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How preserving forests could save the Indian giant squirrel

ENVIRONMENT

How preserving forests could save the Indian giant squirrel

Among the four global giant squirrels, the Indian giant squirrel is endemic to India.

Tinkering with saffron’s genetic makeup to develop climate resilience

ENVIRONMENT

Tinkering with saffron’s genetic makeup to develop climate resilience

Being a sterile species, saffron is not easy to breed, making genetic modification to create climate-resilient varieties challenging.

Top invasive species are blooming in India despite climate change

BUSINESS

Top invasive species are blooming in India despite climate change

Invasive plants such as Lantana camara and Chromolaena odorata are emerging as a serious threat, especially to natural and agricultural landscapes.

Egypt climate summit started with a bang but may end with a whimper

BUSINESS

Egypt climate summit started with a bang but may end with a whimper

The success of the U.N. climate summit in Egypt, which has entered the second week, will be measured by the progress made on the contentious issue of climate finance, but the signs are not encouraging

Heat stress impacts milk production in Maharashtra's dairy cattle

INDIA

Heat stress impacts milk production in Maharashtra's dairy cattle

Milk producers in Maharashtra are reporting reduced milk output due to heat stress in dairy cattle.

Staff crunch ailing state pollution control boards in India, finds think tank analysis

BUSINESS

Staff crunch ailing state pollution control boards in India, finds think tank analysis

In the Indo-Gangetic plains, the majority of state pollution control boards are working without sufficient experts. Around 40 percent of the technical posts in these SPCBs are vacant.

Coconut-based integrated farming could help sequester carbon, improve farm productivity: Study

ENVIRONMENT

Coconut-based integrated farming could help sequester carbon, improve farm productivity: Study

Coconut-based integrated farming offers scope for improving crop biodiversity and farm productivity, finds a study.

Rajasthan is getting wetter and it’s not good news for the desert ecology

ENVIRONMENT

Rajasthan is getting wetter and it’s not good news for the desert ecology

Environmental changes, such as changes in vegetation and water availability, have affected Rajasthan’s desert ecology, impacting local flora and fauna.

Mumbai activists demand that the tree geo-tagging information be made public

ENVIRONMENT

Mumbai activists demand that the tree geo-tagging information be made public

Environment activists and mapping technology experts assert that when the information about geo-tagged trees in cities such as Mumbai are made public, the citizens can track the trees. This in turn, improves governance and public participation in tree conservation.

Farmers continue protests against proposed IIT campus in Goa

ENVIRONMENT

Farmers continue protests against proposed IIT campus in Goa

The site earmarked for the campus, is a thickly forested hill that stands in the middle of surrounding farmland and orchard plains, crisscrossed by irrigation canals and lift irrigation schemes.

The neelakurinji bloom is wilting with time

INDIA

The neelakurinji bloom is wilting with time

The Western Ghats are home to 99 percent of the 150 Strobilanthes species in India and are considered the hotspot for this genus. Among them is the neelakurinji flower that is said to bloom once in 12 years.

Stubble burning is back, smothering north India with concerns for the upcoming winter

INDIA

Stubble burning is back, smothering north India with concerns for the upcoming winter

While authorities claim they are all set to deal with what is now a yearly crisis, stubble-burning cases reported so far are much higher than last year.

Pune citizens recycle clay from Ganesha idols to minimise impacts of clay mining

INDIA

Pune citizens recycle clay from Ganesha idols to minimise impacts of clay mining

A campaign initiated in Pune city collected 15,000 kilograms of clay sludge after the traditional immersion of Ganesh idols during the recent Ganesh festival. This clay sludge will be used by idol makers for making new idols.

As cheetahs prowl India after 70 years, we answer all your feline questions surrounding their survival and much more

ENVIRONMENT

As cheetahs prowl India after 70 years, we answer all your feline questions surrounding their survival and much more

Amid all the excitement surrounding our new feline friends, we answer questions on their survival prospects, competing predators, and much more.

Champhai district in Mizoram is now a hotspot for wildlife trafficking in India

BUSINESS

Champhai district in Mizoram is now a hotspot for wildlife trafficking in India

Since the military junta came to power in Myanmar, incidents of exotic animals being smuggled from Myanmar to India have increased in volume.

Explainer: What is biodiversity finance?

WIRE-NEWS

Explainer: What is biodiversity finance?

Currently, biodiversity finance, to a large extent, is dependent on funds from governmental agencies and private philanthropies. However, the focus is now shifting towards sourcing finances across a variety of funders (from public, private, and non-profits), types of funding (through loans, grants, tax incentives, market mechanisms, etc.) and scale of funding (local, state, national).

The potential of Kashmir’s springs for climate resilience

INDIA

The potential of Kashmir’s springs for climate resilience

As much as 87% of the total spring water of the Kashmir valley can be used for drinking purposes without treatment, says a new study,however there is no one concerned authority looking after the springs of the valley.

Increased e-buses in Delhi could reduce pollution-related mortality, morbidity, says study

INDIA

Increased e-buses in Delhi could reduce pollution-related mortality, morbidity, says study

According to the Delhi transport department, Delhi currently has a total of 7,310 public transport buses which include 7,060 CNG buses and a total of 250 e-buses.

Manipur landslide sparks ecological debate

SCIENCE

Manipur landslide sparks ecological debate

The landslide area was earlier investigated and identified as “high to very high hazard” in the unpublished doctoral thesis submitted and awarded by Manipur University’s Department of Earth Sciences in 2007.

Unpacking the presence of microplastics in the Bay of Bengal

SCIENCE

Unpacking the presence of microplastics in the Bay of Bengal

The microplastics in the Bay of Bengal likely stem from the breakdown of mismanaged waste – improper disposal of plastic packaging and abandoned fishing gears – in the sampled sites.

The curious case of the woolly-necked stork and its rising numbers in Haryana

INDIA

The curious case of the woolly-necked stork and its rising numbers in Haryana

Tree-nesting waterbirds such as the woolly-necked stork (Ciconia episcopus) often have a fragile relationship with farmlands, given that their survival depends on the retention of trees amidst crops.

Simmering prices turn LPG knob to the low

BUSINESS

Simmering prices turn LPG knob to the low

As per a study by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), a think-tank based in New Delhi, over 70% of the households used LPG as the primary cooking fuel in 2021.

RBI gears up to deal with climate-related financial risks

BUSINESS

RBI gears up to deal with climate-related financial risks

The central bank has come up with a discussion paper on climate risk and sustainable finance and has asked for feedback from concerned stakeholders about the possible regulatory system in the near future.

Parliamentary discussions related to climate change are largely missing in India, finds study

POLITICS

Parliamentary discussions related to climate change are largely missing in India, finds study

Scientists engage with Indian legislators in curated meetings and workshops to discuss local impacts of climate change, policy mechanisms to address impacts and offer clarity on the attribution of events to climate change.