The populations of different species in an ecosystem is an important parameter of that ecosystem. It determines how long the ecosystem can survive, how stable it can remain in times of environmental stresses and how many different species it can support within it. If the population becomes too much, then the ecosystem will collapse as […]Read More The top-down vs bottom-up approach in an ecosystem
You only need to step into any major market in the country to find yourself staring at huge, relentless suggestions and titles and images of all the shops vying for your attention. While the psychological impacts of banners and advertising are significant, that’s not what I’m covering today. It’s the very medium/material that is used […]Read More Flex boards and the problem of “poison plastic”
Almost every accessible piece of land today is being utilized for some or the other purpose directly affecting human needs. Not only is the land being used intensively, but is also evolving and changing with time. What was agricultural land 10 years ago, is most likely to be urban land today. What was forest land […]Read More LULC: Land Use, Land Cover studies and it’s growing importance
From Eco-Intelligent, a very happy Earth Day to all of you!Read More Earth Day 2018: Plant a sapling and be a part of this Earth
Evolution, driven by “survival of the fittest”, allows the best, most suited organisms to survive in an environment. These organisms are “fit” and survive because of a behavioral or physical trait that makes them superior to other competing individuals or species. But what does being “fit” really mean? Is it just about being the best […]Read More How evolution drives niche development in ecosystems
At school, I’m sure every child was once fascinated by the knowledge that the rings on a tree trunk can tell it’s age. The very fact that the age of a tree can be recorded this way used to be unreal, and to actually count the rings of a cut tree and figuring out the […]Read More What can tree rings can tell about forest fires?
In India, environmental protection was not much of an issue till the mid-1980’s. That is, environmental protection as a whole was never seriously considered. The government did enact various legislation pertaining to the environment in the 1970’s and 80’s; most notably the Water Act, 1974, Air Act, 1981, Indian Forest Policy, 1988. But it took […]Read More India’s Environment Protection Act, 1986- An overview
Noise pollution is a major issue in today’s urban areas. From factories to vehicles, from machinery to daily equipment, everything produces a noise that is having a significant impact on the ambient environment as well as the health and well being of humans. In India, an added problem is that Indians are naturally a very […]Read More Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000
I’m on a study tour through South India, visiting different National Parks and scientific institutes. Today was my first day, and already, the lectures we had were extremely interesting… One of the lectures I really found fascinating was given by Amit Jose Kurian, a research scholar at the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and […]Read More Why is shifting cultivation being blamed for land degradation?
It is natural to think that these conflicts only occur in rural areas and fringe communities around natural forests. Yes, HWC are most common in those areas. But as the urban centres around the world have increased, many animals have adapted themselves to live in urban areas as well. Again, we find an overlap of […]Read More Human-Wildlife Conflicts in Urban Areas