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[Explainer] What is mutualism?

Mutualisms are positive interactions between two species. They are responsible for some of the key events in the evolution of life on earth.

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Citizen scientists help discover a blind catfish species hidden inside Kerala’s aquifers

A new-to-science catfish species found in the lateritic aquifers of the southern Indian state of Kerala, has been described by a team of scientists from India and Germany.

Horaglanis populi resides in the lateritic aquifer systems of Kerala. It is tiny and lack eyes and pigments. Photo by Arjun C.P.

Combatting wildlife crime with technology

The Kerala Forest Department uses digital technology to track wildlife crime data. Hostile Activities Watch Kernel (HAWK), a software developed by Leopard Tech Labs is helping the department overcome the hurdles of manual data collection.

Funds remain underutilised by regulators in one of the most polluted regions of India

The surplus funds are invested in fixed deposits instead of being used in strengthening the workforce and infrastructure.

Pollution over Taj Mahal. All Pollution Control Boards in Indo-Gangetic plains are facing huge staff shortages and inadequate infrastructure for pollution monitoring and lab testing. Photo by Buiobuione/Wikimedia Commons

Red listing the Pulicat lagoon may help protect the ecosystem, say researchers

Experts argue in favour of a health assessment of ecosystems like Pulicat and red listing them to provide the best protection.

Eco-friendly materials add bling to India’s jewellery market

From jewellery made out of palm leaves to diamonds grown in a lab, India’s jewellery makers experiment to reduce the negative impact on the surrounding environment.

Sustainable jewellery made from natural materials is gaining popularity in India.

Despite guidelines to control it, fly ash impacts the everyday lives of people in Chhattisgarh

Chhattisgarh has the highest number of thermal power plants in the country. Fly ash released in large quantities from these power plants is affecting the health of the people.

Environmentalists denounce Sri Lanka’s talks of exporting 100,000 crop-raiding macaques

The toque macaque is endemic to Sri Lanka, but is considered as an agricultural pest by the farmers, for causing considerable damage to crops.

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