This week’s environment and conservation news stories rolled into one.
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[Interview] ‘India’s forest guards deserve far more recognition, respect’
Green Oscar winner Ashwika Kapur presents a new TV series featuring India’s forest guards, who protect the country’s natural heritage in a variety of challenging landscapes.
Keeping the Mahatma’s light shining
Chetan Singh Solanki from IIT Bombay is spearheading a unique campaign that involves children worldwide making solar-charged study lamps and taking a pledge of “non-violence to environment” as a tribute to Gandhi.
The burning coalfields of Jharia belch poison for local residents
Lives of around half a million people in Jharia in the eastern state of Jharkhand are at risk from land subsidence over abandoned coal mines, where fires have been raging for over a century.
Western Maharashtra floods: A man-made disaster?
Activists blame the Maharashtra government for the recent deluge in Kolhapur, alleging that flood lines of the Panchganga river were redefined to provide benefits to the builders.
Role of Miyawaki forests in mitigating urban heat island effects
The Miyawaki method, also called the Potted Seedling Method, is an afforestation technique that uses native species to create dense, multilayered forests.
Bengaluru’s neighbourhood parks can support biodiversity
So far, the main goal for neighbourhood parks has been to provide a recreational zone to citizens. In a new study researchers argue that apart from recreation, biodiversity protection should also be included in parks’ goals.
British lawyer comes to India chasing moths
Seeing a rare beautiful butterfly or moth ought to be as exciting as watching Sachin Tendulkar score a century, said Mark Sterling, who is with the Natural History Museum London.
Coonoor citizens and officials clean the streams and river in the hill town
Encroachments and garbage had nearly killed the feeder streams that flow into the Coonoor river. Concerted action by citizens, with support from the district administration, has helped in cleaning the waterways.
Wildlife clearance for Kaiga nuclear plant expansion
An expert panel of the MoEFCC has granted clearance to the project, which is less than 2 km from the boundary of the biodiverse Kali Tiger Reserve.