ATREE News

Expanding oil palm plantation recipe for ecological disaster: Experts

It is widely reported that oil palms can be more deleterious to both habitat and species loss since it causes permanent loss of land that can otherwise be under forest or fallow cover. Plantations are not to be considered as forests from the point of view of biodiversity conservation

Why Afforestation Isn’t Likely to Make Up for Our Loss of Carbon-Rich Forests

Afforestation, by definition, is the establishment of a forest in an area that previously had no tree cover. Around the world, it is a sought-after method to fight climate-change concerns. Trees absorb carbon, and if a forest can absorb more carbon than it releases, it becomes a carbon sink.

Why Modi govt push for atmanirbharta in palm oil production could come at a cost to environment

Man-made oil palm plantations shouldn’t be included in the definition of a forest, especially if they are going to replace forest cover, because they cannot support the same level of biodiversity.

How Climate Change Is Derailing the World’s Lofty Carbon Offset Hopes

While the IPCC report concedes that risks from wildfires are yet to be fully incorporated into climate models, a partial representation of wildfires project increases of 8-58% in carbon emissions due to fire

Two new species belonging to rare ant genera Parasyscia and Syscia from the Eastern Himalayas

In Asia, Syscia has been known from China, Japan, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The genus lacks any verified record in India. Hence the present discovery of Syscia indica from Arunachal Pradesh marks the first record of this rare ant genus from India.

Bengaluru entomologists find two new ant species in Himalayas

Priyadarsanan Dharma Rajan, Aswaj Punnath, Sahanashree, from ATREE along with Aniruddha Marathe found two new species of rare ants, Parasyscia ganeshaiahi and Syscia indica. ATREE is celebrating its silver jubilee in 2021, one species is named as Parasyscia ganeshaiahhi in honour of one of its founders Prof. K.N. Ganeshaiah, an eminent ecologist, thinker and writer who was instrumental in establishing the Insect Taxonomy and Conservation Laboratory in ATREE.

Karnataka worst in distributing land deeds to forest dwellers: Data

Hundreds and thousands of people are displaced from their homes due to development works and declaring of forests as national reserves whichwas earlier dealt with by giving monetary compensation but provided no hope for resettlement for those who have been moved out.

Is India’s rooftop solar sector being ignored for large-scale projects?

The lack of enough financial options has been a concern too since the initial costs of installing rooftop solar are still high. In fact, financial assistance is one of the factors that could help accelerate the pace of rooftop solar installations, the IEEFA report had argued. But Pandit stresses rooftop solar is also far more economically viable than our large-scale utility projects.

The black kites of Ghazipur: In pandemic world, scavenging birds may foretell new maladies

Zoonotic diseases aren’t just limited to wet markets, Transboundary pathogens, markets full of different animals, poor sanitation & hygiene: these are the circumstances ripe for new diseases to emerge.

Two new species belonging to rare ant genera Parasyscia and Syscia from the Eastern Himalayas

As the ATREE is celebrating its silver jubilee in 2021, one species is named as Parasyscia ganeshaiahhi in honour of one of its founders Prof. K.N. Ganeshaiah, an eminent ecologist, thinker and writer who was instrumental in establishing the Insect Taxonomy and Conservation Laboratory in ATREE.

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