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Reforestation: Ecuador plants 647,250 trees, breaks Guinness record

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Forests are one of the most important natural resources that have been gifted to mankind for its sustained existence on earth. Conservation of forests is, therefore, a necessity that requires to be addressed as a priority.

Recently, Ecuador broke the world record for restoration when thousands of people planted 647,250 trees of more than 200 species.

“I have just been informed that we have broken the Guinness record for reforestation,” said President Rafael Correa.

Explaining about the adopted measures taken for restoration, Correa said, “The seedlings were planted all over Ecuador, which boasts varied geography from its Pacific coast, high Andean peaks and low Amazon basin areas.”

Environment Minister Lorena Tapia tweeted that 44,883 people planted the trees on more than 2,000 hectares (4,942 acres) of land.

Hundreds of varieties of plants and trees were planted as part of the mass reforestation effort, said Carlos Martinez, Guinness Records adjudicator.

“There is no record in history of similar events involving over 150 species,” he told Agence France-Presse.

Volunteers who planted trees in more than 150 spots across Ecuador said that while they were proud of the record, they wouldn’t mind seeing it broken again.

Last September, Philippines broke the record for the most trees planted in an hour with 3.2 million seedlings sown as a part of a national forestation program.

Ecuador holds several other world records, including the most plastic bottles recycled in one week and the most people buried in sand simultaneously, as per Guinness.

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Ten Trees that have Spiritual Significance Attached to them: Find Out!

You will be surprised to know what spiritual representation each of the trees contains

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Trees have spiritual representation. Pixabay

June 20, 2017:

Trees have some spiritual representation and symbolic meaning attached to them. A tree is a symbol of endurance, perseverance, antiquity, and magnanimity.  With body rooted in earth and crown dancing in the sky, a tree is a symbol of life.

You will be surprised to know what spiritual representation each of the trees contains. Here is a list of trees with different symbols:

  1.  APPLE 

Apple Tree. Pixabay

It symbolizes happiness, youthfulness, vigor, beauty, and magic.

 

2.  BAMBOO 

Bamboo Tree. Pixabay

It represents spirit, rejuvenation, and versatility.

 

3. BONSAI 

Bonsai Tree. Pixabay

It conveys meditation, harmony, the balance of thoughts.

 

4. CEDAR 

Cedar Tree. Pixabay

The symbolic meaning includes purification and healing.

 

5. CHERRY 

Cherry Tree. Pixabay

It signifies awakening and rebirth. It is also called a symbol of romance.

 

6. EUCALYPTUS

Eucalyptus Tree. Pixabay

It purports wealth and foretelling.

 

7. OAK 

Oak Tree. Pixabay

It is a symbol of prowess and strength and is the most powerful of all trees.

 

8. OLIVE 

Olive Tree. Pixabay

It implies reward, success, and fruitfulness.

 

9. PINE 

Pine Tree. Pixabay

It is a symbol of holiday celebration and eternal life.

 

10. PALM 

Palm Tree. Pixabay

It exhibits firm, unbreakable and an opportunity to nurture the soul.

 


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Have lost count of Songs sung, says Versatile and Guinness record holder Playback Singer Balasubrahmanyam

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Playback Singer Balasubrahmanyam, Wikimedia

Panaji, Nov 20, 2016: Versatile and record-breaking playback singer S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, who is a Guinness record holder having sung nearly 40,000 songs, has actually lost count of the songs he has given voice to for films in various languages.

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Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the inauguration here of the 47th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Balasubrahmanyam, who has already been honoured with Padma Bhushan said that he credits his fellow lyricists, music directors and other colleagues for his success as a singer.

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“Even I do not exactly know. It cannot be over 40,000. It should be between 35,000 and 40,000,” Balasubrahmanyam said when asked about the number of songs he has sung.

Balasubrahmanyam is being felicitated with the Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year at the IFFI this year. (IANS)

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Ecuador drills near an Amazon nature reserve calls it the start of a new era

Ecuador drills for oil near an Amazon nature reserve and the government blamed the international community for this failure

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Members of the media inspect measures taken at the ITT, or block 43, oil block by Petroamazonas to minimize impact on the environment during oil production in Tiputini, Ecuador, Sept. 7, 2016. Source: VOA
  • Ecuador began drilling for oil Wednesday near an Amazon nature reserve known as Yasuni
  • Around half of Ecuador’s income comes from oil, according to the World Bank.
  • Correa’s government blamed the international community for the failure of a plan once seen as a possible model for other developing countries seeking to resist the lure of oil money

Ecuador began drilling for oil Wednesday near an Amazon nature reserve known as Yasuni, a site that President Rafael Correa had previously sought to protect from development and pollution under a pioneering conservation plan.

Correa in 2007 asked wealthy countries to donate $3.6 billion to offset revenue lost by not drilling in the Yasuni National Park. But the initiative was scrapped in 2013 after it brought in less than 4 percent of the amount requested.

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Correa’s government blamed the international community for the failure of a plan once seen as a possible model for other developing countries seeking to resist the lure of oil money. Wednesday’s drilling by the state oil company Petroamazonas began in the ITT (Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini) block at Tiputini, which is just outside Yasuni. Ishpingo and Tambococha are within the Yasuni reserve itself.

Workers walk past machinery at Miranda Port in Tiputini, Ecuador, Sept. 7, 2016.
Workers walk past machinery at Miranda Port in Tiputini, Ecuador, Sept. 7, 2016. Source: VOA

Correra has said previously that drilling would affect less than 1 percent of the reserve.

“It’s the start of a new era for Ecuadorean oil,” said Vice President Jorge Glas after a tour of the site Wednesday.

“In this new era, first comes care for the environment and second responsibility for the communities and the economy, for the Ecuadorean people,” he told reporters, adding that the cost of production was less than $12 per barrel.

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Ecuador is OPEC’s smallest member and has suffered heavily from the fall in oil prices. Around half its income comes from oil, according to the World Bank.

It is also one of the world’s most biodiverse nations, boasting Amazon rainforest, Andean mountains and the Galapagos Islands.

The end of Ecuador’s conservation initiative for the eastern Yasuni, a vast swath of rainforest on the equator, drew outrage from environmentalists when it was first announced.

“This is the worst imaginable place to be drilling for oil. The world can simply not afford to lose a place like Yasuni,” Kevin Koenig, Ecuador program director at Amazon Watch, said in a statement.

About 1.67 billion barrels of oil lie under Yasuni’s soil.

With output from the Tiputini field, Ecuador’s oil production will rise to some 570,000 barrels per day (bpd) from a current level of about 550,000 bpd, government officials say. (VOA)