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International Day for Biological Diversity 2022: Here's all you need to know
World

International Day for Biological Diversity 2022: Here's all you need to know

The theme for this year's International Day for Biological Diversity is 'Building a shared future for all life'

Opinion | Why this is the right time to follow green economy in India
India

Opinion | Why this is the right time to follow green economy in India

Green economy aims at sustainable consumption as well as sustainable production

Blue Planet: Digital music event that blends Indian classical music with the country's rich ecology
Arts & Culture

Blue Planet: Digital music event that blends Indian classical music with the country's rich ecology

Blue Planet is a four-month-long online musical organised by Mumbai-based First Edition Arts, that commenced on 17 December, 2021, and will continue till 27 March, 2022.

More bad news for flora, loss of animal biodiversity spells doom for some plants
World

More bad news for flora, loss of animal biodiversity spells doom for some plants

Animal-dispersed plants’ abilities to adapt to climate change reduced by 60 percent due to a loss of biodiversity

Belgian scientists claim breakthrough in cloning coconut trees; may help trees fight Lethal Yellowing Disease
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Belgian scientists claim breakthrough in cloning coconut trees; may help trees fight Lethal Yellowing Disease

This will help preserve coconut palm biodiversity and meet increasing demand for coconuts and derived products

Odisha's ‘black tigers’ owe their appearance to genetic mutation, Indian scientists find
India

Odisha's ‘black tigers’ owe their appearance to genetic mutation, Indian scientists find

The researchers noted that this has important implications for tiger conservation as such isolated and inbred populations are prone to extinction over even short periods of time

Red list status shows we're on the cusp of the sixth extinction event, says IUCN head
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Red list status shows we're on the cusp of the sixth extinction event, says IUCN head

The Red List is not policy prescriptive, it's really just a statement of fact –- this is what the status of the species is.

Third of global tree species threatened with extinction due to farming, logging
science

Third of global tree species threatened with extinction due to farming, logging

Forest ecosystems can collapse when they are subjected to multiple stressors -- like fire, logging and the break up of habitat -- that have the potential to interact and "drive abrupt ecological change."

World Nature Conservation Day 2021: COVID-19 pandemic an urgent reminder for India to implement One Health concept
India

World Nature Conservation Day 2021: COVID-19 pandemic an urgent reminder for India to implement One Health concept

Despite encouraging data suggesting increasing forest cover, India needs to work harder to balance economic development with environmental consciousness

World Nature Conservation Day 2021: On this day, pledge to save animals, trees on verge of extinction
India

World Nature Conservation Day 2021: On this day, pledge to save animals, trees on verge of extinction

The main reason for celebrating this day is to conserve animals and plants that are going extinct from the natural environment

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

To reach net-zero emissions and remove CO2 from the air, scientists drawn up six priorities
science

To reach net-zero emissions and remove CO2 from the air, scientists drawn up six priorities

Information on CO₂ removal is found in academic literature and focuses on a global scale but actually doing it will involve everyone from local farmers to international financiers.

World Oceans Day 2021: Significance of day to educate people about importance of global water bodies
India

World Oceans Day 2021: Significance of day to educate people about importance of global water bodies

The United Nations has designated 8 June to be observed as World Oceans Day, This year, the theme is ‘The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods'

World Oceans Day 2021: Anchored by the theme of 'Life and Livelihoods', here are key details about this year's edition
World

World Oceans Day 2021: Anchored by the theme of 'Life and Livelihoods', here are key details about this year's edition

The idea of World Oceans Day was first proposed in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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

Chernobyl's toxic nuclear site presents a unique chance to protect biodiversity
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Chernobyl's toxic nuclear site presents a unique chance to protect biodiversity

Since the disaster, elk, wolves and the stocky endangered breed of Przewalski's wild horses native to Asia.

Nearly 300 biodiversity 'hot spots' at risk of extinction due to global warming: Study
science

Nearly 300 biodiversity 'hot spots' at risk of extinction due to global warming: Study

So-called endemic species — plants and animals found exclusively in a specific area — will be hit hardest in a warming world.

Rodents, insects, cats are 'exotic' intruders, cost the economy $26.8 billion per year
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Rodents, insects, cats are 'exotic' intruders, cost the economy $26.8 billion per year

IPBES said invasive species are among the top five culprits of environmental destruction worldwide.

Tropics lost 12.2 million hectares of tree cover in 2020, largely due to agriculture
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Tropics lost 12.2 million hectares of tree cover in 2020, largely due to agriculture

Plants and soil are carbon sinks, sucking up roughly a third of all the carbon pollution humans produce annually.

India's recent avian flu outbreak highlights environmental, animal-human interaction concerns
India

India's recent avian flu outbreak highlights environmental, animal-human interaction concerns

Regular monitoring of wild aquatic birds and the wild bird-poultry-wetland interface is essential to understanding avian influenza viruses’ prevalence.