Every year, the Earth has a certain limit to the natural resources it produces. This includes the oxygen it generates from plants and trees, the food it produces, the timber it can provide, the non-timber forest products we can gather, the life it can support. We, the advanced species that we are, have decided to […]Read More Earth Overshoot Day 2018: The day we use up whatever the Earth can give us this year
It has been seen all over the world that while the land cover is changing rapidly, the effect it is having on groundwater and it’s recharge is becoming more and more significant. This is especially true in places that rely solely on groundwater to meet their water needs. As groundwater extraction is increasing around the […]Read More How does LULC change affect groundwater recharge?
At school, I’m sure every child was once fascinated by the knowledge that the rings on a tree trunk can tell it’s age. The very fact that the age of a tree can be recorded this way used to be unreal, and to actually count the rings of a cut tree and figuring out the […]Read More What can tree rings can tell about forest fires?
India’s humongous and lavish spread of ecosystems such as forests, grasslands, wetlands, deserts, coastal and marine has been a subject of global admiration. India boasts of being one of the seventeen (17) most-biodiversity rich countries (technically known as the “mega diverse countries) in the world. So, how does this make India better than other countries? […] […]Read More Biological Diversity Act, 2002
Autumn has just passed us by. Every autumn, we see a spectacle of colors all around us. In most temperate regions, leaves change into many different colors. Then, they fall off. The only irritating thing about autumn is the fallen leaves. It can clog up drains, create a mess in our gardens and roads, and […]Read More Ever wondered what happens when you sweep fallen leaves?
Forests are invaluable to humans, both for us to life and to keep our economy going. Look around your room. I bet you can name more than 10 things in your room that is directly, or indirectly obtained from a forest. But here’s the paradox: while we need standing forests to live, we need to […]Read More Land degradation: Role of deforestation
While the cases of forest fires have been increasing all over the world, most of them have been due to human activities and carelessness. As I’ve mentioned in my previous post, Forest Survey of India believes that 95% of the fires caused are due to human negligence. In this post, I’m going to be looking […]Read More Forest fires and climate change: is there a link?
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 in the world; less than 20% of […]Read More Forest Fires: A burning issue
Dear 21st century humans, Our generation is a special one. We may be the last one to see some beauty on this planet. Or we can take responsibility and make this planet sustainable for the generations to come. The result, is in our hands. The other day, I came across an article about Bangalore (or Bengaluru, if you […]Read More We are at a watershed moment
Dear 21st century humans, Looks like the Indian government is taking some proactive steps in working towards an ecological lifestyle for it’s citizens. It has been recently announced that the government plans to spend over $6 billion in reviving the forests in India. They would like to bring to total forest cover in India from […]Read More India’s forest revival saga