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Extreme adaptations: Organisms can do some crazy things in order to survive!

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 keeping our body warm. People living in warm climates tend to have less body hair, and generally lies flat against their skin because they do not need this heating mechanism. This is an adaptation to the environmental stress of heat.

But this is relatively a simple adaptation. There are some organisms in the plant and animal kingdom that have gone to great lengths to ensure they can survive in their habitats. In this post, I’m going to share with you some of the most amazing and mind-boggling adaptations that nature has to offer! Continue reading Extreme adaptations: Organisms can do some crazy things in order to survive!

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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

How do oceans determine regional climatic conditions? Part I- Effect

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 my birth and cosmological significance. Today I would like to resume this conversation, but on a more local level (both temporally and spatially). Continue reading How do oceans determine regional climatic conditions? Part I- Effect

About Water-Why is it so important and what makes it so special?

(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 telling you all about myself; past, present, and future. So come along and enjoy this journey (nay, voyage) as we explore the far seas of our understanding of nature, the life it sustains, and it’s most important cog, me.

Continue reading About Water-Why is it so important and what makes it so special?

Matrices in Environmental Impact Assessment-Continued…

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 a look at some of the other lesser known, but nevertheless, effective assessment matrices.

Continue reading Matrices in Environmental Impact Assessment-Continued…

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 most places around the world; this is especially true in developing countries like India. If an area has the potential for giving a boost to the economy through development, that will be pursued at the cost of ecological protection.

Here’s an interview with Dr. George Schaller, a renowned field biologist, conducted by Scroll.in.

He talks about how conservation methods have changed, how our priorities have changed, what is lacking and how he has tried to make a difference in conservation around the world. 

Here’s the insightful interview.

Coastal Dead Zones: Killing coastal ecosystems worldwide

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, human activities dependent on coasts are directly because of the organisms that live there. Take these away, and not only does the natural ecosystem collapse, but human economic activities like fishing and tourism will also fall apart. That may not seem like a big deal, but coasts play a huge role in our economies (see here and here for more). Continue reading Coastal Dead Zones: Killing coastal ecosystems worldwide