Experimenting with shed design to reduce heat stress in livestock, poultry
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by Simrin Sirur
12h ago
On a hot summer day in 2020, Savitri Bhanse went to tend to her chickens in her small backyard farm. But her ordinary routine of checking and feeding her chickens was upended by a crisis that spiralled out of control. “Some 50 to 70 chicks died in one day, just like that. They couldn’t survive because of the heat,” she told Mongabay India. It was her second year rearing chickens with the Kesla Poultry Society, a cooperative of tribal women poultry farmers operating in Narmadapuram district (formerly Hoshangabad) in Madhya Pradesh, and the first time she’d experienced a loss of this kind in one ..read more
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The dietary habits of endangered vultures
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by Sneha Mahale
19h ago
A study examining the dietary habits of endangered vultures in India reveals a significant reliance on domestic ungulates, except in south India where vultures predominantly consume wild carcasses, shedding light on the crucial role of dietary preferences in conservation efforts. The decline of vultures in the Indian subcontinent, to near extinction by the early 2000s, has been intricately linked to their dietary patterns. “Our study shows that despite changing cattle carcass disposal practices and the potential for wild prey to serve as a significant food source, a high proportion of samples ..read more
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Bengaluru rings alarm bells for urban water concerns
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by Max Martin
2d ago
A denuded river basin, built-up lake beds and wetlands, tarmacked and tiled pavements, and parking lots on green spaces — all these contributed to making a cool “lake city” into a thirsty one this summer. Bengaluru’s conservationists’ mantra of “reduce, recycle, recharge” now finds more takers as climate change makes more cities go dry. For starters, the state government has curtailed water supplies to big users such as corporates and started penalising people for wasteful use of water. Meanwhile, the Karnataka government’s lake rejuvenation programme has given a respite to some local neighbou ..read more
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Your Environment This Week: Sustainable pottery, Maize-based ethanol, Waterbirds adapt
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by Team Mongabay-India
4d ago
This week’s environment and conservation news stories rolled into one. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to watch the latest high quality, original video stories from nature’s frontline in India. To receive a weekly email roundup of stories, please sign-up for our newsletter. Unlocking sustainable ways to manufacture locks Recycling car scraps to manufacture locks helps reduce resource demand, energy consumption, and carbon footprint. Wheeling towards sustainable pottery making in Khurja The famed pottery industry in Khurja, Uttar Pradesh, has undergone significant modernisation over the years ..read more
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Kyasanur Forest Disease: A ticking health bomb in the Western Ghats
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by Arathi Menon
5d ago
As temperatures rise in Karnataka’s Malenadu region, located along the Western Ghats, the residents remain on high alert due to the resurgence of a tick-borne illness endemic to India—Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD). Locally known as monkey fever or mangana kayile in Kannada, this viral haemorrhagic disease, caused by a Flavivirus in the family of Flaviviridae, carries an estimated fatality rate of 3% to 15%. Dengue, in comparison, kills around 2.6% of the infected, according to an estimate. The zoonotic disease follows a predictable annual cyclic pattern, emerging during the peak winter months ..read more
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Waterbirds adapt to nest and roost in the urban oases of Udaipur
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by Sneha Mahale
5d ago
Traditionally, crowded cities may seem like unlikely places for wild species to thrive, given the impacts on critical behaviours like roosting and reproduction. However, recent research challenges this assumption, revealing that waterbirds across Africa and South Asia are adapting and even thriving in urban settings, by making use of human-made structures and resources. Despite this discovery, there remains limited knowledge on how these birds choose sites for crucial activities like roosting and nesting in urban areas. To address this gap, a study was conducted in Udaipur, Rajasthan, to inves ..read more
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Wheeling towards sustainable pottery making in Khurja
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by Kundan Pandey
5d ago
A 50-year-old Sayeed Ahamed’s approach to shaping clay diverges from the conventional method employed by most traditional potters. Instead of relying on his hand’s motion to sculpt, he adopts a distinctive technique by positioning his right leg in a carefully carved hole under the ground. He kicks his leg underneath, which imparts motion to a lower wheel, which in turn drives the upper wheel, facilitating the shaping of clay placed atop it. This unique pottery technique, known as the kick wheel technique, offers a notable advantage — both of his hands remain entirely free throughout the proces ..read more
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Developing cutting-edge technology for climate-sensitive agriculture
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by Priyanka Shankar
5d ago
This three-part series reports the advances in agricultural technology in India. Part 1 discusses the emerging technologies in the pre-sowing stage. Part 2 and Part 3 throw light on the technologies in use in the crop growth stage and the post-harvest stage. Farmers in India are always responding to the weather. However, predicting rainfall and weather events has become a challenge in recent times. With the country’s population likely to touch the 1.7 billion mark by 2050 and the food demand expected to rise, farming needs to become less climate-dependent and more cutting edge. Agricultural te ..read more
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Creatures entangled: Ghost nets trap creatures small and great
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by Max Martin
1w ago
A white-throated kingfisher, a horseshoe crab, a whale shark and an Asian elephant are some of the species found entangled in ghost nets in India, mostly along the coasts. An international team has spotted 144 animals belonging to 35 species, 13 of them endangered or vulnerable, entangled in abandoned, lost, or otherwise discarded fishing gear (ALDFG) in the coastal waters and freshwater bodies of India, as part of a social media study. Such derelict fishing gear includes nets, lines, pots and traps, often made of durable, water-resistant and light plastics. These plastic-made fishing gear flo ..read more
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Nilgiri pipit seeks better status as habitat shrinks
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by Arathi Menon
1w ago
If there’s one avian resident of the Western Ghats that has captured the imagination of both birders and researchers alike, it’s the Nilgiri pipit. Not for its flamboyant plumage, mind you. Indeed, if aesthetic allure is what you seek in a bird, then the Nilgiri pipit would largely disappoint. However, this seemingly unremarkable bird stands out for its distinctive ecological niche. Endemic to the montane grasslands of the Nilgiris, it is a specialist in its habitat preferences. Typically found at high altitudes of 1,600 metres or above, the Nilgiri pipit (Anthus nilghiriensis) is highly range ..read more
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