Your Environment This Week: Elephant whispering, a tool to identify high-conservation value areas, gharial revival

Gharials basks on sand banks. Photo by Gaurav Vashistha.

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Odisha villages claim their rights to use forest products and earn revenue from cashew

Kodalpalli and Sinduria have now constituted their own cashew committees and laid down an auction plan for its collection and sale.

Ambikapur’s women-led waste management system also generates revenue for the city

A group of 470 women in Chhattisgarh, plays a significant role in the day-to-day waste collection, segregation and management.

Waste handlers outside SLRM Centre in Devi Ganj, Ambikapur. Photo by Vivek Gupta/Mongabay.

Scientists develop a toolkit to identify high conservation-value areas

Using the tool researchers have identified HCVAs for 50 rare, endemic, and threatened species in the Changthang landscape in India.

A birdwatcher in Hanle, Ladakh. Photo by K Suryawanshi/ Wikimedia Commons.

The gharial attempts a second comeback with help from the Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary

Intensive captive breeding and habitat protection played a crucial role in reviving gharial populations momentarily, with numbers plummeting again soon after, exacerbated by changes in the flow of the Girwa river and its and vegetation.

WMO expects global temperatures to soar; experts warn of harsher heatwaves in India

Global temperatures between the years 2023 and 2027 may rise to over 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels for at least one year.

A bustling market scene along a road in Orissa, during the summer. The agricultural practices in India rely heavily on manual labor, resulting in a higher number of workers being exposed to outdoor conditions. Photo by Milei.vencel/Wikimedia Commons

[Commentary] Timely municipal elections enable local leaders to act locally and mitigate climate impacts

Cities are at the forefront of the fight against climate change, and the role of local bodies is vital for on-ground action.

The art and science of elephant whispering

Scientists have identified at least ten elephant call types that the mammal uses to communicate with its herd and with the outside world.

Call to save rare snake habitat follows red coral kukri sightings in Bangladesh

The rare species was found in Bangladesh in October 2020, which indicated an expansion of the snake’s distribution range.

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