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SC Orders Forced Eviction of More Than 1 Million Tribals, Forest-Dwellers

SC Orders Forced Eviction of More Than 1 Million Tribals, Forest-Dwellers

Environment
Updates from :  the Wire : The Supreme Court has ordered the forced eviction of more than 1,000,000 tribal and other forest-dwelling households from forestlands across 16 states after the government failed to defend a law protecting their rights. The final country-wide numbers of forced evictions are likely to rise substantially as other states are forced to comply with the court orders. The court’s orders came in a case filed by wildlife groups questioning the validity of the Forest Rights Act. The petitioners had also demanded that all those whose claims over traditional forestlands are rejected under the law should be evicted by state governments as a consequence.   The Union government failed to present its lawyers in defence of the law on February 13, leading a three-jud
Saving a rare tree

Saving a rare tree

Environment, Features
Updates from :  the Hindu : Members of Tree Walk were able to save Kaim tree on the premises of State Central Library campus at Palayam It was in 2012 that Tree Walk, a group of nature lovers, noticed this single tree standing on the State Central Library campus at Palayam in the middle of the city. The reason was the huge pile of wood lying there, which were the remains of many trees that were cut to make space for a new building. The light green leaves and rounded flowers attracted our attention and we set about identifying the tree. It turned out to be the Kaim tree (Mitragyna parviflora/parvifolia) called Manja Kadambu or Neer Kadambu in Malayalam. It was obvious to us tree lovers that this tree was not found anywhere else in the city. That made us write a letter to the Librar
Brazil loses ‘1 mn football pitches’ worth of forest

Brazil loses ‘1 mn football pitches’ worth of forest

Environment
Updates from :  The Hindu : Area of 7, 900 sq km was cleared in one year: Greenpeace Deforestation in Brazil has reached such epic proportions that an area equivalent to one million football pitches was lost in just one year, Greenpeace said. Between August 2017 and July 2018, deforestation increased by almost 14%, with an area of 7, 900 sq km of forest cleared, according to the governmental institution of special investigations. “It’s more or less one million football fields of deforestation in just one year,” said Marcio Astrini, the public policies coordinator for Greenpeace Brazil. “Every year we have this news that forest is being criminally deforested.” Could get worse Mr. Astrini said things could get even worse if President-elect Jair Bolsonaro carries out his threa
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