Your Environment This Week: Future green crusaders, land use change in Jammu & Kashmir, new termites

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

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The curious case of India’s missing forest policy

We kick off a new series on forests of India, The Indian Forest Story, with this piece on India’s forest policy that, after nearly four years, is yet to be finalised.

Forest land identified for development after reorganisation of Jammu and Kashmir

In Kashmir region around 15,000 acres of state land, mostly around eco-sensitive zones such as wetlands and rivers, has so far been identified for infrastructural development by the new regional government. In Jammu region over 42,000 acres of land has been identified.

Memories of recent Kerala floods push students to ask for climate action

On January 1, students of Kerala organised a demonstration to raise awareness about climate change and global warming, in Thrissur. This event highlighted the growing trend of smaller cities in India also seeing a strong student movement demanding action on climate change.

Why Punjab failed to douse farm fires

Stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana is a major cause of air pollution in north India. However, farmers have little choice as other options like machines to get their fields ready for the next crop, are a financial load on the farmers.

Study finds limited outreach of disaster-related mobile apps in India

The lack of data in the context of disaster resilience – that can be plugged through app-based crowdsourcing – is in sharp contrast to the smartphone and internet usage boom in the country, researchers said.

Tribal children in a Jharkhand village learn the joy of science

A bird conservation drive teaching the importance of avian species to children of the Aayub school in Jharkhand has helped reduce bird hunting in Pandrasali, a common practice where even children were involved.

Is the proposed Pamba-Achankovil-Vaippar project an environmental disaster in making?

Among the 30 river linking projects proposed by the central government, the Pamba-Achankovil-Vaippar project enjoys support in southern Tamil Nadu, while there are serious apprehensions in Kerala about its possible environmental and livelihood impacts.

Green coloured stagnant waters of Vaippar between Sivakasi and Sattur. Photo by K.A. Shaji.

Two new termite species discovered from the Western Ghats

The identification of the two new termite species from the Western Ghats of Kerala, christened Krishnacapritermes dineshan and Krishnacapritermes manikandan, has swelled the ranks of the Krishnacapritermes genus that so far had only two species.

[Book Review] “Rewilding” outlines challenges of saving wildlife and its habitat in India

Ecologist and environmental author A.J.T Johnsingh, in his review, highlights the multitudes of cases of rewilding in India, as explored in the book by conservation biologist and environmental journalist Bahar Dutt.

India needs greater capital and energy to attain decent living standards, says study

The study estimated energy demands to meet basic needs for decent living and found out that to meet decent living standards, India would need 23 percent greater capital (and related energy) compared with the current business-as-usual scenario, the study found.

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