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Category: Biodiversity :: Deforestation
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Six pygmy elephants found dead on Malaysian Borneo 21.5.2018 General News
Six Borneo pygmy elephants have been found dead in Malaysian palm oil plantations in recent weeks, officials said today, the latest of the endangered creatures to perish as their rainforest habitat is devastated. The carcasses of the elephants, aged between one and 37, were discovered at different locations in Sabah state on Borneo island, local wildlife department director Augustine Tuuga told AFP. "We are currently conducting tests on their internal organs," he said, adding the carcasses did not have any signs of gunshot wounds. Tuuga said the elephants could have accidently consumed fertiliser in the palm oil plantations, which could have poisoned them. The Star newspaper, citing conservationists, said the creatures might have drunk from poisoned watering holes. There are about 2,000 pygmy elephants, the smallest type of elephant in Asia, in the wild. Late last year three were killed by poachers. In 2013 14 pygmy elephants were found dead in Sabah and were thought to have been ...
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Development of Jharkhand with the help of natural resources 18.5.2018 General News
There are some states in the country that are very rich in natural resources but in spite of this, the development of these states has not taken place on the scale which is expected.Jharkhand is one example, where there is immense natural wealth. The state is well known for its minerals such as mica, copper, uranium, bauxite and coal that are found in infinite quantities.According to one figure, 40% of the country's minerals come from Jharkhand. Despite this, in the name of development it is counted as one of the backward and ailing states of the country. Not only this, it is also surrounded by forests of India's largest tribal-dominated state.The only means of tribal's livelihood is forest wealth. But, due to its lack of policy use, there is a loss in both environment and economic forms. At the same time there is a bad effect on the livelihood of the tribals. While on one hand you have deforestation, on the other hand, the land of the tribals is being snatched.However, special ...
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Tangkhul CSOs revoke ban after assurance from Minister 12.5.2018 Manipur: E-Pao
Tangkhul CSOs revoke ban after assurance from Minister
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Three development zones mooted for district 12.5.2018 Hindu: Home
Spatial plan proposes special economic zone for Kozhikode
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Nine die in rain-related incidents in Telangana 4.5.2018 General News
Nine people died in rain-related incidents in Telangana, the government said today a day after unseasonal showers accompanied by strong winds lashed some parts of the state. "We have received reports from various districts that nine persons died yesterday in rain related incidents. Out of the nine, two deaths have been confirmed due to thunderbolts," Commissioner for Disaster Relief R V Chandravadan said. The respective district collectors would examine and certify the exact cause of the death of the other seven persons so that they would be eligible for ex-gratia paid by the government in such natural calamities, he told PTI here. Besides the casualty, the unseasonal summer rain coupled with strong winds that hit some parts of the state yesterday also caused damage to crops. In some parts of the capital city, water logging was witnessed while over 100 trees uprooted by the strong winds fell on roads, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) officials said.
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Western Ghats forest cover vital for Tamil Nadu’s SW monsoon rainfall 3.5.2018 Hindu: Gadgets
The dense vegetation in the Western Ghats determines the amount of rainfall that Tamil Nadu gets during the summer monsoon.
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21 dead in NE Nigeria Boko Haram attacks 24.4.2018 General News
Suspected Boko Haram militants killed 21 people in separate attacks in a remote northeastern region of Nigeria, security officials and a witness have told AFP. The jihadists shot dead 18 forest workers who had been collecting firewood in Borno state, close to the town of Gamboru, on the border with Cameroon on Sunday, according to a member of a local anti-militant militia in the area. "The bodies were scattered over several hundred metres, and they were mostly shot in the head or the back," another militiaman told AFP yesterday. Also on Sunday, a vehicle carrying civilians travelling in a nearby army convoy hit a mine planted by the insurgents, killing three people near the village of Wumbi, a militia member said. "Three people including the driver were killed and 11 passengers were wounded," he said. A local resident confirmed the toll, adding that the victims were buried on Sunday. The Boko Haram insurgency which broke out in 2009, has killed at least 20,000 people and displaced ...
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DFO Thoubal intervene large-scale earth excavation, deforestation at Kairembikhok area 22.4.2018 Manipur: E-Pao
DFO Thoubal intervene large-scale earth excavation, deforestation at Kairembikhok area
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Asian Palm Civet rescued from Agra airport 21.4.2018 General News
An Asian palm civet was rescued by Wildlife SOS team from the restroom of Agra airport, an official said today. The animal is currently under observation and will soon be released back into its natural habitat. "We believe the civet cat had wandered out of the neighbouring forest area, which is its natural habitat," said Kartick Satyanarayan, Co-founder & CEO of Wildlife SOS. "Rapid habitat encroachment and deforestation is beginning to redefine the boundaries between forest and urban areas," he said. The animal is also known as 'toddy cat' and it is protected under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.
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Analysis: Ethical cocoa schemes no panacea for struggling farmers 19.4.2018 General News
LONDON (Reuters) - Global chocolate makers are buying more cocoa sourced through schemes aimed at stamping out poverty as they rush to make their supply chains more ethical ahead of self-imposed 2020 deadlines.
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Poland faces fines for unlawful logging in ancient forest 18.4.2018 All News-IANS Stories
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that increased logging in Poland's ancient Bialowieza forest has violated EU environmental laws and the country was facing massive fines.
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Villagers suffered loss of Rs. 70,000 as elephants vandalise their house 16.4.2018 General News
A herd of elephants vandalised a house in in Chhattisgarh's Surajpur due to which the villagers suffered a loss of Rs 70,000.However, the forest department has offered compensation to the villager.According to Right to Information (RTI) reports, the locality has witnessed more than 100 human deaths and about 30 elephant deaths in last few years in the man-animal conflict.Deforestation has been considered a major root cause of this continuing man-animal conflict.
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Guitar makers hit hard by new regulations on prized rosewood 12.4.2018 General News
An international crackdown on illegal logging in tropical forests has ensnared the makers of some guitars and other musical instruments, whose top-end products require small amounts of rosewood, a material prized for its rich, multicolored grain and resonant sound. Since new trade rules took effect in 2017, guitar makers have complained about long delays in getting permits to import rosewood and export finished instruments that contain it. Warehouses have filled with unsold instruments, and a bagpipe maker in New Hampshire went so far as to ask the governor to intervene after a permit application was lost. "I'm so annoyed. I'm so distraught by this," said Chris Martin, chairman and CEO of CF Martin and Co., which uses rosewood in 200 models of acoustic guitar, some played by Eric Clapton, Ed Sheeran, Sting and other stars. The company's logistics staff estimates it spends 40 percent of its time dealing with the new regulations. Fearful that Africa and Asia were losing rosewood ...
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Feature: Chocolate forests - Can cocoa help restore the Amazon? 12.4.2018 Reuters: Entertainment News
NEW YORK/MEDICILÂNDIA, Brazil (Reuters) - For years, Valdomiro Facchi has made a living ranching on land carved from the Amazon rainforest. He's a small player in one of the world's biggest environmental ...
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Tarantula may go off menu in Cambodia 7.4.2018 Hindu: Rx
Loss of habitat and over-harvesting is driving the spiders out of existence
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Tough terrain saves Sikkim’s high-altitude forests 7.4.2018 Hindu: Home
Legal protection of high-reach forests could be key
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In This Cambodian Town, Tarantulas May Go Off Menu. Here's Why 6.4.2018 NDTV News - Latest
While a plate piled high with hairy, palm-sized tarantulas is the stuff of nightmares for some, these garlic fried spiders are a coveted treat in Cambodia, where the only fear is that they may soon...
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Forest officials, smugglers in Uttarakhand's Champawat illegally sold precious trees in last 6 years, reveals report 4.4.2018 Latest News India on Firstpost
Forest officials, in connivance with smugglers operating across Champawat in Uttarakhand, logged and sold the precious forest produce in the last six years.
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Greenpeace leaves sustainable wood certification group 27.3.2018 General News
Greenpeace is withdrawing from the main global group for certifying sustainable wood products, saying it is failing to protect natural forests from exploitation. Greenpeace, a founding member of the Forest Stewardship Council, said it "fell short" of its goals of conserving forests and benefiting society. The FSC mark, a stylized tree, is sought by paper producers and other wood users as an endorsement they can use in the marketplace to promote their products as sustainable. Greenpeace said in a statement on its website that the council has become a "tool for forestry and timber extraction." In Indonesia, where rainforests are being felled at an epic rate, the FSC has given certifications to Korindo, a Korean-Indonesian joint venture. It has been clearing rainforests in Papua for logging and palm oil plantations.
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Unwind in the white hills 26.3.2018 Deccan Herald - Supplements
Sometimes there are gods that cannot be seen clearly, but only imagined and felt, and perhaps its in their not being seen that all the fervour and allure rests. So it is in the Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple (BRT) Tiger Reserve or BR Hills, where the white clouds roll out magically, always cloaking the top of the mountains where the gods are believed to reside. This makes them Biligiri �� or the White Mountain. Here the gods are hidden, and nature is their veil. Only their benediction is seen all around - in the forests from which we harvest our oxygen, and in the valleys that cradle and nourish our rivers. As surprising as it may seem today, there was a time when this land had only notoriety. In 1800, Francis Buchanan wrote in A Journey from Madras through the countries of Mysore, Canara and Malabar, of how this place was "dreadfully infested by tigers". That phrase shocks us now; and accentuates how much of an oxymoron the huge amount of money we spend every year to protect the tiger today must seem ...
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