articles by Mongabay- India

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A Jharkhand town powers India's nuclear dreams, at the cost of its residents' health, the environment

The people of Jaduguda note that displacement and deforestation for uranium mining robbed them of their land and livelihood, and later cursed them with health impacts.

India

Invasive ornamental lantana species threatens to destroy 40 percent of India’s tiger habitats, study says

Lantana has escaped from gardens and taken over forest ecosystems, now occupying 40 percent of India’s tiger ranges.

India

Desert locust swarms invade India: They are millimetres in size but millions in numbers

The current locust swarm is thought to have originated in southern Iran due to the Indian Ocean Dipole, which caused warmer waters to its west and cooler waters to its east.

science

World Environment Day 2020: Bats are not the enemy in the fight against the novel Coronavirus

Oversimplification of scientific facts and misinterpretations have triggered a backlash against bats, prompting biologists to clear the air on bat-borne viruses.

science

World Environment Day 2020: How natural habitat destruction can fuel zoonotic diseases like COVID-19

Experts have found links to the emergence of viruses like Nipah, Lassa, Hendra, COVID-19, HIV, and others to deforestation.

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Kashmir Himalayas: Kolahoi glacier's retreat can be attributed to climate change, shifts in land use

Scientists said that rapid retreating of Kolahoi and other glaciers in Kashmir is largely attributable to global factors and climate driven by the local land-use changes also has some influence on glacier-retreat.

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Coronavirus outbreak: Assam's boat clinics conduct door-to-door surveillance on saporis

Assam's boat clinics are the primary means of healthcare for inhabitants of the 2500 river islands. They have pitched in to deal with the coronavirus outbreak by carrying out door-to-door community surveillance.

India

Earth Day: There are no fish in the ocean — Declining catch worries fishermen in southern Karnataka

Climate change, unsustainable and unregulated fishing methods have both been blamed for this decline.

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Even as the return of a tiger to Ajanta after over 50 years shows their resilience, conservation requires trust with local people

With TPWL-T1C1 as tigers return to Ajanta, prioritising conservation over human safety needs trust between the people who want to see these animals protected, and the people who will live with the animals that have been protected.

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How sustainable methods adopted by tribal honey hunters could conserve bee population, improve food security

The Nilgiris are home to over eighteen ethnic groups. Of them, Kattunaickens, Kurumbas, Sholigas and Irulas are known to be the primary honey hunter tribes.

India

Coronavirus Outbreak: Hand washing is recommended but where is the water to wash my hands?

Regions facing water problems, contamination and inefficient management are wondering where the water to maintain this hygiene will come from.

World

Coronavirus Outbreak: India's pollution board issues guidelines to handle COVID-19 biomedical waste

Safely disposing of contaminated waste was a crucial component in the fight against Ebola epidemic in 2014.

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Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna delta: Rise in sea-levels to put densely populated region in peril

Being one of the most vulnerable regions in the world, the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna delta presents a major challenge for climate change adaptation of nearly 200 million inhabitants. It is often considered as a delta mostly exposed to sea-level rise and exacerbated by land subsidence.

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Kaveri delta: How Tamil Nadu's new protected special agricultural zone will impact livelihoods

Kaveri Urimai Meetpu Kuzhu (Kaveri Rights Retrieval Committee) coordinator P. Maniarasan says that he and hundreds of other farmers are sceptical not about the spirit of the bill but about its efficacy to address the emerging threats.

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A bird festival in Gujarat's Dang forests raises awareness about biodiversity in Western Ghats

Dang forests form the northern end of the Western Ghats, a biodiversity hotspot. Among the Western Ghats endemic species, sightings of Malabar trogon, Malabar whistling thrush and white-bellied woodpecker were most noteworthy said the organisers.

India

Madhya Pradesh: Students employ citizen science approach to detect increasing levels of fluoride content in drinking water

Madhya Pradesh is one of the 19 Indian states severely affected by high fluoride content in drinking water with as many as 140 habitations where water quality is affected by excess fluoride.

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Recent floods force farmers at Maharashtra-Karnataka border to straddle two states, owing to compensation policies

Farmers living along the Maharashtra-Karnataka border with homes in one state and farmlands in the other were impacted by the 2019 floods in western Maharashtra and their situation was aggravated as their lives straddle two states.

science

Green economics is robust enough for policy makers to assess impact of their decisions: Pavan Sukhdev

He considers the Prize as a recognition for environmental economics but rues that India did not take the process forward.

science

What starts in the Amazon doesn’t stay there: Wildfires are melting Andes glaciers

The Amazon was historically too wet to burn on a large scale, but climate change and deforestation have made it hotter and dryer.

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Two filmmakers seek to explain the climate change crisis by showing its human cost in Nepal

Concerned about the increasing climate crisis , two filmmakers are on a journey to capture people’s attention through human stories from the frontlines of climate change in Nepal.