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"In March 2023 the #Forest #Conservation Amendment bill was plaed before the LokSabha. Ms Prakriti Srivastava,IFS (PCCF #Kerala) & I jointly wrote a submission to the Joint Parliamentary Committee, link provided at the end of the (long) thread. 1/n
highlighting the imp pts:
Fundamental changes in the proposed bill:
a)Limits the scope & ambit of the original FCA (1980), removing crucial safeguards from a vast majority of India's #biodiverse rich #forests, thereby opens the floodgates for diversion for other uses
b) Undoes many provisions of the existing #ForestConservationAct; c) dilutes the 202/1996 #SupremeCourt ‘Godavarman’ #judgement, overturns its #conservation gains
(d) facilitates privatisation of forests to create plantations
e) shifts focus from conservation of forests to 3/n
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With the cacophony over #Elephant #Arikomban, lets understand how such #elephants are 'made', and #conflict created. As per a #Kerala cabinet decision taken in August 2002, 559 families of landless tribals were settled on 276 ha land in #Chinnakanal during 2003. The then 1/9 Image
DFO (#Munnar) #PrakritiSrivastava objected: it was prime #elephant habitat & corridor, the consequences would be disasterous. Within a year, human-elephant conflict had escalated. Giving pattas wily-nily w/o w/o #forest dept inputs #wildlife consideration is best avoided 2/9 representative image from t...
The settlement opened the floodgates. #tourism resorts mushroomed, encroachments were ignored, regularlised chocking passage for #wildlife Conflict exacerbated exponentially-huge loss of crops, people were killed.As a former Kerala IAs officer puts it 3/9 Image
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#NRI youth killed at #AnandpurSahib came from a family of #soldiers, father a serving Capt; was training as a #tattoo #artist | Pardeep Singh had come to pay obeisance at Shri Anandpur Sahib on the eve of #HolaMohalla
He objected to few men who were using loudspeaker in their jeeps to play songs. In the brawl that ensued, those miscreants stabbed Pardeep to death. #HolaMohalla witnesses one of the largest religious #congregations in #Punjab & is celebrated at #AnandpurSahib in Ropar every year
#PardeepSingh’s uncle #GurdialSingh told that Pardeep had gone to #Canada in 2016 after completing Plus Two and was now the #PermanentResident (PR) of the country. Pardeep’s younger sister #KiranbirKaur too is in Canada.
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Do you know #elephant family is all women group. Made of #mother, #aunts, #grandmother & all other #ladies. Most of the times Male leave herd early. Kids are looked by all female elephants in herd not only mother. Most experienced female makes all decision for family. #WomensDay
Obvious that experienced matriarch should lead #elephant family. She has accumulated immense traits/wisdom due to her long life. Which comes handy in long journeys & dangers. So when matriarch dies of some accident, the herd is directionless for some time.
Males keep on joining & leaving herds. Well one of the accepted theory is. That males when they get young are pushed out from the herd/family by dominant female, also called as matriarch. To check the inbreeding. Which only shows elephants are highly intelligent.
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I have been researching relocation of people from #ProtectedAreas - v contentious – and also v nuanced. There r many issues/problems related to it, which I hope to discuss/address in my #PhD but here I share some good practices in #Wayanad #Kerala of people moving out from 1/6
#forests outside PAs. The people apply & then are funded. Conflict with #elephants is acute. Most-not all-people esp the younger generation have aspirations for better #education, jobs etc when they move out but find themselves disadvantaged as they lived in remote #forests 2/6
There is rarely skilling & other such support provided post relocation. But here, in #Wayanad the #Kerala #Forest Dept #RebiuldKerala has a program to provide skills to rebuild the lives of the displaced such as tailoring, electrical, driving etc 3/6
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#Virginia has once again failed 1) #elephant🐘#Asha & 2) the issue of public safety (HB2483).

The personal ‘wants’ of a few were favored over public safety & the needs of a captive wild #animal.
.@MichaelWebert You have said:

“Life is easy when you’re a Democrat politician because you can twist whatever legislation you want to fit your narrative.”

With all due respect, you did just that in response to HB2483. 2/
.@MichaelWebert Your remarks & those in opposition to the bill were *personal, emotional, not based in science*.

Ironically, these are words used to invalidate concerned citizens when advocating for animal welfare issues and public safety concerns. 3/
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Wild elephants raiding rice filelds for food is common, but this particular #elephant has been raiding ration shops and houses in search of rice!
In one-and-a-half years, the rogue elephant called 'Ari Komban' (rice tusker) has raided this ration shop 6-7 times in search of rice.
Arikomban has been a regular presence in and around Anayirankal Dam near #Munnar and has killed at least 10 people.
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Arikomban strikes again...
Raids the ration shop in Panniar for the fourt time in ten days in search of rice.
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Finishing up my backlog, this being the first, as we don't typically put focus on what happens to domesticated plants as much as we do with animals, and I thought I'd change that.

#specevo #speculativeevolution #elephants #rhino #pumpkins #worldbuilding #speculativefiction
For Avocados and Gourds, with their large seeds and large and tough shells, it's essentially pleistocene rewilding, as now they have megafauna again to spread disperse their seeds (and of course, descendants of animals who have recognized pumpkins as a treat).
For the dragonfruit, it's essentially inspired by how much elephants took a liking to invasive Prickly pear fruit, and dragonfruit is VERY popular in shoutheast asia (including my own home, Indonesia).

Smaller fruits, from plums to apples to peaches, also have more dispersers.
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Efforts being put in by @resqct and @MahaForest @MilishSharma #DhananjayWaybhase in Gadchiroli to monitor this incredible wild #Elephant herd in #Maharashtra to prevent human-elephant conflict @NehaPanchamia @ranjeetnature @DJIGlobal @SageEarth (1/4)
Using UAV Thermal Drone imaging to monitor elephants is safe for the #elephants and the humans involved, as it can be done from a distance. It is quite silent and observes the elephants post dark from a height of 100 ft without disturbing them. (2/4) Image
While sincere efforts are being put to prevent human-elephant conflict, the herd often ventures out of the forest patch post dark and causes a fair amount of damage to the crops of local farmers and homes of the villagers. (3/4) ImageImage
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During the early 1990s, John Blashford-Snell, Rula Lenska and other travelled to Nepal to find and photograph the giant #elephants Raja Gaj and Kansha. They succeeded, and got great images of both animals. They later wrote a book about their adventures... 1/n ImageImage
The twin-domed skulls and convex trunk bases of these animals - Raja Gaj in particular - led to suggestions (albeit only in talks and popular articles) that they were 'living mammoths' or 'living stegodonts'. I asked Blashford-Snell a few times where these ideas came from... 2/n
They were the result of confusion. The Nepalese giants had been compared by some elephant experts to Elephas hysudricus, an Asian #Pleistocene fossil #elephant with very prominent cranial doming. No deliberate reference to mammoths OR stegodonts! 3/n Image
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"The Evolution of Strangers and Foreigners"

🧵 Today's SFI Seminar by @DoctorBugs (@Smithsonian)…

cc @templeton_fdn
First, a loop back to his LAST (2020) SFI Seminar on 3D structure of living systems from biofilms to rainforest canopies:

And his #ComplexityPodcast episode on ideas from that talk and this one:…
"People often think of societies as cooperative, but some societies are NOT very cooperative. I prefer to put the focus on them as groups."

"Societies are just one aspect of belonging. There are groups *within* societies & that's what psychologists mostly focus on."

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1/ from our first story in last week's newsletter:

"Construction of the Issoudun Aerodrome in rural France began in July 1917, and although the air base was still under construction, the first American flight students and instructors arrived for flight training in November. Image
2/ Among them was Harry Wingate, the 22-yr-old son of a GA tobacco farmer and an expert pilot. He was assigned to Training Field #8, one of 11 separate airfields, where he would teach advanced combat flight tactics-what laymen would call stunt flying- in a French Nieuport biplane Image
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Supported by the #InternewsEarthJournalismNetwork, @tharushineethr1 did a brilliant job mapping the far-reaching, widespread environmental impact of the foreign-funded Moragahakanda-Kalu Ganga reservoir project. @earthjournalism…
She spent weeks researching it. The project has destroyed elephant corridors, exacerbating the human-elephant conflict in agricultural areas, especially Matale. Agitated elephants were ruining crops and property built across inter-generational migration routes.
Because Moragahakanda releases water earlier than usual into Minneriya tank, #elephants can't eat the lush grass that sprouts on the tank bed during dry season. The ‘Great Elephant Gathering of Minneriya’ has been decimated.
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 12/22/2021…
The Corn of the Future Is Hundreds of Years Old and Makes Its Own Mucus…

#CornVarieties, #PlantBreeding, #bacteria, #NaturalFertilizer, #mucus
The Second Great Age of Political Correctness…

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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 10/24/2021…
As China Stops Exports of Phosphate, what will be the impact on 11-52 Prices and Availability?…

#phosphate #china #export #agriculture #price #availability #logistics #NorthAmerica
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A new study indicates that ivory poaching in African #elephants are resulting in tusk-less elephants. Study is very important in the sense that it proves; humans are changing anatomy of wildlife. Humans effecting the evolution on a small time scale also.…
The study is done in Gorongosa national park in Mozambique.

To finance the conflict during 1977 to 1992, Ivory poaching resulted in slaughter of 90% of elephants.

As a result tusk-less were left to breed & pass on the trait. In effect genetically engineered by mass poaching.
The study found that before War 18.5% females were naturally tusk less. After war 33% r tusk-less born since 90.

How on small time scale also humans are impacting evolution. Alarming. Do read study.

Representative picture of African elephants taken by good friend @saroshlodhi.
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3. Not my kind of pet, but they all seem to be happy in this video. 🦎

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1. #Travel #Holidays #ClimateChange #Sustainability

Over the years I have tweeted about various aspects about how we travel and its affect on the #environment and the world around us. Through those years I've become more conscious of the travel decisions I make and it hasn't... Image
2. #Travel #Holidays #ClimateChange #Sustainability

...always been easy. In my small way I'd travel for business by train rather than car, using rail to travel to #Brussels #Paris, offsetting my #CarbonFootprint when travelling by air. Now I'm looking to #EV, 2replace my car... Image
3. #Travel #Holidays #ClimateChange #Sustainability

A couple of years ago whilst I was in #London, I decided to visit the #ExtinctionRebellion protest in #Whitehall where I managed to speak with one of its members, talking about the #Climate and Travel:
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In batch of pleas along with one by activist Rangarajan Narasimhan over the alleged inhumane treatment of elephants kept in temples across the state of Tamil Nadu, Madras High Court orders Forest Dept to prepare catalogue of all captive elephants in TN.…
The court has directed the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests to prepare the catalogue alongwith their video recordings.
The plea was being heard by a bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice PD Audikesavalu.
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#MadrasHighCourt: "... it is time to rethink whether elephants can be subjected to the ignominy of participating in Temple celebrations and temple rituals and whether such activities are any better than elephants being used for begging in the streets."
Religious sentiments must at times yield to reason and the animal’s point of view, if at all the same may be perceived, may also be taken into consideration upon obtaining scientific expert advice in such regard: #MadrasHighCourt

#MadrasHighCourt directs Principal Chief Conservator of Forests to prepare a catalog of all captive elephants in TN.

Video recording of elephants sought for, with complete profile of each elephant - including age, sex, lineage, how the elephant came to be captured, domesticated.
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In addition to conducting the #science underpinning evidence-based #conservation tools, Taronga also supports their roll out. For example, Taronga supports a #carnivore #coexistence officer, Tshepo Ditlhabang, on @BPCTrust’s “Re Mmôgô” project in #Botswana #ScienceWeek Image
This #coexistence officer provides the community with access to evidence-based #HWC mitigation tools, including eye-cow, and is working to provide protective livestock collars, and flashing lights (#lionlights) at overnight enclosures. Image
While deterring hungry #carnivores, flashing lights also deter #elephants, themselves a major cause of #HWC but also a vital part of the ecosystem. Research led by @TempeAdams at Elephants without borders showed lights deterred field incursions… Image
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