Eco Crusader Sunderlal Bahuguna’s life and work will act as beacon forever

Newsroom24x7 Network World renowned Environmentalist and ‘Chipko’ movement leader Sunderlal Bahuguna passed away on Friday 21 May afternoon due to COVID-19. He was 94. Bahuguna was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences(AIIMS), Dehradun after testing positive for Coronavirus. Bahuguna, a front ranking activist for the protection of ecology and environment, had led… Read More Eco Crusader Sunderlal Bahuguna’s life and work will act as beacon forever

Dramatic rise in numbers of people concerned about nature loss as ‘eco-wakening’ grips the globe

Newsroom24x7 Network Research shows undeniable shift in behaviour in response to planetary crisis Concern about the loss of animal and plant species increased from 82% to 90% in India and the popularity of google searches relating to nature loss and biodiversity grew by 190% in the country A staggering 71% rise in popularity of searches… Read More Dramatic rise in numbers of people concerned about nature loss as ‘eco-wakening’ grips the globe

Ajit Sonakia symbolised the best of Indian Forest Service

Lalit Shastri Ajit was a dear dear friend. He was one of the finest human beings and the most dedicated Indian Forest Service Officers I have come across. He lived within his means and believed firmly in the tenet “justice with fairness”. He lived with a purpose and his commitment to enforcement of the law… Read More Ajit Sonakia symbolised the best of Indian Forest Service

Earth Day April 22: Shivaliks can be a green oasis with fruit trees

Maj Gen Goverdhan Singh Jamwal (Retd) On this Earth Day let’s pledge to grow more trees. We are lucky to have Shivaliks  which have over 130 Centimetres rainfall every year but the entire rainfall water flows down across the International border within 2 to 3 hours. Shivaliks can be a green Oasis with fruit trees,… Read More Earth Day April 22: Shivaliks can be a green oasis with fruit trees

Nitin Gadkari bats for bamboo as substitute for coal: Point counterpoint

Lalit Shastri A news item the other day quoting Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said that bamboo can be a good substitute for coal. The experts don’t agree with this. On being contacted mining and forestry experts said Bamboo does not give  good quality coal. It’s calorific value is also very less.  A retired Indian Forest… Read More Nitin Gadkari bats for bamboo as substitute for coal: Point counterpoint

If you have “special interest in wildlife” you could be a member of State Wildlife Board in Madhya Pradesh

Newsroom24x7 Network Bhopal: Successive governments in Madhya Pradesh have done it with impunity and in the latest instance it is the present Government headed by Shivraj Singh Chouhan that has flouted the statutory provision of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 (WPA) regarding the nomination of “eminent conservationists, ecologists and environmentalists” and appointed even persons taking… Read More If you have “special interest in wildlife” you could be a member of State Wildlife Board in Madhya Pradesh

Female tiger found dead in Umred Paoni Karhadala sanctuary

Newsroom24x7 Network Nagpur: A female tiger, age about 3-4 years, was found dead on Sunday 22 November 2020 in Compartment no 1452/1 of the TAS beat of Umred Paoni Karhadala sanctuary in Bhandara district of Maharashtra by local Forest Guard during regular patrolling.The spot is inside the forest and the nearest village is about 3… Read More Female tiger found dead in Umred Paoni Karhadala sanctuary

Rising tiger deaths in Madhya Pradesh and the challenge of tiger protection

Newsroom24x7 Network Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh, which is recognised as the Tiger State and boasts of some of the best tiger habitats in the country stretching across the the Central Indian Highlands, is confronted with rising incidence of tiger deaths and the challenge of protecting tigers and other wildlife in the Tiger Reserves and other forest… Read More Rising tiger deaths in Madhya Pradesh and the challenge of tiger protection

Air Pollution Ordinance 2020: Raises more questions than providing solutions

While legal experts have questioned its national capital centric approach, environmental experts are not sure if the bureaucratic body that will be formed will be able to take stringent measures against the menace of air pollution Nivedita Khandekar “The Air Quality will get even worse, I have seen the ordinance and it will not take… Read More Air Pollution Ordinance 2020: Raises more questions than providing solutions

MP opening floodgates for private sector investment in forest areas

Lalit Shastri BHOPAL: Principal Chief Conservator of Forest and Head of the Forest Department of Madhya Pradesh has grossly undermined the letter and spirit of the Forest Conservation Act, Forest Rights Act and Wildlife Protection Act and written to all Chief Conservators of Forest and the DFOs ordering them to identify degraded forest land falling… Read More MP opening floodgates for private sector investment in forest areas

Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve: The death of Rajbahra Tigress and her cub puts a question mark on Tiger conservation in Madhya Pradesh

Lalit Shastri Ill-fated T42 of Bandhavgarh- The last kiss (Photo above and featured image by Dr Kapil Mishra) There is no end to poaching and tigers continue to die under mysterious circumstances in the central Indian State of Madhya Pradesh. The latest case of tiger death has been reported from Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve. T42 Rajbahra… Read More Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve: The death of Rajbahra Tigress and her cub puts a question mark on Tiger conservation in Madhya Pradesh

Modi Cabinet approves MoU with Australia for sustainable groundwater management

Newsroom24x7 Network New Delhi: Modi Cabinet has approved a a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Australia for capacity building, R&D and sustainable groundwater management. The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has approved the MoU signed between Central Ground Water Board (CGWB), Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga rejuvenation,… Read More Modi Cabinet approves MoU with Australia for sustainable groundwater management

The Nature Volunteers raise alarm over destruction of the Tiger Habitat adjoining Bhopal

Newsroom24x7 Network The Nature Volunteers, a leading conservation movement and a not-for-profit organization functioning from Indore in Madhya Pradesh, Central India, has written a letter to the State Principal Secretary Forest with copies to the Chief Mininister and all concerned authorities to draw attention to the threated forests in the State, with special focus on… Read More The Nature Volunteers raise alarm over destruction of the Tiger Habitat adjoining Bhopal

Operation land grab in Ratapani Wildlife Sanctuary

Lalit Shastri The last Report on the Status of Forest in India talks of maximum depletion of forest in the Tribal districts There is continuous threat to forests on account of reckless firewood and minor forest produce collection, grazing, illegal mining and forest fires More than 59,000 sq kms has been assigned under the Forest… Read More Operation land grab in Ratapani Wildlife Sanctuary

WWF’s Living Planet Report 2020 reveals 68% decline in wildlife populations on average since 1970

Newsroom24x7 Network ●Globally, causes include environmental destruction includingdeforestation, unsustainable agriculture and illegal wildlife trade ●WWF is calling for urgent action to reverse the trend by 2030 by ending the destruction of natural habitats New Delhi: Global populations of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish have suffered an average two-thirds decline in less than half a… Read More WWF’s Living Planet Report 2020 reveals 68% decline in wildlife populations on average since 1970

“Energy Independence of India”- International and Economic Implications and Planning for Coal Block Diversion

Ravindra Nath Saxena This write up, a critical analysis by Ravindra Nath Saxena should prove a milestone in understanding the energy needs of the country. It will aid and help the project proponents to understand the entire mechanis of obtaining “forest clearance” under Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 and “wildlife clearance” under Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.… Read More “Energy Independence of India”- International and Economic Implications and Planning for Coal Block Diversion

What went wrong with the tiger reintroduction programme at Mukudara Hills Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan?

Suhas Kumar Those who have been following the ambitious tiger reintroduction programme at Mukudara Hills tiger reserve must be dismayed by the news about the death of the 2 nd cub on 17 th August 2020, that was being treated for injuries at the Kota zoo, Its sibling was found dead some 20 days ago,… Read More What went wrong with the tiger reintroduction programme at Mukudara Hills Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan?