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21: Status of Invasive Plants in Tamil Nadu, India: Their Impact and Significance

Ansari, A.; Gill, S.S.; Abbas, Z.K. CABI PDF

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Status of Invasive Plants in Tamil

Nadu, India: Their Impact and

Significance

S.M. Sundarapandian* and K. Subashree

Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Pondicherry University,

Puducherry, India,

Abstract

Alien invasive plants always pose a major risk to native biodiversity and human welfare. Numerous species have been introduced into India, particularly in Tamil Nadu and particularly during the British administration. At present, there are

279 alien, invasive taxa in Tamil Nadu and about 69% of these are herbs. About 61% of the invasive taxa have migrated to Tamil Nadu from tropical America. Most of the exotic, invasive flora of Tamil Nadu belong to the families Fabaceae and Asteraceae. About 30.8% of the invasive plants are prevalent in all the districts of Tamil Nadu. Nilgiri district has the maximum number of invasive plants (146 taxa). A lot of research has been done on the invasive flora of Tamil Nadu and the numbers are expected to rise in the future. A brief account on the top ten invaders of Tamil Nadu is provided. Several factors facilitate invasion of alien plants such as globalization, global warming, human migration, land-use change, etc.

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5. Green and God: The Environment of Faith

Paul Walden Hansen Texas A&M University Press ePub

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Green and God

The Environment of Faith

God said: “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all generations.”

—Gen. 9:12

IT IS SAID that during the cultural revolution of the 1960s and 1970s the right took God and the left took green. Fortunately, if that was ever true, it is changing. Today, many faiths have come together to support protection of the natural world, and some of the strongest advocates are also some of the most devoted.

The support is also widespread. The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, the National Council of Churches of Christ, and the Evangelical Environmental Network came together to form the National Religious Partnership on the Environment. They proclaim that “Love and gratitude for God’s creation lie deep within religious life. From mountaintops to forests, green pastures to still waters, stars in the sky and lilies of the field, we experience the grace of our Creator and the gift of our presence here. With Earth in grave environmental peril, many religious Americans are seeking to respond through our faith.”

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The Grand Old Girl Adopts a Daughter

Lynn Marie Cuny University of North Texas Press PDF

The Grand Old Girl Adopts a Daughter

We rarely have the privilege of getting to know a tiny baby wild animal, to watch her grow, and to finally see her once again in the company of her own kind, thriving and being loved and cared for close to the very way nature intended. But this past year I was just so privileged.

It was early summer when we received the call. An infant rhesus monkey had been a victim of the cruel trade in wildlife. She, like all helpless infants who are exploited by this business, had been ripped away from her mother’s care shortly after birth to be sold into the

“pet” market. These sensitive, intelligent animals are abused and exploited—all for the sake of profit to the breeders and dealers who continue to benefit by making innocent animals suffer. This particular baby had been purchased by someone who was no longer able to care for her. She had become “destructive” and had to be removed from their home. The fact of the matter was that she should never have been made available for purchase; wildlife belongs in the wild, not cooped up in living rooms or in backyards forced to live out their days in cruel confinement.

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Chapter 1 The Gulf of Mexico Region as a Transnational Community 1Terry L. McCoy

James C Cato Texas A&M University Press PDF

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The Gulf of Mexico Region as a Transnational Community

Terry L. McCoy

Introduction

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This chapter assesses the prospects for the Gulf of Mexico region to evolve into an integrated transnational community. The underlying question is whether the

Gulf functions as a barrier separating or a bridge uniting the coastal regions of the three countries that share it. Answering that question involves addressing a number of related ideas: Are trade and investment flows, transportation networks, demographic movements, intergovernmental collaboration, and civil society interaction knitting the Gulf territories of the United States and Mexico together across the Gulf? Do officials and residents of the region think of themselves as belonging to a Gulf community? Is there a growing sense of community identification accompanied by transnational institution building? And where does Cuba, the third Gulf nation, fit?

The original impetus for this research, which began in the mid-1990s, was the launch of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which promised a new era in United States–Mexico relations (see McCoy, 1996, for early work). A decade later it is appropriate to assess the extent to which the predicted changes have in fact occurred.

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1912 Silent Movies in Duneland

Kenneth J. Schoon Quarry Books ePub

Back when movies were black and white and talkies hadn’t yet been invented, one of the nation’s most promising movie production companies was Chicago’s Essanay Studio, and one of its filming locations was along the remote lakeshore in northwest Indiana. The dunes made a perfect backdrop for at least a few of Essanay’s films. The lake, after all, did quite nicely for ocean scenes, and the beach and dunes could easily become deserts. A bonus was that the dunes were still open and rather empty of homes.

In 1912, Essanay used the dunes at Miller for the The Conquest of Mexico, the motion picture spectacular of its day. It was thus at the north end of Lake Street that 160 faux Spaniards led by Hernando Cortez landed on the beach. There they encountered numerous faux Aztecs and their emperor Montezuma, whom they soundly defeated (while dozens of Miller residents looked on from the tops of nearby dunes).

With no hotels in the area, ten Pullman cars sitting on a siding near the Miller Station housed the actors for the week. Many of the “extras” were students from Chicago’s Art Institute who enjoyed a Duneland vacation while being paid a dollar a day.

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