Your Environment This Week: Saving India’s wild ‘unicorns’, Beetle pollinators, Safeguarding salt production

rose flower (Rosa rugosa) with Coleoptera, bank of Wieprz river in Zwierzyniec, Poland. Gower/Wikimediacommons

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Meet the beetles, the tiny titans of pollination

Beetles’ role in pollination is largely unknown though they are globally recognised as early pollinators of primitive flowering plants.

Uncertain weather makes that pinch of salt dearer

Gujarat produces 80% of India’s salt. The production process, however, is vulnerable to unpredictable rainfall and cyclones which could impact salt prices.

The Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute is actively pursuing several technological solutions, to deal with a shortened salt production season impacted by erratic weather.

Major players driving India’s green growth story spent millions in funding for political parties

The participation of the development industry in electoral bonds highlights gaps in India’s environmental regulations.

Saving India’s wild ‘unicorns’

A review of this 15-year rhino reintroduction programme finds that the translocated rhinos were able to adapt effectively to their new environment.

[Commentary] GROW with agroforestry, a step towards sustainable land management

The limitations in promoting agroforestry is very likely to vanish through multi-sectoral approach and multi-institutional participation.

Forest laws complicate access to safe drinking water for tribal groups

In Jharkhand’s Saranda forest, tribal villages rely on shallow pits for drinking water that is deteriorating and polluted.

Kanhu Purty collects water from a chua in Karampada, Saranda forest. Photo by Manoj Choudhary.

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