Your Environment This Week: Budget and environment, and biomaterials to harvest electricity

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

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[Commentary] Greenspeak in the budget needs to be backed by sustained action, independent of optics

In terms of semantics, green has arrived with this budget, indicating policy intent. However, for sustainable development to be sustained there is need for continuing action that is independent of the G20 presidency and electoral optics. That would be a test into Amrit Kaal.

Fifty shades of green: The union budget’s environmental hits and misses

Along with some hits and misses on the renewable energy front, the union finance minister also announced schemes for conservation of wetlands, mangroves and made a push for sustainable growth of cities.

Women take the lead in promoting nutrition-sensitive aquaculture in Odisha

Gram panchayat tanks in Odisha have been brought under scientific fish farming as part of a gender-sensitive flagship programme, involving nearly 7,829 Women Self Help Groups (WSHGs).

The introduction of mola fish, a small indigenous species, has helped these WSHGs earn an annual revenue of over Rs. 200 million.

India’s push for climate finance in Economic Survey 2023 reflects its stance as G20 President

The survey lists India’s actions and achievements on climate change and biodiversity conservation.

Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Nirmala Sitharaman, the Minister of State for Finance, Pankaj Chaudhary and the Minister of State for Finance, Bhagwat Kishanrao Karad on the eve of Budget 2023, in New Delhi on January 31, 2023. Photo by PIB

Working with biomaterials to add to the sustainable energy mix

Researchers are experimenting with silk cocoon, spider silk and other natural materials to harvest electricity.

[Commentary] A story of two mothers from a human-elephant conflict zone in Assam

Despite efforts to mitigate human-elephant conflict in Assam, the incidences have been increasing with frequent fatal ends.

Joshimath’s displaced residents, tired of temporary solutions, await long-term rehabilitation

The state government has planned some transit shelters until a permanent rehabilitation plan takes shape.

Abbal Singh and his family were seen shifting their belongings in Joshimath after their house developed cracks and was marked unsafe by the government. Photo by Manish Kumar/Mongabay

[Commentary] Soil organic carbon as an indicator of health of agroecosystems requires qualification

The Soil Organic Carbon indicator needs to be read in conjunction with microbial, biophysical, and biochemical properties of the soil.

India budgets for mangroves and wetlands

Experts are optimistic that the new schemes could help improve the management and local participation in mangrove conservation efforts.

[Podcast] Imprints: Lake hopping with Anoop Ambili

Lake sediments are useful paleoclimate proxies that provide information about the environmental changes and human-induced pressures on the ecosystem, says paleoclimate scientist Anoop Ambili, in the new episode of ‘Imprints’. 

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