Your Environment This Week: Microplastics in sea salt, banded krait, declining pollinators

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

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Decline in pollinators linked to half a million premature human deaths every year, shows study

Global insect pollinator decline has impacted the availability and price of healthy foods such as nuts, legumes, fruits and vegetables.

A bee and a fly on flowers.


Evolutionary lineages of the banded krait discovered through molecular methods

Accurate identification of venomous snake species is crucial for developing efficient anti-venom. 

Image shows a yellow and black striped snake

[Interview] Scientist Ruth deFries on deforestation: There isn’t one driver, there’s a different context in different places

Environmental geographer Ruth deFries, who has extensively worked in the tropics to unpack deforestation using satellite data and field surveys, says, understanding the local drivers and context of deforestation is crucial to reduce deforestation.

Varying levels of microplastics detected in sea salt produced across India

Indian scientists find microplastics made up of polymers in sea salt. The number of microplastics found in a kilogram of sea salt varied between 35 and 575 particles.


With increasing climate-related threats, farmers gear up for adaptation

While farmers adapt to these impacts, researchers spotlight the need for targeted policy interventions.

Legal protection of certain forest land to be removed as government pushes security projects

Critics say this is an effort to open forest land for commercial purposes and dilute the Supreme Court’s definition of ‘forest’.

Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park in the town of Darjeeling, is the largest high-altitude zoo in India. The new Bill exempts 100 kilometres of forest along the international border from any legal protection. Photo by Syed Sajidul Islam


[Commentary] The underbelly of the Forest Conservation (Amendment) Bill 2023

The hegemonic control over the forests have progressively enhanced business-friendly forest clearances.


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