User: indiatogether Topic: Environment
Category: Biodiversity :: Hotspots
Last updated: May 22 2018 14:11 IST RSS 2.0
 
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25 years of conserving biodiversity in the Hindu Kush Himalayas (Comment) 22.5.2018 General News
This year marks a quarter century of the ratification of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) - an agreement among 196 countries to conserve the earth's biological diversity while ensuring it is used sustainably and that the benefits from using genetic resources are shared fairly.
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Multiple threats to Himalayan biodiversity 12.5.2018 Hindu: Rx
Home to 30% of India’s fauna, the region hosts several endangered species
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'Kung Fu' red pandas settle into new Laos sanctuary 11.5.2018 General News
Munching on bamboo and lazing under a fan spraying cooling mist, "Jackie Chan" is in a relaxed mood, one of three red pandas once destined for the exotic wildlife trade but now instead settling into a new home in a leafy Laos sanctuary. The three animals, nicknamed Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee and Peace, were among six found stuffed into crates during a random check of a van traveling from China over the border into northern Laos in January. Dehydrated and lacking food, three died within days, while the survivors were taken to a sanctuary run by the non-profit Free the Bears in the hills around the tourist hotspot of Luang Prabang. It was "very very hard" to save the red pandas who perished, says Sengaloun Vongsay, Laos programme manager for Free the Bears. It was the first discovery of red pandas in Laos, experts said, fueling fears the endangered species may be the latest targets of the illegal pet industry, coveted for their shiny copper fur and "cute" appearance. "They're eating well, ..
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AR conducts employment generation drive through Afforestation 11.5.2018 Manipur: E-Pao
AR conducts employment generation drive through Afforestation
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Employment generation through afforestation 10.5.2018 Manipur: E-Pao
Employment generation through afforestation
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CPI(M) wants more tourists allowed into Kuruva islands 9.5.2018 Hindu: National
The party to intensify stir seeking revision of the number of people permitted into the area
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Curtains down on 2nd edition of Shifest 29.4.2018 Manipur: E-Pao
Curtains down on 2nd edition of Shifest
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Hydropower projects in the Balkans threaten Europe's last wild rivers 29.4.2018 Hindu: News
Hydropower projects in the Balkans are particularly damaging because water is diverted through pipelines, leaving empty channels where rivers used to be, and causing loss of fauna and erosion.
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Forest fires and vandalism threaten Kaas plateau 25.4.2018 DNA: Bangalore
Forest fires and vandalism threaten Kaas plateau
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DNA test confirms tiger presence in Mizoram reserve 17.4.2018 The Assam Tribune
DNA test confirms tiger presence in Mizoram reserve
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SAIL, Jharkhand govt had opposed Centre's Saranda forest mining plan 10.4.2018 DNA: India
The Steel Authority of India (SAIL), the Jharkhand government and the Ministry of Steel had all opposed the Centre's draft plan on mining in the Saranda forest that proposed 'go, no-go zones and biodiversity hotspots', documents reviewed by DNA showed. After accepting the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education's (ICFRE) expert report on carrying capacity survey of Saranda, the Environment Ministry proposed two mining zones, two conservation areas and three critical biodiversity hotspots for "sustainable mining" in the region. The ministry had also proposed that forest compartments in mining Zone-II would be considered only after exhausting mineral reserves in the mining Zone-I. The plan was prepared in the light of the recommendations of the Justice MB Shah inquiry commission report on the illegal mining in Jharkhand. The draft was shared with SAIL, Ministry of Steel and Jharkhand government in September 2016 to seek their responses. In their detailed response, all three had advocated doing ...
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DNA EXCLUSIVE: Mining plan hits steel giants in Jharkhand 9.4.2018 DNA: Urban Tales
The government's draft plan on sustainable iron ore mining in Jharkhand's Saranda has proposed go and no-go zones and biodiversity hotspots to protect the rich Sal forest and over 200 elephants, DNA has learnt. The plan, if finalised, will halt big-ticket mining projects of giants such as Steel Authority of India (SAIL) (public sector) and Vedanta and JSW Steel Ltd. (private sector) in the Ankua forest, documents showed. The Chiria mine in Ankua forest block has India's single largest iron ore deposit, estimated to be about two billion tonnes. The plan has been sent for vetting to Environment Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, top officials said. The plan was prepared in light of the findings of the Justice MB Shah inquiry commission report on illegal mining in Jharkhand. The Ministry is treading cautiously on the issue because CBI is probing alleged violations by former Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan in granting forest clearance to Electrosteel Castings Ltd and JSW Steel. The Ministry has proposed two ...
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All the rhinoceroses: Counting one-horned rhinos in Kaziranga 7.4.2018 Hindu: Energy & Environment
Counting one-horned rhinos in Kaziranga National Park, home to nearly two-thirds of the world’s population of the ‘vulnerable’ species, is no easy task. Rahul Karmakar reports on the unique challenges faced by the officials in the recently concluded census
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New plant species found in Western Ghats 3.4.2018 Hindu: National
Grass-like plant, discovered in Ponmudi, has been named Fimbristylis agasthyamalaensis
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The impacts of social forestry on grasslands 2.4.2018 Deccan Herald - Supplements
The impacts of social forestry on grasslands Western Ghats or the Sahyadri hills is a scenic holiday retreat for many. But, there is more to it. Being one of the eight worlds hottest biodiversity hotspots, the natural ecosystem, including forests and grasslands, hosts an incredible number of plant and animal species and plays a significant role in maintaining the Indian monsoon. However, in the recent years, extensive human activities are threatening the survival of these lush green forests, and animal and plant numbers are dwindling. The famous and unique shola grasslands, which once dominated the mountains of the Western Ghats have now become one of the rarest habitats. So what exactly is happening? To know this, a team of researchers and conservationists have used satellite images to study how, over a 40-year period, from 1973 â€" 2014, the grasslands, forests, plantations and agriculture lands have changed over space and time in Palani Hills, which range from Kerala to Tamil Nadu. Sky ...
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Indian Navy resumes target practice at Netrani Island after govt clearance; environmental hotspot under threat again 29.3.2018 Latest News India on Firstpost
Local fishermen and environmentalists got a rude shock on Tuesday, 27 March, when naval warships resumed shelling the ecologically sensitive Netrani Island.
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Signage to enhance experience of visiting Cubbon Park 18.3.2018 Hindu: Policy & Issues

The 195-acre Cubbon Park is home to some of the most important buildings, historic structures, artworks and rich bio-diversity. It is also the most vibrant of public spaces in the city and a hotspo

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Floating lab to save largest freshwater lake in Northeast 17.3.2018 Deccan Herald - National
Thrice a week, five young girls take a back-breaking one and half hours of journey from Imphal to Loktak, Northeast Indias biggest freshwater lake, located 54 km from Manipurs capital. They run a floating laboratory on the nearly 300 sq km lake - twice the size of the city of Mysore - which has begun to throw up its first signs of degradation. In some parts of the lake, the water turns acidic and in other parts, an increased volume of floating biomass islets begin to choke the gigantic water body. Unless these problems are not nipped in the bud, the degeneration could spell an ecological disaster not only for the Northeast but for the famed Indo-Burma biodiversity hotspot as well. "The lake has not gone to the ICU so far, but it is somewhere near," Dinabandhu Sahoo, director of the Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development, who leads the research effort on Loktak told DH sitting inside the floating laboratory on the lake. The institute last month launched a unique experimental station ...
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Hi-tech conservationists fight Indonesia wildlife crime 12.3.2018 Hindu: Fitness
In Indonesia, illicit trade of flora and fauna is pushing some species to extinction
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India lost 40% of its mangroves in the last century. And it’s putting communities at risk 9.3.2018 Hindu: Medicine & Research
The first line of defence against cyclones and rising seas, mangroves also succour coastal communities
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