articles by Mongabay- India

India

For India to reach net-zero by 2050, the country needs to allocate 2.5 percent of its land for clean energy installation

The study by Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) notes the potential for land-use conflict to arise over renewable energy installations, even in sparsely populated areas.

World

IPCC report relevant for India as it will reveal country's climate change reality

Every few years, the IPCC produces an Assessment Report, which examines all the scientific literature published in the years since the last report.

India

How unaware turtle owners are facilitating the spread of an invasive species found in water bodies across India

The exotic, invasive turtle is a threat to the 29 native species of freshwater turtles and tortoises in India.

Arts & Culture

A year-and-a-half since Ladakh received union territory status, plans underway to nominate a new state bird and animal

The former state of Jammu and Kashmir had the black-necked crane and Kashmir stag (Hangul) as its State Bird and State Animal. Both species are rare and had been symbols of the state for a long time. But the black-necked crane is found only in Eastern Ladakh and the Hangul is found only in Kashmir Valley.

India

Rich in biodiversity, Haryana's first community reserve suffers due to pollution and delays in restoration work

The site, which the local villagers believe existed since the ancient period of the Mahabharata, has long been the natural habitat of the Indian softshell turtle.

India

The spotting of a female gharial's nest in Odisha underlines the state's efforts to revive the critically endangered species

Gharial conservation efforts in Odisha formally began in 1975 with the intervention of FAO and UNDP in collaboration with the state forest department. Between 1977 and 2017, as many as 867 gharials were released into the Mahanadi freshwater system. But only 12 had survived till 2018.

India

Riddled with environmental concerns, India's palm oil supply chain needs to look at sustainable options

Over 90 percent of the palm oil imported by India comes from Malaysia and Indonesia where environmental concerns associated with the production are routinely highlighted. Indian companies are making efforts towards a sustainable supply chain of palm oil.

Lifestyle

Transhumant pastoralists in Rajasthan struggle amid COVID-19 pandemic as their livelihoods, herds suffer due to depleting resources

These pastoralists depend on the farmers and households along their route for the fodder and water of their herds. But since the Indira Gandhi Canal closed down for maintenance, both have been hard and costly to find.

Lifestyle

Dragon fruit farming has taken wing in north Bengal creating better prospects of income generation for farmers

Cultivating dragon fruit seems to be a good alternative for farmers in north Bengal who lack adequate irrigational facilities. An investment is required initially to create support structures for the plant which is a climber.

Lifestyle

A new tiger reserve in Tamil Nadu brings hope of revival for the now-dry river Vaigai

"Enhanced conservation activities in Meghamalai and other parts of evergreen Varusanadu hills where the river originates would replenish the river and that would help the Madurai region to regain the balance of its ecosystem,” says CP Rajkumar, founder of VANAM.

Lifestyle

In India, as incidence of forest fires spikes in the pandemic, inhabitants lose their sole source of livelihood

Increasing fire trends can be seen in data as well with the Forest Survey of India (FSI)’s system sending fire alerts 3,86,031 times this year, till 28 May 2021, which is already twice the number of alerts sent in all of last year.

Lifestyle

In Uttarakhand, displacement of Van Gujjars has brought perks for some in the community, and chaos and disruption for others

The Van Gujjar community in Uttarakhand is being slowly displaced to protect the Rajaji National Park, while development projects eat their way through the forest.

India

Green Oscar 2021 winner Nuklu Phom strives to continue connecting indigineous communities and form Biodiversity Peace Corridor

Church worker Nuklu Phom belongs to the Phom indigenous community in Nagaland in northeast India. He is noted for his work in connecting communities to conserve biodiversity and switch to sustainable livelihoods in his ancestral village. The effort led to the increase in congregations of the long-distance migratory bird Amur falcon, and other wildlife, in the community-conserved area centred around his village.

Lifestyle

Increased work negatively impacts women farmers' nutrition, ability to make balanced meals: Study

Agricultural interventions and development programs should make sure that the benefits of participation in agriculture outweigh losses such as time for household activities and leisure, says the study.

Lifestyle

Why eating insects is becoming increasingly popular as a sustainable way of consuming proteins, micronutrients

In many countries, there is now a growing appreciation of insects as food and feed. In India too, efforts are being made to create awareness and popularise entomophagy.

India

30 years since liberalisation, India's fight against poor energy access might get tougher owing to COVID-19 crisis

Covid-19 is expected to make energy access even more challenging as more people will be pushed to poverty and they will not be able to spend money on clean fuel.

India

Development projects lined up for Odisha's beaches known for their red ghost crabs

Talsari beach in Odisha and other beaches along the Balasore coast, draw many local tourists and wildlife enthusiasts hoping to get a glimpse of red ghost crabs that turn up every year in large numbers.

Lifestyle

New study finds Sikkim’s urban sacred groves mitigate double the carbon compared to a natural rural forest

The importance of urban forests is reflected in a clutch of India’s forest and environment policies such as the National Agroforestry Policy which supports the increase in the country’s tree cover including tree outside forest (TOF) and urban forest to reduce pollution in the cities.

Arts & Culture

Market for environment-friendly chocolates grows, as brands adopt low-waste processes, socially conscious attitude

Among the concerns that businesses are focused on to reduce environmental impact are low waste packaging, sourcing from organic farms, and using low-energy machinery.

India

In Assam, locals struggle to find Bihu special greens owing to unplanned urbanisation, climate change

For Rongali Bihu, the Assamese new year, a special dish is traditionally prepared — a concoction of ‘ekho-ek bidh xaak’, or 101 varieties of local leafy greens and herbs, that is believed to be beneficial to health.