This week’s environment and conservation news stories rolled into one.
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[Photos] Suffering in the town powering India’s nuclear dreams
In Jharkhand’s Jaduguda region, which has India’s oldest uranium mines, local communities narrate stories of suffering due to degrading health and the environment. The government, however, denies any ill-impact of uranium mining on people.
The tigers that live in a thermal power plant
Around five tigers in Central India’s Chandrapur region have been observed living in a thermal power station over the past four to five years.
Bera’s free-roaming leopards walk on thin ice as tourism grows
Conservationists are concerned that the unregulated growth in tourism in Bera may have an adverse effect on the leopards and shatter the prevalent harmony.
How butterflies strike a relationship with ants using specialised organs
Using micro-CT scans, scientists unravelled the internal structure of the lilac silverline caterpillar, which the species uses to befriend ants that keep predators at bay.
Clean air, sanitation can save newborns
Exposure to tiny particles found in dust and smoke (such as PM10) increases the risk of adverse child health outcomes, said a survey of 184 Indian cities and towns.
Cyclones made coral recovery quicker in Gulf of Mannar this year
Cyclone disturbances in April and May this year assisted faster coral recovery in the Gulf of Mannar.
Reverse migration cheers up agricultural sector in villages
Ample farming hands aided by a good monsoon has made way for higher sowing of agricultural lands. Official data shows that kharif crop across India this year is 21% more than last year.
Mumbai’s COVID waste peaks, second waste treatment plant not in sight
The sole waste treatment facility at Deonar currently treats all of Mumbai’s biomedical waste, even as local residents complain about its impact on their health.
Rainfall in parts of Karnataka has reduced over decades
Studies and activists attribute loss of forest cover for changing the rainfall pattern owing to changes in heat and weather processes.