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When citizens take ownership of urban commons
Conservation of urban commons like lakes and parks are crucial for the ecosystem services they provide as well as for the physical and mental health of citizens. Bengaluru residents are working on citizen-driven projects to conserve biodiversity around lakes.
With no primary data on impacts, government approves an oil extraction technique 500 m outside forests
The Wildlife Institute of India says it will take three years to gather data and evaluate the impacts on local wildlife and ecology.
Hybridisation, roadkills are major threats for the Indian desert cat population
Hybridisation of the species with the domestic cat poses risk in species conservation and leads to the loss of genetic material.
[Explainer] What happens when pharmaceutical pollutants enter the environment?
[Video] Farmers grow paddy for wild elephants in Assam to reduce conflicts
Climate change undermining achievement of 2030 SDGs
The country’s progress in achieving the SDGs is likely to be impacted. Research shows India is lagging behind on 19 out of 33 SDG indicators.
Megaherbivores could be a potential solution to manage invasive plants, finds study
Megaherbivores weighing over 1,000 kilograms, can help improve biotic resistance and mitigate alien invasions.
Off-grid, standalone solar pumps under government scheme remain underutilised
Standalone solar pumps distributed under PM-KUSUM scheme, remain underutilised due to various reasons and do not tap the full potential of the solar product.
From abundance to endangerment to revival, Kachchh’s guggal comes a full circle
Guggal (Commiphora wightii), a native plant in Gujarat’s Kachchh district has high medicinal value. However, its overexploitation has led it to be declared critically endangered by the IUCN.
Monsoon left widespread destruction and uneasy questions in Himachal
Experts and civic bodies seek better drainage systems and proper environment impact assessment studies for all projects.