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A degraded rainforest site (left) in 2004, from where invasive weeds have been cleared in preparation for restoration, and the same site in 2018, showing some recovery (right)

How to restore a rainforest with a nursery, science and some bat poop

Understanding the relationships that comprise a rainforest helped wildlife biologists & nature conservationists restore a degraded patch in Anamalai Hills.
File image of a Royal Bengal tiger

How a tiger is poached in India in 2019: Breaking down the supply chain

Thirty-five tigers have already been poached in India in 2019. The last thing that forest officials in tiger reserves across India want to hear is that a Bahelia gang is in town.
Forests | Representational Image | Commons

Europe is reversing trend on deforestation, thanks to migration & govt policies

In the last century, trees flourished as people left the countryside for the city, and intensive agriculture meant less land was needed for farming.
Elephants

Study shows saving elephants helps us fight climate change

What elephants eat and how they eat contribute significantly to forest biomass, research has shown.
Sandeep Tambe, Indian Forest Service

Meet the IIT grad and IFS officer who helped save Sikkim’s forests & dying springs

Sandeep Tambe’s proactive policy-making has also been instrumental in making Sikkim one of India’s most successful states in implementing MGNREGA.
Deforestation

Introducing biotech trees to help stop disappearing forests is easier said that done

Releasing genetically engineered trees into forests to counter threats to forest health represents a new frontier in biotechnology. 
Bandhirpur forest road

India’s forest cover grows, but picture looks grim in northeast

Northeast is home to one fourth of India’s green cover; shrink is attributed to shifting cultivation and development activities.
Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje

Air strip expansion proposal in Vasundhara Raje’s backyard raises Centre’s hackles

Proposal is part of ambitious international airport project in CM’s constituency Jhalrapatan, Jhalawar. Environment ministry panel raises questions

Two key Army firing ranges get new lease of life from Environment ministry

The approvals are a shot in the arm for the Army as it has seen a fall in the numbers of its firing ranges for a variety of reasons. Anubhuti Vishnoi

On Camera

An employee sits on a video call at the Unicredit SpA headquarters in Milan

Why shrinking offices and hot-desking are bad ideas, Covid or no Covid

Employees’ demands for flexible working will include spacious offices. Given the relative savings, slashing floor space is a false economy.
Oil Facilities And Services Ahead Of Final Year Figures After Demonetization Induced Fluctuation

Diesel demand drop forces India to import gasoline as Covid skews output

The slump in diesel demand is forcing refineries to operate below capacity, but gasoline sales are back at pre-virus levels with people resorting to personal vehicles.

Defence

File image of the OFB pavilion at DefExpo 2016 | Representational image | Twitter | @SpokespersonMoD

Army says ‘poor quality’ Ordnance Board ammo, mines have cost India Rs 960 crore since 2014

Pointing out these shortcomings in an internal assessment, the Army has thrown its weight behind government plans to corporatise the OFB to make it more efficient.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.