Wednesday, 26 January, 2022

Topic: deforestation

Mussoorie’s deforestation was shocking. Officials tried to hide it on Indira Gandhi’s visit

‘From the Heart of Nature', by conservationist Pamela Gale Malhotra is a fascinating personal narrative about our relationship with the environment.

Amazon habitats are shrinking due to increasing forest fires & deforestation, study says

For the study, scientists use satellite data to find that up to 85 per cent of threatened species in the Amazon could have lost their habitat due to forest fires, since 2001.

Amazon rainforest is now actually making planet warmer, finds first study of its kind

The study analyses existing data about rainforests and climate change, and attributes natural as well as human factors to increased emissions from the rainforest.

Cassava can be the gateway crop that helps farmers bring unproductive land back to life

New research suggests that cassava, the root crop, has an ability to bring depleted soil back to life and can enable farmers to grow other crops, such as soy.

Cocoons for baby trees could help regrow forests in even the harshest climates

Ecosystem degradation affects the well-being of 3.2 billion people and costs the world about 10 per cent of its annual gross product.

Bolsonaro plans 4-month ban on Amazon fires in response to investor backlash

The move came after China imposed the National Security Law in Hong Kong that punishes dissent, criminalises sedition and curbs protests with life imprisonment.

Insects are declining at alarming levels. This is bad news for human beings

The fate of insects is entwined with that of people and other vertebrates. Scientists warn that their decline is undermining ecosystems on which many lives depend.

Congress leaders Sanjay Nirupam, Milind Deora condemn Aarey tree felling

The opposition leaders came out against Mumbai Metro move to fell trees in Aarey Colony, calling it 'stabbing yourself in the lungs'.

Planting saplings not enough to cut carbon footprint, we need forests: Former IFS officer

At 14th UNCCD COP 14 meeting, experts say ecological restoration is the only way to combat desertification of lands and significantly reduce carbon footprint.

Brazil’s president wants to deforest the Amazon, and the UN has few options to stop him

The Amazon is a crucial carbon sink, which makes responding to Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro's deforestation efforts a matter of international responsibility.

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File photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow | Photo: Andrey Rudakov | Bloomberg

How Vladimir Putin keeps everyone guessing

Over the years, Putin has always had the upper hand tactically vis-à-vis the West because he’s had what’s called escalation dominance. But experts say he may have gone a big step too far.
AU Small Finance Bank Managing Director and Chief Executive Sanjay Agarwal. | Photo by special arrangement

MSME sector requires hand-holding, Budget measures needed: AU Small Finance Bank MD & CEO

The sector has faced continued distress since the Covid-19 pandemic struck in March 2020. Govt data says about 9% of MSMEs shut down due to the pandemic.


The photo of former PM Indira Gandhi with the three former service chiefs | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

‘Mystery’ brochure on 1971 War crops Indira Gandhi, Jagjivan Ram from images, courts controversy

Both images show the then service chiefs, but the former PM and defence minister is removed from them.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.