Environment

Covid-19 causes surge in illegal wildlife trading & poaching

Covid-19 causes surge in illegal wildlife trading ...

May 28, 2021

During India’s first major Covid-19 lockdown last year, reports began to emerge that due to the economic slowdown, there were drastic decreases in the levels of water and noise pollution, and a much-welcomed uphill trend in air quality. However, one aspect that was initially ov...

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Increasing cyclones and garbage deposits, a nod towards extreme climate change

Increasing cyclones and garbage deposits, a nod to...

May 23, 2021

Over the past couple of years, instances of cyclonic storms have increased considerably along the Indian coastline. India faced three cyclones in 2017, seven in 2018, eight in 2019 and five in 2020. Together, these cyclones killed over 500 people. In 2021 alone, post the destruct...

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Ever-growing garbage hills of Delhi

Ever-growing garbage hills of Delhi

May 20, 2021

Hawks, vultures and other birds hover around the towering Ghazipur landfill on the eastern fringe of Delhi. Stray cows, dogs and rats wander at will over the huge expanse of filth that covers an area of over 70 acres. Ghazipur garbage hill, which was once a landfill, rises by nea...

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App to help people save trees

App to help people save trees

May 12, 2021

Over the past decade, as people have become much more conscious of the ever increasing environmental concerns, India has observed many protests and demonstrations against the felling of trees in various parts of the country like Aarey Forest in Mumbai or the Aravali Biodiversity ...

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Assam’s tribal communities lose home to mining

Assam’s tribal communities lose home to mining

May 9, 2021

The foothills of Dehing Patkai on the eastern fringes of Assam are home to the Khamti, Singpho, Sema Nagas, Tangsa, Tai-Phake, Syam, Aitom, Nocte, and other communities who have been impacted by mining and deforestation that displaced them from lands that traditionally belonged t...

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Earth Day: Eight states in eastern India highly vulnerable to climate change

Earth Day: Eight states in eastern India highly vu...

April 22, 2021

A recent report, jointly prepared by Indian Institutes of Technology Mandi and Guwahati, as well as the Bengaluru-based Indian Institute of Science (IISc) says that in 2019 and 2020, eight states namely, Jharkhand, Mizoram, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh an...

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Biden building bridges: Climate finance must be at the centre

Biden building bridges: Climate finance must be at...

April 21, 2021

Days after an unruly crowd of conservative Americans had taken control of the US Capitol, the landmark edifice of democracy, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. took control of the United States of America after he was sworn in as the 46th President on the very steps of the Capitol buildi...

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Waves of protest over dam on Umngot river in Meghalaya

Waves of protest over dam on Umngot river in Megha...

April 19, 2021

“Oh Umngot! You must not remain only a memory,” is the slogan that has been echoing through parts of Meghalaya for about a month now. Tides of protests in people of the Khasi community have been bubbling for weeks to protect the Umngot that flows through the hills of the East...

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India witnessing a frenzy of forest fires in 2021

India witnessing a frenzy of forest fires in 2021

April 11, 2021

In the three months since January 1, 2021, Uttarakhand has witnessed over 1,000 wildfires, 45 in one day in early April, claiming the lives of five people and seven animals. While the fires in Australia and Amazon grabbed global attention, few paid heed to wildfires raging in Ind...

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Global forest cover losses rise despite lockdown

Global forest cover losses rise despite lockdown

April 8, 2021

The year 2020 saw a 12 pc rise in the area of tree cover lost which rose to 12.2 million hectares, says the Global Forest Watch in its report for the year. The report goes on to say that about 4.2 million hectares or a landmass equivalent to the Netherlands of virgin primary fore...

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