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climate 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.

forest How preserving forests could save the Indian giant squirrel

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

mumbai 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

biodiversity Himalayan medicinal plants under threat due to climate change

Medicinal plants in the Himalayas are under threat due to climate change. The findings call for reorienting conservation strategies. The new

indian renewable energy development agency ireda Solar mini-grids fuel women-led enterprises in Jharkhand’s Gumla district

Jharkhand’s Gumla district is among the most backward districts of the state as per government classification. About 69 percent of the district’s

chattisgarh Chhattisgarh forest fires continue while forest staff remain on strike

Chhattisgarh’s forest department officials say they are resorting to traditional methods to control fires as new equipment such as blowers have not

evaporation Explainer| What are urban heat islands?

The term ‘urban heat island’, however, is thought to have been coined as ‘städtischen Wärmeinsel’ in 1929 by the German meteorologist

tamil nadu The wind farm paradox in southern Tamil Nadu

Over three decades, a lot has changed in this region of the southern Indian coastal state, which accounts for about 25 percent of India’s total

alternative energy Delays and glitches mar Uttarakhand’s solar self-employment scheme

The Uttarakhand government started the ambitious scheme in September 2020 when migrant workers and youth were returning to the state due to COVID-19

biodiversity Sweet pineapples and a variety of trees nurture each other in this patchwork plantation

The pineapple agroforestry system (PAFS) also needs more multipurpose tree species for better structure, diversity and composition for desired

biodiversity Keeping alive a mangrove conservationist’s legacy to protect Kerala coast

According to P Sujanapal, a scientist with Kerala Forest Research Institute, Kerala’s mangrove cover has severely disintegrated in the last four

elephants Yes, No or Maybe: Fate of Hasdeo Arand forest back in limbo

The study warned that infrastructure development and mining will cause fragmentation and have a negative impact on quality habitat available.

agriculture Artificial nests for barn owls help farmers befriend these natural rodent killers

In an initiative in Assam, agricultural scientists are helping farmers in the state to conserve and increase the number of barn owls with the help of

ecosystem services Commentary: Forests, ecosystem services and humans

According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation, about 150 wild plant species, which are essential for many rural subsistence households, are

farmers 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

desert 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