This week’s environment and conservation news stories rolled into one.
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Nourishing soils of Kashmir’s karewas crumble under infrastructure
The ancient plateaus of karewas in Kashmir, home to fossils of megabeasts & plants, are clues to Earth’s past. But they are now caught in the throes of rapid urbanisation, unplanned development and extractive land use.
How Assam’s Mising community is coping with floods through architectural design
To adapt and reduce disaster risk, the indigenous Mising community in Assam constructs and lives in traditional flood-resilient houses called chang ghors that are perched above the ground on bamboo stilts.
The role of urban foraging in building climate-resilient food systems
Building awareness about foraging can help protect urban spaces and make them more accessible and cleaner.
[Commentary] Decentralised waste water treatment systems to improve water security
The system may gain traction with the proper combination of higher water tariffs, stronger enforcement and rewards for early adopters.
Warmer winters in the Kashmir Valley are leading to early flowering of the gul toor
Changing climatic conditions have the potential to disrupt the plant-pollinator interaction, leading to potential mismatches, hence putting plant and pollinator species at a risk of extinction.
Punjab sticks to paddy amid depleting groundwater
Stable economic returns and free power for irrigation are some of the reasons why farmers in Punjab continue to cultivate paddy.
[Commentary] India’s air quality monitoring needs rethinking
Controlling air pollution is the need of the hour since it can negatively influence public health and the economy.
Shielding hijol, a floodplain tree, from climate impacts
Erratic rainfall and temperature changes will impact the species distribution of the water-loving evergreen tree, hijol, finds a study.