Baobab Tree, Africa

Africa’s Iconic Baobab Trees Are Dying

Baobab trees are old, have iconic structures with stalky branches that project out unexpectedly from thick, rugged trunks. These unstructured trees can grow to a tremendous size and are usually spotted in low-lying areas in Africa and Australia. They are also referred to as upside-down trees because30

Orchis italica

Economic Importance of Naked Man Orchid

Kingdom: Plantae Order: Asparagales Family: Orchidaceae Subfamily: Orchidoideae Genus:  Orchis Species: O. italica Orchis italica, ordinarily known as the naked man orchid or the Italian orchid (because the flowers resemble a naked man) is a type of orchid local to the Mediterranean. The petals of30

Mimosa Pudica

Economic Importance of ‘Touch me Not’ Plant Mimosa Pudica

Common Name: Touch Me Not plant, Lajwanti Family:  Fabaceae Subfamily: Caesalpinioideae Genus: Mimosa Species: pudica Native: South America Description: The plant is a creeping annual or perennial flowering plant of the pea/legume family. The plant can be easily identified due to its characteristic closing of30

The conifer forest

Infographic: The Alarming Truth Behind Deforestation

The infographic, as you can see, is called The Alarming Truth Behind Deforestation, and a quick look shows that is certainly is an alarming truth. It clearly illustrates the current state of the world’s rainforests and the damage that has been done to them so30

State of Forest Report 2013

India State of Forest Report 2013 Released

Shri Prakash Javadekar , the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Environment, Forests & Climate Change released the biennial report “India State of Forest Report (ISFR)”. It is now the 13th report in the series. As per the report, total forest and tree cover of30

MoEF’s National REDD+ Draft Policy

The REDD (reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries) mechanism originally aimed at creating some sort of financial incentive for forest carbon stocks which were left outside the purview of the negotiations that adopted UNFCCC and brought into picture the Kyoto Protocol. REDD+ takes it30

Green Belt- Buffer

Green Belts for a Better, Safer Environment

Trees, shrubs and other vegetation can absorb certain air pollutants if they are within tolerable limits. This concept is utilised in developing strips of vegetation known as green belt development. Green belts should be developed especially around sources of pollution to improve the environment. In30

Liquidambar formosana

Economic importance of Liquidambar formosana

Kingdom: Plantae Order: Saxifragales Family: Hamamelidaceae Genus:  Liquidambar Species: Liquidambar formosana Common name: Formosa sweet gum Origin: China Description: Formosa Sweet gum has a wide, pyramidal shape when young but eventually grows to a rounded or irregular form. Young specimens may vary in form and be somewhat30