World Wildlife Day 2021: ‘Forests and Livelihoods- Sustaining People and Planet’

Did you know, in less than 50 years, there has been an average decline of 68 per cent in the population of animals, birds and fish globally? (Living Planet Index report) March 3 is celebrated as World Wildlife Day globally. On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed […]

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The Majestic Forest Reserve Of Dumna Needs Our Help

Spread over just 1800 acres of forested land, the Dumna forest reserve is home to 57 of the 422 mammal species found in India and has 109 varieties of trees. It is located about 40 meters above the town of Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh and is governed by the Jabalpur Municipal Corporation. It boasts of […]

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Effects of Deep-Sea Mining on Marine Ecosystems

It was discovered nearly 50 years ago that it was feasible to extract rare earth metals and minerals from the sea floor. Companies and countries have promised that they would start pulling valuable ores from the depths, owing to a rise in demand for batteries for electric cars and to store renewable energy, but commercial […]

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Conserving endangered Gangetic Dolphins for healthy Ganges river

Excerpt: India's national aquatic animal is gangetic dolphin. River Ganga is home to these beautiful 2.5m long brown-grey creatures. Their habitat has been threatened and disturbed causing them to become endangered. Steps should be taken to gauge and tackle the problem of dramatically depleting number of dolphins.

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Save Dumna: A Race to Save Lungs of Jabalpur

Dumna Nature Reserve (DNR) is a well preserved, ecologically Habitat located in the city of Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the best examples of conservation of an urban forest with a history of over 150 years of conservation. Dumna Nature Reserve or Dumna forest are the lungs of Jabalpur like Aarey forest […]

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Save Dumna: A self-sustaining ecosystem

The Dumna Nature Reserve (DNR) of Jabalpur Municipal Corporation is spread over nearly 1800 acres of forested land on a plateau, about 40 meters above Jabalpur town. It was transferred to the Municipal Committee of Jubbalpore by the provincial government to act as the catchment area for the Khandari lake. The construction of Khandari Dam […]

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Decline in wildlife to action on climate change – The Weekly Wrap

A lot has happened in the environment sector this week. Let Me Breathe, trained more than 45 children from the unlikeliest of places in telling their #PollutionStories. Here’s a roundup of stories you might have missed: 1. Conduct Environmental Audit of Plastic Polluters: NGT directs CPCB The National Green Tribunal has directed the Central Pollution […]

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Agriculture and Pandemics: the Correlation

We’re at the beginning of a new era of awakening and action or inaction, and in turn survival or disaster. With the globe becoming smaller and smaller through social media, the truth can no longer remain hidden, and with the pandemic affecting the entire world, it is time to take a look, with a new […]

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California Fires to Problematic Ecotourism policies in India – The Weekly Wrap

Let Me Breathe partnered with the UN Environment Programme and Climate & Clean Air Coalition to bring you stories of #CleanAirBharat. The events included City Session Chapter 8: Agra with the aim of finding clean air solutions in Agra, A Town Hall discussion for collective action to clear up Chennai’s air, a conversation on clean […]

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Weekly Wrap: Uprooting Cannabis in Himachal & Mauritius’ environmental emergency

The environment landscape has been a bit grim, but here’s an ecological solution tailored to the people fighting the pandemic. With a small initiative for an ecological solution, a club in Kolkata is handing plants, masks and sanitisers in exchange of plastic. From EIA to Mauritius declaring “state of environmental emergency”, here’s the news of […]

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ICYMI: EIA Deadline & Mumbai Monsoon

For this week’s edition of the Environment Weekly Wrap, we want you to focus on the #DraftEIA2020 that has filled up your timelines and consumed all debates online. The last day to submit public responses to the Draft Environmental Impact Assessment Notification 2020 is August 11. This has caused a stir across the country with […]

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Assam floods: 95% of Kaziranga National Park submerged

The current wave of floods in Assam has affected more than 33 lakh people in 28 districts of the state.  Among the worst-hits districts is Barpeta where over 5.50 lakh people are affected. Dhubri, Morigaon, and South Salmara districts with 4.11 lakh, 4.08 lakh, and 2.25 lakh people affected, respectively, are also among the worst-hit […]

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Assam floods and the untameable Brahmaputra

There has been incessant rainfall across Assam and North East and the river Brahmaputra and its tributaries are flowing above danger at several places submerging fresh areas every day. The Brahmaputra features among the world’s top five rivers in terms of discharge as well as the sediment it brings, originates from the Himalayas and flows […]

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Assam Floods: The annual destruction of environment

With more than 50,000 people affected and 14 fatalities reported in 5 districts of the state, Assam has received the second wave of floods in this monsoon season. Post cyclone Amphan continuous downpours have raised the level of water in the river Brahmaputra and its tributaries which has caused severe inundation in the districts of […]

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What is posing a threat to the Vedanthangal bird sanctuary?

Since the establishment of the Vedanthangal bird sanctuary in 1936, all over the primeval Vedanthangal waterbody, the villagers, and the migratory avian friends have learned to live in a good rapport. The villagers have knocked back to burst crackers or to make any loud noise for ages now not only procuring the birds’ trust but […]

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