Ready to dig: Parts of the National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary will now be opened for sand mining.

Part of Chambal wildlife sanctuary to be opened for sand mining

Parts of the National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary (NCWS) will be opened to sand mining. The sanctuary spans across three states–Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. The National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) gave its nod to sand mining in 207.05 hectares of the NCWS, which fall in Morena district in MP. Environmentalists warned that this decision could legalise illegal sand mining. They also fear that the order could be used to pressure central and state governments to open up protected areas for similar activities.  

Truss appoints ‘climate sceptic’ Jacob Rees-Mogg as UK’s new energy secretary

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G20 talks collapse after leaders fail to agree on text for Ukraine war, climate finance

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Sportswear brand owner gives away company to fight climate crisis 

The owner of Patagonia, one of the world’s largest sportswear brands is giving away his entire company to fight climate change. Yvon Chouinard is giving the company to a trust and non-profit that will use all of the company’s profits towards climate action. Members of the Chouinard family donated 2% of all stock and their decision-making power to a trust, while 98% of the company stock will go to Holdfast Collective, a non-profit. 

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