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Things are getting worse in Western Ghats, says ecologist Madhav Gadgil
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Things are getting worse in Western Ghats, says ecologist Madhav Gadgil

With dozens of people losing lives and livelihood in landslides and flash floods in Kerala, Gadgil’s report on ways to preserve the ecology of the Western Ghats is back in the news

In the battle to save Europe's oldest lake, economic development clashes with ecological concerns
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In the battle to save Europe's oldest lake, economic development clashes with ecological concerns

Only a few dozen places around the world have won the status for both their nature and their culture, a source of prestige for Lake Ohrid — and a major bonus in marketing the area to tourists.

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.

National laws necessary to conserve natural resources, but empowering traditional institutions is difference-maker
India

National laws necessary to conserve natural resources, but empowering traditional institutions is difference-maker

Traditional institutions are efficient and speedy in dispensing justice at the community-level as they understand the needs of the people

In search of endangered otters, Iraqi environmentalists persevere with crusade to protect country's marshes
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In search of endangered otters, Iraqi environmentalists persevere with crusade to protect country's marshes

The UN estimates at least 250 square kilometers (96 square miles) of fertile land in Iraq is lost annually to desertification. Rising salinity will likely drive out if not wipe away endemic species.

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.

Remembering Sunderlal Bahuguna: How the activist's life and Satyagraha for nature founded India's ecology movement
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Remembering Sunderlal Bahuguna: How the activist's life and Satyagraha for nature founded India's ecology movement

The Satyagraha for the forest came from a deep love for the forest. Chipko and Sunderlal Bahuguna received the Alternative Nobel Prize in 1987. In 2009, he was honoured with the Padma Vibhushan.

In an artistic intervention, a call to preserve and protect Mumbai's mangroves
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In an artistic intervention, a call to preserve and protect Mumbai's mangroves

Make Art for Mumbai’s Mangroves is a part of a series of dynamic and creative programmes conceptualised by the Ministry of Mumbai’s Magic to create a conversation around Mumbai’s rich wetlands and drive citizen action in favour of Mumbai’s rich biodiversity.

UN report: Huge changes in society, economics, power generation needed for Earth to remain habitable
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UN report: Huge changes in society, economics, power generation needed for Earth to remain habitable

Changes in governments taxation, how nations assess economic output, generate power, and public transport will be needed, the report says.

Species loss from hunting, habitat destruction is hurting evolution of mammals, study claims
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Species loss from hunting, habitat destruction is hurting evolution of mammals, study claims

Only one in 10 dramatic population declines end in extinctions, but the other losses have repercussions for ecosystems, which could be more dangerous in the long run.

The Zai Whitaker column | A (second) lockdown despatch from the Madras Crocodile Bank
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The Zai Whitaker column | A (second) lockdown despatch from the Madras Crocodile Bank

Though the eight months of lockdown have been challenging (especially financially), the Croc Bank managed to “test positive” and come up with many new ideas and changes.

Tanks are silver bullet for India's water woes; why they're disappearing, leaving us more vulnerable to a warming climate
India

Tanks are silver bullet for India's water woes; why they're disappearing, leaving us more vulnerable to a warming climate

A warming climate, bringing fewer rain days and more intense rainfall events in its wake, makes the role played by tanks even more critical.

The Zai Whitaker column | Remembering Bob and Tanya, saviours of the Western Ghats' sky islands
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The Zai Whitaker column | Remembering Bob and Tanya, saviours of the Western Ghats' sky islands

The Palani Hills bug bit Bob Stewart and Tanya Balcar, two young British backpackers who were travelling through southern India in 1985.

The Zai Whitaker column | What 2004 tragedy on Great Nicobar might show us about meeting coronavirus challenge
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The Zai Whitaker column | What 2004 tragedy on Great Nicobar might show us about meeting coronavirus challenge

The mental and physical resources that enabled Saw Agu to survive the horrific experience of the 2004 tsunami are an inspiration to us all — perhaps even a metaphor for overcoming this coronavirus pandemic and its challenges.

The Zai Whitaker column | Tragedy on Great Nicobar; a story of the 2004 tsunami in two parts
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The Zai Whitaker column | Tragedy on Great Nicobar; a story of the 2004 tsunami in two parts

The 15-metre wave came with a roar of rage. Saw Agu remembers the sound, and the accompanying sound of breaking trees as the water bulldozed its way through the forest.

Wildlife plummeted by two-thirds in 50 years, risk of pandemics to climb with further habitat loss: Living Planet Index
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Wildlife plummeted by two-thirds in 50 years, risk of pandemics to climb with further habitat loss: Living Planet Index

Rates of biodiversity recovery are typically much slower than those of recent biodiversity loss, a study author highlighted.

In 10 Indian Champions Who are Fighting to Save the Planet, stories of pragmatism amid climate change
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In 10 Indian Champions Who are Fighting to Save the Planet, stories of pragmatism amid climate change

The people featured in the book recognise the natural world has irreversibly changed and are adapting to that new reality by drawing attention to climate change in novel ways.

In The Disaster Tourist, Yun Ko-eun critiques capitalism's ability to monetise everything — even calamity and trauma
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In The Disaster Tourist, Yun Ko-eun critiques capitalism's ability to monetise everything — even calamity and trauma

The Disaster Tourist challenges the reader to evaluate our curiosity about traumatised communities and landscapes that appear exciting for their unpredictability and history of ruin.

The Zai Whitaker column | In defence of zoos, and why the post-pandemic world needs them more than ever
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The Zai Whitaker column | In defence of zoos, and why the post-pandemic world needs them more than ever

The role of zoos as conservation centres has continued to develop over the years and today, many species have been brought back from the brink thanks to zoo initiatives.

Dhruba Hazarika’s Luck offers moving look at human-animal relations, and a counter to ideas of man as 'civilised'
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Dhruba Hazarika’s Luck offers moving look at human-animal relations, and a counter to ideas of man as 'civilised'

There’s an old-school charm in Hazarika’s writing that is strengthened by an emotional pacing that keeps the reader engaged.