This week’s environment and conservation news stories rolled into one.
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Hyderabad floods highlight the need for disaster mitigation and climate resilience plan
Hyderabad witnessed sudden spells of heavy downpour, cloud bursts and flash floods over a week in mid-October.
Assam’s tribal communities lost land and forest to mining
For years, Assam’s rainforests in and around the Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary have been bearing the brunt of coal mining, both illegal and legal.
Saving Darbhanga’s wetlands from encroachment and apathy
Around a decade ago, in Darbhanga, Bihar, Narayan Choudhary started the Talab Bachao Abhiyan, a campaign to save the heritage and wealth of the region – its ponds.
Electric fence on the Indo-Nepal border puts migrating elephants and humans at risk
A solar-powered fence erected by Nepal abruptly cut off the transboundary movement of elephants and has increased human-elephant conflicts on the Indian side of the border.
India’s largest coalfield to expand, green cover under threat
Home to several coal mining projects, Odisha’s Angul district stares at a bleak future with more coal projects planned in the area.
The Todas may have moved up the Nilgiris 3500 years ago: study
The Toda and their buffalo herds may have moved up the Nilgiris 3500 years ago in response to climate change, speculates a new study which is yet to be peer reviewed.
Concerns over Sillahalla hydroelectric project coming up in the ecosensitive Nilgiris
The Sillahalla hydroelectric project has reignited fears of an environmental disaster in the Nilgiris region, which has been battered by floods and landslides.
[Photos] Erosion along Ganga’s riverbanks in West Bengal finds new victims
Villages along the Ganga river, in Samserganj block of West Bengal experienced erosion after several decades.
COVID-19 cripples long-term ecological monitoring research in India
The COVID-19 lockdown has hampered long-term ecological and environmental monitoring projects in India, such as monitoring of coral reefs and climate change impacts.
Lost and found: The story of a plant and how a village is trying to protect it
A plant, Olax nana, has been rediscovered in Gujarat more than 100 years after it was last reported and now a village is trying to protect it.
[Commentary] Life of chow: a lockdown story
At his parents’ home in Ooty during the lockdown, Siddhartha Krishnan photographed the bounty of chayote growing in the garden.
[Photos] Navigating a world built on palm oil in southern Papua
India and China are among the top importers of palm oil from Indonesia. The growing demand impacts indigenous communities across borders.