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As Ken-Betwa project barrels ahead, new research finds river interlinking could worsen drought
Changes in soil moisture from one river basin can affect soil moisture in neighbouring basins, causing changes in precipitation patterns.
Including indigenous perspectives for equitable forest management
Indigenous communities exude great stewardship in land use and management that sustained the global land base for centuries.
Poor governance burdens Indian cities, finds survey
Empowered city governments would be a key force in driving local action for global challenges such as climate change and health.
Leopard cats may not respond well to global warming
Despite being abundantly found in most parts of India, leopard cats face multiple threats from roadkills, snaring and hunting to indiscriminate use of pesticides in crop fields and future climate change scenarios.
The Western Ghats population of leopard cats is isolated and genetically different from the rest of the world, according to research.
[Video] Fixing fashion’s pollution problem with natural dyes
Usage of synthetic dyes in textiles leads to a substantial production of dye wastewater, which when released untreated, can have long-term impacts on soil and water bodies, posing risks to both human and ecological health.
Investments in renewables need to triple to meet demand sustainably: report
India is likely to see the highest growth in energy demand over the next three decades compared to every other country & region.
Bangladesh’s tiger conservation efforts win with rise in population in the Sundarbans
An ongoing camera trapping tiger census has found more presence of tigers across the forest than in earlier counts.
A renewed life for past Ganesha idols
An initiative in Maharashtra recycles clay sludge fromidols immersed during the Ganesh festival to promote sustainability.
[Commentary] Soil degradation in India spells doom for millions
While there are measures that can combat the problem, the situation may get worse unless there is political will.