Your Environment This Week: Clouded leopards, Eurasian lynx, Summer getaway for elephants

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To dye or not to dye: The fashion industry’s natural dye conundrum

Why are natural dyes in limited demand despite a progressive roadmap in terms of scalability and financial growth?

Image shows a row of colourful t-shirts

As lightning kills 12 in a day, Odisha proposes large-scale palm tree plantations

Multiple studies have shown that palm trees are useful in preventing lightning strikes.

Traditional salt workers contribute to wild ass conservation and regain access to Little Rann of Kutch

Agariyas, the traditional salt workers from Gujarat, have recently regained access to the Little Rann of Kutch. The forest deptartment has acknowledged that their presence has resulted in an increase in wild ass population in the area.

The latest acknowledgment gives the Agariyas official access to land and in turn, access to bank finance and markets. But legal recognition of their traditional rights, by rights settlement, is still awaited. 

A farmer of Agaria community working on embankments to make large pans on earth. Once the floor of these pans is made impermeable by a series of manual processes, salty groundwater will be pumped from the Kuis and spread there. Photo by Ravleen Kaur

The poorly studied Eurasian lynx in Ladakh needs more research for conservation

By preying on herbivores, lynxes help control their numbers, preventing overgrazing and habitat degradation.

Clouded leopards develop ways to survive competition

Researchers say that the limited knowledge and data on the species is coming in the way of building effective conservation strategies.

A camera-trap image of a clouded leopard in Manas National Park. Clouded leopards are a largely arboreal, shy animals considered the "smallest big cat" in the world. Photo by Urijit Bhatt.

Wayanad is summer home for elephants, says a study

The riparian forests and swamps provide the elephants with shade and water which act as a buffer against thermal stress.

Elephants in Wayanad. Photos by Anoop N.R.

India’s clean energy goals may widen regional disparities, predicts working paper

Renewable poor states may need to curtail thermal power generation and import electricity from renewable rich states.

Wind turbines and a transmission tower in Kallidaikurichi, Tirunelveli District, Tamilnadu, India. Photo by Thamizhpparithi Maari/Wikimedia Commons

Low, middle income countries have deficits in infrastructure, but high risk of destruction from disasters

Health and education infrastructures in low income countries are particularly vulnerable to disasters and carry escalating risks.

[Commentary] The Atal Bhujal Yojana, meant to address groundwater depletion, is missing a key part of water flows

Considering the interdependence between surface water and groundwater sources crucial while forming water security plans.


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