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Bengaluru | Oct 17, 2019
Living in Bengaluru not 'cool' anymore, shows study

Projected to be the third fastest-growing city in the world, Bengaluru's transformation from being the 'Garden City' to the 'Silicon Valley of India' has made it the modern face of the Indian economy. But all this development has come at a cost with the city losing 89% of its green cover in just forty years. Once known for its cool climate, it is now infamous for its horrible traffic and concrete buildings. Middle-class ghettos and affluent gated communities have replaced the famed lakes, and the gardens have been cleared for IT parks. Thanks to the exponential growth, poor urban planning and corruption, experts believe that the city is going to be unlivable in a few years. In a recent study, published in the journal Remote Sensing Application: Society and Environment, researchers at the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, University of Albany, State University of New York, have explored the impact of increased urbanisation on Bengaluru. 

General, Science, Ecology, Health, Society, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Aug 9, 2018
Photo: "Dismantled houses where there have been cases of the plague". Source: Gordon, H. (1899) A Plague Stricken City. The English Illustrated Magazine, 22 (193): 17-23 in Ranganathan, M. 2018 "Rule By Difference: Empire, Liberalism, and the Legacies of Urban 'Improvement', Environment and Planning: A (Economy and Space). Published online June 22, 2018. DOI:http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0308518X18781851

Researchers from American university explore the reasons behind urban improvement through the ages.

General, Science, Society, Policy, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Dec 4, 2017
Photo : Purabi Deshpande / Research Matters

Fig trees are a magnificent keystone species that support a variety of life, both large and small. Scientists from the Indian Institute of Science study how these trees, with the help of their pollinators, are keeping Bengaluru’s green cover alive through genetic diversity.

General, Science, Ecology
Bengaluru | Nov 5, 2017

Bangalore’s second Moving Waters Film Festival brought with it stories of beauty, despair and hope, from water bodies from all over the world. Based in India, it is the first film festival of its kind devoted to oceans and rivers. This year, the film festival was held in two of the nation’s major cities - Bengaluru and Chennai. The 2 day event, which took place on the 14th and 15th of October, was hosted at the Max Mueller Bhavan, Indiranagar, Bengaluru.

General, Science, Featured, Catching up
Sep 19, 2017

Bangalore of the yesteryears was a city of gardens; cool, pleasant and green. In addition to the 2000+ species of trees -- some natural and some specifically planted -- individual gardens in small households contributed to the large biodiversity here. The undulating terrain of the city allowed formation of lakes -- natural and manmade – that were interconnected. As the ‘Garden City’ transformed into the ‘Silicon Valley of India’, the city’s rapid, uncontrolled growth turned this biodiversity haven to a concrete jungle.

General, Science, Ecology, Health, Society
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