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Human-Wildlife Conflicts in Urban Areas

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 habitats between humans and animals. Here too, we see many instances of HWC. Continue reading Human-Wildlife Conflicts in Urban Areas

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India’s Wildlife Protection Act, 1972

Soon after the Stockholm convention on Environment, the Indian government responded positively by passing an act for the protection of India’s wildlife (both terrestrial and aquatic) and their habitats. Ever visited a Wildlife Sanctuary or a National Park? Taken a safari to enjoy the animals in the wild? Well, all that was possible only after the enactment of this Act. Continue reading India’s Wildlife Protection Act, 1972

How do oceans determine regional climatic conditions-Part II

Well, hello there!

I know it has been a while, but with the ever warmer summers that we have been having (thanks for that, by the way) I get extremely busy this time of year. Now that we are back we shall continue our discussion on the effects of oceans on the world climate, and subsequently, the contemporary world. This post is the continuation of the effects of oceans on regional climate. If you haven’t read it already, please do so by clicking here. Caught up? Good, let us continue. Continue reading How do oceans determine regional climatic conditions-Part II

About Water, and its place in the Universe

This is the second post in the water series, written by Priyadarshan Pandey.

The first post of the series- click here.
 

If you’re anything like me, you love the universe and are fascinated by its size and lore. To quote the great Douglas Adams,

“Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly hugely mindbogglingly big it is. I mean you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space.” – Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy

It is filled with mysteries beyond our understanding (yet) and energy so destructive it is spectacular. It must really make one consider his/her place in the universe, right? I’m genuinely asking. You see being the awesome work of nature that I am, I have never worried about my cosmological insignificance.

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You humans might try to reassure yourself of your worth by tattooing we are all stardust on your back but I literally AM stardust. So yeah, we’re going to talk about my place in the universe today.

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Botanical support: How can plants help control landslides?

Landslides, when occur, account for huge destruction to both life and property. What landslides are and what are the measures one could take to prevent them has been already mentioned here. When it comes to prevention of landslides, a neat relationship between landslide and botany is seen. One of the measures is to grow trees up slope as it will slow down the flow of water and roots binding the soil will thus prevent soil erosion. But just planting any tree or shrub won’t be beneficial…

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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, management practices, modification of policies, to name a few. Others like waste management, renewable sources of energy, disaster management also exist.

But how effective have they really been?

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