THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: ‘Plant trees with ecological roles’
City-based Tree Walk has underscored the need to plant trees that have specific ecological roles and help mitigate problems like climate change. Tree Walk on Sunday conducted an ecological evaluation of trees in East Fort. Fifteen common tree species were assessed for their ‘ecological value’ based on carbon absorption, reduction of air pollution, absorption of soil or atmospheric nitrogen that enhances fertility, micro-climate regulation, wind breaking capacity, and role in providing food and habitats for other life forms. The Tamarind which absorbs almost 55,000 kg of carbon along with Rain tree that stores 20,000 kg of carbon stood first in the list. Other trees identified that were part of the study were Golden shower, Casuarina, Indian Mast tree, Indian Tulip, Indian Tree Of heaven, Mahogany, Coconut, Jackfruit, Mango, Pipal, Banyan, Clammy Cherry and Sage Leaved Alangium. The walk attended by 35 participants was led by S Santhi and Renu Henry.
Scholarships given to LP students
Terumo Penpol Ltd awarded scholarships to five fifth standard students of four government lower primary schools in Villappil as part of its CSR initiative. The eligibility criterion for the Terumo Penpol Scholarship was that the students should have secured a minimum of 75 percentage marks throughout their academic year. The cash award of Rs 5,000 and certificates were distributed to 20 top scorers by Abraham Mathew, vice president (manufacturing), Terumo Penpol.
Chargesheet on environment to be released today
The Kerala Paristhithi Aikya Vedi is releasing a chargesheet on Environment at the YMCAl Hall, Statue, at 10.30 a.m. on Monday. The chargesheet will jointly be released by poet Sugathakumari, environmentalist M K Prasad, former State Biodiversity Board Chairman V S Vijayan and scientist R V G Menon in the presence of representatives of scientists and environmentalists. The release will be followed by discussions and formulation of action plans.