Your Environment This Week: Bees with night vision, SF₆ emissions, faith-based conservation

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

[Explainer] What is SF₆? Why should we be monitoring it?

Sulphur hexafluoride or SF₆ is the strongest known greenhouse gas with an atmospheric lifetime of 3,200 years. 

Sulphur hexafluoride gas circuit breakers in a switchyard. Photo by Dingy/Wikimedia Commons.

Venomous snakebites, an occupational hazard for women tea workers

Each year, especially in summer, Assam’s tea plantations witness numerous incidents of venomous snakebites and snakebite-related deaths.

Bees that see at night

Nocturnality has evolved in bees multiple times and is believed to be due to certain pressures ranging from predation, competition and resource utilisation.

Apis dorsata. Photo by Rison Thumboor/Wikimedia Commons.

LPG subsidy can increase uptake, but interventions needed to counter myths and improve access

A study finds that LPG usage remains uneven despite the success of the PMUY scheme.

Green pilgrimage model balances faith and conservation

A new green pilgrimage model proposes ways to balance faith and conservation to
minimise the ecological impacts of religious tourism.

Pilgrims take blessings from a priest at the Kalakad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve in the Western Ghats. Photo by David

The balance between expanding renewable projects and feeding India’s population

Over 74% of solar development in India was built on landcover types that have natural ecosystem preservation, or agricultural value.

Image shows a windmill overlooking a farm in Inda

Loss of orchid species in Bangladesh is “alarming,” say researchers

Bangladesh has lost 32 orchid species from nature in the last hundred years out of 188 once-available species. 

A Theocostele alata flower.

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