Great Indian Bustard: The bird that “almost” became our national bird

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 […]

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The ground reality of conservation in India: An interview with Dr. George Schaller

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 […]

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Geoengineering: Is this the only way to save the world?

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, […]

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World Conservation Strategy: What is it and why is it important?

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 […]

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Restoring minespoils

(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 […]

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