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Guns, tractors threaten wildlife more than climate: study

Demand for meat and body parts has driven the gorilla to near extinction. By Ivan Lieman (AFP/File)

The main driver of wildlife extinction is not climate change but humanity's rapacious harvesting of species for food and trophies, along with our ever-expanding agricultural footprint, said researchers pleading for a rest of conservation priorities.

Flood fury: Why Brahmaputra’s trail of destruction has become annual ritual in Assam

Only the Amazon carries more water than the Brahmaputra, one of the largest rivers in the world with an annual flow of about 573 billion cubic metres at Jogighopa, close to the Indo-Bangladesh border. (Source: Express photo by Dasarath Deka)

The villagers had been talking all morning. There was some water seeping through the embankment along the Brahmaputra, they said, so Ruparam Das, 52, a fisherman in Kaivartagaon, a village in the river island of Majuli, decided to check out for himself. Around 3 pm on July 26, as he stood in front of the river, a few metres downstream from his house, he heard a loud bang. The river had broken through the embankment, but not where he stood. Instead, the river had torn through the wall right in front of his house.

2016: Hottest Year Yet?

2016: Hottest Year Yet?

Gulf countries in July faced record-breaking temperatures that went beyond 50ᵒc (Highest recorded - 54ᵒc in Kuwait, this year). Climate scientists and U.N. officials warn that this may directly threaten living conditions for residents in these countries and also aggravate the existing refugee crisis. All-time records were broken in United States as well, where some cities reported to it being the ‘Hottest July’ and also the ‘Hottest Month’ in history. Water scarcity and heat-oriented health issues are bound to increase in the future as well.

Inside the Green Economy - Promises and Pitfalls

BERLIN – In recent years, the push to build a “green economy” that can deliver the world from continual environmental and economic crisis and usher in a new era of sustainable growth has been gathering force. But the push has been a source of unexpected controversy, with many predicting little more than business as usual with a coat of green paint. Will reconciling environmental and economic imperatives be harder than we think?

Balipara Foundation Report 2016

Balipara Foundation Report 2016

On the 5th & 6th of November 2015, we concluded the 3rd Edition of our Annual two day Conservation Event in Guwahati, Assam. These events were conceptualized around two distinctive varieties of mammals. The first is the largest of its type and the second the most intelligent. The first threatened and the second thriving. Both emotional and social creatures. Elephant & Man.

Balipara Foundation Report 2015

Balipara Foundation Report 2015

This booklet was specially complied to capture the spirit of Balipara Foundation & two key events – ‘Elephant Talk: Asian Elephants in the Wild’ and the ‘Balipara Foundation Awards 2014’. Designed and compiled by Balipara Foundation.

Acknowledgements

Balipara Foundation Team comprising of Sanjid Dutta, Robin Eastment, Nitu Kumar Kalita, Pragyan Sharma, Gautam Baruah, Sagar Shringarpure, Sangeeta Menezes and Kenrick Ferns.

Balipara Foundation acknowledges the contribution of Bittu Sahgal, Daanish Shastri, Anirudh Nair, Gaurav Shirodkar.

McDonough Unveils ICEhouse™, Designed to Illustrate Innovation for the Circular Economy, at Davos

The structure has been designed to demonstrate the positive design framework described in the book: Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things
The ICEhouse is primarily made of just four materials

ICEhouse was created by McDonough working with his firms, William McDonough + Partners and WonderFrame LLC. The McDonough team was invited by Hub Culture, a global collaboration network, to create the structure in Davos. The project was supported by and is a close collaboration with SABIC and also received support from SAP. It is the centerpiece of Hub Culture’s mission to welcome innovators and leaders at the World Economic Forum.

KAZIRANGA – Our Natural Inheritance

Kaziranga and the great Indian one-horned rhinoceros are synonymous. The very name ‘Kaziranga’ inspires awe, pride and deep respect in the minds and hearts of the Assamese people. This floodplain is a child of the Brahmaputra river. Here Rhinoceros unicornis is making its last stand in a mosaic of incredible ecosystems that fall in the Indomalayan Realm.

The book traces the conservation history of the Park. It also highlights the threats faced by the rhino today and reminds us of those who lived and died to protect the wild beauty of Kaziranga. In Kaziranga, you can hear the trumpet of elephants, the call of the hoolock gibbon, and the display of amorous Bengal Floricans.

The more adventurous could sight graceful Gangetic river dolphins and, with some luck, the secretive tiger, in what is believed to be the most densely populated tiger habitat in the world. Kaziranga is home to all these and more, including the Asiatic wild buffalo, swamp deer, sambar, hog deer and over 500 species of birds. The Kaziranga Inheritance is a photographic tribute to this wildlife haven and the people who have battled for its survival. Showcasing some of the most stunning images of the biodiversity of Northeast India, this visual portfolio transports you to a long-ago world of immeasurable worth.

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