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New Delhi | Mar 21
Too hot to work? It’s the warming climate to blame and that’s threatening crops too

Researchers from IIT Delhi have found that variations in temperature affect crop production and worker efficiency—two crucial pillars of India’s economy.

General, Science, Ecology, News
Bengaluru | Mar 19
Uncovering the gentle giants: The difference in the personalities of male and female Asian elephants

Researchers from the University of Turku, Finland describe some interesting differences in the personalities of male and female Asian elephants.

General, Science, Ecology, News
Bengaluru | Mar 14
Researchers identify hotspots and coolspots of human activities threatening wildlife

Researchers from the USA, Australia and Canada identified some of the ‘hotspots’ and ‘coolspots’ of human activities in the world and analysed the impact of these activities on threatened and near-threatened wildlife.

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Bengaluru | Mar 12
IISc researchers describe a new starry frog from the Western Ghats

An international collaboration of researchers, including two from IISc Bengaluru, have described a new starry frog Astrobatrachus kurichiyana from the Western Ghats.

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Dehradun | Mar 11
Jumbos in trouble: Asian elephants set to lose almost half of their present habitat, says study

An international team of researchers from India, Spain, Nepal, Myanmar, Italy and Germany have examined how climate change and human activities are affect the distribution of the Asian elephants in India and Nepal.

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Anantapur | Mar 11
Study shows that climate impacts from rice cultivation are large but can be reduced drastically

Oryza sativa, or rice, is the staple food of more than half the world’s population and supports the livelihoods of around 145 million households. Since its domestication thousands of years ago, rice has played an essential role in shaping civilisations. However, present-day practices of rice cultivation may harm the planet's climate, shows a recent study conducted in India.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Mar 9

Global incidences of disease outbreaks such as Ebola, SARS, Avian influenza, etc., are increasing with over sixty percent of infectious human diseases being of zoonotic or animal origin. Human infections and fatalities occur only when zoonotic pathogens spill over from animals, upon attainment of certain specific parameters. In most cases animals, including wildlife, act as reservoirs of these pathogens are are not necessarily affected by the disease. Consequently, one would feel that animals are responsible for this disease transmission.

General, Science, Ecology, Scitoons, SciQs
Bengaluru | Mar 4
The identity crisis of the Indian savannas

Researchers from the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru, have shown that grass-fuelled fires and seasonal drought, which are the characteristics of savannas, are also observed in the dry deciduous “forests” in India. These findings add to a growing body of evidence that these systems are, in fact, savannas.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Mar 3
World Wildlife Day: Greening the Blue

Over two-thirds of the Earth’s surface is covered with water, with nearly 97% of this being in the oceans. Oceans are home to amazing creatures—from microscopic phytoplankton which produce most of the Earth’s oxygen, to gigantic whales which take your breath away. World Wildlife Day is celebrated each year on March 3rd to celebrate and raise awareness about the diverse wildlife on our planet. The theme for 2019 is “Life below water: for people and planet" which aligns with goal 14 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, i.e.

General, Science, Ecology, Health, Society, Policy, Deep-dive
Mumbai | Feb 27
Study explores how farmers spend on pesticides in cotton farms based on land size, irrigation and tenancy.

Study explores how farmers spend on pesticides in cotton farms based on land size, irrigation and tenancy.

General, Science, Ecology, Society, Deep-dive