Have you ever wondered why dogs and humans reproduce very differently? Why their litter is so big, often up to 7-8 pups while humans rarely give birth to more than 1 child at a time? Well, there is a reason for it, and it has to do with the rate of mortality or death the […]Read More R-strategists, K-strategists and Survivorship curves: The reproductive adaptations of different organisms
In a world that has been highly reliant on coal and petroleum for centuries, is it difficult to imagine that soon, we shall reach a point where it is no longer economically advisable to do so? Well, believe it or not, that time is soon coming (or is already here). Scientists and industry experts all […]Read More Renewable tipping point: Revolutionizing the global energy market
In India, environmental protection was not much of an issue till the mid-1980’s. That is, environmental protection as a whole was never seriously considered. The government did enact various legislation pertaining to the environment in the 1970’s and 80’s; most notably the Water Act, 1974, Air Act, 1981, Indian Forest Policy, 1988. But it took […]Read More India’s Environment Protection Act, 1986- An overview
When faced with an environmental stress, every living being has the ability to alter its lifestyle, its habits, its physiological processes to a certain degree so that it can accommodate that stress and continue to survive. Humans do it too; when it’s cold, the hair on our body stands, trapping air in between them and […]Read More Extreme adaptations: Organisms can do some crazy things in order to survive!
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 […]Read More How do oceans determine regional climatic conditions-Part II
This post is part of a series of posts written by Priyadarshan Pandey. Welcome back, watermen (no?)! So, in the last couple of posts we talked about the reason for my importance, my structure on an atomic level and the properties it generates, and my role in sustaining life on earth. And we talked about […]Read More How do oceans determine regional climatic conditions? Part I- Effect
(This is a blog series on water, written by Priyadarshan Pandey.) It’s World Water day! Is there a better day to start knowing more about me? I don’t think so! Hello, there! I am your friend (cum creator cum nurturer) H2O, but you can call me Water. In this series of blogs, I will be […]Read More About Water-Why is it so important and what makes it so special?
I covered the three most popular form of matrices in my previous post, namely, Simple Matrix, Leopold Matrix, and the Component Interaction Matrix. However, each project has different necessities and around the world, different EIA teams have come up with specific assessment matrices that will best suit their project/their country. In this post, we’ll take […]Read More Matrices in Environmental Impact Assessment-Continued…
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
When you think of coastal ecosystems, a region of thriving life generally comes to mind. This image, however, is being slowly corrupted because of human activities. The “life” out of these zones is being sucked out, creating what is referred to as “dead zones”. Can coasts die? In a way, the life associated with coasts, […]Read More Coastal Dead Zones: Killing coastal ecosystems worldwide