When India was a newly formed country, just free from the clutches of the British Raj, decisions had to be made about what animals would be the symbol of our country. The Great Indian Bustard (Ardeotis nigriceps) was a strong contender for being claimed as the National Bird of India. But, considering a possible national embarrassment […]Read More Great Indian Bustard: The bird that “almost” became our national bird
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
Conservation for the sake of conservation is a romantic notion. But in reality, it’s far from it. Conservation today requires the cooperation of many stakeholders, including the locals, different levels of government, corporations and even the potential economic benefit of the area in question. Unfortunately, the last factor seems to be held in highest regard in […]Read More The ground reality of conservation in India: An interview with Dr. George Schaller
With the world slowly but steadily descending into living hell (no, I’m not exaggerating), scientists in the field of environmental science are hard pressed for solutions. There have been many that have been proposed and implemented. Some of which, I have mentioned in my blogs as well: restoration ecology, wildlife conservation, genetic modification and manipulation, […]Read More Geoengineering: Is this the only way to save the world?
The problems of rising carbon in the atmosphere, along with the changing climate is one of the biggest in the 21st century. These problems are so large scale, so beyond human control that many people have just made peace with the fact that the world as we know it will soon end (or worse, live […]Read More Reusing wastes: Epic ideas to tackle carbon emissions and climate change
When you are staring at 60% of the coral reefs being bleached, and a 40% loss in coral reefs all over the world, as a scientist, you cannot just sit there and take it. Tens of scientists all around the world are working tirelessly to ensure that the reefs have a way to cope up […]Read More Coral bleaching: Is there a way corals can recover?
Now that we have established why conservation is as important as restoration (if you haven’t read that, read Conservation vs Restoration: The key differences), let’s delve deeper into the steps the world has taken towards conservation of biodiversity. After recognizing that the world’s biodiversity is under threat, the countries of the world under the banner of […]Read More World Conservation Strategy: What is it and why is it important?
When we talk about remediation of impacts of human activities, it will always have two aspects: recovering what is lost and preventing what is left from permanent loss. Recovering what is lost comes under the banner of restoration ecology. Prevention of loss, on the other hand, is the work of a field called conservation biology. […]Read More Conservation vs Restoration: The key differences
(The reason posts on restoration ecology is coming thick and fast is because I have an exam on this subject tomorrow. Might as well blog and study at the same time!) Minespoils are one of the most degraded bits of land to have been generated by human activity. Even nature thinks so. Why do I […]Read More Restoring minespoils
In a previous post, I suggested how land degradation can be overcome by 10 simple and effective management practices. However, these steps are mostly to prevent further land degradation. What to do when faced with a piece of land that is already degraded? How is it restored to it’s past ecological prime? For that, we […]Read More Restoring degraded lands: Land reclamation