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Wildlife Conservation Day: Randeep Hooda urges everyone to protest against deforestation, says ‘we cannot replace a forest by planting trees, it’s a myth’

Hindustan Times | By Shreya Mukherjee, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2020 01:18 PM IST
Actor Randeep Hooda is against deforestation in the name of development, says he is not against development but things must happen in the right way.
Thailand aims to increase its forest cover to about 40% of total land area from just over a third now. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
Thailand aims to increase its forest cover to about 40% of total land area from just over a third now. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)

Thai villagers save ancestral forest with aid from academics and social media

Boon Rueang [Thailand] | By Reuters | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2020 10:25 PM IST
With nearly 300 species of flora and fauna and dozens of edible and medicinal plants, the forest is vital to the food security of the villagers.
Environment Ministry suggests different models for re-using plastic pens(Twitter/pinklizardpromo)
Environment Ministry suggests different models for re-using plastic pens(Twitter/pinklizardpromo)

Environment Ministry suggests ‘buy back’ and other models for re-using plastic pens

New Delhi [India] | By Asian News International | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2020 02:30 PM IST
Instead of disposing plastic pens when they are no longer useful for consumers, Environment Ministry suggests different models for re-using them
Representational image. (HT file)
Representational image. (HT file)

2800 students studying in Uttarakhand ‘forests’ sans school buildings

Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By Suparna Roy
PUBLISHED ON JUL 30, 2020 04:05 PM IST
As per the record of the education department, there are 62 such schools in the state for primary and upper primary sections.
While there is little doubt that India needs natural resources for industrial growth and pull people out of poverty, the State must also consider the ecosystem services that these forests provide to the country, and evaluate whether such large-scale diversion will be beneficial in the long run(Birbal Sharma)
While there is little doubt that India needs natural resources for industrial growth and pull people out of poverty, the State must also consider the ecosystem services that these forests provide to the country, and evaluate whether such large-scale diversion will be beneficial in the long run(Birbal Sharma)

Recognise the importance of forests | HT Editorial

UPDATED ON JUL 01, 2020 08:02 PM IST
India is underestimating its role in mitigating the climate crisis
From 1975 to 2014, about 21632.5 sq km of forest land was approved to be cleared or is pending to be cleared, compared to 14822.47 sq km of forests approved between 2014 and 2020.(Ht Archive)
From 1975 to 2014, about 21632.5 sq km of forest land was approved to be cleared or is pending to be cleared, compared to 14822.47 sq km of forests approved between 2014 and 2020.(Ht Archive)

In 6 years, forest land the size of Nagaland diverted

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 30, 2020 06:02 AM IST
Vijay Ramesh, a PhD student at Columbia University, has analysed 48,000 clearance proposals using the R programming language. He sourced the forest clearance data from the Union environment ministry’s Parivesh website, which has details of all clearances divided into two sections—before 2014 and after 2014.
Chhattisgarh is opposed to auction of coal blocks in biodiversity-rich forests including an elephant reserve.(HT PHOTO)
Chhattisgarh is opposed to auction of coal blocks in biodiversity-rich forests including an elephant reserve.(HT PHOTO)

Chhattisgarh govt red flags coal block auction in biodiversity-rich forests

Hindustan Times, Raipur | By Ritesh Mishra| Edited by Sabir Hussain
PUBLISHED ON JUN 21, 2020 04:00 PM IST
Five of the nine coal blocks to be auctioned in Chhattisgarh span across an elephant reserve and the catchment area of a river.
Legal researchers said there should be clarity on the policy and which areas will be earmarked for the development of urban forests.(Milind Saurkar/HT Photo)
Legal researchers said there should be clarity on the policy and which areas will be earmarked for the development of urban forests.(Milind Saurkar/HT Photo)

200 urban forests to be developed in 5 years

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 07, 2020 12:14 AM IST
Prakash Javadekar on Friday announced the implementation of the “Nagar Van” scheme to develop the urban forests. The environment ministry announced the scheme in 2016 but officials said it couldn’t be implemented on a large scale so far.
Scientists sought a cumulative impact assessment of all the hydropower projects in the region, including the 3,097 MW Etalin and 2,880 MW Dibang multipurpose projects --- two of the country’s biggest hydel ventures in the same region(HT Photo)
Scientists sought a cumulative impact assessment of all the hydropower projects in the region, including the 3,097 MW Etalin and 2,880 MW Dibang multipurpose projects --- two of the country’s biggest hydel ventures in the same region(HT Photo)

More scientists write to FAC about treading carefully on hydropower projects in Dibang Valley

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2020 12:44 AM IST
One of the letters highlighted that community-managed forests or what is termed as unclassed state forests outside the Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary, which is rich in biodiversity.
Other than being a rich biodiverse forest and a huge carbon sink, Saranda is home to a large number of animal, bird and reptile species(HT PHOTO)
Other than being a rich biodiverse forest and a huge carbon sink, Saranda is home to a large number of animal, bird and reptile species(HT PHOTO)

Don’t jeopardise forests for mining

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2020 07:06 PM IST
India needs a new policy framework to protect forests
(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Online fraud: Chief conservator of forest duped of 60K in Haryana

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent, Panchkula
PUBLISHED ON DEC 26, 2019 12:20 AM IST
The complainant further said that subsequently, the trickster linked a Paytm account to his Aadhar and mobile number. Following this, the accused withdrew a total of 60,000 in three transactions of 48,000, 10,000 and 2,000 from his Panchkula-based State Bank of India (SBI) account, before the fraud came to light
Members of EcoSikh, during its 7th Gala in Washington, pledged to combat climate change by planting Guru Nanak Sacred forests in Punjab and elsewhere in the world(HT Photo (Representative Image))
Members of EcoSikh, during its 7th Gala in Washington, pledged to combat climate change by planting Guru Nanak Sacred forests in Punjab and elsewhere in the world(HT Photo (Representative Image))

Sikh-Americans pledge to plant 100 forests in India to combat climate change

Washington | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2019 06:24 AM IST
Members of EcoSikh, during its 7th Gala in Washington, pledged to combat climate change by planting Guru Nanak Sacred forests in Punjab and elsewhere in the world, a statement issued by the organisation said.
The remains of Route 46 have always been known about but the area was once “taboo”, but today the site is drawing visitors and local authorities are clamouring to turn it into a full-blown tourist attraction -- as another means of countering Nazi propaganda. (Representational)(Unsplash)
The remains of Route 46 have always been known about but the area was once “taboo”, but today the site is drawing visitors and local authorities are clamouring to turn it into a full-blown tourist attraction -- as another means of countering Nazi propaganda. (Representational)(Unsplash)

Ghostly Nazi-era motorway, once taboo, resurfaces in German forest

Wurzburg, Germany | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2019 11:32 AM IST
The remains of Route 46 have always been known about but the area was once “taboo”, but today the site is drawing visitors and local authorities are clamouring to turn it into a full-blown tourist attraction -- as another means of countering Nazi propaganda.
Weddings, exhibitions, concerts, film shoots and other events of a temporary nature may now be allowed inside forests without the requirement of prior permission from the Centre under the Forest Conservation Act.(AP (Representative image))
Weddings, exhibitions, concerts, film shoots and other events of a temporary nature may now be allowed inside forests without the requirement of prior permission from the Centre under the Forest Conservation Act.(AP (Representative image))

Weddings in forests may not require Centre’s permit anymore

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2019 05:38 AM IST
In a letter dated October 11 addressed to forest secretaries of states and union territories, a copy of which was seen by HT, the environment ministry said all such temporary activities can be conducted with approval of the divisional forest officer (DFO) of the range.
Shiv Sena party chief Uddhav Thackeray with his son Aaditya Thackeray(PTI)
Shiv Sena party chief Uddhav Thackeray with his son Aaditya Thackeray(PTI)

Will declare Aarey a forest when Sena returns to power: Aaditya Thackeray

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Eeshanpriya M S
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2020 03:00 AM IST
During a rally in Worli, Shiv Sena leader says his priority will be to improve education, medical care
Shakti Prasad Mishra, a 52-year-old doctor working in a sub-centre in Khairput block of Malkangiri district, carried a 12-year-old orphaned boy in a sling and walked for 5 km in hilly and forested terrains(HT Photo)
Shakti Prasad Mishra, a 52-year-old doctor working in a sub-centre in Khairput block of Malkangiri district, carried a 12-year-old orphaned boy in a sling and walked for 5 km in hilly and forested terrains(HT Photo)

With a 12-year-old patient on sling, Odisha doctor walks 5 km through a forest and hill

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2019 07:35 PM IST
Kamulu Kirshani, a 12-year-old tribal boy of Nuaguda village was suffering from fever over last few days. But with no communication facilities available between his village and the nearest primary health centre, all that the boy and his elder sister could do, was pray.
Swiss artist Klaus Littmann looks at his temporary art intervention "FOR FOREST – The Unending Attraction of Nature" in the Woerthersee Stadium in Klagenfurt, Austria September 5, 2019. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger(REUTERS)
Swiss artist Klaus Littmann looks at his temporary art intervention "FOR FOREST – The Unending Attraction of Nature" in the Woerthersee Stadium in Klagenfurt, Austria September 5, 2019. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger(REUTERS)

Artist sets up forest in Austrian stadium as nature’s last redoubt

Klagenfurt, Austria | By Reuters
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2019 05:25 PM IST
Basel-based Klaus Littmann installed 300 trees in a 30,000-capacity stadium in Klagenfurt in southern Austria, near the border of Italy and Slovenia.
The forest department recently sought more time from the Bombay high court (HC) to submit proof of its claim that Aarey Milk Colony is not part of Sanjay Gandhi National Park(Hindustan Times)
The forest department recently sought more time from the Bombay high court (HC) to submit proof of its claim that Aarey Milk Colony is not part of Sanjay Gandhi National Park(Hindustan Times)

Forest department yet to prove Aarey not part of SGNP

Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2019 11:43 PM IST
While the court granted the state time till November, petitioners Vanashakti, an environment group which has said that Aarey is a forest, will be filing an appeal to expedite the hearing in the case.
There are also birds, snakes and wild animals in the forest.(Twitter/ANI)
There are also birds, snakes and wild animals in the forest.(Twitter/ANI)

Manipur man quits job, dedicates 18 years to plant 300-acre forest

Imphal | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2019 01:13 PM IST
The forest which is now known as Punshilok forest is home to 250 species of plants and 25 species of bamboo.
In December last year, the NGT had directed the state government to complete the work by March 31 this year. However on account of the Lok Sabha elections, the NGT had agreed to extend the time until June. (Image used for representational purpose).(Getty Images.)
In December last year, the NGT had directed the state government to complete the work by March 31 this year. However on account of the Lok Sabha elections, the NGT had agreed to extend the time until June. (Image used for representational purpose).(Getty Images.)

NGT fines Goa govt Rs 10,000 per day for failing to earmark private forests

Hindustan Times, Panaji | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 15, 2019 09:26 PM IST
The National Green Tribunal had directed the Goa government to complete the process of identifying private lands which meet the criteria of forests by June 30 this year and had warned that any delay would entail costs.
Studies have shown that the city is losing its mangrove forests.(HT FILE)
Studies have shown that the city is losing its mangrove forests.(HT FILE)

Mumbai has a long way to go in protecting mangrove forests

Hindustan Times | By Manoj Nair
PUBLISHED ON AUG 05, 2019 01:09 AM IST
After the recent notification on 224 ha of mangrove cover, 475 ha remain unprotected
Aiming to increase green cover, the Ghaziabad development authority (GDA) has come up with the concept of developing ‘tiny forests’ in the city.
Aiming to increase green cover, the Ghaziabad development authority (GDA) has come up with the concept of developing ‘tiny forests’ in the city.

To expand green cover, authority to start developing ‘tiny forests’ in Ghaziabad

Ghaziabad | By Peeyush Khandelwal
PUBLISHED ON JUL 07, 2019 02:42 PM IST
Officials said the project is separate from the annual plantation target given by the state government.
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Delhi chief secretary to furnish a status report about compliance of its order to enhance the Forest Department’s staff strength and providing proper infrastructure and equipment to its officials.(Hindustan Times)
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Delhi chief secretary to furnish a status report about compliance of its order to enhance the Forest Department’s staff strength and providing proper infrastructure and equipment to its officials.(Hindustan Times)

Enhancement of forest department staff, infra: NGT directs chief secretary to furnish report

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON JUL 05, 2019 03:54 AM IST
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel passed the order after noting that no such report has been submitted despite March 25 order of the tribunal.
According to the data, Maharashtra ranked fourth in the country among states with maximum encroachment, after Madhya Pradesh, Assam, and Odisha.(HT FILE)
According to the data, Maharashtra ranked fourth in the country among states with maximum encroachment, after Madhya Pradesh, Assam, and Odisha.(HT FILE)

Only 10% encroachments in Maharashtra’s forests cleared in one year: Ministry data

Hindustan Times | By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JUL 01, 2019 12:11 AM IST
Of the 61,579sqkm total forest cover in the state, 604sqkm is under encroachment in Maharashtra in 2019.
This image provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department shows 73-year-old Eugene Jo. Searchers have found Eugene Jo, a hiker who has been missing in the mountains north of Los Angeles for a week. (Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department via AP)(AP)
This image provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department shows 73-year-old Eugene Jo. Searchers have found Eugene Jo, a hiker who has been missing in the mountains north of Los Angeles for a week. (Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department via AP)(AP)

73-year-old US hiker found after a week missing in forest

Washington | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON JUN 30, 2019 02:42 PM IST
On Saturday rescuers found him alive, and he was walking and talking to them, the Montrose Search and Rescue Team said.
The leopard was later captured and is presently under observation.(Facebook/@The Travel Mates)
The leopard was later captured and is presently under observation.(Facebook/@The Travel Mates)

People record leopard calmly walking on road in presence of humans. Watch video

Jammu | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUN 29, 2019 06:26 PM IST
The leopard is seen moving peacefully, unmindful of the presence of humans, and even walks past some cars.
It is unreasonable and impossible that the forest department keeps putting out forest fires. This challenge needs a different engagement with the locals.(AP)
It is unreasonable and impossible that the forest department keeps putting out forest fires. This challenge needs a different engagement with the locals.(AP)

How to save forests from fire in Uttarakhand

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bharati Chaturvedi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 02, 2019 10:13 PM IST
Fires are not unusual or new, but the scale and frequency is new, as is the trend of villagers watching these as if they are bystanders.
The fires rage as the temperature continues to soar with no rain.(HT Photo)
The fires rage as the temperature continues to soar with no rain.(HT Photo)

Fire breaks out in forests of Uttarakhand’s Tehri

Dehradun | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2019 03:18 PM IST
According to locals, forests adjacent to district headquarters are blazing with fire, charring the trees and green area.
The animals counted by the forest officials and volunteers included leopard, spotted deer, monkey, boar and peacock among others.(HT FILE)
The animals counted by the forest officials and volunteers included leopard, spotted deer, monkey, boar and peacock among others.(HT FILE)

Waterhole census: Should Mumbai worry about the health of its forest?

Hindustan Times | By Manoj R Nair, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON MAY 26, 2019 11:41 PM IST
Is the waterhole census report worrying? Should Mumbai be worried about the decline in the number of animals reported in its forest?
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