This week’s environment and conservation news stories rolled into one.
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India’s mining sector: Present is tense and future could be imperfect
Mining is a necessary evil, but the larger question is how it can be carried out while protecting the environment and ensuring justice to the communities affected by it.
Gharials swimming across India-Nepal border an opportunity for co-operation
Experts have sought the release of captured gharials, protecting breeding and nesting habitats, data sharing and better transboundary co-operation through a formal agreement.
Western Himalaya glaciers react differently to climate change, human activity
Two studies on glacier health in the western Himalayas throw up results that are in contrast with previous speculation on glacial melts.
The Indus river dolphin struggles in India, thrives in Pakistan
The Indus dolphin population in India, as of 2018, is pegged at less than 10, while Pakistan has 1,816. Improved political relationships could help conservation of the species.
As assembly election nears, Kerala government announces environmentally controversial projects
Kerala had faced devastating floods and landslides in 2018 and 2019 proving that some of the past development projects had adverse environmental consequences.
Salt-tolerant rice, innovations help farmers deal with salinity in the Sundarbans
Scientists have been developing salt-tolerant rice strains to help farmers since excess salt can retard plant germination and growth.
Rare Gunther’s toad sighting highlights farms as biodiversity hotspots
An informal village committee plays a crucial role in conservation through community-level decisions taken with all stakeholders in mind.
Lessons for India’s mining sector from Mongolia [commentary]
The time has come when civil society should start engaging directly with the industry leaders interested in finding “win-win” solutions for the environment and development, writes Seema Paul in this commentary.
Landscape connectivity for better sustainability [commentary]
A study by Wildlife Institute of India proposes connectivity between the protected areas of Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Chattisgarh, and Madhya Pradesh for animal sustainability in the central Indian landscape.
Nourish the undernourished: Building pandemic resilience of the nation builders [commentary]
Post-COVID, access to safe and nutritious foods would be a question mark if adequate policy measures are not taken.