Environment

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
‘50 Indian star tortoises rescued from Singapore’

‘50 Indian star tortoises rescued from Singapore’

Environment
Updates from :  The Hindu : Will be repatriated to India, returned to habitat in forests of Karnataka: NGO At least 50 Indian star tortoises were rescued from Singapore after they were smuggled from India, said a wildlife NGO on Monday. Confiscated The tortoises were confiscated by the Singapore authorities. They will now be repatriated to India and returned to their natural habitat in the forests of Karnataka with cooperation from the Indian and Singapore governments, a statement from Wildlife SOS India said. Investigations confirmed that Karnataka was the origin of these tortoises. A team of senior forest officers travelled with Wildlife SOS to Singapore to conduct physical inspection of the tortoises, housed at non-government organisation Acres Wildlife Rescue Centre the
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