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Nuklu Phom, who worked for Amur Falcon Conservation, gets the Whitley Award

Nuklu Phom, who worked for Amur Falcon Conservation, gets the Whitley Award Nuklu Phom, who worked for Amur Falcon Conservation, gets the Whitley Award VIBHAV PERI | MAY 15TH, 2021 | PEOPLE Nuklu Phom, a man from Nagaland was recognised in the Whitley Awards 2021 for his efforts to help in the conservation of the …

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About the NITI Aayog’s Islands Development Plan

About the NITI Aayog Islands Development Plan A Summary of the proposed development, and the disastrous environmental impacts of its implementation VIBHAV PERI | MAY 14TH, 2021 | ENVIRONMENTAL CRISES In mid-2020, the NITI Aayog announced a plan to ‘develop’ the Great Nicobar Island by constructing a port, an airport, a warehouse, and a mass-rapid …

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Central Vista Project- Jamun Trees Uprooted, Pictures of Destruction emerge

Shocking pictures of the ravaged paths leading to Rashtrapati Bhavan and India Gate have emerged, in which the distinct, century old Jamun Trees, several British-era Lamp Posts, and other structures and trees are missing, making netizens explode in anger and sorrow. In the picture of the path leading to India Gate, a barren road with …

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Centre to Reduce State’s Role in Forest Matters

The Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change recently said that State Governments will no longer be allowed to impose Conservation Directions and Regulations for Infrastructure Projects in Forest Areas other than those which have already been mentioned by the MoEFCC while giving clearance to a project. The MoEFCC clarified this law after the …

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Deadly Heat Waves to become more Common in Southern Asia

A new study suggests that deadly heat waves will become more common in South Asia in the coming years, even if global temperature rise is limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Scientists have said that this could create unsafe labour conditions across Asia, especially for construction and mining labour as well as farmers, which may cause …

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Solar Panels in grassy sunny area, person stands at the back

Conserving Resources: Making Solar Panels throw Shade on Canals

Scientists have discovered a newer and better way of conserving resources: Setting up solar panels on top of canals to allow the Panels to operate more efficiently while preventing the water from being lost to evaporation. Scientists Brandi McKuin and Elliot Campbell at the University of California, Merced and Santa Cruz respectively, have scrutinised the …

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MoEFCC plans to replace Air, Water and Environmental Acts with a Single Law

MoEFCC has revealed plans to replace Air, Water and Environmental Acts with a Single Law. According to Policy researchers, they have been working on this law since 2014 but operations were behind closed-doors. An official who asked not to be named said that the older laws have provisions to shut down the industries of violators, …

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Black-browed Babbler Rediscovered after 180 Years

The Black-browed Babbler has been rediscovered after 180 years in Indonesia’s South Kalimantan province in October 2020. The bird was first seen in the 1840s when captured in an expedition to the East Indies by Napoleon’s nephew, Charles Lucien Bonaparte and described to science, leading to the mysterious bird being named the Black-browed Babbler. This …

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Hundreds of Birds Drop Dead in Rome after Fireworks are burst for the New Year

Hundreds of birds dropped dead on the streets of Rome on New Year’s eve after people set of fireworks at midnight to celebrate the start of the New Year. Restrictions on Banning of Fireworks Animal rights activist have called it a ‘massacre’ and demand that governments across the world enforce restrictions on bursting of crackers …

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Rajasthan likely to free land in Bharatpur for Pink Sandstone Mining

At Band Baretha Wildlife Park in Sanctuary, Rajasthan, a patch of land is set to be denotified for pink sandstone mining. The pink sandstone will solely be used for construction of the Ram Janmabhoomi Mandir in Ayodhya. Pink Sandstone is known for its beautiful light sunrise-pink shade. More than 1 lakh cubit feet of land …

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Vultures reintroduced in wild by Jatayu Vulture Conservation and Breeding Centre

The Jatayu Vulture Conservation and breeding centre, an ex-situ vulture conservation organization, has released its first batch of vultures into the wild, on October 8, 2020. The vultures bred there included three species: The white-rumped, the slender-billed and the long-billed. However, only 8 white-rumped vultures, aged 6-8 years, were released recently, and the BNHS and …

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Reason 1 for Biodiversity loss: Changes in land and sea use, including habitat loss and degradation

Humans have altered over 75% of all ice-free land on earth. The two ways this has been done using are: Habitat Fragmentation Habitat Fragmentation is the breaking and scattering of habitats into several pieces. For example, dividing a forest by building a railway track means that wildlife on one side cannot communicate with wildlife on the …

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68% of Wildlife lost in the Past 50 Years

Recently, The World Wide Fund for nature (WWF) in collaboration with the Zoological Society of London released the ‘Living Planet Report 2020,’ which was the combined efforts of 120 experts who analyzed and studied over 20,000 communities of roughly 4,000 species. The report uncovered the horrifying losses in biodiversity around the world. According to it, …

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Why the amount of roadkill after lockdown will increase soon

COVID-19 lockdown reduced roadkill levels drastically, by about 60% by keeping drivers away from the roads, especially highways. Animals crossing roads are crushed to death by speeding cars around sharp turns or sometimes due to lack of control over their speed. COVID-19 allowed animals to be free, to venture onto roads and into cities. The …

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Researchers can now look down deeper into the ocean thanks to new technology

A new and more advanced system, the lidar, allows researchers to study even greater depths of the ocean from the surface of the ocean. It will allow better study of underwater algae. Lead study author Brian Collister used the lidar system to study algae which satellites could not detect. The researchers and scientists were from …

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Poaching and Habitat Loss Rates Soar in COVID-19 lockdown

The decrease of wildlife tourism led to a surge in poaching. Lockdown helped many animals, but those animals were primarily common, non-threatened animals, which live in abundance. For the most part, however, animals lost their habitats in large swathes as governments quietly gave clearance to mining and other industrial projects. In Asia The Indian MoEFCC …

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