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[Conservation] Preventing Elephant-Train collissions, Dehorning Rhinos to protect’em from Poaching

In Environment by Mrunal

Elephant Killer trains Dehorning Rhinos to ‘Protect’ them Elephant Killer trains Topic in news because W.Bengal Government cameup with a “Tughlakhi” idea- sterilization to control elephant population, to reduce train accidents!  Thankfully, Supreme Court has stopped them. Suggest reforms: Put danger signs near Elephant areas- so Locopilot proceeds carefully. Order locopilots to drive at 25 kmph speed through such areas. …

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[Forest Survey 2013] Types of Forest cover, ResourceSAT, Mangroves, Agroforestry, Urban forestry & more stupid rankings

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Prologue Forest Survey Report 2013 Limitations of ResourceSAT in forest survey [Act 1] Forest cover & Tree Cover How does India have 21% forest cover? Ranking: Forest covered area Ranking altitude wise Ranking: growth of Forest cover Forest cover: Misc. factoids Tree cover Ranking tree cover [Act 2] Mangroves and Bamboos Ranking: Mangrove States/UT [Act 3] Forest Growth factors [Act …

[Conservation] Vulture Restaurant, Houbura Bustad, Rainbow Warrior 3

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Vulture restaurant More birds: Short eared Owl & Houbura Bustard Mangar forest NCZ Rainbow warrior 3 Vulture restaurant Vulture is a scavenger bird that feeds on dead carcasses But farmers use diclofenac drug for cattle,which is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) Vultures eat such dead cattle => its kidney fails due to diclofenac => IUCN status: Critically Endangered Therefore activists …

[Conservation] Why House Sparrow Population declining? Endangered Bird species of India

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House sparrow Population decline Long billed Vultures Lake Kolleru & its bird sanctuary 15 Indian birds globally endangered Amur Falcon Nicobar scrubfowl/Megapod Narcondam Hornbill Mock Questions House sparrow Population decline House sparrows found around the world, except in the Polar Regions. IUCN status: Least concern March 20 – World Sparrow Day. (from 2010 onwards) Declared state bird of Delhi. Have …

[Conservation] Shifting Gir Lions to Madhya Pradesh, Robber crab habitat, Wild Chinese sturgeons

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Moving Gir Lions to Madhya Pradesh Bor Tiger Reserve Langurs are multiple species Indo Pacific Hump-Backed Dolphins Wild Chinese Sturgeons Hyacinth: hazard to fishes Robber crab-Habitat destruction Mangroves species change in Sundarbans Moving Gir Lions to Madhya Pradesh Species IUCN Status: Endangered. Why in news? Last year, the Uttar Pradesh government received the approval of the Central Zoo Authority to …

[Conservation] Olive Ridley, Star Tortoise, Dancing frogs, Dwarf Gecko & other amphibian animals

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Olive Ridley Mass Hatching lights OFF! Star Tortoise vs Olive Ridley Turtle [Newfound] Dancing frogs in Western Ghats Dwarf Gecko, Maharashtra Sengi Elephant Shrew, Africa Deaths from Snake bites Olive Ridley Mass Hatching lights OFF! IUCN status: “endangered” Olive Ridleys are found in warm waters of Indian, Pacific and Atlantic ocean. Odisha coast is their largest mass hatching site, particularly …

[Conservation] UNESCO status for Great Himalayan National Park, Draft Western Ghat Notification

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Great Himalayan National Park Draft Notification on W.Ghats Great Himalayan National Park: UNESCO nomination why in News? March 2014: Government nominated it for UNESCO heritage site, because of its fragile ecology and inaccessibility. located at Kullu, Himachal Pradesh At the height of 1500-6000m. Climate: Western Himalayan temperate and alpine type. Rare species found in the park Also has glaciers. Rivers: …

[Western Ghats] Gadgil report: Why Controversies, Athirappilly, Gundia Projects: Explained

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Controversies: Gadgil report Contro: “NO” to Dams in Kerala and Karnataka Athirappilly Project: Why problem? Adar Tribal displacement Gundia Project: why problem? Contro: R.T.I. stonewallingTM Contro: Committee pe Committee. Contro: Angry Kerala Government Contro: Mining mafias spreading baseless rumors Contro: Creation of separate authority (WGEA) In the last three articles, we saw (1) Western Ghats: Basic geography (2) Threats to …

[Western Ghats] Gadgil Report: Ecologically Sensitive Zones (ESZ), WGEA Authority (Part 3 of 4)

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What is Gadgil Panel? Ecologically Sensitive Zones (ESZ) Western Ghats Ecology Authority (WGEA)? Hierarchy Structure Functions Zonal recommendations General recommendations In the last two articles, we saw Western Ghats: overview of physical geography and biodiversity: Threats to the biodiversity of Western Ghats: Gadgil Panel: origin 2010: Environment ministry created this panel Full name: Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel Chairman=Prof. Madhav …

[Western Ghats] Threats to Biodiversity, Monoculture Plantation, Exotic Species, Sacred Groves

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British Raj Exploitation Era and Approach of exploitation What are Sacred Groves? Fisheries and exotic species Mining in Western Ghats Sand Mafias Thermal power plants Transport and Communication Farm Houses and Resorts Construction and allied activities Monoculture Plantation is Bad? Tribals of Western Ghats In the previous article, we saw the overview of physical geography and biodiversity of Western Ghats. …

[Conversation] Western Ghats: Overview of Physical Geography, Rivers & Biodiversity

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What is Western Ghats? Administrative Regions Western vs Eastern Ghats Western Ghat: Forest Western Ghats: Rivers West Flowing Rivers East Flowing rivers Western Ghats- Other Names Agriculture Western Ghats: Biodiversity Western Ghats has been in news because of Gadgil Committee report controversy. What is Western Ghats? Entire tract of hills from the Tapi to Kanyakumari is called Western Ghats. Length …

[Environment] SC Ban on Tiger Tourism, Core and Buffer Areas, Project Tiger, NTCA Guidelines explained

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What is core zones and Buffer Zone? What is Project Tiger? What is NTCA? Concept of Umbrella Species Timeline of Events Pro Arguments for Tiger Tourism Misleading information by Media Employment Tiger Tourism actually helps the tigers Ban on Tourism hurts the tigers Anti-Tourism Arguments Sept-Oct 2012: NTCA frames guidelines October 2012: SC Lifts the Ban Conclusion Appendix 1: List …