In the COP26 climate talks held in Glasgow on November 1, over 100 countries promised to end deforestation and land degradation by the end of 2030. ''We will have a chance to end humanity's long history as nature's conqueror, and instead become its custodian,'' said UK PM Boris Johnson. Reportedly, forests help to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 30%, preventing the climate from getting warm.
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Odisha Forest and Environment Department arrested 35 people for illegally destroying a reserve forest area in order to ''construct permanent dwelling units'' in Sambalpur district on September 8. To stop the offenders, the Odisha govt has also increased the reward from Rs 1,000 to 5,000 for providing information about such people. According to the state Environment Minister, the govt has recorded 55,412 forest offences in the last five years… read-more
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Scientists have discovered that the Amazon rainforest is emitting more CO2 than it absorbs. The study reported that a billion tonnes of CO2 are emitted by the Amazon rainforest every year. "Forest burning produces around three times more CO2 than the forest absorbs," said Luciana Gatti, who led the research. 30% of deforestation shows 10 times higher CO2 emission than deforestation which is lower than 20%, said Gatti.
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A WWF’s (World Wide Fund for Nature) report revealed that the world has lost over 43 million hectares of forest in merely a decade’s time. Frighteningly, the loss is larger than Germany's area. Moreover, just 29 deforestation sites across South America, Africa and South-East Asia have contributed to over half of the global loss. Citing industrial-scale agriculture as the major reason, the survey reported worst loss from Brazilian Amazon,… read-more
The Uttar Pradesh Expressway Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA), in a reply to an RTI, has stated that it will plant over 2.70 lakh saplings along the Bundelkhand expressway. The exercise is aimed at compensating the loss of 1,89,036 tress, which were cut for the construction of the 296-km-long expressway. The expressway is expected to provide better connectivity between the Bundelkhand area of the state and the NCR.
According to reports by Amazon Geo-Referenced Socio-Environmental Information Network(RAISG), 513,00 sq. kilometre rainforest has been destructed since 2000. Shockingly, the deforested area is larger than the size of Spain. As per the report, the all-time high loss of 11,088 sq. kilometre rainforest had occurred between July 2019-2020 only in Brazil. Moreover, the study claimed that the deforestation gathered momentum in Brazil only after… read-more
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Around 108 villages plan to boycott Bihar assembly elections 2020. Fearing displacement, the villagers of Kamir plateau were protesting for the proposed 'Tiger Reserve' in Kaimur Wildlife Sanctuary. Approximately one lakh tribals may influence the poll results in two districts- Kaimur and Rohtas. Raja Kharwar of Kaimur Mukti-Morcha, blamed the government for deforestation and land encroachment. However, the officials have assured that the… read-more
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Maharastra CM Uddhav Thackeray on October 11 declared the relocation of the 'metro car shed project', which was suppose to be build in Aarey forest region of Mumbai. The project has been moved to Kanjurmarg for which land allocation has been done already. Reportedly, in October 2019, activists had staged protests condemning the move in-order to save biodiversity in the area. However, the charges against the protesters have also been dropped… read-more
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In a recent study, Europe-based scientists have hinted that nearly 40% of Amazon rainforests could transform into Savanna-like grasslands. The study cited reduction in rainfall due to the greenhouse-gas emissions as the reason for this. While the shrinking forest-cover will be unable to absorb the increasing carbon emissions, it also poses risk of fires, the report added. The researchers used atmospheric data to infer how tropical forest will… read-more
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The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has questioned the Environment Ministry regarding the delay in notification of eco-sensitive zones in Western Ghats. NGT, asked the ministry to complete the process by December 31, failing which, the salary of the ESZ advisor could be stopped. The panel added that more eco-sensitive zones should not be excluded for development. Earlier, NGT had prohibited states under Western Ghats, from giving clearances to… read-more