Your Environment This Week: Protecting small cats, Kerala’s water budget, elephant calves of the Eastern Ghats

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Assam’s North Lakhimpur treats 40 years of legacy waste in just nine months

The waste (around 79,000 metric tonnes) cleared in less than a year has been processed into Refuse-derived fuel, and sent to be used as fuel in a cement factory.

Kerala’s water budget, a step towards effective water management

Experts believe that water budgets can be effective instruments in ensuring sustainable development.

Storing or reusing captured carbon is emerging as tool in energy transition

Carbon Capture, Utilisation, and Storage technologies capture CO2 emissions from large point sources such as industrial facilities.

Image shows a night shot of an oil refinery in Jamnagar, India

How a drought-prone village in Maharashtra attained agricultural success with millets

A group of 30 farmers from the village of Madgyal, in the drought-prone Jath taluka of Maharashtra, recorded an unprecedented harvest of bajra (pearl millet), last season (2022). The harvest was three times more than the national average per hectare.

The hidden side of human-elephant conflicts: orphaned calves

Elephant calves are sometimes the casualties in human-elephant conflicts. The carers at Theppakadu Elephant Camp in Tamil Nadu, provide milk replacers at different stages, for the orphaned calves and also tend to the abandoned calves. 

Feeding an elephant calf. Photo by Abhishek N. Chinnappa.

[Book Review] A deep dive into the imbalances of climate justice in India

The book Climate Justice in India synthesises the historical, social, economic and political roots of climate vulnerability in India and articulates a policy agenda for democratic deliberations and action. 

Image shows people surrounding a water well in India

As heatwaves are projected to worsen across India, do vulnerability assessments and heat action plans suffice?

Most heat action plans in India are not designed for the local context and have an oversimplified view of the hazard.

Small cats in big trouble: Why we need to save these elusive endangered species

Conservationists believe that small cat species could make ideal candidates for both conservation and restoration in the global push for the rewilding of nature.


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