Your Environment This Week: Leopard Cats, River Interlinking, Natural dyes

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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.

Dharavi settlement near Mahim Junction in Mumbai, India

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.

The temperature threshold of the species may have led to its absence in Central India.

[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.

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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 sub-adult Bengal tiger on the river bank in Sundarban Tiger Reserve in India.

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.

Concrete structures occupy cropland. Rapid urbanisation, development projects, and population growth have also played significant roles in soil degradation.

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