Wednesday, 25 May, 2022

Topic: Trees

‘More than half’ of Himachal Pradesh’s expenditure on tree planting wasteful, study finds

Researchers believe findings, published in journal World Development, could be springboard for similar assessments across India. Lead author is officer in state forest department.

Mahogany, oak, maple — One-third of world’s tree species are nearing extinction

When my colleagues and I first came up with the idea of a worldwide assessment of tree species, it seemed like an impossible task.

One plant a day keeps Pakistan’s debt away? Why Imran Khan is on a ‘smart forest’ drive

Even before he became PM, Imran Khan had been on a plantation drive, urging Pakistanis to do the same. But environmentalists and local people in Khyber weren't happy.

Street trees can reduce people’s need for antidepressants, says study

An experiment in Germany suggests that simply living within 100 metres of a tree can be enough to reduce the need for antidepressant drugs.

Survival rate of trees planted roadside best in Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, govt data shows

Uttar Pradesh has planted 1,15,145 trees every year with a survival rate of 91-100%. Tamil Nadu has a survival rate of 95% & plants 24,094 trees on every year, data shows.

The forbidden forest in Meghalaya where you can’t touch a flower or tree

If you walk six hours from the main road, you reach Meghalaya’s tiny Chiringmagre village and the pristine forest it protects.

Pakistan plans to plant 10 billion trees by 2023 to restore forest cover

Pakistan's forest cover is now among the lowest in the world – about 5% of the land, compared with a global average of 31%, according to UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization.

How the world’s southernmost tree is trying to survive shifting winds

The tree in South America is 42 years old, stretches several meters along the ground but is only half a meter tall.

Trees are growing faster, dying younger across the world

From tropical forests to the Arctic region, tree growth is showing dramatic changes.

US plans to plant 855 million trees to create jobs and save its forests

Countries are embracing reforestation, from Pakistan paying unemployed people to plant 10 billion trees, to a Chinese mobile app funding 120 million trees.

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An electric vehicle is parked in a bay at a charging station in New Delhi | Representational image| Photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

EV makers are losing their sheen. Turns out, making future-forward cars is kind of hard

Blame Covid or supply chains or geopolitics — the reality is, there aren’t many EVs on roads in 2022. Investors need to pressure manufacturers to produce — at scale, and soon.

World’s $300 trillion in debt. Here’s what it means for services like health, education

To meet debt payments, at least 100 countries will have to reduce spending on essential services, the IMF estimates.


Boeing's F/A-18 Super Hornet pulls off its first successful launch from a ski-jump at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, US | Photo credit: Boeing

2 American Super Hornets in India as Boeing looks to showcase fighters for Navy deal

Navy looking at about 26 multi-role deck-based fighters for its aircraft carrier. Visit by Super Hornets comes close on heels of similar trip by competitor Rafale M of Dassault Aviation.

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.