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We’d be better off not planting trees… Part I

[Tree in a rural area] (LOC)

Image by The Library of Congress via Flickr

In a three-part series titled ‘We’d be better off not planting trees’, Chandrashekar Hariharan helps readers understand that there is a vital connect between the physical planting of trees and a more subtle connect between energy-saving and how this signifies the protection of as many trees, in terms of easing the load on carbon absorption.

The writer is the Chairman of BCIL-ZED, the Bangalore-based global pioneer in green building.


It was ironic. It was a five-star hotel, one of the older ones in Bangalore. They had organized a green initiative this week; intending to do something toward making a better Bangalore on World Environment Day. Continue reading

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Soil pH has declined significantly since 1980s in India & China

Fertilizer-Burn on a cannabis sativa leaf.

Image via Wikipedia

Each plant and its soil life form have a particular soil pH it is used to. It is like blood pressure in our bodies, that varies many levels even within a day. Any change can lead to complications in the organism’s metabolism. Decrease in pH modifies top soils, a major source of crop nutrients.

Soil pH declined significantly from the 1980s to 2000s in nearly all crop production areas in India and China. Average decline was between 0.13 and 0.8. Typically pH value hovers at an average of eight across most lands of the world. Continue reading

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African elephant: what a beast!

The African Elephant is the largest living terrestrial animal, normally reaching 20-24 feet in length and 11.5 to 13 feet in height at the head. An adult weighs between 6-9 tonnes.

The elephant normally moves at a rate of 6 km/h), but it can reach a top speed of 40 km/h when scared or upset. Continue reading

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