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Upping the ante for disaster management in cyclone-prone Odisha

The clamour for food and shelter grows in the aftermath of Fani, while experts underscore the need to strengthen coastal green infrastructure and tackle psychosocial trauma stemming from economic loss.

A petrol pump damaged by cyclone Fani on the Puri-Bhubaneswar highway, Odisha. Photo by Manish Kumar.

Indo-Nepal Border Road rides roughshod on UP wildlife habitat

Tiger reserves and wildlife sanctuaries are under threat along the upcoming 1,715-kilometres long Indo-Nepal Border Road that aims to connect 154 outposts of India’s armed border force.

The 1,715-km Indo Nepal Border Road aims to connect outposts of the armed forces. Photo courtesy U.P. Tourism Department.

Marine plastic pollution has increased tenfold since 1980: biodiversity report

A report by the IPBES states there is increasing pressure on land and marine resources and that land resources are better managed by indigenous people.

Marine plastic pollution is impacting species like turtles and can impact humans through the food chain. Photo by António D. Abreu/Wikimedia Commons.

Vhali Watcher: An app to set whale sharks free

A new app allows fishers in Gujarat to easily document whale sharks that get caught in fishing nets.

A model whale shark during a conservation campaign parade put on by the Gujarat Forest Department. Photo from Wildlife Trust of India.

Crackdown on dirty household fuels can save lives

India could make a major dent in air pollution and save about 270,000 lives a year by curbing emissions from ‘dirty’ household fuels such as wood, dung, coal and kerosene.

Firewood used for cooking for school students in West Bengal. Photo by Shankar Sarkar/Greenpeace.


Increasing dry season fires in Kerala spotlight debate around man-made fires

The fires in Munnar’s Vattavada region and the Kurichiad range in Wayanad together brought down hundreds of hectares of forest. The actual figure is debated.

Officials struggling with the fire at Vattavada, Munnar. Photo by Joby George.

India’s growing solar power programme could leave behind a trail of waste

An estimated 200,000 tonnes of waste from solar photovoltaic panels could pile up in India by 2030 if no action is taken.

India has an ambitious solar power programme but has no policy to deal with the photovoltaic panel waste from the sector. Photo by Mayank Aggarwal/Mongabay India.

Poor air quality over northern India from dust storms in May 2018

Dust storms in northern India during May 2018, have contributed to the deteriorating air quality in the region and the capital city of Delhi, with implications for human health, finds a study.

A dust storm blots out the sun in Gurugram, Haryana, India. Photo by Tarunpant/Wikimedia Commons.

Conservation of Sikkim biodiversity needs re-strategising: study

Protected areas in the Himalayan region in India need to be expanded to conserve endemic Himalayan species and minimise the impact of climate change, a new study has shown.

Scientists have observed breeding failure among birds that can be attributed to climate change in Sikkim. Photo by Dibyendu Ash/Wikimedia Commons.

Nearly a decade old, is the National Green Tribunal losing its bite?

In this commentary, environmental lawyer Maya Ramesh writes that the NGT seems to be moving from a judicial forum to an oversight body.

The NGT was established in 2010 which the specific mandate of dealing with environmental cases. Photo by Anil Shakya.


Banner image: India has an ambitious solar power programme but has no policy to deal with the photovoltaic panel waste from the sector. Photo by Mayank Aggarwal/Mongabay.

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