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Dehradun | Mar 11
Jumbos in trouble: Asian elephants set to lose almost half of their present habitat, says study

An international team of researchers from India, Spain, Nepal, Myanmar, Italy and Germany have examined how climate change and human activities are affect the distribution of the Asian elephants in India and Nepal.

General, Science, Ecology, News
Anantapur | Mar 11
Study shows that climate impacts from rice cultivation are large but can be reduced drastically

Oryza sativa, or rice, is the staple food of more than half the world’s population and supports the livelihoods of around 145 million households. Since its domestication thousands of years ago, rice has played an essential role in shaping civilisations. However, present-day practices of rice cultivation may harm the planet's climate, shows a recent study conducted in India.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Mar 9

Global incidences of disease outbreaks such as Ebola, SARS, Avian influenza, etc., are increasing with over sixty percent of infectious human diseases being of zoonotic or animal origin. Human infections and fatalities occur only when zoonotic pathogens spill over from animals, upon attainment of certain specific parameters. In most cases animals, including wildlife, act as reservoirs of these pathogens are are not necessarily affected by the disease. Consequently, one would feel that animals are responsible for this disease transmission.

General, Science, Ecology, Scitoons, SciQs
Bengaluru | Mar 4
The identity crisis of the Indian savannas

Researchers from the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru, have shown that grass-fuelled fires and seasonal drought, which are the characteristics of savannas, are also observed in the dry deciduous “forests” in India. These findings add to a growing body of evidence that these systems are, in fact, savannas.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Mar 3
World Wildlife Day: Greening the Blue

Over two-thirds of the Earth’s surface is covered with water, with nearly 97% of this being in the oceans. Oceans are home to amazing creatures—from microscopic phytoplankton which produce most of the Earth’s oxygen, to gigantic whales which take your breath away. World Wildlife Day is celebrated each year on March 3rd to celebrate and raise awareness about the diverse wildlife on our planet. The theme for 2019 is “Life below water: for people and planet" which aligns with goal 14 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, i.e.

General, Science, Ecology, Health, Society, Policy, Deep-dive
Mumbai | Feb 27
Study explores how farmers spend on pesticides in cotton farms based on land size, irrigation and tenancy.

Study explores how farmers spend on pesticides in cotton farms based on land size, irrigation and tenancy.

General, Science, Ecology, Society, Deep-dive
Delhi | Feb 26
Researchers from Biodiversity International and collaborators from Norway, Nicaragua, Italy, Ethiopia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Germany, and India have described how participation of farmers as citizen scientists can help to address this challenge.

Researchers from Biodiversity International and collaborators from Norway, Nicaragua, Italy, Ethiopia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Germany, and India have described how participation of farmers as citizen scientists can help to address this challenge.

 

General, Science, Ecology, News
Kathmandu | Feb 22
Report suggests that the Hindu Kush Himalayan region is facing imminent threat due to climate change.

Report suggests that the Hindu Kush Himalayan region is facing imminent threat due to climate change.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Arunachal Pradesh | Feb 15
New species of non-venomous keelback snake found in Arunachal Pradesh

Recent discoveries such as a new species of burrowing eel, a new sub-subspecies of endangered hog deer and several species of frogs,

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New Delhi | Feb 14
New secretive frog species discovered in a roadside puddle in Southern India | SD Biju

The forests of the Western Ghats, a biodiversity hotspot of India, have been revealing several new species of amphibians and reptiles in the recent years. This time, however, amphibian researchers from the University of Delhi have discovered a new frog species which was hiding in plain sight in a roadside puddle in Southern India.

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