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Category: Biodiversity :: Biodiversity Threats
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Decoded: Impact of climate change on river ecosystems 22.5.2018 DNA: Wide Angle
According to a recent study, climate change can impact fragile river ecosystems all over the world. Research undertaken in South Africa's Kruger National Park (KNP) has shown that increasing frequency of cyclone-driven extreme floods is responsible for destroying some of the world's most sensitive and valuable riverine habitats. Researchers from the universities of Hull, Aberystwyth, and Salford and the engineering consultants "Architecture, Engineering, Consulting, Operations, and Maintenance" (AECOM), used laser survey technology (LiDAR) flown from an aircraft, to measure the impacts of cyclone-driven extreme floods in 2000 and 2012 on rivers in KNP. KNP game reserve has global significance for its habitats and associated species, and the rivers flowing through the park provide essential ecosystem services, including water and habitat in the shape of the many varied channel morphologies and associated riparian forest. The high-resolution data has been used to create accurate digital models of the river ...
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Limiting warming to 1.5 degrees C can save world's species 21.5.2018 General News
Limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius could save the vast majority of the world's plant and animal species from climate change, a study has found. The study, published in the journal Science, shows that limiting warming to the ultimate goal of the Paris Agreement would avoid half the risks associated with warming of two degrees Celsius for plants and animals, and two thirds of the risks for insects. Species across the globe would benefit, but particularly those in Southern Africa, the Amazon, Europe and Australia, according researchers from the University of East Anglia in the UK. Reducing the risk to insects is particularly important, the team say, because they are so vital for 'ecosystem services' such as pollinating crops and flowers, and being part of the food chain for other birds and animals. Previous research focused on quantifying the benefits of limiting warming to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times - the upper limit for temperature as set out in the ...
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NGT refuses to stay construction of waste recycling plant in Gurgaon 20.5.2018 General News
The National Green Tribunal has refused to stay the ongoing construction of a waste recycling facility in the catchment area of the Basai wetland in Gurgaon on a petition alleging it lacked requisite approvals from the Haryana pollution control board. A bench headed by Justice Raghuvendra S Rathore noted that another bench of the tribunal had lifted the injunction after hearing the parties. "In view of the earlier proceedings, namely, vacation of the initial injunction order dated July 22, 2017 and the fact that an application for clarification of the said order had also been considered by the Tribunal, consisting of the same Bench on January 10, 2018, whereby injunction was vacated, we are of the considered opinion that no further order for purposes of clarification or for any other purpose is required," the bench said. The green panel also considered the submission of the petitioner that the matter be urgently heard and fixed it for hearing on May 30. The tribunal had earlier ...
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Expert warns of irrevocable biodiversity damage with rising temperature 20.5.2018 All News-IANS Stories
A 3.2 degree Celsius increase in the Earth's temperature could see 47 per cent of insect species, 26 per cent of vertebrate and 16 per cent of plant species lose at least half of their geographic ranges, an expert on global change has said.
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Green corridor may take heavy toll on trees 19.5.2018 Hindu: Fitness
NHAI claim on project disputed
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Delhi govt to plant 20 lakh saplings this monsoon 18.5.2018 General News
The Delhi government has set a target of planting 20 lakh saplings this monsoon and develop six new city forests in the national capital under 'green budget' initiative. The government will also remove Mexican mesquite tree species known as 'Vilyatee Kikar' in Central Ridge Area between SP Marg and Vande Matram Marg as part of its initiative to make Delhi 'Kikar-free' announced in the 2018-19 Budget, according to a statement. In a meeting today, Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain reviewed the work for achieving the greening target for the current fiscal under the green budget. "In the meeting, the department informed that total target of 20.13 lakh saplings (8.67 lakh tree saplings + 7.20 lakh shrubs + 4.25 lakh sapling for free distribution to public) is fixed for the current financial year for all 20 greening agencies and departments," the government said in a statement. It stated that a campaign will be launched in June, under which the RWAs, market associations and NGOs ...
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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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Impact of climate change on river ecosystems 17.5.2018 General News
According to a recent study, climate change can impact fragile river ecosystems all over the world.Research undertaken in South Africa's Kruger National Park (KNP) has shown that increasing frequency of cyclone-driven extreme floods is responsible for destroying some of the world's most sensitive and valuable riverine habitats.Researchers from the universities of Hull, Aberystwyth, and Salford and the engineering consultants "Architecture, Engineering, Consulting, Operations, and Maintenance" (AECOM), used laser survey technology (LiDAR) flown from an aircraft, to measure the impacts of cyclone-driven extreme floods in 2000 and 2012 on rivers in KNP.KNP game reserve has global significance for its habitats and associated species, and the rivers flowing through the park provide essential ecosystem services, including water and habitat in the shape of the many varied channel morphologies and associated riparian forest.The high-resolution data has been used to create accurate digital ...
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'Seals helping predict Antarctic ice sheet melt' 17.5.2018 DNA: Popular News
Seals found in Antarctic seas are helping scientists to make more accurate predictions about how rapidly the ice sheet is melting. Scientists tagged two seal species with devices to collect data about the temperature and salinity of waters around vulnerable ice sheets in West Antarctica, according to the findings published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. The team at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in the UK has been investigating ways of studying warm, salty, deep water in the Amundsen Sea, in the Southern Ocean. Understanding more about how this water gets towards the ice shelves by measuring its temperature, salinity and depth, will help climate change modellers make more accurate predictions about how rapidly the Antarctic ice sheet is melting, they said. As the ice in west Antarctica melts, it has been estimated that sea levels could rise by up to 3.2 metres, with much of the water draining through two glaciers - Pine Island Glacier and Thwaites Glacier - in the Amundsen ...
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'Seals helping predict Antarctic ice sheet melt' 16.5.2018 General News
Seals found in Antarctic seas are helping scientists to make more accurate predictions about how rapidly the ice sheet is melting. Scientists tagged two seal species with devices to collect data about the temperature and salinity of waters around vulnerable ice sheets in West Antarctica, according to the findings published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. The team at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in the UK has been investigating ways of studying warm, salty, deep water in the Amundsen Sea, in the Southern Ocean. Understanding more about how this water gets towards the ice shelves by measuring its temperature, salinity and depth, will help climate change modellers make more accurate predictions about how rapidly the Antarctic ice sheet is melting, they said. As the ice in west Antarctica melts, it has been estimated that sea levels could rise by up to 3.2 metres, with much of the water draining through two glaciers - Pine Island Glacier and Thwaites Glacier - in the ..
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Excess of lovemaking puts Marsupials at risk 15.5.2018 Hindu: S & T
Species in Australia may face extintion
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‘If govt closes its eyes and follows judgments passed, the Yamuna will be clean’ 15.5.2018 Hindu: Cities
Former NGT chairperson says government, litigant and regulator should discharge their responsibilities in order to effectively tackle severe pollution
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“Green Skill Development Programme will go a long way in reaping the demographic dividend of the country; GSDP to cover nearly 5 lakh people by 2021”: Dr. Harsh Vardhan 14.5.2018 Govt of india: PIB
Emphasising that the Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP) will go a long way in reaping the demographic dividend in the country, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan has said that the GSDP aims to get 80, 000 people imparted green skills and in filling the skill gaps in the environment sector.
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Honour for crop conservationist 14.5.2018 Hindu: Diet & Nutrition
Wayanad farmer wins NBA award for conservation of domesticated species
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Second bird census conducted at Ranganathittu 14.5.2018 Hindu: Fitness
The second bird census of the season at Ranganathittu was conducted on Sunday to gather data of the bird species harboured in the bird sanctuary. Thi
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“Botanic Garden will be Developed as one of the Most Distinct Gardens with Modern-Day Landscape”: Dr. Harsh Vardhan 13.5.2018 Govt of india: PIB
Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan has said that the Botanic Garden of Indian Republic (BGIR) Noida, will be developed as one of the most distinct botanic gardens with modern-day landscape.
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Banning lead shot: Good for birds & people (World Migratory Bird Day is May 12-13) 13.5.2018 All News-IANS Stories
World Migratory Bird Day this year breaks new ground with the campaign being a joint exercise between UN Environment's Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) and the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) on the one hand, and Environment for the Americas (EFTA) on the other.
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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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Ground Zero: Cauvery, a river in distress 12.5.2018 Hindu: National
The Cauvery has become a never-ending water-sharing dispute between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The Hindu follows the course of the river from its source to the sea and finds a riverine ecosystem in terminal decline
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Ground Zero: Cauvery, the river in distress 12.5.2018 Hindu: Diet & Nutrition
The Cauvery has become a never-ending water-sharing dispute between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Vidya Venkat follows the course of the river from its source to the sea and finds a riverine ecosystem in terminal decline
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