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Climate change means more rain but less water in rural rivers: Study (August Week #3 (2017))
Climate change means more rain but less water in rural rivers: Study [http://cmsenvis.cmsindia.org/resources/newspaper/details.asp?id=92277]SYDNEY: Soaring temperatures driven by climate change are whipping up ever-more intense storms inundating cities with flash floods but leaving the countryside and crucial agricultural land parched, an Australian study has found. Researchers at Australia's University of New South Wales (UNSW) found that while hotter weather sparked heavier storms leading to floods in built up areas, it also reduces moisture in the soil, which then quickly absorbs any excess and reduces water flow in rural rivers. "So when the big rainfall events... do fall, a bigger proportion of them are stored up in the soil, so you have a lesser proportion coming out as flows," UNSW professor of hydrology Ashish Sharma told AFP Tuesday

Thane louder than city as activists record festive noise levels (August Week #3 (2017))
Thane louder than city as activists record festive noise levels [http://cmsenvis.cmsindia.org/resources/newspaper/details.asp?id=92285]Janmashtami celebrations saw a major dip in the usage of loudspeakers this year. Sumaira Abdulali, Convenor of Awaaz Foundation who was out measuring decibel levels across Mumbai and Thane along with Dr Mahesh Bedekar a Thane resident and a petitioner in High Court against noise pollution during festivals reported that Thane was much louder than Mumbai.

Whimbrel visits Punchakari wetlands (August Week #3 (2017))
Whimbrel visits Punchakari wetlands [http://cmsenvis.cmsindia.org/resources/newspaper/details.asp?id=92288]Thiruvananthapuram: Whimbrel, a winter bird was sighted at Punchakari-Vellayani wetlands as another migratory season got underway. Small flocks of these migratory waders were observed at the Punchakari wetlands by bird watchers last week. This is the first time that this coastal loving wader, which was seen at fresh water areas of Puchakari-Vellayani during its migratory passage, was recorded as visiting Punchakari. According to Salim Ali’s Handbook of Birds of India and Pakistan, Whimbrel occasionally visited inland areas during its migration passage.

Wildlife Trust of India launches jumbo effort to protect elephants (August Week #3 (2017))
Wildlife Trust of India launches jumbo effort to protect elephants [http://cmsenvis.cmsindia.org/resources/newspaper/details.asp?id=92267]In a bid to protect wild elephants and their walking corridors across the length and breadth of the country, Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) on Saturday launched 'Gaj Yatra' in the Capital to commemorate World Elephant Day.The elephant yatra is organised by WTI in partnership with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).

Study: Health costs of pollution in India 8 times of govt's fuel subsidy (Issue of the week, August Week #1 (2017))
 Study: Health costs of pollution in India 8 times of govt's fuel subsidy [http://cmsenvis.cmsindia.org/resources/newspaper/details.asp?id=92098]India spent $16.9 billion on oil, gas and coal subsidies in 2013 and 2014 but the health costs to meet the burden of air pollution-linked diseases was eight times more at $140.7 billion, says a report by an European environmental non-profit organisation.

Giant ibis 19 nests discovered in Cambodia (August Week #1 (2017))
 Giant ibis 19 nests discovered in Cambodia [http://cmsenvis.cmsindia.org/resources/newspaper/details.asp?id=92099]In good news for wildlife conservationists, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has announced that 19 nests of the critically endangered giant ibis have been discovered in the Northern Plains of Cambodia in Preah Vihear province.The community members and conservationists are working together under the Bird Nest Protection Program to protect these nests from human disturbances and other threats.


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