Mammals in wildlife trade host 75% of known zoonotic viruses

The researchers surveyed the association of 226 viruses responsible for zoonotic diseases with more than 800 mammal species

₹1,500cr plant on anvil to treat Vrishabhavati river: K’taka minister

Karnataka minister for tourism and environment CP Yogeshwar said the state government will spend ₹1,500 crore in five years to build a tertiary treatment facility so that Vrishabhavati river water will be treated and used for agriculture purposes.

Strong evidence between wildlife trade and zoonotic disease risks, says study

Offering insight that may help in developing planned measures to curtail future pandemics, a new paper shows that one-quarter of mammal species in wildlife trade host 75% of diseases known to transfer between animals and humans.

World Zoonoses Day goes unnoticed amid Covid-19 pandemic

An important day on July 6 marking the anniversary of Louis Pasteur’s first successful testing of the rabies vaccine on a human being, went largely unnoticed amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Wildlife and livestock a risk factor in future pandemics, say studies

Researchers said risk factors also include human encroachment on wildlife habitats

How do we design green cities when water is running out?

Green spaces are often called a city’s lungs, They reduce air and noise pollution, remove carbon from the atmosphere, increase biodiversity and improve our quality of life, But keeping these green spaces alive requires regular watering and maintenance. And in cities, that becomes a big challenge due to water shortage.

Citizen-science initiative to map invasive species in Nilgiris launched

Over the years, tree planting has run the risk of becoming a competition as to who plants more trees in the week. Important topics about forest health and invasive species which are causing irreversible damage to our forests are not often discussed.

With forests being at the centre of climate change discourse, are we ignoring role of grasslands?

Forest restoration is more well-known than grassland restoration, even though grasslands, just like forests, are important carbon sinks and crucial for carbon sequestration.

Meet the Mizoram Apple Snail: India’s newest species of freshwater snail

The snail, given the common name Mizoram Apple Snail, has a shell height and diameter of about 2,5 cm When asked if these snails are edible, Dr Aravind NA explained that most species in this genus are edible.

Govt seeks help as bird droppings soil building

The Govt seeks help as bird droppings soil building. Bird droppings are a common and persistent problem all over the city.