Your Environment This Week: Cultivating mushrooms from farm waste, eDNA to track wildlife

The vermicompost is also used on their vegetable farms reducing pest infestation and giving them better results

The vermicompost is also used on their vegetable farms reducing pest infestation and giving them better results. Photo by Aishwarya Mohanty/Mongabay India

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[Analysis] A landmark consensus amidst contradictions and lobbying at COP28

COP28 concluded with a ‘historic’ consensus on transitioning from fossil fuels, although the initial friction highlighted the challenging path of climate negotiation.

People raising their concerns at COP28 venue. COP28 agreed to transition away from fossil fuels in energy systems. Photo by IISD/ENB/Mike Muzurakis

[Commentary] How to strategically align CSR funds to meet India’s sustainability goals

Corporate India can leverage the evolving CSR landscape to balance socio-economic progress and environmental stewardship.

Insurance sector needs to redraw risk assessment framework as climate-related disasters multiply

Low awareness and penetration of insurance to cover extreme weather events, pose an additional challenge for insurance companies.

Reviving anyat millet to reconnect a community with its culinary roots

Women farmers of the Adi tribe in Arunachal Pradesh, revive anyat millet, which is an integral part of the indigenous diet.

India gears to use eDNA to identify, track wildlife

The Zoological Survey of India is testing new technology to assess biodiversity using environmental DNA (eDNA). eDNA technology can aid researchers in quantifying wildlife, flora and fauna and even explore elusive species.

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Kerala farmers go bananas over diversity

A few banana farmers in Kerala are growing diverse varieties of bananas, to aid in the conservation of traditional varieties. Studies have found that crop diversity also ensures food security.

Repurposing farm waste to cultivate mushrooms

Villages in Odisha’s Sundargarh district, are repurposing farm waste generated on the paddy fields, as raw material to cultivate mushrooms and produce vermicompost.

Women in Phuldhudi village of Odisha’s Sundergarh with their mushroom harvest

NGOs and conservationists look into commercialising invasive plants from the wild

Making and selling artisanal products from invasive species can come with social, economic and ecological challenges.

Study finds physical barriers restricting blue sheep gene flow

Experts fear this could have a long-term impact on the gene pool of the species and call for the re-examination of protected area networks.

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