Invasive Weeds Undermining Farm Productivity, Biodiversity

By: Rakesh Lohumi, Sr. Advisor & Sr. Editor-ICN Group SHIMLA: The Himalayas are a treasure house of medicinal and aromatic plants.With no effective strategy to thwart the march of invasive alien species, which pose a major threat to the indigenous flora, more and more area is being usurped by weeds like lantana, ageratum, parthenium (Congress grass) and eupatorium. The appearance of large gregarious patches of these weeds from the Himalayan foothills in the north to the Tamil Nadu in the south is a matter of grave concern as they pose a serious…

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Increasing Human Activity Causing Degradation in Himalayan Region Expanding Green Cover Key to Water Crisis

By: Rakesh Lohumi, Sr. Advisor & Sr. Editor-ICN Group After the famous South African city of Cape Town the worst-ever water crisis in India’s premiere hill station of Shimla this summer has raised serious concerns over the growing threat to water security. The unprecedented shortage of water in the erstwhile British summer capital is a pointer to the problems being faced by mountain dwellers due to severe degradation of the ecologically fragile Himalayan region. Increasing human activity in the world’s tallest mountain ranges has started taking its toll in states and…

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Revival Of My Mango Tree

By: Barnali Bose, Editor-ICN World  KOLKATA: I looked at the bare ground where till  last summer had stood a mango tree that a raging storm uprooted. Visions of the many colourful birds that I would so often, sight perching on its branches flashed before me. The Mango tree had also been the favourite haunt of hordes of monkeys that would often come to my garden. It was interesting to observe them, as they swung from one branch to the other, chattering endlessly, as if without a care in the world. The Mango…

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Ruthless Exploitation Of Rivers Undermining Mountain Ecosystems

By: Rakesh Lohumi, Sr. Editor-ICN Group  SHIMLA: The breathtaking sights and the thunder of the fast flowing Sutlej will be lost to the posterity if all the hydroelectric projects are commissioned over the next decade as planned. The river with the highest power potential in the state will virtually vanish like the mythological Saraswati. A dry river bed dotted with manmade reservoirs built to divert water for power generation will be left as the meandering river will flow only through long tunnels bored underneath the towering mountains as and when its…

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Increasing Human Activity Causing Degradation in Himalayan Region Expanding Green Cover Key to Water Crisis

By: Rakesh Lohumi, Sr. Editor-ICN Group After the famous South African city of Cape Town the worst-ever water crisis in India’s premiere hill station of Shimla this summer has raised serious concerns over the growing threat to water security. The unprecedented shortage of water in the erstwhile British summer capital is a pointer to the problems being faced by mountain dwellers due to severe degradation of the ecologically fragile Himalayan region. Increasing human activity in the world’s tallest mountain ranges has started taking its toll in states and state like…

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Think, Eat And Save The Environment

By: Prof. Jaswant Singh, Member-Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica & Arctic, Director-Institute of Earth Sciences & Editor-ICN Group ( Sci & Tech) Every year, June 5 is celebrated as World Environment Day with a new theme.The theme for World Environment Day 2020 is biodiversity.The day will be hosted in Colombia in partnership with Germany. World Environment Day was established in 1972 by the United Nations on the first day of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment, resulting from discussions on the integration of human interactions and the environment. World Environment Day is…

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“Save Water-Save Yourself”

By: Dr. Abhishek Kumar Pandey, Asstt. Editor-ICN LUCKNOW: The above mentioned title would look old fashioned and well known but if we look in to this issue, we would understand how true and how serious it is. Water is the most precious gift of nature. It has no taste, no smell and no color. It is found everywhere and the other name of it is “life” because it is the basis of fluid element of all living organisms. We, today live in a world suffering from illnesses inflicted on our environment as a result…

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Ruthless Exploitation Of Rivers Undermining Mountain Ecosystems

By: Rakesh Lohumi, Sr. Editor-ICN Group  SHIMLA: The breathtaking sights and the thunder of the fast flowing Sutlej will be lost to the posterity if all the hydroelectric projects are commissioned over the next decade as planned. The river with the highest power potential in the state will virtually vanish like the mythological Saraswati. A dry river bed dotted with manmade reservoirs built to divert water for power generation will be left as the meandering river will flow only through long tunnels bored underneath the towering mountains as and when its…

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Artificial Lighting : Beauty Or Beast

By: Poornima Dubey, Sub Editor-ICN Light pollution affects every citizen. It is a serious environmental concern that wastes money, resources and cause different types of pollution also such as air pollution while jeopardizing wildlife, our environment, health and human heritage. As many responsible citizens of this world , you are also  taking several steps to reduce carbon footprint at home, dutifully recycle your wastes each week, replace all the incandescent light bulbs in your home by LEDs or CFLs  but even then also you are burdening our universe with great effect…

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Invasive Weeds Undermining Farm Productivity, Biodiversity

By: Rakesh Lohumi, Sr. Editor-ICN Group SHIMLA: The Himalayas are a treasure house of medicinal and aromatic plants.With no effective strategy to thwart the march of invasive alien species, which pose a major threat to the indigenous flora, more and more area is being usurped by weeds like lantana, ageratum, parthenium (Congress grass) and eupatorium. The appearance of large gregarious patches of these weeds from the Himalayan foothills in the north to the Tamil Nadu in the south is a matter of grave concern as they pose a serious threat to…

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