North eastern states; Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya and others, reported 1,020 sq feet, forest loss. Published by India's State of Forest Report 2021, of all the 8 North eastern states, Manipur reported largest loss in forest cover with 249 sq feet. Notably, the loss in forest cover to shifting cultivation. In addition, as per report, India's forest cover is 7,13,789 sq feet, 21.71% region of India's geographical… 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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Amazon rainforests have lost scores of green cover as deforestation increased by 17% in 2020. A University of Maryland report pointed that around 2.3 million acres of land, equivalent to El Salvador, has lost the forest cover. Losing over 1.5 million hectares of primary forest, Brazil accounted for the highest deforestation while Bolivia and Peru followed next. The study cited slash-and-burn agriculture, wildfires and cattle ranching as major… read-more
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Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said that India aims to rejuvenate 26 million hectares of degraded and deforested land in next decade. While speaking at the UN Biodiversity Summit, Javadekar stated, currently 25% of India's land is under green cover, and the country has doubled the tiger population before the 2020 deadline. The minister also emphasized the government's commitment towards biodiversity through conventions on… read-more
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