The importance of species richness in maintaining ecosystem function in the field remains unclear. Recent studies however have suggested that in some systems functionality is maintained by a few abundant species. Here we determine this relationship by quantifying the species responsible for a key ecosystem role, carcass removal by scavengers. We find that, unlike those within largely unaltered environments, the scavenger community within our highly altered system is dominated by a single species, the Carrion crow, despite the presence of a number of other scavenging species.

The Safai Karamchari Andolan traversed 500 districts of the country with the message "stop killing us." The participants, manual scavengers who clean dry latrines, sewers and septic tanks, are forced to carry on this dehumanising work despite laws against it. Will the Swachh Bharat campaign succeed in addressing the issues connected with manual scavenging?

MUMBAI: The Curlew Sandpiper, Eurasian Oystercatcher and Bar-tailed Godwit, commonly seen on the Sewri mudflats, have been added to the list of endangered birds.

The Kumbakonam municipality has said that a special vigilance team has been formed and more than 200 bio-toilets connected with underground drainage channels are being installed to make sure that t

A lot of hype has been created around the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan. But funding from sources such as the corporate social responsibility coffer is wholly inadequate. Moreover, reliance on public-private partnerships without strengthening the capabilities of the existing public agencies in the field through adequate budget allocations and proper training of personnel is a sure sign that the ambitious 2019 target for drinking water supply and sanitation is not going to be met.

Madhya Pradesh is home to second largest number of manual scavengers in the country with about 23,000 people still making a living out of it according to census data of 2011 released recently.

Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Vijay Sampla informed the Parliament that Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013 (MS Act, 2013), has been enacted by the Parliament to eliminate the twin evils of insanitary latrines and manual scavenging.

Most of these women were forced to become manual scavengers after marriage

Vultures, which had practically become extinct in and around Delhi over the past couple of decades, are making a comeback.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on eradication of dry latrine system, 24/07/2014. One among the questions asked was about the roadmap and the time-frame for the complete eradication of the dry latrine system in India.

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