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.
State of captive elephants in India
Why Karnataka’s silk farmers are going through a rough patch
Aerosols increasing at 2% per annum, will affect climate change and public health, says eminent scientist
SK Satheesh, professor at the Centre for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, IISc, Bengaluru, was awarded Infosys Prize 2018 for his work in physical sciences. In an interview with Sibi Arasu, he talks about why his research is more important now than ever before.
India-origin scientist V Balaji is part of the team engaged in developing models that simulate climate change and its effects and are used in reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
An 18-year-long study has found that the island’s corals are in dramatic decline.
For most of us, thinking about Lakshadweep islands conjures images of pristine beaches, clear blue seas and fascinating coral reefs that are home to a diversity of plant and animal life.