Your Environment This Week: Bioacoustics in Kanha, natural farming in Andhra Pradesh, Biological Diversity Bill

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Community-based natural farming outshines other farming practices in Andhra Pradesh

Community-based natural farming offers superior benefits in terms of higher yields, crop diversity and income for farmers.

In the Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu, India, rural villagers are planting a new crop of rice paddy.

The sounds of restoration: bioacoustics in Kanha

Recording and monitoring bird calls to map soundscapes after a restoration project can help detect changes in the health of a forest.

Flooding caused the greatest economic damages in Asia in 2022, says WMO report

India suffered the third highest losses in the region on account of flooding, amounting to over $4.2 billion.

Flooding in Sirajgang Bangladesh

The silent trade of elusive small cats in Mizoram

Northeast India is seeing an uptick in the wildlife trade of smaller felid species. 

A leopard cat seen by the Kinabatangan River in Myanmar. The unmanned border areas along the Myanmar border and thick forest cover along the river Tiau, which divides Mizoram and Myanmar, have likely contributed to ease of access, trade, and a general increase in poaching in this part of India. Photo by Mike Prince/Wikimedia Commons.

Biological Diversity Bill, which facilitates commercial use of traditional resources, passed in Lok Sabha

The Bill exempts practitioners of Indian traditional medicine systems from access benefit sharing.

As e-mobility gains traction, what’s in store for the friendly neighbourhood mechanic?

The conventional fuel-based vehicle market will continue to grow at least for another decade with few job losses, say experts.

Improved tiger numbers come with some hidden messages: Manage invasive species, habitat connectivity

Out of approximately 5,83,278 square km of forests in the tiger states, only one-third are in relatively healthy condition.

Promised rehabilitation eludes residents living near one of India’s earliest coal mines

Three years after the land subsidence incidents, there has been no rehabilitation efforts for those affected in Harishpur.

Gujarat’s indigenous Patanwadi wool and sheep, on a steady fall

There is a sharp decline in demand for indigenous Patanwadi wool, affecting sheep breeders, herders and weavers.


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