Your Environment This Week: Sonbhadra’s reality, tea gardens sequestering carbon, animal welfare

Rescue and rehabilitation of stray animals including cows is one of the primary works of the state animal welfare boards.Photo by Swami Stream/Flickr.

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

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Mapping the ability of tea gardens to sequester carbon dioxide

Tea agroforestry systems, with tea plants and shade trees, sequester a significant amount of carbon dioxide.

Who’s looking after the animals of India?

State Animal Welfare Boards (SAWBs) are either yet to be formed or are non-functioning in most states and union territories across India.

A new bill for pesticide management coming to parliament soon

Many pesticides that are dangerous for human life and the environment, which have been banned across the world, are still sold in India.

What does Kaveri delta’s new protected special agricultural zone mean for livelihoods?

According to the state government, the proposed authority overseeing the Kaveri delta region will give recommendations for developing agricultural infrastructure to achieve food security apart from recommending schemes for irrigation and flood management.

Sonbhadra’s tryst with fake news gets more attention than its reality

The Central Pollution Control Board, after the detailed environmental status study had identified the area as critically polluted in 1991.

Healthy snowfall will help Uttarakhand’s glaciers, water woes

Uttarakhand received six times more snowfall in 2019 (17.9 inches) than it did in 2018 (3 inches) and 2020 recorded almost 17 inches at the start of the year itself.

A new addition to the Walkerana genus

The Western Ghats escarpment harbors around 250 species of amphibians, more than 90% of which are endemic to the region.

Large parts of India have warmed, hit by frequent hot days, say climate scientists

In Sikkim, efforts are on to train students into maintaining and monitoring school-based local weather stations.

Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna delta in peril due to sea-level rise, says study

Being one of the most vulnerable regions in the world, the GBM delta presents a major challenge for climate change adaptation of nearly 200 million inhabitants.

Orangutans go into starvation mode with forest fires in Indonesia, study finds

Forest fires in Indonesia, usually started for clearing land for plantations such as oil palm, reduce the availability of food for orangutans. India is the world’s largest importer of palm oil.

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