank erosion by the Brahmaputra River. There is urgent need to preserve this socio-culturally rich island of over 0.2 million people. Erosions have been shrinking its landmass significantly and thereby causing enormous pressure on its ecosystem. Through this study, an attempt has been made to assess the effect of flood and erosion on the island, its nature, habitats and eco-system. Survey maps and satellite data are considered as major inputs to this study.

Vulnerable India - Mainstreaming adaptation and building resilience, presentation by Chandra Bhushan at Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) book launch of Rising to the Call - Good Practices of Climate Change Adaptation in India at IHC, New Delhi.

Restoration of extirpated species via captive breeding has typically relied on population viability as the primary criterion for evaluating success. This criterion is inadequate when species reintroduction is undertaken to restore ecological functions and interactions. Herein we report on the demographic and ecological outcomes of a five-decade-long population restoration program for a critically endangered species of “ecosystem engineer”: the endemic Española giant Galapagos tortoise (Chelonoidis hoodensis).

Order of the National Green Tribunal (Eastern Zone Bench, Kolkata) in the matter of Banshi Badan Jana & Ors. Vs. Union of India & Ors. dated 10/10/2014 regarding the thermal project at Nayachar Island, in District Purba Medinipur, West Bengal by M/s Universal Crescent Power Private Limited. The Tribunal noted that a report submitted to the Expert Appraisal Committee (Thermal Power) states that the site is not suitable for a power plant if the geo-morphologyy of the island is to be preserved.

Widespread flooding on Canvey Island was caused by "sheer volume of rainfall" rather than a failure of the drainage pumps, a report has concluded.

The Hawaiian Islands' location in the middle of the Pacific Ocean is threatened by tsunamis from great earthquakes in nearly all directions. Historical great earthquakes Mw > 8.5 in the last 100 years have produced large inundations and loss of life in the islands but cannot account for a substantial (≤ 600 m3) paleotsunami deposit in the Makauwahi sinkhole on the Island of Kaua‘i. Using high-resolution bathymetry and topography we model tsunami inundation of the sinkhole caused by an earthquake with a moment magnitude of Mw ~9.25 located in the eastern Aleutians.