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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
Lifestyle

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.

Millions of uncounted trees dotting Sahara, Sahel deserts found in satellite imagery
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Millions of uncounted trees dotting Sahara, Sahel deserts found in satellite imagery

Improved imagery over the years have powered counting of trees, particularly over vast stretches of land, best done by a computer.

Restoring certain habitats can prevent extinctions, offset emissions: climate repair blueprint
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Restoring certain habitats can prevent extinctions, offset emissions: climate repair blueprint

Thirty million sq km of ecosystems world over is agricultural or pasture land that was once forest, grasslands and shrublands.

Steep decline of Great Barrier Reef corals over past 25 years, irreversible: Study
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Steep decline of Great Barrier Reef corals over past 25 years, irreversible: Study

Larger corals, like branching and table-shaped forms, have been the hardest hit – almost disappearing from the far northern reaches of the Reef.

Prince William, David Attenborough launch ‘Earthshot’ Prize to incentivize climate repair
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Prince William, David Attenborough launch ‘Earthshot’ Prize to incentivize climate repair

The first five Earthshots center on protecting and restoring nature, clean air, reviving oceans, building a waste-free world and fixing the climate.

'We are at the last hour': From Guterres to Prince Charles, world leaders bat for swift action at UNGA Biodiversity Summit
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'We are at the last hour': From Guterres to Prince Charles, world leaders bat for swift action at UNGA Biodiversity Summit

A notable absentee during the summit was US President Donald Trump, who is in the process of exiting from the Paris Agreement and has withdrawn his support from the WHO.

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

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
Lifestyle

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.

International Ozone day: Everything you need to know about Vienna Convention, Montreal Protocol
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International Ozone day: Everything you need to know about Vienna Convention, Montreal Protocol

This year, the theme for the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer is ‘Ozone for life: 35 years of ozone layer protection’.

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.

World's insatiable appetite for plastic is driving oil producers' future growth: Carbon Tracker report
World

World's insatiable appetite for plastic is driving oil producers' future growth: Carbon Tracker report

Plastic production has increased around four percent every year since 2000 and the industry expects that rate of growth to continue, driven mainly by emerging economies.

Tackling menstruation sustainably: How India's battle to provide environment-friendly sanitary pads is far from won
India

Tackling menstruation sustainably: How India's battle to provide environment-friendly sanitary pads is far from won

Though the Suvidha Initiative, which Narendra Modi championed in his Independence Day Speech, helped improve access to affordable sanitary pads, the oxo-degradable pads do not meet environmental quality standards

At Bengaluru's Byramangala lake, amid pollution and lack of structural support, a novel farming system flourishes
India

At Bengaluru's Byramangala lake, amid pollution and lack of structural support, a novel farming system flourishes

Removed from the urban dialogue on climate change as well as the media gaze, farmers and herders around Bengaluru's Byramangala lake tackle pollution and landlessness.

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

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.

Stricken Japanese ship behind devastating Mauritius oil spill successfully sunk in open ocean
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Stricken Japanese ship behind devastating Mauritius oil spill successfully sunk in open ocean

Officials have yet to reveal why the ship, which was making its way from Singapore to Brazil, came so close to the island.

California fires blaze across million acres of forest amid fears of further spread
science

California fires blaze across million acres of forest amid fears of further spread

Erratic winds have raised the potential for extreme fire within the existing fires' and may result in new fires.

Authorities approve release of 750 million genetically modified mosquitoes despite opposition
science

Authorities approve release of 750 million genetically modified mosquitoes despite opposition

If proven useful, these mosquitoes called OX5034 could be used as an alternative to the act of spraying insecticides.

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