This week’s environment and conservation news stories rolled into one.
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Caught between virus outbreaks, Kerala’s model for public healthcare lauded
Apart from well-equipped government hospitals with dedicated medical experts, the state has a wide network of primary health centres which function as the first level of contact.
Women act to make slums climate-resilient, one house at a time
Mahila Housing Trust, an Ahmedabad-based NGO is helping urban slums to adapt to pressing climate change issues such as heat stress and flooding.
[Interview] Taking One Health approach to tackle zoonoses crucial for India
Sandeep Chaudhari from Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University speaks on why a reactive approach to zoonotic disease outbreaks needs to be replaced with a robust One Health mechanism in India.
Sunrays light up dark villages in Jharkhand
Solar power-driven irrigation has helped farmers in Jharkand villages to break their dependence on the monsoon and grow multiple crops.
Villagers develop a protective ring around the Ranthambore tiger reserve
The NGO Tiger Watch at Ranthambore has started the Village Wildlife Volunteers Programme, which has a network of about 50 volunteers who share real-time information about wildlife movement.
COVID-19 may be the watershed to spur action on wildlife trafficking
The Wildlife Conservation Society and Global Wildlife Conservation are calling for a permanent ban on wildlife trafficking and live animal markets.
Stepping up monsoon research for more data, improved forecast
A Parliamentary Committee report suggests that the Ministry of Earth Sciences must prioritise the study of monsoon and finds its present budget allocation for this purpose, low.
India’s proposed overhaul of environment clearance rules could dilute existing regulations
The draft Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) notification 2020, which was unveiled last week, proposes to ease processes for business.
Scientists record bat calls to build database
Researchers in India are trying to build reference libraries for bat echolocation call data. Acoustic surveys can aid in monitoring species.
Indian businesses to consider human rights impact under proposed plan
Experts have identified land rights, extractive industries and rights of marginalised, vulnerable and poor communities as key issues that the zero draft fails to address.