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The Weather Channel India Mar 23
From Meghalaya's Khasi Hills to Kerala's Silent Valley National Park, here's a list of four marvellous, yet less-known, eco-tourism destinations in India. . . Photos: 1 - Sunderban Tiger Reserve-Wikimedia Commons 2 - Khasi Hills, Meghalaya - Sai Avinash
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The Weather Channel India Mar 23
gets it's FIRST manmade dense forest. More: Photo: Pradeep Tripathi / Green Yatra
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The Weather Channel India Mar 22
, Indonesia floods, Ganga Pollution and more. Here's quick recap of the top weather, environment and science stories of the week.
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The Weather Channel India Mar 22
| Traditional Water Management Practices of India: Potential Solutions to Current Water Woes? Read more: 📸: (Dinesh.jangra1 / CC BY-SA 3.0 / Wikimedia Commons)
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The Weather Channel India Mar 22
| India’s looming water crisis is so dire that scientists say we need to “preserve and manage even a single drop”. Read more: 📸: (ANINDYA CHATTOPADHYAY/BCCL/Delhi.)
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The Weather Channel India Mar 21
| Himachal Pradesh's popular tourist destination Manali and its nearby hill destinations received more snowfall in the past 24 hours. Read more: 📸: (IANS)
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Bruce Bucknell Mar 20
Happy Holi to all sparrows! .
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The Weather Channel India Mar 20
⚡️ “The population of sparrows is declining rapidly across the world. Here's why.”
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The Weather Channel India Mar 20
Replying to @weatherindia
Keep bird baths filled with fresh water, especially during the summer. If possible, provide nest boxes with easy access. And don’t be impatient. It can take up to a week for the hungry birds to start coming in!
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The Weather Channel India Mar 20
Replying to @weatherindia
So how can you help increase the sparrow population in your neighbourhood? It’s simple. Place bird feeders in any open space you find and stock it with grains like bajra, wheat and oats.
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The Weather Channel India Mar 20
Replying to @weatherindia
Sparrows also play a vital role in the food chain. They feed on insects and worms such as caterpillars and beetles. Some of these creatures destroy plants and the sparrow helps keeps their numbers in check. In turn, they also serve as prey for larger birds like hawks and snakes.
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The Weather Channel India Mar 20
Replying to @weatherindia
Back in 1960, following China’s Great Sparrow Campaign, China suffered its worst famine. The Communists hadn’t realised that sparrows don’t just eat crops, but also insects. Following their elimination, China’s locust population soared and destroyed crops.
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The Weather Channel India Mar 20
Replying to @weatherindia
The House sparrow thrives on high-protein diets comprising insects, grains, seeds and food crumbs. The rampant use of insecticides and pesticides has resulted in the decline in the availability of insect-feed needed by new-born sparrows.
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The Weather Channel India Mar 20
Replying to @weatherindia
Sparrows prefer to live in holes of man-made structures rather than naturally occurring nesting sites in forests or woodlands. Modern buildings, often made of glass, or houses that are mostly netted, are devoid of cavities that provide a suitable nesting space for them.
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The Weather Channel India Mar 20
Replying to @weatherindia
While exact population estimates are unavailable, some reports suggest a decline of 80 per cent in India’s sparrow population. One of the key reasons for this decline is our changing urban lifestyle, which causes habitat destruction.
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The Weather Channel India Mar 20
Replying to @weatherindia
The frightened birds flew away but the endless noise prevented them from landing again. Constant flying exhausted the sparrows and they simply collapsed. In this way, millions of sparrows were slaughtered during the Great Sparrow Campaign.
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The Weather Channel India Mar 20
Replying to @weatherindia
Peasants were ordered to go out to the fields and chase the sparrows with sticks, break their nests and eggs, while screaming, beating drums and making a noise in every possible way. 📸Pixabay
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The Weather Channel India Mar 20
Replying to @weatherindia
The 20th century saw the brutal extermination of millions of tree sparrows in China. Between 1958 and 1962, the Communist Party mobilised peasants as part of a massive pest control campaign.
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The Weather Channel India Mar 20
Replying to @weatherindia
Roman mythology describes the sparrow as one of Venus’ holy animals, which also draws the Love Goddess’ chariot. In popular prose and poetry, this feisty bird is a symbol of love and lust. Yet, recent history hasn’t been kind to the sparrows.
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The Weather Channel India Mar 20
Replying to @weatherindia
Sparrow is among the most ubiquitous birds on earth and one of our oldest winged companions. In the Bible, the sparrow is a symbol of God’s concern for even the smallest and most insignificant life forms.
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