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Whose trees are they anyway

Whose trees are they anyway

On September 8, 1983, a group of around 70 villagers from the Salkani village of Uttara Kannada district stood hugging the trees of the Kalse forests to prevent them from being felled by state authorities. Founded and led by environmental activist Panduranga Hegde, the movement christened Appiko (“hug” in Kannada, symbolising protection for the tree) became south India’s first large-scale environmental movement.

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Long overdue change made in new draft of Forest Policy

Long overdue change made in new draft of Forest Policy

The Central government has come up with a new draft National Forest Policy (NFP), 2018, which takes into account a reality that has become the defining feature of the world today—climate change. This latest development suggests that a new forest policy is on the anvil after 30 years.

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Manipur Govt Committed to Save Environment and Wildlife

Manipur Govt Committed to Save Environment and Wildlife

Manipur Forest and Environment Minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar said the State Government under the leadership of Chief Minister N. Biren Singh is committed and determined to save the environment and wildlife of the State. The department officials are visiting/inspecting the hill districts to look after the loopholes and on possible areas for development. The support of the locals is needed for the success of any developmental work, he added.

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Israel in a Different Light

Israel in a Different Light

MEDRAFT has developed a unique concept for the independent traveler: “self-guided” GPS tours – an innovative user-friendly complete package that offers a combination of extensive knowledge and exceptional service. It combines the advantages of a private tour together...

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Carbon could be locked in forests

Carbon could be locked in forests

Replanting trees after events like last year’s catastrophic Western wildfires not only is critical to forest recovery, but could actually help soils take up more carbon from the atmosphere than if the burned areas were just left idle or cultivated.

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Growing Oil Palm Threat to India’s Biodiversity

Growing Oil Palm Threat to India’s Biodiversity

Oil palm is one of the fastest growing agricultural crops in the world. Oil palm is a highly productive crop, and palm oil is not only cheap but also extremely versatile, and is put to diverse uses as biofuel, lubricant, cooking oil, and as an additive in the food and cosmetic industries.

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Leopard gets a life-saving ride on motorbike in UP

Leopard gets a life-saving ride on motorbike in UP

GORAKHPUR: Setting a unique example of compassion and devotion for wildlife, forest department employees in UP’s Maharajganj district on Sunday shook off all fears and risk to their lives and carried an ailing leopard on a two-wheeler to save its life as arranging a cage would have taken time.

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Wild animal adoption on a rise in Raipur

Wild animal adoption on a rise in Raipur

Former England captain Kevin Pietersen recently adopted a baby leopard from Raipur. The cricketer posted a video of him feeding the cub from a bottle on his social media and applauded Chhattisgarh government’s efforts to conserve wild animals. Kevin has become the...

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The king of jungle gets peanuts in Gujarat

The king of jungle gets peanuts in Gujarat

AHMEDABAD: After severe drubbing by Comptroller Auditor General (CAG) recently over going slow on implementation of conservation of lions, the Gujarat government has finally approved Project Lion on lines of the central-governmentfunded Project Tiger.

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Blackbuck poaching cases in MP crawling since 1972

Blackbuck poaching cases in MP crawling since 1972

BHOPAL: The conviction and imprisonment of Salman Khan on Thursday has boosted the morale of Madhya Pradesh forest department, which is struggling with sluggish trials of 135 blackbuck poaching casesin the last 36 years. Bhopal circle has the lion’s share of 46 cases...

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Mountain Bikers From The Goan Seaside

Mountain Bikers From The Goan Seaside

After completing a cycling adventure trip from Manali to Leh, a group of cyclists in Goa are keen on taking a bigger team of Goan cyclists on the same route. Café speaks to Rainer Dias, a fitness trainer from Panjim, to learn more about his maiden trip from Manali to Leh a few years ago and his annual rides across the globe.

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New breeding ground for roofed turtles in North Bengal

New breeding ground for roofed turtles in North Bengal

JALPAIGURI: Roofed turtles, which are protected under Schedule I of Wildlife Protection Act 1972, will get a new breeding ground in Jalpaiguri, thanks to all-out efforts by the Society for Protecting Ophiofauna & Animal Rights (SPOAR) and the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI).The population of the species is depleting fast due to rampant poaching and loss of habitat. 

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Concern over major environmental issues

Concern over major environmental issues

Representatives of 10 non-governmental organisations discussed the role played by huge industrial and corporate entities in causing an impact on the environment and the stakeholders at a meeting, convened by Iyarkkai Padhukaapu Kuzhu, here on Saturday.

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To prevent collapse of tropical forests, protect their shape

To prevent collapse of tropical forests, protect their shape

Fires on the edges of tropical forests and their alteration by land use makes these hot ecosystems lose their shape and stability bringing a sudden, even catastrophic, transformation of land from trees to grass, researchers have found.
In a study published in the journal Ecology Letters, the new knowledge could help protect these tropical forests and allow land managers to build new tools to predict the stability of both individual forest patches and larger regional-scale forests.

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Three Hyderabadis’ icy Himalayan adventure

Three Hyderabadis’ icy Himalayan adventure

T hree Hyderabadi bikers — Pruthu Mehta (38), Khushal Thakkar (33) and Vijay Patel (46) had the time of their lives as they successfully completed an eventful 10-day trip to the majestic Himalayas braving snowy winds, and treacherous hairpin curves on icy roads in extreme winter recently.

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Wildlife thrives along restored Sigurhalla river

Wildlife thrives along restored Sigurhalla river

A year after the forest department and the district administration began efforts to restore River Sigurhalla, and ensure perennial flow of water along its course, wildlife has begun to thrive along its banks and local communities are now free of their annual water crisis.

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52 Hectares Forest In Sikkim To Be Diverted To Army

52 Hectares Forest In Sikkim To Be Diverted To Army

NEW DELHI: Keeping in mind India’s strategic interests, the forest panel of the environment ministry has recommended approval for diversion of about 52 hectares of forest to the Army for its infrastructure needs on the India-China border.The proposal was discussed in a meeting of the Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) last month.

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Google celebrates 45th anniversary of Chipko movement with a doodle

Google celebrates 45th anniversary of Chipko movement with a doodle

Google on Monday commemorated the 45th anniversary of the Chipko movement with a doodle. The doodle depicts four women bedecked in traditional attire, holding hands and forming a chain around a tree, with the fauna which are denizens of the forest portrayed as spectators to this scene of solidarity that is played out on a starry night

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7 Activity Holidays In Wales That’ll Scratch Your Adventure Itch

7 Activity Holidays In Wales That’ll Scratch Your Adventure Itch

With hundreds of miles of rugged coastline and three National Parks that cover a fifth of the entire country, there are few better places to take an active holiday than Wales – whatever kind of trip you have in mind. Whether it’s blowing off steam with a group of friends, unwinding by yourself, or introducing your children to the wonders of the natural world, Wales delivers adventures of all kinds.

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Letting butterflies flutter by

Letting butterflies flutter by

Competitions for school students at the Tropical Butterfly Conservatory near Srirangam and awareness programmes in other places in the district marked International Day of Forests on Wednesday.

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‘Exotic trees taking toll on wildlife’

‘Exotic trees taking toll on wildlife’

TRICHY: The invasion of various species of exotic trees had taken a toll on wildlife thereby causing an ecological imbalance, according to the director, state department of environment, A V Venkatachalam.  Addressing students at the 67th college day of Jamal Mohamed...

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Green warrior: This lady has helped conserve around 50 hectares of forest land

Green warrior: This lady has helped conserve around 50 hectares of forest land

Jharkhand has always found itself on the crossroads of development and conservation. The dense sal forest surrounding Maturkham village in Purbi Singhbhum district is an example of this strife. It was mercilessly plundered for almost two decades by the forest mafia for its precious timber and rare fauna. Then, in the 1980s, Naxalites set up base in the forests. What ensued was a long-drawn battle between the two, resulting in a lot of bloodshed.

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Worry over poaching

Worry over poaching

Kendrapara: Frequent wildlife offences and illegal fishing in the protected forest water bodies has put forest personnel of the Bhitarkanika National Park in a spot of bother.

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Tweet-tweet! 309 species of birds found in mana Telangana!

Tweet-tweet! 309 species of birds found in mana Telangana!

The findings of Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) 2018 have brought cheer to birders and ornithologists of Telangana. a whopping 309 species of birds were recorded during the survey conducted between February 16 and 19. “The best part is we have recorded 59 more species when compared to last year, where the count was 250. With this, Telangana now stands sixth in the country. The overall figure of bird species spotted this year in India is 832,” informs Abhishek Ravindra of Hyderabad Birding Pals.

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New Adventure Island water slide kicks off with 70-foot drop

New Adventure Island water slide kicks off with 70-foot drop

Adventure Island‘s newest water slide will give you a sinking feeling, thanks to its sudden 70-foot drop.

The new ‘Vanish Point’ ride at Busch Gardens’ water park gets you started in a hurry, literally pulling the floor out from under you and sending you hurtling through a slide over 400 feet long.

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Rising global sea level to wash out coastal tourism?

Rising global sea level to wash out coastal tourism?

Satellite-based observations suggest that global mean sea level has been rising at a rate of about 3±0.4 mm per year since 1993. By considering interannual and decadal variability and instrument errors, the sea level is accelerating every year at 0.084±0.025 mm per year

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West Bengal: Camera traps big cat in Lalgarh forest

West Bengal: Camera traps big cat in Lalgarh forest

A camera trap installed in Lalgarh forest a few days ago caught a royal presence in the once-Red zone early on Friday: a full-grown male Bengal tiger, the first-ever sighting of the big cat in this area. The event, believe experts, marks one of the longest tiger migrations in India — a distance of more than 250km.

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Uttar Pradesh preparing for a tourism revolution

Uttar Pradesh preparing for a tourism revolution

Uttar Pradesh has so much to showcase. It could be said Uttar Pradesh is the soul of India. In coming four years, tourism will be providing employment to youth at a huge scale, says Prof. Rita Bahuguna Joshi,Minister for Tourism and Women & Child Welfare, Family...

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India’s Biggest big cat count starts

India’s Biggest big cat count starts

India has launched a fresh tiger counting exercise, the world’s largest wildlife estimation effort,amid lingering concerns about poaching and the challenges of creating and protecting 32 corridors to help tigers move safely between protected areas.

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Eastern Air Command Winter adventure camp concludes

Eastern Air Command Winter adventure camp concludes

Kolkata, Jan 8 (IBNS): A week-long  Winter Adventure Camp organized by Air Force Station Bagdogra under the aegis of Air Force Wives Welfare Association (Regional), Eastern Air Command of the Indian Air Force concluded at Bagdogra today. The aim of the camp was to...

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Tiger Census goes digital in Karnataka

Tiger Census goes digital in Karnataka

The field data collection for tiger enumeration or  "Tiger Census" goes digital in the country in order to reduce human error and provide more reliable estimates. In the All-India Tiger Estimation, already in progress, in Karnataka as the authorities plan to eliminate...

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LESSONS IN SHARING THE PLANET

LESSONS IN SHARING THE PLANET

Wildlife ecologist Vidya Athreya will elaborate on the complexities of the man– animal conflict and the way forward, at her talk this week Wildlife enthusiasts in Pune have an opportunity this Saturday to appease their curiosity about the co-existence of man in nature...

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Elephant poaching nosedives

Elephant poaching nosedives

A RECENT study by the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI), has concluded that elephant poaching in the country has greatly reduced.Scientists from international institutes and TAWIRI recently published a paper on patterns in wildlife distribution and elephant carcasses seen in the Ruaha-Rungwa ecosystem in southern Tanzania.

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