From Yes! Magazine: By August 2, the world’s 7.5 billion people will have used as much of Earth’s biological resources —or biocapacity— as the planet can regenerate in a year. During the remaining five months of 2017, humans will be drawing down Earth’s reserves of these natural resources and depleting its ability to regenerate them.
More than 1.5 lakh acres of forest land in Western Ghats encroached upon in two decades
The Times of India
A report released by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India on the preservation of wildlife habitats in the Western Ghats revealed that more than1lakh acres of forest area had been encroached upon in the past two decades. The report titled “Administration of National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries in Karnataka” pointed out that unbridled developmental activities in areas lying on the periphery of the forests had had a negative impact on wildlife.
India to Become Most Populous Country in the World by 2024
India’s population could surpass that of China’s around 2024, two years later than previously estimated, and is projected to touch 1.5 billion in 2030, according to a UN forecast. The World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision, published by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, said that currently China with 1.41 billion inhabitants and India with 1.34 billion remain the two most populous countries, comprising 19 and 18 % of the total global population.
With No Water and Many Loans, Farmers’ Deaths Are Rising in Tamil Nadu
There is no comprehensive data on farmer deaths in Tamil Nadu in the 2016-17 farming season, but newspaper reports and independent inquiries by groups like the People’s Union of Civil Liberties (PUCL) and the Tamil Nadu Federation of Women Farmers Rights suggest that over 200 farmers died of heart attacks or committed suicide in December 2016 and January 2017. The sudden spike in death rates comes mainly from the delta region and sparked protests across the state, with some groups holding dramatic protests in Delhi. As many as 106 farmers were reported to have committed suicide in December, according to a notice issued by the National Human Rights Commission to the state government on January 5, 2017.
Activists claim Tamil Nadu hid a key coastal plan to facilitate Ennore Creek encroachments
Vinita Govindarajan, Scroll.in
In November 2015, Chennai received its heaviest rainfall in a hundred years, causing a massive deluge in the city. Activists attributed the intensity of the floods to illegal construction that had choked the city’s creeks, which act as natural flood outlets. Now, there is evidence to back their claims. A comparison of maps from the Coastal Zone Management Plan, 1996 – which demarcates the areas along the coast that can be opened up for construction – with current satellite maps shows that the government itself is the biggest violator of its own regulations along the city’s largest estuary, the Ennore Creek.
Police beat us, starved us, didn’t let us use toilet: Protesters against Ernakulam IOC plant
Haritha John, The News Minute
The Ernakulam police have come under a cloud of controversy, following allegations that they brutally assaulted people, including women, who were protesting against the IOC LPG terminal at Puthuvype. On Monday, close to 100 protestors, including 69 women, were released on bail by the Njarackal First Class Magistrate court. However, over 30 protestors have been admitted to hospitals. They allege that they were injured not only in lathicharges by the police, but were also assaulted after they had been detained.
Dr. S P Udayakumar Moves Press Council Of India Against Harassment By Republic TV
Mr. Arnab Goswami and his team telecasted this as a so-called “sting operation” on me at 2 pm on June 20, 2017 in their Republic TV and alleged that our struggle against the Koodankulm nuclear power project was funded by the Church with foreign donations. I took part in the very same panel discussion on Republic TV and clarified what had transpired. But Mr. Goswami was so abhorrent, abrasive and even abusive.
India has the second highest number of obese children in the world
Down to Earth
India has the second highest number of obese children in the world, with 14.4 million reported cases, according to a new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine. China, with 15.3 million obese children, tops the list. The incidence of obesity has doubled since 1980 in over 70 countries of the world, the research finds. The finding of the study is based on data collected from 68 million people in 195 countries.
FSSAI’s move regarding organic food’s certification not wise: CSE
Down to Earth
Delhi-based non-profit, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has disapproved of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)’s move to make certification of organic food sold in India mandatory. It says that not only will such a move promote just the certification industry but also strike a blow to the organic farming movement in India and impact country’s food safety. On March 31, 2017, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) had issued a notice asking for comments on a proposed regulation titled “Draft Food Safety and Standards (Organic Foods) Regulations, 2017” (Draft Regulations). The regulation seeks to make certification mandatory for any food that claims to be “organic” in the domestic market.
In pictures: Four new species of burrowing frogs discovered in the Western Ghats
Vinita Govindarajan, Scroll.in
cientists studying the Western Ghats in southern India have discovered four new species of burrowing frogs in this biodiversity hotspot. The frogs belong to the genus Fejeverya, all of which make their homes underground. This made them particularly hard to find even though they are a fairly common group of frogs, said Sonali Garg, who undertook this study – a six-year long field exploration – as a part of her doctoral research at the University of Delhi.
We Will Soon Be Using More Than The Earth Can Provide
David Korten, Yes! Magazine
Four days after President Trump announced the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, the Global Footprint Network (GFN) reported that Earth Overshoot Day 2017 will fall on August 2. Most Americans likely have no idea what that means.The basic point is quite simple: From January 1 to August 2, the world’s 7.5 billion people will have used as much of Earth’s biological resources—or biocapacity—as the planet can regenerate in a year. During the remaining five months of 2017, our human consumption will be drawing down Earth’s reserves of fresh water, fertile soils, forests, and fisheries, and depleting its ability to regenerate these resources as well as sequester excess carbon released into the atmosphere.
Marine expert warns of climate emergency as fish abandon tropical waters
As climate change pushes marine species towards cooler waters, and the fishing industry expands around the globe, the tropics are emptying out, a leading fisheries expert has warned. Pauly, principal investigator at the Sea Around Us research organisation, said it was unknown whether the “explosion” of fishing industries or global warming was having the biggest impact on fish stocks, but both needed to be addressed. “The depth, the distance from the coast, all of these were factors which protected fish. Now we go everywhere … now nothing protects the fish,” he said during an observation tour of Darwin’s tropical harbour.
The latest threat to Antarctica: an insect and plant invasion
Antarctica’s pristine ice-white environment is going green and facing an unexpected threat – from the common house fly. Scientists say that as temperatures soar in the polar region, invading plants and insects, including the fly, pose a major conservation threat. More and more of these invaders, in the form of larvae or seeds, are surviving in coastal areas around the south pole, where temperatures have risen by more than 3C over the past three decades.
Mozambique: 6,000 animals to rewild park is part-funded by trophy hunting
Call it Noah’s Ark on lorries. Dozens of trucks rolled over the Zimbabwe savanna carrying elephants, giraffe, African buffalo, zebras, and numerous other large iconic mammals. Driving more than 600km of dusty roadway, the trucks will deliver their wild loads to a new home: Zinave national park in Mozambique. The animals are a donation from Mozambique’s Sango Wildlife Conservancy – a gift that the owner, Wilfried Pabst, says would not be possible without funds from controversial trophy hunting.
Countries are progressing too slowly on green growth, says OECD
Down to Earth
Many countries have become more efficient in using natural resources and the services provided by the environment, generating more economic output per unit of carbon emitted and of energy or raw materials consumed. Yet progress is too slow, and if emissions embodied in international trade are included, advances in environmental productivity are more modest, a new OECD report shows. Green Growth Indicators 2017 uses a range of indicators covering everything from land use to CO2 productivity and innovation to show where 46 countries rank on balancing economic growth with environmental pressures over 1990 to 2015.
Millions of mysterious ‘sea pickles’ swamp US west coast
A rare, tiny marine creature known as the “unicorn of the sea” has swarmed in its millions on the west coast of America, ruining fishermen’s nets and baffling scientists who are scrambling to find out more about them. Fishers along the west coast have told researchers that in some places they are unable to catch anything because the pyrosome clusters are so dense and tightly packed. Their hooks, when pulled from the ocean, wriggle with the odd-looking creatures, which are sometimes referred to as “sea pickles” or “fire bodies”.
Top global banks still lend billions to extract fossil fuels
Some of the world’s top banks are continuing to lend tens of billions for extracting the most carbon-intensive fossil fuels, according to a report of top lenders. Finance provided for these fossil fuels – tar sands and other unconventional oil and gas, as well as coal and liquefied natural gas – amounted to $87bn for the top 37 banks in 2016. That represented a slump of more than a fifth compared with the $111bn raised the previous year, and was also down on 2014’s total of $92bn.