Your Environment This Week: Climate change and children, where is the national plan for shark fisheries?

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

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After cyclone Fani, women in a migrant fishing community start resilience fund

Mapping resilience of women-led households and learning from their behaviour can provide insights to prepare better for the future.

31st birthday gift: a world with net-zero emissions?

If the world adheres to the Paris Agreement targets, it will allow a child born today to grow up in a world which reaches net-zero emissions, by their 31st birthday.

At India’s Assam Zoo, decades of experience lead to rhino-breeding success

India launched an official captive-breeding initiative for rhinos in 2011. As part of the program, six were born in Patna Zoo and one at the Assam Zoo, where another is on the way.

Twenty years in the making: Where is India’s National Plan of Action for shark fisheries?

Despite being one of the top three shark fishing nations in world, India is yet to adopt and enforce a National Plan of Action for shark conservation.

The Thackeray that was involved in a case of mistaken identity

Thackeray’s cat snake (Boiga thackerayi sp. nov) with its tiger-like stripes is the first known species of Boiga that feeds on frog eggs.

Restore fragmented forests to help them recover

A recent study finds that though actively-restored fragmented forest patches can recover better than those awarded just protection, restoration is no substitute for undisturbed forests.

Quest for the perfect brush stroke puts the mongoose at risk

Illegal trade of mongoose hair is a thriving industry that results in the death of thousands of mongoose across India every month.

Develop time-bound action plans for critically polluted areas: MoEFCC

According to the Central Pollution Control Board, there are 100 critically and severely polluted industrial clusters across India where clearance for new units (or expansion) is regulated.

The scale and impacts of hunting, and the importance of listening to hunters

In this commentary, two scientists who work in Northeast India discuss the different socio-cultural aspects of hunting, the depth of indigenous knowledge and the importance of involving local communities in conservation.

Use treated effluents for irrigation with caution, advises CPCB

While use of treated effluents and industrial wastewater in agriculture could conserve water, it can also pose the risk of harming soil quality and human health.

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