Your Environment This Week: Mongabay Hindi launched, sloth bears, saving Navi Mumbai’s wetlands

This week’s environment and conservation news stories rolled into one.

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Mongabay launches in Hindi

For news & inspiration from nature’s frontlines in India’s most widely spoken language, visit our Hindi website and subscribe to @mongabayhindi across social media channels.

Life and struggles of the sloth bear in human-dominated areas

Sloth bears outside protected areas face several challenges such as forest degradation, retaliatory killings and poaching.

Fragmented Kaziranga corridors lead to unusual concentration of animals

The mapping reveals that corridor complexes of Kaziranga are not secured patches of connected forests but are mostly areas with agriculture, mining, and settlements.

The speeding traffic on NH 37, expansion of human activities including settlements, stone quarries in the hill slopes of Ruthe Pahar, and agricultural practices including monoculture plantation in and around the Mongkrakjuri – Kanchanjuri Corridor are major threats. Photo by Amit Sharma.

Wind-solar parks: Conflicts galore but India wants more

The Indian government has identified about 10,800 square kilometres of land across seven states to develop wind parks or wind-solar hybrid parks totalling about 54,000 MW.

Navi Mumbai couple fights to save a bird haven from becoming a golf course

The Agarwals have been fighting to save 80 hectares of wetlands, home to thousands of birds, including migratory birds and flamingoes.

Bacterial communities point to human influence on Pangong Tso water

Increased human activity, especially from tourists staying in the villages near Pangong Tso, may trigger a change in the lake ecosystem as per a study.

The Pangong Tso (lake) from Maan village. Photo by Praveen Rahi.

Latest Kaziranga expansion brings back fear of evictions among residents

With Assam’s approval for Kaziranga National Park expansion by adding 3000 hectares of land, people living next to the park fear evictions.

Environment ministry defers clearance to dam in M.P., part of Ken-Betwa interlinking project

The expert panel has sought fresh environmental data to study the anticipated impact on the environment and finalise if a new public hearing is required before the project is considered for environment clearance.

A view of the Ken river. Photo by A.J.T. Johnsingh, WWF-India and NCF/Wikimedia Commons.

Large trees in the sub-Himalayan sal forests are important for foraging woodpeckers

Woodpeckers in the sub-Himalayan sal forests coexist by having separate feeding zones, based on size and height of the trees, and part of the tree where they forage.

Black-rumped Flameback

There is a path to prosperity for India’s coal-dependent towns, but it’s tough

India is a coal-dependent nation, but a blend of good politics and economics can lead to a transition that is just for the environment and communities.

Lives of local people are directly or indirectly linked to coal mining-related work. Photo by Srestha Banerjee/iFOREST.

Conservation is the buzzword in Tamenglong district in Manipur

Tamenglong is now on the global map for its conservation work with the Amur falcons. The district faces several conservation challenges, including unsustainable hunting of wildlife.

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