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12 February 2019

Environment in multiple crises; Global insect decline & India, China leading global greening effort | Latest News


Environment in multiple crises - report : BBC


The think-tank Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) says human impacts have reached a critical stage and threaten to destabilise society and the global economy.

Scientists warn of a potentially deadly combination of factors. These include 
climate change, 
mass loss of species, 
topsoil erosion, 
forest felling and 
acidifying oceans.

Global insect decline may see 'plague of pests': BBC


A scientific review of insect numbers suggests that 40% of species are undergoing "dramatic rates of decline" around the world.

The study says that bees, ants and beetles are disappearing eight times faster than mammals, birds or reptiles.

But researchers say that some species, such as houseflies and cockroaches, are likely to boom.

India, China leading global greening effort: NASA study : Economic Times

India and China are leading the global greening effort, which is quite contrary to the general perception worldwide, a latest NASA study said Monday, observing that the world is a greener place than it was 20 years ago

The NASA study based on data received and analysed from its satellite said that India and China are leading in greening on land. "China and India account for one-third of the greening but contain only 9 per cent of the planet's land area covered in vegetation," said leading in greening on land. "China and India account for one-third of the greening but contain only 9 per cent of the planet's land area covered in vegetation," said lead author Chi Chen of Boston University. 

"That is a surprising finding, considering the general notion of land degradation in populous countries from over exploitation," he said. 

The study published on February 11, in the Nature Sustainability journal said that recent satellite data (2000–2017) reveal a greening pattern that is strikingly prominent in China and India and overlaps with croplands world-wide. 



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