The Karnataka government’s proposed Mekedatu multi-purpose balancing reservoir project has run into rough water with environmentalists who have alleged that it will spell the death-knell for protected wildlife and also possibly kick off another water sharing dispute with Tamil Nadu.
Namma Sangha (Our Group) is an organisation aiming to reduce pressure on the forests and provide villagers with an alternative source of fuel.
Researchers and the Andaman and Nicobar Forest Department have recorded the maximum number of turtle nests for a single season in the Little Andaman Islands this year.
Over the last three years, the people of Hima Malai Sohmat are working proactively to conserve the Western Hoolock gibbons and in the process, they are saving their forests too.
In some parts of the city, the groundwater level has sunk to more than 1,100 feet when it was found at 650-700 feet a few years ago, and even suppliers of water tankers are finding it difficult to source water.
A combination of factors, including extreme weather events stemming from climate change, habitat fragmentation and unregulated fishing, has placed many of the endemic fish species in the river Cauvery, which flows through Karnataka, Kerala, Puducherry and Tamil Nadu, at the risk of extinction, researchers say.
Several tribal communities in Karnataka, including the Siddis, have alleged that their claims of the right to live in forests were rejected under the Forest Rights Act (FRA) because of bureaucratic oversight and lack of documents, not because the claims were not valid.
For the fourth day in a row, the dry deciduous forests of Bandipur were up in flames, destroying an estimated 3,000 hectares of forests that are home to tigers, leopards, civets, sambar deer and four-horned antelopes among other animals.
The Betta Kurumbar are among the particularly vulnerable tribes of India and number not more than 10,000 people in all.
What’s new is that AI-based technologies are catching on big time across Indian research organisations working on environment and conservation. These organisations are being backed by big-ticket funding programs such as Microsoft’s AI for Earth, a $50 million, five-year program that has eight participants from India.
Every year, 50,000 animals are killed for making brushes.
A wild elephant was killed near Karnataka’s Nagarhole National Park as it was trying to flee chasing villagers. The tusker was running back into the nearby Veeranahosahalli forest when it got trapped in the railway fencing and choked to death.