Domesticating Water
Although 90% of urban households in India have access to safe drinking water, households in 22 out of the 32 big cities in India face frequent water shortages. Generally, older (often wealthier) parts of the city have shallow water tables as groundwater is not used and piped water use is high, whereas newly added areas get very little piped water and rely significantly on groundwater.
Ironically, because water supply pipelines tend to leak and recharge groundwater, the core areas of most cities also have plentiful groundwater supply. This creates severe inequities in water availability between the core and peripheries of the cities.
India's commitments to increase tree and forest cover
To achieve India's goal of reducing greenhouse gas emission intensity, it plans to create carbon sinks of 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents by increasing its forest and tree cover to 33% of its land...
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Two new species belonging to rare ant genera Parasyscia and Syscia from the Eastern Himalayas
ATREE is celebrating its silver jubilee in 2021, one species is named Parasyscia ganeshaiahhi in honour of one of its founders Prof. K.N. Ganeshaiah, an eminent ecologist...
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Is India’s rooftop solar sector being ignored for large-scale projects?
The lack of enough financial options has been a concern too since the initial costs of installing rooftop solar are still high. In fact, financial assistance is one of the factors that could help accelerate the pace of rooftop solar installations...
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Why Afforestation Isn’t Likely to Make Up for Our Loss of Carbon-Rich Forests
Afforestation, by definition, is the establishment of a forest in an area that previously had no tree cover. Around the world, it is a sought-after method to fight climate-change concerns. Trees absorb carbon, and if a forest can absorb more carbon...
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Species and functional group composition of ant communities across an elevational gradient in the Eastern Himalaya
Redundancy analyses shows that most of the variation in species as well as functional group composition is driven by spatially structured environmental variation...
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Mapping of Myristica swamps crucial for conservation
Researchers have suggested a large-scale project to map and carry out further research on Myristica swamps across the Western Ghats, in order to consolidate conservation and restoration efforts. Comprehensive documentation of these remaining swamps, the species...
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