This paper examines how the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) helps households in South Sikkim, India, build resilience to winter drought. It is one in a series of briefings that analyse how the scheme builds the resilience of rural households in different states to different climate shocks.

Compensatory afforestation is a dubious and controversial environmental “offset” that is adding to environmental damage instead of mitigating or compensating it. Compensatory afforestation may actually be accelerating the invasion of India’s forests by big corporations, in collusion with a permissive state, by legitimising the destruction of forests, greenwashing the land grabs, and encroaching on common property resources and community-held lands.

Pheasants and Finches - two of the flagship Himalayan species seem to be reeling under the threat of climate change, states the preliminary findings of survey by Bombay Natural History Society (BNH

Judgement of the National Green Tribunal (Eastern Zone Bench, Kolkata) in the matter of Tseten Lepcha Vs Union of India & Others dated 21/08/2017 regarding the notification issued by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change dated 27.8.2014 declaring eight protected areas as Eco-sensitive Zones in in the State of Sikkim.

The Parliamentary standing committee on health has strongly criticised the government for starving the health sector of much-needed funds.

With 66,000 farmers’ livelihoods at stake, concern is growing over the Indian state’s organic farming experiment, with locals reluctant to pay higher prices.

Bacterial and archaeal diversity of two alkaline Indian hot springs, Jakrem (Meghalaya) and Yumthang (Sikkim), were studied. Thirteen major bacterial phyla were identified of which Firmicutes, Chloroflexi and Thermi were dominant in Jakrem and Proteobacteria in Yumthang. The dominant genera were Clostridium, Chloroflexus and Meiothermus at Jakrem (water temperature 46 °C, pH 9) and Thiobacillus, Sulfuritalea at Yumthang (water temperature 39 °C, pH 8) hot springs.

A 4.8-magnitude earthquake hit the mountainous northeastern state of Mizoram and adjoining areas on Wednesday. There was no report of any damage due to the tremor yet, officials said.

A new species of a small mammal in the rabbit family has been discovered in the higher altitudes of the Himalayas in Sikkim, a study has claimed, saying it is an important part of the ecosystem.

Sikkim has been adjudged the cleanest State while Jharkhand comes last in the list on the condition of sanitation in rural areas of 26 states.

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