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    Why we need a road map for ecological restoration in India

    The announcement by the United Nations terming 2021-30 as the Decade of Ecosystem Restoration could not have come at a more appropriate time. The rapid expansion of global economies over the last 60 years, along with an increase in development-led human pressures, have resulted in over-exploitation and degradation of natural resources at a pace that far exceeds their natural ability to...

    • 33 min ago
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    The wrong side of digital divide: Students in Jhabua take up odd jobs in farms, construction sites

    The effect that the ongoing novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic can potentially have on children and their schooling have worried educationists for long. A look at Dulakhedi village in Madhya Pradesh's Jhabua district shows why. Jhabua has traditionally been among those districts of India that have lagged on human development...

    • an hour ago
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    The end of meat and GMOs or the end of us : Part 2

    You can read the first part here. Vandana Shiva argues that the World Bank pushed the privatization of seeds in India in 1991, introducing a very distorted model of agriculture. It created refugees out of Indian farmers who moved to the cities, became today's migrant labor, and are now refugees from the cities because of the Corona crisis. With the pandemic and sudden lockdown, the...

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    No pension for 5,000 Bhopal gas tragedy widows for 18 months

    At least 5,000 women widowed in the Bhopal Gas tragedy have been waiting for their pension of Rs 1,000 for 18 months. This has happened before as well, but the women would stage protests, pressuring the state government to expedite the process. They are unable to do so this time around because of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief and...

    • 2 hrs ago
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    Sea surge on Kerala coast : Why experts are calling for nature - based solutions

    Kerala's 590-kilometre-long coastline - one of the most densely populated in India and exposed to rogue waves - has for long been susceptible to large-scale sea erosion. The Pinarayi Vijayan-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) government has adopted traditional measures such as seawalls and breakwaters to brace against the perceptible impacts of climate change. But...

    • 4 hrs ago
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    Ice shelves of Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier may go earlier than expected

    The ice shelves of Pine Island Glacier are breaking apart rapidly and may collapse faster than previously projected, according to a study by Washington University and British Antarctic Survey. Pine Island Glacier is one of the largest ice streams in Antarctica. It contains approximately 180 trillion tonnes of ice, melting of which could result in 0.5 meters or 1.6 feet...

    • 6 hrs ago
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    COVID-19 calls for a thoughtful appraisal about humanity's equation with animals

    Living in the midst of the devastating second wave of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has taught me many personal and professional lessons. Life seems ephemeral. Life seems transient. Immersed in this situation, my mind nonetheless continues to capture the news emerging from all quarters on the plight of animals incarcerated in zoos. A lioness in Arignar...

    • 20 hrs ago
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    Why electric rickshaws need better regulation in India

    Pedal rickshaws are ubiquitous in the way India moves. The informal sector remains unregulated, but meets the growing demands of last-mile connectivity, especially in tier-I and tier-II cities. Unlike autorickshaws, pedal rickshaws require great physical effort and are typically used for very short distances. To improve daily earnings and reduce the fatigue stemming from pedalling, rickshaw...

    • 22 hrs ago
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    The way ahead for low-emission agriculture

    Agriculture is a major source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Chemical fertilisers, pesticides and animal waste from agriculture account for 60 per cent of global anthropogenic emissions of methane (CH4) and 70 per cent nitrous oxide (N2O). These rates are bound to rise as a result of an increase in food demand by a growing global population. It is, however, possible to practice climate-smart and...

    • 22 hrs ago
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    National Geographic recognises 'Southern Ocean' as globe's fifth ocean

    The National Geographic magazine has recognised the 'Southern Ocean' as the world's fifth ocean June 8, 2021 hoping others will soon follow suit. Usually, the magazine has followed the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) on marine names, it said in an article notifying the change. Alex Tait, the magazine's geographer, said the change in name was...

    • 23 hrs ago

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