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Grey water to make Bengaluru greener

Apartment complexes to send treated waste water to BBMP for use in parks, playgrounds, If all goes well, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) will soon be using recycled wastewater for the upkeep of parks and playgrounds across the city.

Shoring up ecosystems good for your health

Humanity currently faces multiple interlinked existential crises, The catastrophic consequences of climate change, ecological degradation and biodiversity loss have cascading knock-on effects on human health and well-being. As the Covid-19 pandemic illustrates, ecosystem damage can contribute significantly to a global public health emergency. But scientists are also increasingly finding that ecological restoration, by reversing the threats to soil, biodiversity, water and other ecosystem services, can deliver major health benefits.

Vembanad Lake fish count indicates decline in backwater salinity: Study

While the two-day-long fish count has spotted 43 fin fishes and five shellfishes in Vembanad Lake, a vast majority of them belonged to the freshwater category.

Vembanad fish count records 48 species

The Vembanad fish count, 15th in a series of surveys, has been conducted in the southern (riverine), eastern and western parts of the lake under the aegis of the Community Environment Resource Centre (CERC), a field academic unit of the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment (ATREE).

In a first, Chhattisgarh recognises CFR rights of village inside national park

The CFR rights of Gudiyapadar hamlet, which comprises of 403 hectares of forest area and consists of four reserved forest compartments inside the Kanger Ghati National Park, was recognised on Wednesday.

Researchers warn about perils of mass drives to plant trees

Experts point out that if tree-planting initiatives are not scientifically sound, it may even lead to a reduction in the water table, The approach should rather be based on restoring the local ecosystem

Scientifically unsound mass plantation drives might be perilous to the environment, researchers say

Researchers from Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) have said that the mass plantation drives every year taken up by government bodies, NGOs, and CSR groups are well-meaning but misled. Researchers have said that the unscientific and careless mass plantation drives annually might in fact prove to be dangerous for the environment.

India’s missing wolves

Diseases such as canine distemper virus is one of the many problems that this enigmatic predator of the Indian savannas faces. A new study estimates that there may be as few as 3,100 wolves in India. This puts them in the same category of endangerment as tigers. Habitat loss is a primary threat to this species. No wildlife sanctuary is dedicated to the preservation of the Indian wolf, and a recent study shows that less than 5% of open natural ecosystems in the country are protected. The wolf, unlike the tiger, is not a creature of forests.

Nature has the answers

In light of the International Day of Biodiversity, Dr Kamal Bawa writes eloquently about the role nature has yet to play in the development of human beings. While it may seem we have strayed from our once natural habitat, the article argues that nature still contains the answers, calling attention to work done in adopting nature-based solutions as well as upholding tenets of biodiversity science.

Windmill takes wind out of birds sails

The southern districts of Tamil Nadu are one of the largest windmill hubs in the country, contributing to at least 25% of India’s total installed wind energy capacity of 40 gigawatts

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