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Borewells on the banks of Narmada are drying up, indicating concerning groundwater situation

Borewells around the Narmada river in Madhya Pradesh are drying up which indicate groundwater depletion in the river basin. The natural flow of the river has also been affected due to rampant…

Golden langur threatened by lack of suitable habitat

A habitat suitability study of the golden langur, that’s found in Assam, India and Bhutan, projects that by 2031, only 13% of its current habitat will be liveable for the species. The…

[Commentary] Reorienting environmental concerns under CSR in India

Indian corporates need to make a prioritised shift from the social sector to the environmental sector, with a focus on carbon-sequestering channels such as afforestation and restoration, for their Corporate Social Responsibility…

Transparency and Traceability Must Drive Sustainable Fashion

Traceability is the foundation upon which we can truly revolutionize the fashion industry, revealing the actual costs of products and ensuring that the wealth generated from production gets redistributed more fairly.

Sri Lanka growing as smuggling hub for star tortoises mainly collected in India

he Indian star tortoise is the most smuggled tortoise species in the world, with thousands trafficked annually smuggled out from India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan despite a 2019 total ban on the…

India’s place in the new hydrogen world order

Higher fossil fuel prices are making green hydrogen comparatively cheaper, which could accelerate India’s transition to the clean fuel

Reduce air pollution to avoid land conflicts due to solar projects, recommends study

Due to high air pollution, India is witnessing an estimated loss of US$ 245-835 million every year. Improvement in air quality will in turn improve the performance of the solar power projects,…

[Illustration] The journey of plastic pollution in the Ganges

The Ganges river network forms the second-largest plastic polluting catchment in the world and is among 14 continental rivers into which over a quarter of global waste is discarded. Some proposed solutions…

Opinion: Time is running out for climate adaptation in the Himalayas

Author of the mountains chapter in latest IPCC report highlights how global warming, unplanned urbanisation, and gender insensitive practices are threatening the Hindu Kush Himalayan region

Opinion: How do we adapt to an intensified water cycle?

Crucial messages from coordinating lead author of the water chapter in the just-released IPCC report explain how we adapt to an intensified water cycle

‘Greenwashing Is Dangerous’: Lessons for Purpose-Driven Brands from Innocent’s Recent Lashing

Brands now understand the immense benefits of touting their sustainability and purpose credentials; but those with sustainability ‘halos’ aren’t immune to scrutiny over their claims. As Innocent drinks was recently reminded, the stakes have never been higher for getting it wrong.

Indian grasslands hold a treasure trove of endemic plants

Indian savannahs contain 206 endemic plant species, of which 43% were described in the last two decades. More endemic species are waiting to be discovered, underscores a new study. The grasslands of…

World’s nations commit to ending plastic waste

The UN’s draft resolution on ending plastic pollution has been described as the most important international environmental deal since the Paris Agreement

Aerosol pollution is a health hazard that also destabilises Earth’s climate

Aerosols are fine particulates that float in the atmosphere. While there has not been significant change in presence of natural aerosols, human-caused aerosols have increased rapidly. An immense aerosol cloud regularly swirls…

Scientists raise caution as mangroves erode faster along the Bengal coastline

Mangroves along the West Bengal coast, especially the Sundarbans, are beginning to erode fast. Climate change, sea-level rise and land-use change are major contributors to the mangrove disappearance. Scientists suggest restoration measures…

Fears for farming as groundwater plummets in northern India

Across Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, there has been an alarming rise in the number of districts categorised as ‘overexploited’

New IPCC report connects the dots on climate change, biodiversity and human society

Climate change is imperiling human well-being and planetary health, says a United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, focusing strongly on interactions between climate, biodiversity and human society. Mental health…

Snow leopard conservation handicapped by lack of research

As climate change exacerbates the threats faced by the species, researchers say study of snow leopards must be ramped up and diversified to secure the health of Asia’s mountain ecosystems

Assam to destroy nearly 2500 seized rhino horns in anti-poaching message

Assam government is considering burning the stockpile of rhino horns, along with other body parts of animals, primarily seized from illegal trade and stored in treasuries across the state. The probable burning…

Droughts and late monsoon floods batter South Asia

Radical new approach could slash global carbon emissions while increasing fish catch, but experts flag implementation challenges in Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea.

For net-zero by 2050, India needs 2.5 percent of its land for clean energy installation

To achieve the net-zero target by 2050 through large-scale adoption of renewable energy projects, India needs at least 65,000 square kilometres of land for installing solar and wind power projects across the…

With poor regulation of floodplains, India is more vulnerable to flood damage

Floodplains play a key role in nutrient replenishment and naturally controlling overflowing rivers from causing damaging floods. India has poor regulation of its river floodplains. As flood risk increases in India, experts…

The invisible farmers of Mumbai

As the urban farming discourse in India has been expanding over the past few years, the limelight is often on upwardly-mobile urban citizens who take up farming for recreational, environmental, spiritual or…

The nine boundaries humanity must respect to keep the planet habitable

All life on Earth, and human civilization, are sustained by vital biogeochemical systems, which are in delicate balance. However, our species — due largely to rapid population growth and explosive consumption —…

Trending: Beverage Giants Ensuring Their Libations Are Sustainable, Down to the Roots

Bombay Sapphire and Starbucks are working with farmers to ensure complete supply chain sustainability for their gin and coffee, respectively.

Protect populous coastlines to fight climate change, scientists say

Radical new approach could slash global carbon emissions while increasing fish catch, but experts flag implementation challenges in Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea.

Why Agra’s metro rail may wreck its historical heritage and environment

Records obtained under the RTI Act show the project is being built without prior approvals from the National Monument Authority and the environment ministry.

Why a Weakening Gulf Stream Could Bring Extreme Weather Conditions

‘If the Gulf Stream crosses its tipping point, it will continue to weaken even if we have managed to stop global warming.’

As India breaks the taboo over sanitary pads, an environmental crisis mounts

More young Indians are adopting safer menstrual practices, but polluting materials pose an environmental hazard that remains unaddressed.

We must make peace with nature to protect earth

The United Nations has warned that immediate action is needed to face the triple environmental emergency of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution.

Pay heed to indigenous peoples to tackle climate change

Policymakers need to take into account resilient practices of indigenous peoples and the wisdom they have honed over generations to conserve biodiversity and combat climate change.

Chamoli Disaster, a Reminder of Vulnerability of Himalayan Glaciers, Glacial Lakes

Since a long time, scientists have been pointing out at climate change posing a big threat to these glaciers and the populations that rely on them.

New Plastic Credit Market Calls for Brands to Play a Key Role — Here’s How

Plastic credits are poised to generate the momentum necessary to launch a circular plastic economy and give brands the opportunity to act. In order for brands to take action, they will need to follow these four priorities …

500+ experts call on world’s nations to not burn forests to make energy

Last week, more than 500 top scientists and economists issued a letter to leaders in the US, EU, Japan, South Korea, and the UK, urging them to stop harvesting and burning forests…

This Mediterranean seagrass filters plastic waste — but it’s also under threat

Posidonia oceanica, a species of seagrass that grows in meadows in the Mediterranean Sea, has been found to trap plastic waste particles at much higher concentrations than previously thought. Researchers in Spain…

Climate change, border tensions, destroy the habitat of the Pashmina goat

Already suffering from the impacts of climate change, the habitat for Ladakhi shepherds to graze their flocks is further reduced as tensions escalate between India and China.

New Definition of Forest Foreshadows End of Forests in Uttarkhand

The first state to define ‘forest’ has already lost 50,000 hectares to ‘development’, 10,649 ha to encroachment and 44,518 ha to fires.

Bandhwari Waste-to Energy Plant Triggers Protests in Gurugram

As Haryana government shrinks conservation zone, paving way for the plant, protests by residents mount over the ‘ecological damage’ and against corporate interest in the region.

Ambitious return to carbon markets to conserve Africa’s forests

Growth of voluntary carbon market and new investor interest in natural climate solutions in Africa prompts The Nature Conservancy to launch effort to raise $300 million for forest conservation. The Africa Forest…

US return to Paris pact raises hopes for global climate action

The United States under President Joe Biden has re-entered the Paris climate agreement, providing a renewed impetus to act on the world’s deepening climate crisis.

Climate Change: Tropical Rain Belt of Earth May Alter Position, Says New Research

The northward shift of the rain belt will result in an increase in droughts in southeastern Africa and Madagascar along with intensified floods in Southern parts of India.

Tree planting pushes out pastoralists in the Himalayas

Poorly planned tree planting programmes in Himachal Pradesh have squeezed pastoralists and put greater pressure on fragile ecosystems.

Ghosts of the gulf: Marine debris a threat to corals in the Gulf of Mannar

Marine debris such as abandoned nets, plastic fish traps, ropes and lines are becoming far more common on the coral reefs of the Gulf of Mannar, along the coast of southern Tamil…

Electric cars to remain in slow lane in India

Weak consumer appetite, lack of charging infrastructure and a high payback period is holding back adoption of electric cars for personal use in India.

Uttarakhand Wildlife Reserves: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?

Uttarakhand’s Shivalik Reserve is not the only threatened habitat. Rajaji and parts of Corbett are under attack from “development” too.

Global Warming Emergency: 2020 Hottest Year Ever Recorded Along with 2016

The rise in temperature in 2020 was recorded despite a fall in global emissions due to the pandemic-induced lockdown and the absence of El Niño, which leads to a rise in temperature, that occurred in 2016.

Companies must account for quality, not just quantity, when it comes to forests (commentary)

With the explosion of net-zero commitments as a part of corporate sustainability plans, forests are having a moment in the spotlight. More and more companies are beginning to recognize the value of…

Ropeways’ green image masks potential damage in Himalayas

Ropeways are being touted by the Indian government as an environment-friendly form of transport in the Himalayas, but experts and locals say they risk disturbing fragile mountain ecosystems and disrupting livelihoods.

Central Asian countries fail to boost climate ambitions

With the exception of Kazakhstan, Central Asian countries did not take the opportunity to ramp up their emissions reduction targets at the Climate Ambition Summit in December 2020. An environmental campaigner says realisation of the climate crisis is dawning in the region, and that this must be matched with increased ambition.

Study warns of ‘biotic annihilation’ driven by hunting, habitat destruction

Humans are driving wildlife to extinction 1,000 times faster than the natural rate, robbing the planet not just of species but also of functional and phylogenetic diversity, the authors of a new…

You Don’t Want to Imagine an Ocean Without Coral Reefs – But you Might Have to

Coral reefs across the world may disappear by the 2040s, according to a new report. While it’s tempting to blame ‘humanity’ for this crisis, the truth is that it is the social formation called capitalism that is central to global warming.

Uttarakhand: India’s First Pollinator Park Comes up at Haldwani

The park with over 40 species of butterflies, honeybees, birds and insects has been developed over four acres by the research wing of the Uttarakhand Forest Department.

How India’s third longest road tunnel project could destabilise a crucial portion of Western Ghats

The proposed 6.8 kilometres road tunnel project between Kozhikode and Wayanad districts in Kerala is facing widespread criticism as it could impact a crucial portion of the ecologically sensitive Western Ghats. One…

Sustainable financing is pivotal for marine conservation beyond 2030 pledges (commentary)

In this commentary, Simon Cripps, the Executive Director for the Global Marine Program at WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), argues that one of the biggest challenges in getting political will for protecting 30…

Best of 2020: Covid-19 pandemic: lessons for climate crisis

We have to invest in resilience-building measures, especially in health infrastructure, and weather and disease forecast systems, addressing training and adaptive capacity needs.

World’s Largest Iceberg Fractures into Two Pieces, Sends Alarms Ringing for Penguin Island

If the iceberg collides with the South Georgian landmass it will create havoc for the biodiversity of the island, according to the European Space Agency, which recorded the fracture of the iceberg.

Biodiversity threats from ghost fishing gear in the Ganga

Higher levels of waste fishing gear were reported in sampling sites near the sea. It is likely due to the high prevalence of fishing activity at these sites combined with the downstream accumulation of waste gear from further up the river.

Climate crisis set to treble migration in South Asia by 2050

The number of people displaced by climate change impacts is projected to rise exponentially in South Asia unless stronger action is taken to reduce distress migration.

Path of destruction: Road to Anjaneri hilltop could threaten fragile rocky outcrop ecosystem

The Maharashtra government has proposed a 14-kilometre road from Mulegaon to Anjaneri hilltop (near Nashik) through forest land to provide an alternate way to access the temple on the hilltop. The hilltop…

“Our future is on the line” say Goa Residents as Commercial Projects Gain Momentum

Three projects, which include four laning of the highways, along with the double tracking of railway and a 400-kilovolt (kV) power transmission corridor are threatening the cultural identity and the pristine green cover of Goa.

Concerns Rise over Use of ‘Legal Loopholes’ for Coal Transport through Western Ghats

Goans are protesting against infrastructure projects that will cut through protected areas in the Western Ghats and impact both the environment and lives of people.

Rich nations break promise, little climate finance for South Asia

Developed countries are taking action to reduce their own carbon emissions, but they are not coughing up enough money to help vulnerable poorer countries do the same, or adapt to the intensifying impacts of climate change.

India pushes back against strengthening climate pledge

The country is meeting its current unambitious pledge, but it is still pushing coal and failing to protect natural resources needed to protect people from the worst impacts of climate change.

Telangana’s greening drive aims at mitigating climate change

The green garland scheme of Telangana is expected to raise forest cover in the southern Indian state to 33% of its total area to mitigate the impacts of greenhouse gas emissions.

Survey Begins for Potential Habitat for African Cheetahs in India

A sum of Rs 2.5 crore has been sanctioned by the government for the cheetah relocation project.

‘Pandemic a chance to correct course on climate and health’

The latest Lancet Countdown report identifies how Covid-19 has created an opportunity for policymakers to work on health and climate change issues together to minimise diseases and deaths.

Climate Change Impacts Arid Regions of Wealthier and Poorer Countries Differently: Study

A new research shows that economically-challenged countries in arid regions are at the receiving end of the impact of climate change.

Amazon deforestation tops 11,000 sq km in Brazil, reaching 12-year high

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon topped 11,000 square kilometers for the first time since 2008, according to data released today by Brazil’s national space research institute INPE. The loss represents a 9.5…

Decentralised renewables can build resilient rural India

India’s decentralised renewable energy sector has become an enabler of economic growth, especially in rural areas, with a focus on livelihoods and income generation.

Fragmented Kaziranga corridors lead to unusual concentration of animals

Fragmentation of forested corridor complexes around Kaziranga National Park is causing wildlife to be concentrated in only secure areas of the protected area, a satellite-data based study has said. These concentrations may…

India’s challenge: getting ESG right

Companies are investing more in environmental, social and governance initiatives than ever before, but a new study shows that commitments are matched by flouting environmental and other norms.

Pitfalls of Tree Planting Without Understanding Ecosystem and People-centred Natural Climate Solutions

A new paper, authored by eminent environmentalists from across the world, urges the policy makers to shift their focus to the needs of the rural and indigenous people who manage ecosystems for their livelihoods and can render climate solutions effective.

Joe Biden’s presidency offers a return to climate change dialogue between India and the U.S.

With Joe Biden elected as the next president of the United States, there is new hope for cooperation on climate change and energy, as climate-related issues and rejoining the Paris Agreement were…

#IfTreesCouldTalk: Everything That Is Happening With The Infrastructure Projects In Goa

#IfTreesCouldTalk is a blog series that aims to highlight one aspect of environmental impact, wildlife conservation and other issues that need to be spoken about from the natural world and our impact on it. The idea was simple. We just believe that if Mother Nature had a voice, there would be a lot she would have to say about the state of the world today and what we can do to help. This is just our effort to give her a voice.

Indian government misleads Parliament on wildlife decline

India is one of the countries most threatened by biodiversity losses, yet its government denies and obfuscates its own data, and opens environmentally sensitive areas to exploitation.

Frustration as Antarctic conservation summit fails to declare marine sanctuaries

A proposition to establish three new marine protected areas (MPAs) in East Antarctica, the Antarctic Peninsula and the Weddell Sea was not approved at a recent meeting of the Commission for the…

Could the Himalayas harbour the next pandemic?

In most places, the annual Hindu festival caused serious water pollution this year as well

Two Indian banks linked to ecosystem destruction

Although top global banks are bankrolling biodiversity loss and ecosystem destruction at an unprecedented scale, the finance sector has largely evaded scrutiny till now

Rare green immersion stands out after Durga Puja

In most places, the annual Hindu festival caused serious water pollution this year as well

Goa: Activists, Politicians Block Rail Track, Oppose Line Expansion

The protesters alleged that double-tracking, which involves cutting of trees in the Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary, would benefit coal companies.

Discarded single-use plastic masks and gloves are choking ocean beds

Consumption of single-use plastic products like masks and gloves have surged in the pandemic. With inadequate biomedical waste treatment plants and an ineffective waste disposal system, the litter is making its way to the ocean.…

Sustainable economic recovery roadmap after Covid-19 in the offing

It is in our common interest to achieve a sustainable and inclusive recovery from the Covid-19 disruption that is aligned with the principles of building back better.

Restoring Degraded Natural Landscape Could be Highly Effective in Mitigating Climate Change

Students are rallying en masse to ‘save Thano’ in a bid to recreate the Chipko movement to save trees.

Opinion: Government proposal will worsen India’s creaky EIA system

Land use on floodplains needs better regulation so that rivers have space to flood and contribute ecosystem services

Uttarakhand Govt Cancels 5-Year Climate Change Centre Project Midway

Students are rallying en masse to ‘save Thano’ in a bid to recreate the Chipko movement to save trees.

Uttarakhand May See 2nd Chipko Movement as Hundreds Protests against Axing of 10,000 Trees

Students are rallying en masse to ‘save Thano’ in a bid to recreate the Chipko movement to save trees.

In Guatemala, refugees find new calling as park rangers

In recent years, the number of migrants and refugees entering Guatemala after fleeing violence at home has grown. FUNDAECO, a local conservation NGO, has partnered with UNHCR and other groups to find…

Wildlife emergency in Bolivia as fires threaten animal sanctuaries

More than 120 major fires have been detected in Bolivia’s Amazon rainforest and dry forests of Chiquitano since March, according to the nonprofit Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP). One of…

'कैम्पा' ऐक्ट की वे सभी बातें जो आप जानना चाहेंगे

एक ऐसा कानून जिसका मंतव्य यह सुनिश्चित करना था कि भारत का सम्पूर्ण वन क्षेत्र विकास के नाम पर पूरी तरह से नष्ट नहीं किए गए हैं, उसके खिलाफ पर्यावरणविद् और आदिवासी कार्यकर्ता आक्रामक मुद्रा में हैं। ऐसा क्यूं है?

The way we grow food is an increasing climate threat

Rising use of nitrogen-based fertilisers in agriculture is releasing copious amounts of nitrous oxide (N20), an international consortium of scientists has warned. While carbon dioxide excess in the atmosphere is the chief…

Huge Victory for ‘Save Aarey’ Movement as Metro Car Shed to be Shifted to Kanjurmarg in Mumbai

This has opened an easy way for corporates to procure prior environmental clearances, but the chances of non-compliance to the environmental commitments are now high.

Room for the river: Mitigating flood risk in South and Southeast Asia

Land use on floodplains needs better regulation so that rivers have space to flood and contribute ecosystem services

Modi Govt Scraps Corporate Environment Responsibility Fund

This has opened an easy way for corporates to procure prior environmental clearances, but the chances of non-compliance to the environmental commitments are now high.

Clean energy jobs can drive post-Covid recovery

The global renewables sector added half a million jobs in 2019, according to the latest annual jobs report by the International Renewable energy Agency (IRENA), taking total employment in clean energy to…

Facilitating Identification of Private Forests in Goa Through National Green Tribunal

The NGT declared 46.11 sq km of land as a private forest and directed the State Government to enter the details in the revenue records.

New Report Reveals a Planet Overwhelmed by Tidal Wave of Plastic

Coca-Cola is the biggest plastic polluter, but on the whole there’s so much plastic waste that recycling will not make a dent in it.

The Good Death Eaters: How Scavengers Keep the Ecosystem Clean

Vultures and other scavengers not only clear decaying animal corpses, protecting us from disease, but their absence could also destabilise entire ecosystems

Of ants and antelopes – the ecological history of Chennai was not what one would imagine

A proper understanding of the ecological history of an urban landscape is critical to limiting development to its carrying capacity. The biodiversity of Chennai points to the fact that the city evolved…

Scientists use Indian Ocean Earthquake Sound to Tell How Fast it is Warming

Scientists assessed a 3,000-km-long section in equatorial East Indian Ocean and found temperature fluctuations between 2005 and 2016, with a decadal warming trend that “substantially exceeds previous estimates.” By one estimate, the ocean could be warming by nearly 70% more than had been believed.

Why are landslides so deadly in Nepal?

A pilot project in Assam’s largest city could start a new trend for the rest of India.

Punjab’s Mattewara forest and Sutlej river under threat from upcoming industrial park

The Punjab government plans to set up an industrial park in the close vicinity of a protected forest range. A part of the industrial park also touches the Sutlej River, which has…

Ecology is economy

We need an integrated approach between lives and livelihoods.

Peninsular India close to losing its last remaining great Indian bustards

India has the only population of the Great Indian Bustard in the world. There are two breeding grounds in the country, one in Rajasthan and the second in the Ballari district of…

COVID-19 Lockdown Didn’t Help Much in Reducing Carbon Emission: UN Report

The report found that due to lockdowns, the daily level emissions of greenhouse gases went down by 17% in comparison to 2019 in the month of April. But, as the world came back to work, emissions rose by June and that was 5% of the previous year.

47 Potentially Dangerous Glacial Lakes Identified in 3 River Basins That Run Through Bihar

The disappearance of the glaciers will affect river channel flow dynamics in downstream areas and impact human settlements, including Bihar, in the long run, say experts.

In Indonesia’s coastal villages, the plastic crisis is both homegrown and invasive

roper management of plastic waste is lacking in Indonesia’s coastal communities, where the use of plastics is outpacing mitigation efforts, according to a newly published study. The paper found that nearly 6,700…

Global wildlife being decimated by human actions, WWF report warns

Between 1970 and 2016, wild populations of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish shrank by 68% on average, according to a new report by WWF and the Zoological Society of London. The…

Tamil Nadu probes mysterious elephant deaths

As mystery shrouds sixty-four elephant deaths, Tamil Nadu Forest Department constitutes an expert panel to investigate conservation threats and human-elephant conflicts. Poisoning and disease emerge as prime suspects. Pushed out from degrading…

Guwahati gets an experimental flood warning system

A pilot project in Assam’s largest city could start a new trend for the rest of India.

Human Construction Activity has Modified 30,000 Square Kms of the Oceans

The extent of modification of the oceans by human construction is said to be comparable to the extent of urbanised land. It goes beyond the global area covered by some natural marine systems.

‘Aarey’ to be Declared a Forest but No Clarity on Remaining Land

While activists have celebrated the move, there is a need for greater clarity about the exact forest zone.

Draft EIA Notification: Over 500 Academics and Researchers Ask for Immediate Revocation

The notification, which experts say gives easy clearances to developmental projects, is being seen as a grave violation of environmental norms and has triggered protests across India.

How altitude will decide Himalayan communities’ survival

Three new studies show that people in the middle ranges of the Indian Himalayas are the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

Wider roads for pilgrims mean more landslides in Himalayas

As a massive road-widening project continues to roll through the Indian state of Uttarakhand, residents battle landslides and the future of the environment is unclear.

[Commentary] Onam is a day to remember the environment to economics connect in Kerala

Onam, a traditional harvest festival in Kerala and a day celebrating happiness, peace and prosperity, has been marred by natural disasters and economic crises in the past few years. The COVID-19 pandemic…

With depleting fish catch, Sundarbans fishers migrate to other coastal states

About 500 traditional fishermen from the Sankizahan village in the Sundarbans region migrate to other coastal states in India for the better part of the year. This migration, that seems to have…

Half of the World’s Oceans Are Already Affected by Man-Made Climate Change

The study estimates that 20-55% of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans have shown an emergent man-made signal and it is likely to increase to 40-65% and up to 80% by 2080.

Public Hearings on Zoom App: Farmers’ Rights Trampled Down

While the NGT has directed the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board to conduct public hearings in compliance with the norms, farmers’ rights stand to be compromised.

Opinion: Without communities, conservation fails in eastern Himalayas

Red pandas and pangolins are being trafficked into extinction – and exclusionary conservation policies are making this worse in India’s Singalila National Park, argues a researcher.

What will it take to prioritise climate change?

From engaging new champions, to promoting local narratives, here’s how we can strengthen action on climate change mitigation.

Climate Change: Depletion of Greenland’s Ice-Sheet Reaches the Point of No Return

Since 2000, Greenland has been losing more than 500 gigatons of ice each year on an average. In the 1980s and the 1990s, lost ice hovered around the 450 gigaton mark every year.

Harvard’s half-billion land stake in Brazil marred by conflict and abuse

Harvard University has plowed $450 million of its $40 billion endowment in Brazil, most of it to buying up at least 405,000 hectares (1 million acres) of land in the Cerrado. This…

A Flood and a Forest: When Brahma’s Son Engulfs Kaziranga

As Kaziranga National Park goes through another cycle of its annual floods, here’s a look at what it means for those on the frontlines.

Floods across the country highlight need for a robust flood management structure

Floods in India are turning more severe, unpredictable and rather intractable. In 2018 alone, India suffered damages worth over Rs. 950 billion due to floods. Number of urban floods is on the…

[Commentary] Tigers, tourists and pilgrims: The ecological impact of pilgrimage sites in protected areas

There is strict control on tourists visiting national parks or tiger reserves but pilgrimage inside a protected area is one easy way to enter such areas. Over the years, pilgrimage tourism inside…

Mumbai flood breaches new frontiers

Monsoon flooding in Mumbai has become an annual phenomenon. This year though the floods reached areas that have never witnessed flooding. The activists and some experts blamed ongoing infrastructure projects like the…

Deadly landslides are becoming Kerala’s new reality every monsoon

The August 7 landslide at Pettimudi in Kerala’s Idukki district in which 49 plantation workers were buried alive necessitates a micro-level landslide hazard mapping for the state apart from relocation and rehabilitation…

Mauritius grapples with worst environmental crisis in a generation

A ship that ran aground on a coral reef has leaked about 900 tons of fuel oil into the waters off the southeastern coast of Mauritius. The incident occurred on July 25,…

Fires in Argentina’s Paraná Delta are burning ‘out of control’

‘Experts say most of the fires have been deliberately lit by people, but they are now raging due to drought, lack of rainfall and low river levels.’

Mining industry releases first standard to improve safety of waste storage

On Aug. 5, spurred by a deadly Brazilian dam disaster in early 2019, a partnership between the U.N. and industry leaders released new guidance for companies to manage their mining waste safely.…

Plastic waste from post Amphan relief material could add to pollution in Sundarbans

Distribution of relief material in the Sundarbans, post cyclone Amphan that hit the east coast in May, has brought in tonnes of plastic packaging, which is banned in the region. Environmentalists fear…

Why the plane could, yet the country can’t, run on biofuel?

India targets to reduce carbon emissions by 20,000 tonnes by blending 10 million litres of ethanol in the fuel. However, the availability of biomass for ethanol production is far less than the…

Uttarakhand: How Miyawaki and ANR Methods Worked Wonders for Plantation

A comparative study by the research wing of the state’s forest department showed a success rate of Miyawaki and ANR at 100% while that of traditional method from 30-40% in the hills and 50-60% in the plains.

Low fish catch along India’s western coast hints at impacts of climate change

Maharashtra witnessed lowest fish catch in 45 years in 2019. Fishers have also reported a 50% decline in their annual fish catch, attributing recurring cyclones for reducing their fishing window. Nationally, the…

Decline in Tiger Population in Odisha Linked to Poaching?

Odisha has excellent habitat and vast forests for tigers to live and flourish. However, rampant poaching of prey base and tigers is taking a toll on their population.

Assam reels under flood as pandemic wears on

Floods which are a recurring phenomenon in the northeast Indian state of Assam have hit the state heavily this year but healthcare workers have risen to the occasion serving the people by battling both flood and novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Delhi police invoke anti-terror law against green NGO. Their crime? Helping send emails to Prakash Javadekar

The police issued a notice under the UAPA to block Fridays For Future India’s website because their ‘unlawful activities may disturb peace, sovereignty of India’, only to later claim that it had been sent mistakenly.

Central Vista Redevelopment Project: Greening or Greenwashing?

HCP’s plan to reorder the tree “palette” on the Central Vista according to Lutyens’ colonial plan is not only proof of the project’s blindness to today’s climate change and environmental realities that many Delhiites already experience.

Why Stronger Efforts are Needed During this Flood Season

Only those who have faced a flood can understand the pain and suffering it brings.

India censors three environmental advocacy groups for criticising draft EIA rules

The draft EIA Notification 2020, activists say, is a major setback for environmental justice as it weakens public consultation and dilutes compliance norms for corporates.

Brazil’s past finance ministers defend environment against Bolsonaro

Seventeen authorities from the higher economic sector released a letter in opposition to the environmental policies of President Jair Bolsonaro’s government.

As assembly election nears, Kerala government announces environmentally controversial projects

Though there have been community protests against these projects, the state government is using the prevailing lockdown as an excuse to move forward all these projects, which would create long term impacts on the state’s environmental and social equilibria.

For India to build sustainable cities post-lockdown, re-cycling roads is key

Instead of moving vehicles, cities should focus on moving people. What does this mean?

Forest Rights Have Been Crushed During Lockdown, Say Activists

An analysis has revealed that approximately 120 projects were recommended, 90 were deferred, 30 projects returned and only two projects were rejected during the Expert Appraisal Committee and Forest Advisory Committee meetings held during the lockdown.

World’s biggest trade deal in trouble over EU anger at Brazil deforestation

The EU-Mercosur free trade agreement, finalized a year ago has been facing opposition from the EU after Brazil’s destructive environmental policies and its failure to respect the Paris Climate Agreement.

That coconut oil you love? Species have gone extinct over it. True story

As per recent study, palm oil may not be the only consumable oil that causes destruction to biodiversity. We know little about the environmental footprint of other consumable oil crops.

Opinion: To rebuild the Sundarbans, India needs to rethink its laws

India should rewrite outdated, colonial laws and empower local people so that embankments work for communities and nature.

Securing India’s tiger habitats and natural assets for preventing future pandemics

Tigers are a keystone species at the top of the ecological pyramid, and their survival is pivotal to the well-being of several animals, including humans.

COVID-19 has exacerbated climate concerns

COVID-19 has heightened existing climate vulnerabilities and caused climate action to take a backseat. Here’s how the government can think ‘green’ for the recovery of the economy.

Himalayan Quake and a High-Risk Project

While many projects with huge environmental and social costs have been opposed, the TDP is different, for even government-nominated experts had wanted it scrapped.

How does the new draft EIA affect the environment and me?

The draft EIA 2020, which was unveiled in March has raised objections from environmentalists, who consider it as a serious dilution to the earlier version.

#IfTreesCouldTalk: 3 Projects Inside One Of Goa’s Wildlife Sanctuaries—Here’s Why That’s A Problem

#IfTreesCouldTalk is a blog series that aims to highlight one aspect of environmental impact, wildlife conservation and other issues that need to be spoken about from the natural world and our impact…

Goa: Environmental Clearances to Projects in Forest Lands Raise Concerns Among Activists

The three proposed projects would require cutting down over 50,000 trees and diversion of 216 hectares of forest and private land.

Elephants become collateral damage in the fight against crop-raiding boars

The recent incident of a female wild elephant in Kerala falling prey to crude bait meant for wild boar sheds light on the widespread issue of human-wildlife conflict in the state.

Environment ministry unlocked many protected areas during the lockdown

A safe haven for biodiversity and wildlife, India’s protected areas are losing to the environment ministry’s clearance spree where coal mining, road construction, and other projects are being approved within ecologically sensitive areas.

Kashmir’s retreating glaciers could also be influenced by local land use change

Scientists said that rapid retreating of Kolahoi and other glaciers in the region is largely attributable to global factors and climate driven by the local land-use changes.

Climate change, disasters, and what philanthropy can do

If we don’t invest in building community resilience, climate change and natural disasters will undo what development work has achieved so far.

India’s Worst Locust Attack in 26 Yrs: What Does This Threat Mean?

Swarms of these ‘deadly’ desert locusts have now made their way to India, threatening our agricultural economy.

Climate change in deep oceans could be seven times faster by middle of century, report says

Uneven heating could have major impact on marine wildlife, as species that rely on each other for survival are forced to move.

Microsoft’s ambitious climate goal forgets about its oil contracts

Microsoft’s business with the oil industry could inflate its climate impact and undermine its efforts to achieve carbon negativity.

COVID-19 could permanently transform transportation

Hidden in the fallout from the virus are lessons to make the world a better place. Reducing pollution and re-imagining transportation are strong places to start.

The Snowball Effects of Climate Change on Snow Leopards

Researchers emphasize the need to tackle various threats to reduce the burden on the species due to climate change.

Disaster interrupted: How you can help save the insects

In a new paper, a group of 30 scientists offers suggestions for industry, land managers, governments and individuals to protect insects in the face of a global decline.

The EIA Draft 2020 needs to be restructured

Here are four things that need to be done to bring the current environmental impact assessment regime in line with the basic principles of environmental management.

Amazonian indigenous community wins 24-year lawsuit against illegal loggers

Brazil’s Cameli family, who owns the timber companies, was ordered to pay the Ashaninka tribe a $3 million settlement, which will be used to protect the Ashaninka tribe and the Amazon.

Maharashtra: Central pollution board bans use of plaster of paris in making idols for all festivals

Environmentalists are pleased at the positive impact this will have on India’s oceans.

Climate explained: what caused major climate change in the past?

On time scales of hundreds of thousands to millions of years, carbon dioxide concentrations in the air have varied hugely, and so has global climate.

Lack of Pakistan govt’s intervention can spur migration, ecological imbalances in once-flourishing Indus delta

Cited by environmentalists as one of the worst human interventions in nature, building damns on the Indus delta has led to adverse ecological consequences.

New high seas treaty could be a gamechanger for the ocean

The new treaty focuses on conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in the waters beyond national jurisdiction.

The bee whisperers of Slovenia have a plan to save colonies from climate change

As the climate crisis threatens bee populations around the world, Slovenian beekeepers see an opportunity to be more than just stewards of a beloved tradition.

Beyond Meat results beat, suspends 2020 forecast on COVID-19 concerns

Beyond Meat Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly results on Tuesday as it sold more of its plant-based meat products.

Climate explained: how the climate impact of beef compares with plant-based alternatives

Everyday food choices can make a difference to the overall climate impact of our diet.

One billion people will live in insufferable heat within 50 years – study

In a worst-case scenario of accelerating emissions, areas currently home to a third of the world’s population will be as hot as the hottest parts of the Sahara within 50 years.

24 Creative Green Projects to Tackle Now

We’ve rounded up a list of two dozen environmental projects that can make your time indoors, or right outside, a little brighter.

The world is on lockdown. So where are all the carbon emissions coming from?

Even with the global economy at a near-standstill, the best analysis suggests that the world is still on track to release 95 percent of the carbon dioxide emitted in a typical year.

Smart tech’s carbon footprint

With data centres set to have a bigger carbon footprint than the whole aviation industry, smart technology’s benefits need urgent re-examination.

Can’t go outside? Even seeing nature on a screen can improve your mood

Embracing the notion of “biophilia”- the innate human affinity with nature- while locked down inside may improve your productivity and even your health.

Through biomimicry, Brazil seeks tech innovations inspired by nature

From spiderweb-inspired shampoo to a hotel whose architecture is based on the thermal properties of toucan beaks, scientists and companies in Brazil are betting on nature’s intelligence to create innovative solutions that reduce impacts on the planet.

‘The bliss of a quiet period’: lockdown is a unique chance to study the nature of cities

Coronavirus-induced lockdown is changing the daily rhythm of urban life, shining a light on emboldened animals that usually prefer to remain hidden.

India’s very first climate action fellowship gives you a chance to work with top climate pioneers in the world

If you are working towards climate change solutions, you can use this opportunity to work with top climate pioneers in the field!

Satellites can identify ocean plastic pollution

“This method will hopefully provide a stepping stone for satellites and drones to be used to tackle the marine plastics problem at the end of the product life cycle.”

Could Microsoft’s climate crisis ‘moonshot’ plan really work?

The tech giant’s pledge to go carbon negative by 2030 leans heavily on nascent technology such as machines that suck carbon out of the air.

Microplastics Have Been Found In Antarctic Ice For First Time

While the levels of microplastics are relatively low, it suggests that even Earth’s most remote continent is not immune from the perils of plastic pollution and human-made trash.

On 50th Earth Day, a look at what is causing the Amazon rainforest to fast approach its tipping point

Scientists believe that at least 80 per cent of the Amazon’s trees need to stand in order to sustain the forests, and continue their hydrological water cycle.

Earth Day in the coronavirus era: Can resilience thinking provide a way forward? (commentary)

If we are to reorient the environmental movement’s goals and actions to avert crisis, we must reassess how we assign value to different ecosystems and human communities.

Wireless grids and towers of power: Engineering our way out of dirty energy

Discovering clean energy technologies has become the goal of companies and think tanks around the world, and it requires thinking outside of the box.

Why does cinema ignore climate change?

It’s also true that Hollywood can’t complain about our environmental unfriendliness without drawing attention to its own.