California is managing its forests — but is the president managing its federal lands? Termites mitigate effects of drought in tropical rainforests Palamu Tiger Reserve land diverted without ministry permission Farmers waste 800 litres of water to grow a kg of paddy Food Front: Not That Rosy at All Australia could hit 100% renewables sooner than most people think The lifesaving food 90% aren’t eating enough of High-fiber diet linked to lower risk of death and chronic diseases Can Bangladesh meet its 10% renewable energy target by 2020? Clean and Green Bangladesh: A goal that can be achieved
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California is managing its forests — but is the president managing its federal lands?

The Great Fire of 1910 — believed to be the biggest fire in recorded American history — burned 3 million acres across Washington, Idaho and Montana and killed 86 people. It also helped remake U.S. Forest Service policy. The agency ordered that all forest fires be extinguished as soon as possible, minimizing flames that for […]

Termites mitigate effects of drought in tropical rainforests

Termites are commonly regarded as one of the most destructive insect pests, but in fact only 4% of the 3,000 termite species known globally are pests. Its unknown side was recently revealed by a major new study published in the journal Science — the collaborative research co-led by Dr Louise Ashton of the University of Hong Kong, […]

Palamu Tiger Reserve land diverted without ministry permission

The Jharkhand forest department, between 1982 and 2014, has diverted 2,689.51 hectares (ha) of forest land, which includes 330.50 ha from the Palamu Tiger Reserve (PTR), without obtaining prior permission of Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) or the Supreme Court, says the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) in its audit report. According to […]

Farmers waste 800 litres of water to grow a kg of paddy

Even though it is possible to produce 1 kg of paddy using 2,500 litres of water,  they use 3,300 litres, not knowing farming methods to reduce the amount of water needed as inputFarmers across the country are misusing some 800 litres of water in producing each kilogram of paddy.Even though it is possible to produce […]

Food Front: Not That Rosy at All

Can we remain satisfied with the current goings? A big ‘no’. As per ‘Global report on food crisis’ in 2017, almost 124 million people across 51 countries and territories faced crisis levels of acute food insecurity or worse and required urgent humanitarian action. In 2016 the population in need of urgent action was estimated at […]

Australia could hit 100% renewables sooner than most people think

There are still people talking up coal and talking down renewable energy but we have installed more solar panels and wind turbines than ever before Not since the invention of the steam engine have we seen the pace of change occurring in energy systems around the world. In Australia our electricity system is changing rapidly, […]

The lifesaving food 90% aren’t eating enough of

If I offered you a superfood that would make you live longer, would you be interested?Naturally it reduces the chances of debilitating heart attacks and strokes as well as life-long diseases such as type-2 diabetes.And it helps keep your weight, blood pressure and cholesterol levels down.I should mention it's cheap and widely available in the […]

High-fiber diet linked to lower risk of death and chronic diseases

People who eat diets that are high in fiber have lower risk of death and chronic diseases such as stroke or cancer compared with people with low fiber intake, a new analysis found.Dietary fiber includes plant-based carbohydrates such as whole-grain cereal, seeds and some legumes. Fiber's health benefits have been recorded "by over 100 years […]

Can Bangladesh meet its 10% renewable energy target by 2020?

The country faltered in attaining its previous target but has since gained momentumWhen it comes to generating green energy, Bangladesh’s past performance has seen a mix of success and failure.  The government did not attain its goal of generating five percent of the country’s electricity from renewable sources by 2015; but that did not deter […]

Clean and Green Bangladesh: A goal that can be achieved

Think before you do, not after you're done,” says a Bengali proverb that applies to an urgent threat today for Bangladesh—major environmental problems spawned by rapid urbanisation and industrialisation. A decade of strong economic growth helped Bangladesh reach lower middle-income status while sharply decreasing its poverty rate, a remarkable achievement. But like many countries in […]

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