Tuesday, 17 May, 2022

Topic: wildlife

WHO nod for traditional Chinese medicines could mean extinction of some of India’s wildlife

India could 'express its apprehension' over the WHO approval internationally as it 'basically encourages widespread use of animal products'.

Why capturing & translocating leopards won’t work in India’s dense cities

Across India, leopards pass human habitations every night without incident. This invisible domain of neutral interaction deserves better recognition.

A shocking new report reveals 1 million plants & animals will disappear in a few decades

Human activity has 'significantly altered' 75% of our planet's land and 66% of the ocean and led to an extinction crisis.

Dear Indians, here’s why you should lower your voices when on a wildlife tour

Wildlife tourism can be good for animals and humans if tourists lower their voices – even whispering can disturb animals.

Citizen science: How India’s conservationists are mapping wildlife to protect it

From Hornbill Watch to Amphibians of India and Roadkills India, citizens are creating a conservation constituency rooted in sound science.

To protect India’s elephants, we have to preserve wildlife corridors not just forests

Although forest cover in India has increased, crucial wildlife corridors are shrinking leading to both human and animal deaths.

How an app is helping wild animals beat rash drivers

An app that looks to shortlist roadkill hotspots has helped reduce such accidents on a West Bengal stretch by 86%.

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.  

Viral mama bear & cub were likely pushed to steep icy slopes by pesky drone

The video of a cub struggling to climb a steep icy slope to get to its mother has stoked a debate about the use of drones to record wildlife.

Talk Point: Are rhinos ‘overpopulated’ or is their habitat shrinking?

Is the 'overpopulation' of rhinos, lions and leopards a result of successful conservation or due to shrinking habitats and slow relocation drives? We ask  experts.

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Representational image | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Indian law needs to account for women, make finance inclusive

Indian women face multiple barriers in accessing finance in an equitable manner. Research suggests adding a gender lens to existing laws and financial products is crucial.
Vehicles at a petrol pump station in Bengaluru, on 4 March 2021 | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Heatwave sends Indians into air-conditioned cars for relief, petrol sales soar

Petrol sales have gone up 14% during 1-15 May from the corresponding period in April, a considerable amount especially in comparison to other fuels.


By special arrangement

Desi defence start-up helps Army go off decades-long dependence on imported cold-weather gear

While AROO does research on the product, manufacturing is handled by another company with which it has a tie-up. The first set of AROO gear was delivered in second half of 2021.

How Congress is like the Ambassador & why Indian politics needs a brand new set of wheels

Like the car, nothing the party has done to reinvent itself has worked. Only way forward is to offer something looking towards the future, not in image of glorious past.