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Bengaluru | Jun 3, 2020
In the Himalaya, forests converted into farmlands might be beneficial for winter birds

Vast swathes of forests in many countries are being converted into agricultural lands to meet the ever-increasing food demand. India has increased its croplands by 56% from 1880 to 2010 while losing a whopping 26 million hectares of forest land during the same period.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Feb 11, 2020
Toxic elements, released since the Industrial Revolution, find their way to the Himalayas

In the 18th and 19th century, Britain was abuzz with cranking steam engines, rattling power looms, and clattering machines. Amidst this daily ding, the world was witnessing a defining movement in human history—the Industrial Revolution—that soon spread to the rest of Western Europe. Powered by coal, the production of most things transitioned from hand to machine, spurring a rise in population and air pollution. For the next two centuries, London became infamous for its soot and smog, which turned fatal for about 12,000 people. Now, a new study has shown that this mal air has left its trace in the lofty Himalayan glaciers, thousands of kilometres away from Europe.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Sep 9, 2019
Seeing climate change through the eyes of the Pikas

It’s getting tougher for the Royle’s pikas to survive in the Himalayas. But, these tiny, herbivores wouldn't move as they are particular about where they live. Restricted to rocky, mountainous terrains, they are now facing the wrath of rising temperatures and fluctuating environments. What would become of them in a few more decades? Can these fussy relatives of the rabbit find new homes and thrive? A new study by researchers from the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru and the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun tries to find out what the future holds for them, and that the findings are not good news.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Jun 20, 2019
Melting of glaciers in the Himalayas doubled in the last four decades, reveals spy satellite data

Melting of glaciers in the Himalayas doubled in the last four decades, reveals spy satellite data

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Ladakh | May 1, 2019
Study shows how science and society can save snow leopards

SLC-IT, along with researchers from Panthera, New York, USA, have attempted to model the conditions for a suitable habitat for snow leopards in Ladakh. Known as the ‘snow leopard capital of the world’, Ladakh is thought to harbour 60% of the snow leopard population in India. In this first-of-its-kind study, they have used data from direct observations and camera traps.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Kathmandu | Feb 22, 2019
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
Bengaluru | Dec 18, 2018
Credit: Dr Ishan Agarwal

Researchers discover eight new species of bent-toed geckos in the Northeast states of India.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Aug 24, 2018

Scientists from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, study how climate change is affecting small herbivores in the Himalayas. 

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Leh-Ladakh | May 30, 2018

Researchers from Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR), Leh-Ladakh and Defence Institute of Physiology and Applied Sciences (DIPAS), New Delhi, under Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), are studying the benefits of Hippophae rhamnoides, generally known as common sea buckthorn, in improving the health of chicken reared in high altitude cold deserts.

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Mumbai | May 14, 2018

Researchers from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), Mumbai and Indian Institute of Technology Indore (IITI), Indore have developed a novel technique to measure the ice thickness of inaccessible and data scarce glaciers.

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