This week’s environment and conservation news stories rolled into one.
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Climate change threatens Wayanad’s agrarian and tourism prospects
The floods and landslides of the last two years have ruined a major portion of Wayanad, where a complete recovery and rehabilitation continue to remain a mirage.
Farmers demand water in return for land in Yettinahole river diversion project
Having cleared legal hurdles, the project is now seeing increasing demands for water from farmers in non-beneficiary areas, whose lands are being acquired.
Kopili hydropower plant pipeline burst kills four
The disaster has been linked to illegal rat-hole mining activity in Meghalaya.Victims’ families are blaming the power corporation for negligence.
How past climatic shifts shaped the evolution of geckos
The diversification of an Indian group of geckos from a common ancestor into climbing and ground-dwelling species is linked to two past climatic events, researchers have found.
Tigers highly stressed during the tourist season in central Indian reserves
Stress hormones from tiger scat samples in Bandhavgarh and Kanha in Madhya Pradesh revealed that the animals are highly stressed during the tourist season.
Demand for freshwater poses a threat to Chambal river
Chambal region in Madhya Pradesh, home to critically endangered gharial and river dolphins, is threatened due to poor flow of water in the river and developmental projects in the region.
Bhutan’s quest for energy security and development in a changing climate
As the climate warms, Bhutan may have more seasons of extremes, from floods, intense monsoons, and glacier dam bursts in the summer, followed by winters of drought.
As India, EU look to increase duties, Indonesia eyes China for palm oil exports
As Indonesia faces a likely increase in duties in India and a biofuel phase-out in the EU, it has welcomed a move by China to remove palm oil from its import tariff quota management.
Mysore city has a bird atlas to its credit
The Mysore City Bird Atlas has mapped 192 species of birds in the city. A labour-intensive process, about 60 volunteer birders pooled in their time, effort and bird-watching skills.
Can India rise to Greta’s concerns on climate change?
Transformation of the energy sector, decentralised climate actions & mass mobilisation are key for India to meet its climate change commitment, recommend researchers in this commentary.