This week’s environment and conservation news stories rolled into one.
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Vultures in Bundelkhand rise, but stray cattle and other concerns persist
Vulture population in Bundelkhand has seen a 103% rise in the past decade. However, degradation of forests and disturbance of nesting sites remain as threats.
Agrobiodiversity initiatives open women’s horizons in Kerala
Mainstreaming agrobiodiversity initiatives can address complex problems such as nutritional security, poverty alleviation, and women’s empowerment.
Women fight against solid waste dumping in Himachal Pradesh village
Sudher village in Himachal Pradesh has been facing dumping of solid waste from Dharamshala and suburbs. Village women part of the Mahila Mandal are fighting against the dumping.
[Interview] Rumours linking livestock to COVID-19 unfounded, says expert
Ram Pratim Deka, International Livestock Research Institute’s (ILRI) main scientist in northeast India, debunks rumours swirling around livestock and COVID-19.
Tracking sewage to surveil COVID-19
Researchers are in the preliminary stages of investigating wastewater for the presence of the novel coronavirus as an environmental surveillance mechanism.
Rajasthan uncovers chinkara poaching racket
Earlier this month, the Rajasthan forest department arrested four people of a local tribe in Jaisalmer district who were suspected to be involved in poaching of chinkara.
Chhattisgarh’s tribal women keep vigil on their forests
In Surguja district’s Lundra forest range, a network of women in a cluster of villages is patrolling the forests to save trees from felling.
Greens grown in urban kitchen gardens beat the lockdown blues
While the regular supply of vegetables is a concern for some during the ongoing lockdown in Indian cities, interest in kitchen gardens has spiked among urban residents.
Energy policies could get reset in light of the COVID-19 pandemic
A latest report highlights that in the time following the yet-uncertain end of the pandemic, India should reset its energy policies and increase focus on clean energy transition.
Demolition of illegal construction in Sukhna lake area put on hold till the pandemic is under control
Haryana and Punjab have been reprimanded by the state, Delhi and the Supreme courts for permitting illegal constructions.