Your Environment This Week: Caracals, Marine debris ferries invasive species, Sikkim floods

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No early warning system and insufficient dam safety turned Sikkim flood deadly

Scientists say the risk of GLOFs occurring in Sikkim is well known, but mitigative action hasn’t been consistent.

Glacial lake outburst floods are a growing threat to hydropower plants.

Modeling for impacts in the event of a GLOF should be a common practice, especially if the plant is in the vicinity of at-risk glacial lakes.

[Commentary] Up close and personal with the fragility of the Himalayas

Constant manipulation of the slopes for constructions makes them increasingly vulnerable to any natural disaster risk.

Marine debris transporting invasive species along the southeastern coast

Rafting on marine litter and transported through ships worldwide, invasive organisms can affect local biodiversity and ecosystems.

Barnacles on a plastic bottle found on the beach. Photo by Gunasekaran Kannan

Pallas’s cat’s sightings become more common in Ladakh

With more tourists and photographers visiting Ladakh, reported sightings of the woolly Pallas’s cat have increased.

Pallas's cats are primarily found in Central Asia, with their range extending to western Iran, Mongolia, China, Russia (on the border of Mongolia and China), Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. Photo by Khenrab Phuntsog

[Video] Assessing daily weather from India’s highest meteorological station

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Women seaweed farmers seek other jobs while India plans industry expansion

Seaweed farming, a primary source of income for many women in Tamil Nadu’s Ramanathapuram district, is threatened due to increasing environmental and social challenges.

Meanwhile, India aims to increase seaweed output to at least one million tonnes annually by 2025 and has started the construction of the country’s first multipurpose seaweed park in Tamil Nadu.

Book on endemic birds says three species almost extinct

75 Endemic Birds of India by the Zoologocial Survey of India also includes the etymology of bird names and their historical relevance.

Study finds climate change causing snow leopards to scale altitudes

Snow leopards in the Greater Himalayas have a new address as climate change prompts the wild cats to scale altitudes.

A snow leopard photographed at Himalayan Zoological Park Bulbuley near Gangtok. Photo by Nanda Ramesh/ Wikimedia Commons

Delhi to introduce tree adoption policy, citizens push for tree census first

A proposal to conduct a tree census has been discussed by the Tree Authority at several points, however, it has not been implemented. As per the recent Tree Authority meeting, a tree census is scheduled soon.

A felled tree in Delhi's posh colony

As caracals inch towards extinction, path to conserving the wild cat remains unclear

While experts speculate that a species-specific disease could be the cause, more data is needed to back their speculations.

Assam study shows bats are crucial for natural pest control in paddy fields

Insectivorous bats are generalist eaters; their diet includes a variety of pests, including those that damage crops.

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