Agricultural encroachment a major threat to K’taka forests

A CAG report shows a net increase of 29 per cent in the encroached forest land. Karnataka is a land of contrasts. And a Comptroller and Auditor General report proves it. Despite boasting of the second highest growth in forest cover in all states of the country in the latest India State of Forest Report, the state forests are also facing increased encroachment activities. […]

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Blame our lifestyle too for disappearance of the sparrow

Blame our lifestyle too for sparrow’s disappearance   Plastic, paint smell, lack of ventilation driving them away Bangalore, April 12, 2018: The house sparrow, the bird that was part of people’s lives, is disappearing. While environmental degradation, and electromagnetic radiation from industries and telecommunications networks, are widely blamed, another reason for the bird’s disappearance is people’s […]

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Lack of Awareness Hampers E-Waste Management in the City

Bangalore, April 10, 2018: With a huge number of industries and IT companies, Bengaluru generates a large quanity of electronic waste; it is a major chunk of the waste generated in Bengaluru. E-waste refers to discarded electronic devices such as computers, mobiles, printers, television sets, etc. However, e-waste management in the city has several flaws. Disposal […]

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Seed Laddoos Help To Bring Back Bengaluru’s Greenery

Some citizens have adopted a novel method of increasing Bengaluru’s green cover. They mix soil, seed and fertilizer, make balls from the amalgam, and throw them into fields. The method, called seed balling, is simple, cost-effective and has high chances of success. Siddalinga Swamy, a research and development engineer who has been a part of […]

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Bengaluru is stuck in traffic, gasps for breath

An alarming rise in air pollution, contributed largely by an increasing number of vehicles, has caused Bengaluru to gasp. Data for 2017 released by the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) says Bengaluru’s poor Air Quality index causes “breathing discomfort to the people with lung, heart disease, children and older adults”. Bengaluru’s PM2.5, recorded at […]

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Migratory birds skip Bangalore

According to the Bangalore Field Association, they see fewer Pelicans, fewer Northern Shovelers, and Fewer White Storks. Bangalore, February 1, 2018:  Various ornithologists have expressed their concern over the decline of 40 migratory bird species which is in turn harming the city’s ecosystem. “There are more than 100 bird species in the country that have […]

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Hotter oceans may deplete commercial fish stock: study

With oceans warming over much larger spatial scale, marine ecosystems are under threat says a study Saiqua Sultan Bangalore, January 18, 2018: Rising sea temperatures could harm commercial fish stocks by adversely affecting their source of food, a new study has found. University of Adelaide scientists have demonstrated how increased temperatures reduce the vital flow of […]

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