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Poor urban neighbourhoods more vulnerable to extended effects of heat
India is experiencing one of the worst heatwave spells ever. People in densely built, low-income neighbourhoods, with no open green spaces, remain unsheltered from heat even at night.
A Goan village is on the brink of victory to conserve a century-old lake
Citizen’s efforts have led to a consultation that will potentially declare the hilltop natural reservoir as a wetland, protecting it with a buffer zone.
The Ajodhya hills are alive with the sound of resistance
In the Ajodhya hills in the easternmost part of the Chhotanagpur Plateau, contiguous with the Dolma range, an indigenous tribe resists losing forest land to the Turga hydropower project.
[Book Review] The stories of our roots
In the book Cities and Canopies, Harini Nagendra and Seema Mundoli explore the intersection of history, culture and ecology in urban India, through trees.
When and from where did black pepper come to India?
Black pepper (Piper nigrum) arrived into India from Southeast Asia during the Miocene Age (23 million to 5 million years ago).
Groundwater depletion in Kolkata has consequences beyond water shortage
In addition to water shortage, the increasing contamination due to deepening of the water table, serious health hazards and even instability in built structures.
Two indigenous communities in north Sikkim unite in their anti-dam movement
While many anti-dam protests have not been successful in northeast India, they worked in Sikkim’s Lachen and Lachung because of the deployment of notions of identity, finds a study.
Interactions between people and wild canids in central India
The Kanha-Pench landscape is home to not just tigers and forests. It is also home to five lesser-known carnivores: wolves, wild dogs, jackals, foxes and hyenas.
Is India doing enough to battle desertification?
In August-September 2019, India is hosting the global conference of about 197 countries that are party to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).
[Commentary] Why the drought did not matter in Marathwada during polls
Ground issues took a backseat in the elections as broader issues like the country’s security and a vote for Prime Minister Narendra Modi took precedence, writes Meena Menon.