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Image of a dead bird at Sambhar Salt Lake in Rajasthan rg

Bird species today are dying out a hundred times faster than we thought

Based on Red List numbers, the expected lifespan of a species living today is only about 5,000 years — this is six times worse than the historical rate.
Plants extinction

Extinction is normal but plants going extinct 350 times faster should alarm us

Earth is seeing an unprecedented loss of species, which some ecologists are calling a sixth mass extinction. More recently, 571 plant species were declared extinct.

33 years after nuclear explosion, Chernobyl has become a wildlife paradise

The biodiversity in the Chernobyl exclusion zone shows wildlife is more resistant to radiation than previously thought.
Cut logs sit at a sawmill in Anapu, Brazil.

‘Plant a tree, save the climate’ isn’t good enough

Many countries seem to assume that commercial tree plantations or planting trees amidst crops is enough. Yet only natural forests trap ample quantities of CO2.
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The microbes inside your garden wall have clues to ancient earth’s biological evolution

The amoebae can be predators, but they can also be grazers, or even harbor symbiotic algae that produce their food, making them primary producers.
File image of Zeeshan Mirza | @snakeszeeshan/Twitter

This researcher has named his latest find after Modi govt’s top science official

Zeeshan Mirza, a researcher at the NCBS, has over 35 discoveries to his name but says he’s always had trouble with academics.  
The shola forests nestled in valleys surrounded by undulating grasslands in Kudremukh | Archana Sundareshan

Study traces how the British ruined Western Ghats, one of India’s most unique ecosystems

A biodiversity hotspot, Western Ghats continue to be done in by the British belief that its grasslands were wastelands.
Prince William

Prince William shows conservation still has a problem with ‘white saviours’

Decades after independence of many countries in the Global South, conservation still has this (neo-)colonial undertone.
Football

How football can help protect wildlife

A society of wildlife conservation is using football and naming teams after local animals, to foster affinity for wildlife in the African nation of Cameroon. 
Deforestation

Global deforestation is accelerating and nature is alerting us this is urgent

Despite mounting efforts to protect tropical forests, deforestation is reaching a scale of global catastrophe.

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Social sciences

Covid-19 put brake to academic activity, but digital libraries can ensure continuity

Covid-19 has paced up the transition to distance learning. While institutes are racing to shift courses online, students are engaging en masse with e-books.

Can India balance its domestic pharma needs and also be a global player in Covid-19 fight?

India has lifted the ban on the export of 24 pharmaceutical ingredients, including anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine.

Defence

A picture of items found on the dead terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir's Keran sector. | Photo: By special arrangement

Masala tikka-flavoured snacks to AK-47s: What 5 slain Lashkar terrorists brought from Pakistan

Indian Army calls Pakistan's complicity in aiding and abetting infiltration, especially at a time when the world is fighting coronavirus, 'reprehensible'.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.