Tag: 21st century

Forest Fires: A burning issue

Forests have been a natural resource that humans have depended on for millions of years. Today, forests are also one of the most “endangered” natural resource. We are cutting down about 13 million hectares of forest per year all over the world. Asia has the lowest forest cover […]

Habitat and Niche

The health of an ecosystem directly depends on the species richness and species diversity. Ecosystems have evolved to accommodate more number of individuals and species in it, so as to remain stable despite environmental disturbances. How does an ecosystem achieve this accommodation? There are two major processes that […]

Indus Water Treaty: Environmental standpoint

Due to the complex geo-political situation between virtually every country in the world, it’s not surprising that the environment is dragged into it. One such hot-topic in the recent days has been the reemergence of the Indus Water Treaty between India and Pakistan. Features of the Treaty This […]

Species diversity and Species richness

In scientific literature, you will often find these two terms; “species richness” and “species diversity” being used. While they sound quite similar (and mistakenly used interchangeably by many), they are two different concepts. I’d like to dedicate this blog to explaining what they mean, and why each of […]

Adaptations: Another tool for diversity

The key factor for generation of diversity on Earth is evolution, as I told you in my previous blog Diversity on Earth: How is it created and maintained? I also mentioned that environmental disturbances play a major role in the initiation of evolution. In this blog, I’d like to […]