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2021 Desertification and Drought Day: The United Nations has put the focus on turning degraded land into healthy land. (File Photo / REUTERS)
2021 Desertification and Drought Day: The United Nations has put the focus on turning degraded land into healthy land. (File Photo / REUTERS)

2021 Desertification and Drought Day: UN puts focus on recovery of degraded land

PUBLISHED ON JUN 17, 2021 07:36 AM IST
World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought this year is focusing on the current commitment by over 100 countries to restore almost 100 hectares of land over the next decade.
Parnika's 'Stars of Mother Nature' initiative is inspiring kids to write about the environment, nature, and recycling.(Graphic via 'The Happy Moms Cafe' blog)
Parnika's 'Stars of Mother Nature' initiative is inspiring kids to write about the environment, nature, and recycling.(Graphic via 'The Happy Moms Cafe' blog)

Meet Parnika, the 7-year-old who is inspiring kids to campaign for nature

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Joydeep Bose
PUBLISHED ON JUN 10, 2021 04:02 PM IST
Children willing to participate in Parnika's 'Stars of Mother Nature' initiative are encouraged to do their own research on the themes of nature, environment, and recycling and write a short story of about 600 words.
Jala, a male adult orangutan, lies while getting anesthesia for medical tests before being released back into the wild.(via REUTERS)
Jala, a male adult orangutan, lies while getting anesthesia for medical tests before being released back into the wild.(via REUTERS)

Orangutan in Indonesian finds new home in a conservation forest

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON JUN 10, 2021 01:15 PM IST
The orangutan was found eating a villager's coconut plants after residents reported seeing the orangutan near their gardens.
National Green Tribunal (HT File Photo)
National Green Tribunal (HT File Photo)

Industries cannot operate without prior environment clearance, says NGT

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON JUN 07, 2021 01:18 PM IST
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said the State cannot allow the units to function without environment clearance on payment of compensation.
Cruise ships restart in Venice after 1.5 years, spark environmental protests(Photo by Claudio Schwarz | @purzlbaum on Unsplash)
Cruise ships restart in Venice after 1.5 years, spark environmental protests(Photo by Claudio Schwarz | @purzlbaum on Unsplash)

Cruise ships restart in Venice after 1.5 years, spark environmental protests

AP |
UPDATED ON JUN 06, 2021 05:57 PM IST
  • The voyage of MSC Orchestra heralds the return of cruise ships to Venice's historic city of canals after more than 18 months but it reignited an anti-cruise movement that opposes the passage of the enormous ships through the fragile lagoon due to environmental and safety concerns.
Ruskin Bond curates new poem to ‘lament’ environmental loss in Dehradun, Mussoorie(Instagram/ruskinbondofficial)
Ruskin Bond curates new poem to ‘lament’ environmental loss in Dehradun, Mussoorie(Instagram/ruskinbondofficial)

Ruskin Bond curates new poem to lament environmental loss in Dehradun, Mussoorie

By Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON JUN 06, 2021 11:50 AM IST
  • Ruskin Bond’s new poem ‘Dirge of Dehradun’ laments the current environmental degradation in ‘the twin cities of happiness’ that is Dehradun and Mussoorie which were once picturesque towns in the foothills of the Himalayas but are now decaying. Read the emotional lines inside
World Environment Day 2021: Alia Bhatt, Dia Mirza, Sidharth Malhotra and others pledge to support nature(Instagram/aliaabhatt/diamirzaofficial/sidmalhotra/shraddhakapoor/kritisanon/varundvn)
World Environment Day 2021: Alia Bhatt, Dia Mirza, Sidharth Malhotra and others pledge to support nature(Instagram/aliaabhatt/diamirzaofficial/sidmalhotra/shraddhakapoor/kritisanon/varundvn)

Environment Day: Alia Bhatt, Dia Mirza, Sidharth Malhotra, others pledge support

By Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2021 03:51 PM IST
  • World Environment Day 2021: From Shraddha Kapoor being ‘grateful’ to Kriti Sanon's pictures from the wild, Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan becoming one with flora and fauna and campaigns run by Alia Bhatt, Dia Mirza and Madhuri Dixit, here's how Bollywood pledges to protect environment
A still from Plastic World, which will be screened during the film festival.
A still from Plastic World, which will be screened during the film festival.

Films Division announces two-day film festival to mark World Environment Day

PUBLISHED ON JUN 05, 2021 10:32 AM IST
  • The Films Division of India will hold a two-day online film festival to mark World Environment Day. It is called Oasis of Hope.
Nature enthusiast Basant Soni, a resident of Madhya Pradesh's Jabalpur district, has been creating eco-friendly pieces of artwork using dry flowers, tree leaves, and tree barks.(ANI)
Nature enthusiast Basant Soni, a resident of Madhya Pradesh's Jabalpur district, has been creating eco-friendly pieces of artwork using dry flowers, tree leaves, and tree barks.(ANI)

MP man makes eco-friendly artwork with leaves, petals, tree bark

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON JUN 04, 2021 09:20 AM IST
A man in Madhya Pradesh's Jabalpur district has been creating eco-friendly pieces of artwork using dry flowers, tree leaves, and tree barks.
Demi Lovato's debut podcast to explore art, LGBTQ rights, nature, mental health(Twitter/artstartingover/ddlovato)
Demi Lovato's debut podcast to explore art, LGBTQ rights, nature, mental health(Twitter/artstartingover/ddlovato)

Demi Lovato's debut podcast to explore art, LGBTQ rights, nature, mental health

ANI |
UPDATED ON MAY 13, 2021 01:35 PM IST
Demi Lovato's debut podcast, '4D with Demi Lovato', is scheduled to release on May 19 and will explore topics of importance to her on the weekly podcast including mental health, activism, LGBTQ rights, justice, body positivity, art and the environment.
East-Himalayan Eranthemum. HT Photo/Sobhapati Samom
East-Himalayan Eranthemum. HT Photo/Sobhapati Samom

Rare flowering shrub East-Himalayan Eranthemum photographed 1st time in Manipur

By Sobhapati Samom | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Imphal
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 02:12 PM IST
  • East-Himalayan Eranthemum is a native plant of east Himalayan region, Bangladesh and Burma. It flowers during January-March, said a website.
The environmentalist has submitted pictures and videos with location coordinates as evidence of illegal dumping. (Sourced Photo )
The environmentalist has submitted pictures and videos with location coordinates as evidence of illegal dumping. (Sourced Photo )

Mumbai: Raw sewage dumping in Bhandup salt lakes, environmentalist seeks action

By Prayag Arora-Desai | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2021 11:31 AM IST
  • The road, HT learned, has been constructed by a contractor to facilitate the installation of new sewer lines, for which wastewater from existing sewers is being pumped out in the salt lakes.
Chhattisgarh had asked Centre last year not to auction coal blocks under Hasdeo Arand and Lemru elephant reserve.
Chhattisgarh had asked Centre last year not to auction coal blocks under Hasdeo Arand and Lemru elephant reserve.

Chhattisgarh against bid to acquire proposed elephant reserve land for coal mining

Hindustan Times, Raipur | By Ritesh Mishra | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 11:18 AM IST
The Chhattisgarh government will not “compromise” on this issue and will soon write to the Union coal ministry to express displeasure over the move, said an official.
The Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board has largely been ineffective in controlling the spike in air pollution, said experts.(ANI Photo)
The Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board has largely been ineffective in controlling the spike in air pollution, said experts.(ANI Photo)

Noida, Ghaziabad among 5 UP cities with worst air quality in country

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 10:54 AM IST
Bulandshahr, Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad and Meerut all are part of the national capital region territory.
An expert said that crop pattern change and the increase of Nilgai (Blue bull) population are the major reasons behind the decrease in numbers of the endangered Lesser Florican.
An expert said that crop pattern change and the increase of Nilgai (Blue bull) population are the major reasons behind the decrease in numbers of the endangered Lesser Florican.

MP on verge of losing Lesser Floricans, state wants breeding center

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By Shruti Tomar
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2020 03:14 PM IST
According to the forest department, Lesser Florican sightings reduced by about 90% in MP in the past four years. In 2015, 48 pairs were sighted in MP.
All non-government members of the State wildlife board unanimously welcomed the decision to declare Kanhargaon a sanctuary.(Photo Courtesy- Maharashtra Forest Department)
All non-government members of the State wildlife board unanimously welcomed the decision to declare Kanhargaon a sanctuary.(Photo Courtesy- Maharashtra Forest Department)

Maharashtra expands protected wildlife area beyond 10000 sq km

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2020 02:46 PM IST
The 269 sq km Kanhargaon wildlife sanctuary was approved by the SBWL after a fresh examination by a six-member committee, appointed by the forest department.
The report has noted that Goa and its surrounding region has witnessed warming trends much faster than the rest of the country.(REUTERS photo)
The report has noted that Goa and its surrounding region has witnessed warming trends much faster than the rest of the country.(REUTERS photo)

Impose green tax on tourism in Goa to fund climate change fight: Expert panel

Hindustan Times, Panaji | By Gerard de Souza | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2020 09:17 AM IST
The report cites a UNDP report to say that even a one-metre rise in the sea level is estimated to affect 7% of Goa’s population and cause damage to the tune of 8,100 crore.
The project includes widening of the river, diversion of drainage lines, construction of a retaining wall and service roads along its sides for accessibility.(Vijayanand Gupta/HT Photo)
The project includes widening of the river, diversion of drainage lines, construction of a retaining wall and service roads along its sides for accessibility.(Vijayanand Gupta/HT Photo)

Mumbai clears Rs 569 crore for much delayed Mithi river rejuvenation project

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 09:02 AM IST
Under the Mithi river rejuvenation project, the BMC will be carrying out work to clean the river and decontaminate it in four phases.
This world clean-up day, the organisation wanted to highlight the soaring issue of cigarette butt litter and thus launched The Fugitive. (representational image)(Unsplash)
This world clean-up day, the organisation wanted to highlight the soaring issue of cigarette butt litter and thus launched The Fugitive. (representational image)(Unsplash)

World Cleanup Day 2020: Campaign launched to manage litter caused by cigarette butts

New Delhi | By Asian News International | Posted by: Srimoyee Chowdhury
PUBLISHED ON OCT 19, 2020 04:55 PM IST
Let’s Do It India (LDII) is working towards educating people on this kind of waste and also encourages people to collect and donate their cigarette buttsto the organization for recycle purposes.
The main trapping area for the RT1 tiger.(Maharashtra forest department)
The main trapping area for the RT1 tiger.(Maharashtra forest department)

To capture tiger, Maharashtra forest dept deploys staff members near main trap

Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee
PUBLISHED ON OCT 18, 2020 12:11 PM IST
Forest staff members have been stationed inside two camouflaged cages near the main cage that will be used to trap the RT1 tiger at Rajura.
Man-elephant conflicts have risen over the years due to the shrinking habitat of the tuskers, argue some experts.(PTI Photo)
Man-elephant conflicts have risen over the years due to the shrinking habitat of the tuskers, argue some experts.(PTI Photo)

Lift ban on elephant catching to curb man-jumbo conflict- Wildlife experts

Hindustan Times, Lucknown | By Oliver Fredrick | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2020 05:02 PM IST
Some wildlife experts have argued that the elephant population in the country is increasing beyond forests’ capacity to house them.
The land filling at the 33-hectare metro car shed site at Aarey Colony, recently shifted to Kanjurmarg, had altered the natural course of the Mithi River, said a report.(Hindustan Times)
The land filling at the 33-hectare metro car shed site at Aarey Colony, recently shifted to Kanjurmarg, had altered the natural course of the Mithi River, said a report.(Hindustan Times)

Mumbai’s Aarey flooded for the 1st time, walls blamed for choking floodplains

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2020 11:10 AM IST
The local authorities have assured that they will study the SC panel report and the complaint to take a decision on the issue.
US President Donald Trump speaks at a "Make America Great Again" rally in Greenville, North Carolina(AFP)
US President Donald Trump speaks at a "Make America Great Again" rally in Greenville, North Carolina(AFP)

Trump boasts of best environmental numbers; Blames China, India, Russia for ‘spewing stuff into air’

Washington | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Srivatsan K C
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2020 12:49 PM IST
He said the US has achieved energy independence while protecting its pristine environment.
Sudha Bharadwaj in Pune, India, October 27, 2018)(Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)
Sudha Bharadwaj in Pune, India, October 27, 2018)(Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)

There is an environment of fear in India. The State must renew the commitment to rights

UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2020 07:55 PM IST
The action against a range of intellectuals and activists and journalists — Sudha Bharadwaj, Anand Teltumbde, Stan Swamy, Apoorvanand, Harsh Mander are among the better-known examples — indicates that the space for free expression and dissent is jeopardised
As per HC order mangrove areas on government owned lands, including those belonging to state agencies such as Cidco, needed to be handed over to the forest department.(Hindustan Times Photo)
As per HC order mangrove areas on government owned lands, including those belonging to state agencies such as Cidco, needed to be handed over to the forest department.(Hindustan Times Photo)

Contempt notice to Cidco for failure to hand over mangrove land to forest department

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON OCT 10, 2020 03:27 PM IST
Activists allege that Cidco has been resisting compliance with the order of the court for a very long time.
The tunnel project passes through an eco-sensitive area and experts have advised against it.(HT Photo/Vivek)
The tunnel project passes through an eco-sensitive area and experts have advised against it.(HT Photo/Vivek)

‘Kerala hasn’t learnt’: Ecologists react to tunnel project in Western Ghats

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2020 04:50 PM IST
Kerala CM has said that this project will not be allowed to be stalled due to environmental concerns.
Vedanta maintains that the expansion doesn’t involve acquisition of any additional land.(Source- Company website)
Vedanta maintains that the expansion doesn’t involve acquisition of any additional land.(Source- Company website)

Odisha activist seeks fresh public hearing for Vedanta’s expansion plan

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON OCT 03, 2020 01:09 PM IST
The activist alleges that the public hearing was conducted hurriedly, denying people their right to attend it.
Members of the group have even suggested a policy for waterfall tourism to ensure protection and development of these ecological assets.(Courtesy: Environment Life)
Members of the group have even suggested a policy for waterfall tourism to ensure protection and development of these ecological assets.(Courtesy: Environment Life)

Mumbai group clears 10,500 kg trash from waterfalls, pitches for a policy

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON OCT 03, 2020 11:33 AM IST
The initiative by the group has inspired even municipal bodies.
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