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Bioinvasions are a global threat to ecosystems, says IPBES report
The global economic cost of invasive alien species, that negatively impact nature and people, exceeded $423 billion annually in 2019. Costs have at least quadrupled every decade since 1970.
Darkness-loving bats are being nudged out of the shadows
Bats in parts of Tamil Nadu are facing a decline in population due to urbanisation, the use of bright lights, temple renovations and tree removals.
[Explainer] Why are intense storms and erratic rainfall events becoming more frequent?
Ocean warming, cyclones and extreme and erratic rainfall are connected to events and processes at different timescales, near and as far as the Pacific and the poles.
[Commentary] Disaster resilience in the built environment
Thoughtful design of the built environment of cyclone vulnerable communities is imperative to reduce impacts and build resilience.
Punjab implements policy to prioritise pedestrians
To safeguard pedestrians, Punjab issues instructions to make footpaths mandatory. Experts say this move could help reduce carbon emissions too.
Excavating farmlands for highways
Lured by quick returns, farmers in Haryana excavate topsoil from their farms which affects the land’s fertility and their livelihood.
Is the UN carbon neutral? No, finds an investigation.
More than a dozen of the projects that issued the UN’s carbon credits were linked to reports of environmental damage, displacement, or health concerns. Others were deemed worthless by a number of leading climate experts.