ATREE News

No Country for Big Birds: In a fight between economic development and wildlife conservation, who wins?

The rise of renewable energy projects has resulted in the encroachment of the critically endangered Great Indian Bustard's habitat.

Where the wild things are: Take a walk inside India’s private forests

Today, only 5% of India’s land area is protected forest land. Even these pockets are shrinking, there are mavericks who are rewilding India by buying plots of land, pull out exotics, plant natives & letting nature take over

See how rural India has been overrun by the pandemic's second wave

In large cities throughout India, daily COVID-19 cases are decreasing. But outside India’s dense urban centers the second wave is still battering the rural regions where two thirds of the country’s population live.

Two new ant species found in eastern Himalayas

Zoologists from the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment (ATREE) in Bangalore, India have discovered two new species of small-colony-forming ants in the hilly forests of Mizoram.

Designing win-win solutions in environment and development

What happens when we run out of groundwater, or have poisoned our soil and water to the point of no return? How do we find solutions that contribute to human well-being while recognising that there are physical limits to earth’s resources and pollution absorption capacity?

The roles played by NGOs for responsive governance of forests

The observations of this study tell us that in NGO supported villages there was awareness within the village of the recognition of their Community Forest Rights.

Laws and criminal justice: Where the Indian elite can’t secede

Technically, The spreading of fake news about Covid -19, including forwarding false WhatsApp messages could attract up to a year in prison. Not wearing compulsory face masks, without reasonable cause, could also put you in jail for up to one year. The rules pertaining to Covid-19 could potentially make millions of citizens susceptible to sentencing if they were to be strictly implemented.

Why shutting down reserves to prevent Covid transmission to tigers is a questionable move

Don’t let covid eclipse the tiger. Rohini Nilekani writes about how shutting down tiger resevers could endanger wildlife and human livelihoods.

Creating a Green Economy

Is it possible to remove 500,000 hectares of invasive species from Indian landscapes, while providing livelihoods for 10,000 individuals?

Nilgiri tahr: Living on the edge

If you pause your vehicle along the scenic road in the high elevation stretches, you will see at least a handful of tahr milling about the side of the road, accepting ‘bribes’ and partaking in selfies with tourists. Is this dangerous?

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