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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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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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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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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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The Asian Vulture Crisis of the 1990s

India had a very high number of vultures in the 1980s. The white rumped vulture alone had a population of about 60 million then. In total, India had 9 species of vultures, which were the following: Indian Vulture –Gyps indicus. Red-Headed Vulture –Sarcogyps calvus. Slender-Billed Vulture –Gyps tenuirostris. White-rumped Vulture –Gyps bengalensis. Cinereous Vulture –Aegypius monachus. …

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Bats are not to blame for COVID-19, say experts

Initially, bats were believed to be the origin of COVID-19. However, this was followed by requests from many people for killing or removal of bats from their localities. To set this right, a group of conservationists and scientists from across South Asia has formed a collective to debunk myths. In a seven point press release, …

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The 7 levels of conservation focus: The IUCN Redlist

Founded in 1964, the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Redlist was established to ensure the correct amount of conservation focus is given to species according to their population. Every species discovered is given one out of seven tags, from least concern, to extinct extinct. These seven levels are: Least Concern: This status is …

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Jharkhand Puts Off Building Airport To Protect an Elephant Corridor

Jharkhand, a state in India, put off plans of constructing an airport in a bid to protect a crucial elephant corridor. The to-be constructed Dhalbhumgarh airport needed nearly 1.1 square km of land from forests in Jharkhand that serve as corridors for elephants migrating to and from Jharkhand and the neighbouring state of West Bengal.  …

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