This week’s environment and conservation news stories rolled into one.
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A community in Nagaland strives to sustain wildlife protection amid fresh challenges
The Sendenyu Community Biodiversity and Wildlife Reserve is one of 407 CCAs in Nagaland, accounting for almost a third of the total number of villages in the state.
Arabian Sea needs to be closely monitored for future storms: Study
Scientists studying the 2017 cyclone Ockhi 2017 suggest close monitoring of the Arabian Sea for future storms. Forecast models need to consider ocean and atmospheric conditions.
As India plans clean energy transition, questions remain about impact
The Prime Minister recently announced India’s target of 450 GW of renewable energy by 2030. However, discussion around the impact on communities and environment is missing.
Architectural secrets of termite mounds
The secret behind a termite mound’s balance of solid strength with porosity lies in a two-layered architecture. A dense core provides strength and stability, while a porous shell surrounding the core allows ventilation.
Cultural beliefs protect snakes in the dwindling sacred groves of southwestern India
Youths need to be educated on the ecological role of sacred groves and their biodiversity to cultivate appreciation and potentially turn them into custodians of the groves.
Rajasthan’s phosphate mines deprive villagers of land, livelihood, health
Health officials note that there’s so much dust in the air that residents of villages nearby mines develop diseases such as tuberculosis and lung cancer.
Discarded single-use plastic masks and gloves are choking ocean beds
With inadequate biomedical waste treatment plants and an ineffective waste disposal system, the litter is making its way to the ocean.
Remove oil storage facility in ecologically sensitive coastal area, says green tribunal
The oil storage facility, which was violating coastal zone rules, was given clearance by the central government’s environment ministry.
Frog discovered in the Eastern Ghats also found in the Western Ghats
The team compared the morphological features of this slightly larger frog found in Karnataka with those of other similar-looking Fejervarya/ Minervarya frogs.
Unique primate habitat in Indonesia under threat from palm oil plantations
Among the threats to Sulawesi’s primate habitat is deforestation for oil palm. The top importers of palm oil as of 2019 were India and China.