Your environment this week: Citizens for wildflowers, private forests, revival of Saraswati

This week’s environment and conservation news stories rolled into one.

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[Video] Youth of northeast India use films to tell stories about their environment and communities

The Green Hub training empowers youth with video skills to tell the stories of environment, conservation and communities from northeast India.

Upcoming elections in Haryana boost efforts to revive Saraswati river

Efforts are gaining ground to revive the river, believed to have disappeared 6,000 years ago. Water experts emphasise that the methodology to revive the mythological river is flawed.

A forest to my name

Private forests started cropping up in 1990s when the impact of a liberalised economy on nature became evident, writes Manu Moudgil.

[Interview] “Avoiding the risk of land degradation is fundamental to any response to climate change”

The 14th Conference of Parties (CoP) to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) will be held in New Delhi this year. Mongabay-India interviews lead scientist Barron Orr.

Citizen scientists to scout for wildflowers across four countries

NatureMap-plants is an initiative on the iNaturalist platform, that will map wild flowering plants in four countries — India, Ethiopia, Turkey and Indonesia.

How the legacy of a colonial hunter has inspired conservation efforts in the forests of south India

Hosur-based Kenneth Anderson Nature Society (KANS) has been demanding that the Melagiri region in Tamil Nadu be declared a wildlife sanctuary named after Anderson.

A year on, plastic waste returns to U.P. despite ban

Uttar Pradesh has banned plastic carry bags and single-use plastic cutlery three times in the past four years but has failed to implement effectively.

How global geologic processes lace your glass of water with arsenic

A new study says that globally, areas with groundwater polluted with arsenic are mostly located in basins that run parallel to mountain ranges along convergent plate boundaries.

With Puri’s green shelterbelt destroyed, human-animal conflicts could increase

Destruction of the shelterbelt is also lowering farm yields as sandy and saline winds are impacting soil fertility.

Surviving in the fragile Sundarbans delta: Will the new government respond?

The new government at the Centre should urgently attend to the ecological as well as human survival crises in the region, writes Amrita Sen in this commentary.

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