For the last three years, the months of October and November see extensive coverage of how bad the air in Delhi is. Winters in the capital are a time of excruciating discomfort and irritation in various forms; delayed flights, extreme traffic, low visibility, inability to breathe and irritation in all kinds of body parts. I’ve […]Read More Graded Response Action Plan: How Delhi plans to combat severe air pollution
In light of recent alarming trends in air quality of India, I felt that it is a good idea to revisit one of the most important environmental legislation to have come into effect in India, and to see what the government had in mind when it came out with this Act. The Air (Prevention and […]Read More India’s Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981
Constructed in three phases, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is definitely the most well-known architectural maverick and one of the great wonders of the medieval world. And this wonder, does perfect justice to its name. IT ACTUALLY IS LEANING. Construction of the Leaning Tower of Pisa occurred in three phases, spanning nearly two whole centuries […]Read More WHY IS THE LEANING TOWER OF PISA LEANING?
Tsunamis have been a relatively rare event in the Indian Ocean, at least in human memory, and have been quite prevalent in the Pacific. But every ocean has generated the scourges and left millions of people with scarred memories. Fourteen years ago, such an event occurred, when an earthquake of magnitude 9.1 struck beneath the […]Read More SUMATRA TSUNAMI AND EARTHQUAKE: DEADLIEST DISASTER OF ALL TIME
The White Shark cafe is an extremely unique place. Sounds like a cool hang-out place doesn’t it? Well, it is. Quite literally. This isolated, sub-tropical region in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii is quite literally a cool water, hang out spot for one of the most impressive predators of the open ocean; White […]Read More The White Shark Cafe
No matter where you live in the world, you must know of a place in your country that has experienced earthquakes. Some regions are more prone to earthquakes than others, and draw a lot of focus and attention from scientists and policy makers alike. Regions like California, Himalayas, New Zealand, Japan and the European Alps […]Read More FAQs about earthquakes
In a widely popular decision among environmental groups and scientists, the EU voted last week to ban all outdoor use of one of the world’s most popular insecticide-“neonics” or neonicotinoids. These compounds have been suspected to have a very negative impact on the health of the honeybees and wild bees around the world, especially in […]Read More From Europe: Bee harming insecticide now banned!
The key factor in all climate change articles and especially the Paris Agreement, is that we should not let the temperature increase beyond 2° Celsius. According to current trends, with all our mitigation efforts, the temperature of our Earth is expected to rise by 3.5° Celsius at the end of this century. And without any effort […]Read More Why is an increase of 2° Celsius such a big deal?
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
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