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World Environment Day: Spiritual group plants 10 million trees

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Haridwar: On the occasion of World Environment Day a spiritual group, Gayatri Pariwar announced that it has achieved its 2011 target of planting 10 million trees across the country.

The group took an oath to plant 10 million trees in the country in 2011 on the birth centenary of Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya, the founder of Gayatri Pariwar.

“We are happy to declare that this target has been achieved,” said Gayatri Pariwar head Pranav Pandya, adding the drive had helped in turning more than 100 small hills in Madhya Pradesh green.

Pandya said Gayatri Pariwar had planted environment friendly as well as medicinal and fruit plants during the drive.

“We not only plant trees but make arrangements for their growth also,” he said. (IANS)

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Hottest in History: India faced the Warmest Winter this year due to Global Warming, says Study

Annual mean temperature in India has rapidly increased since 1995. At this rate of increase, it will breach the 1.5 degrees mark within the next two decades

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Global Warming has led to rapid rise in temperature in India. VOA
  • This year’s winter was warmest in India with 2.95 degrees above the average temperature
  • The report was published by CSE on World Environment Day
  • It is only during the monsoon months that the temperature increase is about one degree

India, June 6, 2017: The winter in January-February this year in India was the hottest in history, with 2.95 degrees Celsius more than the baseline, said a CSE study on Monday.

Revealing its findings on World Environment Day, the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) underlined the crisis of global warming in the context of India.

The analysis, based on temperature trends from 1901 till recent years, finds that India has been getting warmer continuously, consistently and rapidly.

“The frequency and intensity of extreme weather events is increasing with rising temperature. For example, in winter of 2017, when the average temperature was 2.95 degree Celsius higher than the 1901-30 baseline, the worst drought in a century happened in southern India, in which Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala were worst-hit, with 330 million coming in the grip of drought,” the CSE study said.

It pointed out that 13 of the 15 warmest years were in the past 15 years (2002-16) and the last decade (2001-10 and 2007-16) were the warmest on record. It said the annual mean temperature in India had risen by about 1.2 degrees since the beginning of the 20th century.

“Annual mean temperature in India has rapidly increased since 1995. At this rate of increase, it will breach the 1.5 degrees mark within the next two decades.”

Efforts to restrict the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius was the aspirational target set under the Paris Agreement.

“With the US exiting the Paris Agreement, controlling emissions and temperature is now a tougher task for the world. We appeal to the global community to come together and take strong actions,” said Sunita Narain, the CSE Director General.

The study asserted that in three out of four seasons (or nine months in a year), temperature in India had already increased by more than 1.5 degree Celsius since the beginning of the 20th century.

It is only during the monsoon months that the temperature increase is about one degree.

The CSE said that while 2016 was the second warmest year in India, the summers of 2010, when the average temperature was 2.05 degrees higher than the baseline, was the highest in recorded history.

“These conditions claimed more than 300 lives. In addition, four cyclonic storms hit India that year (2010).

“India is warming and warming rapidly. The implications of this fundamental fact are serious for economic, social and ecological well-being of the country. We are experiencing frequent extreme weather events, and our weather is becoming unpredictable,” said Chandra Bhushan, the CSE Deputy Director General. (IANS)

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World Environment Day on June 5: Here is what you can do to honor this ‘Global Festival’

Did you know 5th June is the World Environment Day? Read more to find out about this day.

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Group of people planting trees. VOA
  • Every year on the 5th June the world celebrates environment day 
  • People spread awareness on how to improve the environment and its importance

June 04, 2017: June 05 will be observed as World Environment day with the basic idea is to stress the importance of conserving the environment, a thought that we sometimes tend to forget. Its origins can be traced back to environmentalists who voiced that the effort to protect the environment is collective and global in nature.

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The world environment day is an initiative of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), which demands environmental protection action worldwide. The day is celebrated not just for awareness but also for the celebration of the years of hard work and efforts.

The first World Environment Day was celebrated in 1973. Since then, it has been celebrated in the different parts of the world every year with different themes. Today, over 100 countries celebrate the festival.

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Canada will be hosting the 2017 World Environment Day. The theme set for this year is 'Connecting People to Nature' Click To TweetThe theme demands from us stepping out and interacting with the open environment around us. It is to cherish the relationship between man and environment.

This year’s theme ‘getting in touch with nature’. VOA

Let us look at 10 of the SIMPLEST ways you can contribute to this global effort:

  • We consume over 80 trillion aluminium cans every year. Recycling just one can save you enough energy to run the television for three hours. Next time you’re drinking a can of coke, make sure you put in the recycle bin.
  • Save Water! Out of the world’s total water supply, just 1% is usable. Rest 97% are oceans and frozen water.
  • Plastic bags and other plastic garbage are thrown into the ocean, which kills more than 1,000,000 sea creatures every year. Ban plastic bags completely.

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  • Drop the idea of using your car and cycle the short distances. It makes more difference than you think.
  • Reduce your carbon footprint. Turn off unnecessary lights and switches.
  • The famous old suggestion – ‘Plant a Tree’. If that is too much, just water some plants in the park near you. Add to the growth of life.
  • Promote renewable sources of energy.

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  • Do not waste food. World Environment Day is closely associated with Sustainable Development. Resources must be optimally used.
  • Make sure that you voice your interest publicly in protecting the environment. It could influence others including the local politicians to act.
  • Wear Green and go for a walk outside.

The environment is an asset we must strive to protect it. Click To Tweet– By Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394

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Make a pious dip in the holy waters of the Ganga this Ganga Dussehra festival

On this day, devotees take bath in Ganges, which is considered to be highly auspicious

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The Holy River Ganga in Haridwar, Source: Pixabay
  • Ganga Dussehra will be celebrated on 03 June
  • Devotees take holy bath in river Ganga on this day to cleanse sins and misdeeds

Kolkata, June 03, 2017: Ganga Dussehra, also known as Gangavataran means ‘descent of the Ganga’. It falls during Dashami Tithi of Jyeshtha Shukla Paksha. This year, Ganga Dussehra will be celebrated on 3rd June, Saturday. Click To Tweet

Usually, the devotees celebrate Ganga Dussehra a day before Nirjala Ekadashi. But sometimes Ganga Dussehra and Nirjala Ekadashi falls on the same day.

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Just like any other Hindu festival, the festival also has a history. This day is dedicated to Goddess Ganga and commemorated as the day when Ganga was descended to the Earth to complete her mission to purge the souls of the ancestors of King Bhagiratha who were cursed by Kapil Muni. The Goddess Ganga resided in the Kamandal of Lord Brahma before coming to the earth. It is believed that Goddess Ganga brought with her the purity of heaven.

On this day, the Goddess Ganga is worshipped by devotees and the devotees take bath in the Ganges. It is considered to be highly auspicious and pious to take bath in the Ganges and offer charity or Dan-Punya (दान-पुण्य) to the needy on Ganga Dussehra day. Devotees gather in large numbers with the belief that all types of sins and misdeeds can be cleansed by a holy dip in the Ganges on Ganga Dussehra day.

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Devotees gather at Allahabad/Prayag, Garhmukteshwar, Haridwar, Rishikesh and Varanasi to take a holy bath in the Ganges. Among others, Varanasi is famous for the legendary Ganga Dussehra celebrations. On this day, a huge number of devotees participate in Ganga Aarti after Ganga Snan at Dasaswamedh Ghat.

People often confuse Ganga Dussehra with Ganga Jayanti, which is the day when Goddess Ganga was born.

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The puja timings of the festival are mentioned below:
Dashami Tithi Begins = 06:51 on 3/Jun/2017
Dashami Tithi Ends = 08:03 on 4/Jun/2017

– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang