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India needs customised climate projections rather than IPCC reports: study
IIT Delhi is working towards the customisation of a global model for high-resolution treatment of the Indian region.
Scavenging hyenas save carcass disposal costs
The waste disposal services provided by striped hyenas may also play a role in hindering disease transmission.
There is more to radio collaring than cheetah deaths
Radio telemetry studies of wild animals using radio collars has wide application in India from tracking and learning about animal movements and behaviour to mitigating human-animal conflicts.
[Obituary] Remembering M. S. Swaminathan
Eminent agriculture scientist M.S. Swaminathan’s greatest strength was his ability to engage and connect with ease with everybody across board, from politicians to bureaucrats, academics, journalists, students and common people.
Swaminathan’s primary contribution to the country was his work for the Green Revolution. The Green Revolution was a package that helped India overcome a crisis and was not a long-term sustainable solution.
Swaminathan was aware of this and it is obvious from the research-for-development projects being implemented by the M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation.
A visionary working for food security
Swaminathan paved the way for developing high yielding wheat varieties in India to achieve food security at a time when mass starvations were predicted in the country.
[Book Review] A walk down the Nilgiri hills
An anthology of writings on the Nilgiris, The Nilgiri Hills — A Kaleidoscope of People, Culture and Nature, reflects on the past and the present of the south Indian hill district.
More climate change variables needed in 16th Finance Commission’s tax distribution formula, say experts
The last two Commissions, which cover a period of ten years, focused solely on forest cover within the climate change criterion.
India needs to face challenge of funding thermal power plant closure, says new report
A mix of tariff-based mechanisms, recovering costs from distribution companies and other avenues can help tide over the costs.
[Commentary] India needs a scientific response to mitigate the population of free-ranging dogs
Free-ranging dogs in India pose a threat to human and livestock safety, and biodiversity, find studies.
In Nepal, vulture colonies seen to hold stable amid old and new threats
The critically endangered white-rumped vultures in Nepal have maintained stable numbers for more than a decade.