ASAN | Uttarakhand’s First Ramsar Site

The state of Uttarakhand has got its first Ramsar Site—a wetland of international importance. The Asan Conservation Reserve, located on the banks of River Yamuna in Garhwal region in Dehradun district, was designated as the Ramsar Site on July 21, 2020. The nearest town or population centre of this Conservation Reserve about 8 kms away, […]

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Earth Observation Satellites for Locust Surveillance

Current adequacy of earth observation satellites for locust surveillance The desert locust, Schistocerca gregaria (Orthoptera: Acrididae), a type of grasshopper, in accordance of their habitat, adopt one of two life forms—that of a lonely individual (solitary phase) or join other conspecifics to form swarms of migrating locusts (gregarious phase). This type of phenotypic plasticity is […]

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Denisovan Humans in Tibet: A new study confirms the presence of Denisovan humans in the Tibetian Plateau

A team of international researchers have now confirmed the presence of a human lineage, the Denisovans, at the high altitudes of Tibet. In 2019, researchers had proposed that a jawbone found in the Baishiya Karst Cave, a Buddhist Sanctuary in Tibet, belongs to extinct hominins, known only from DNA, teeth, and bits of bone found […]

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” लोकल पद्धतियों के जरिये किसानों को वोकल बनाने का प्रयास कर रहा हूँ “

प्रश्न:  जैविक खेती की ओर आपका रुझान कैसे हुआ? डॉ महीपाल: पर्यावरण सुरक्षा, उचित पोषण एवं सतत कृषि से ही सतत विकास संभव है, इस तथ्य का पता मुझे विभिन्न साहित्य पढ़ने एवं जमीन पर कार्य करने से चल गया था। इसके लिए मैंने सोचा कि गांव में किसानों के बीच रह कर जैविक खेती […]

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US Climate-No Cause for Alarm, says report

‘I don’t believe it’, was US President Donald Trump’ response to the ‘the National Climate Assessment’, in which climate scientists had concluded that climate change could cost the US economy hundreds of billions of dollars and thousands of lives each year in future. From 2018 to 2020, dismissing the climate change theory, Trump’s thinking has […]

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Global Safety Net: A ‘blueprint’ to conserve protected areas around the world

A group of researchers have prepared the first comprehensive global-scale analysis of the terrestrial areas essential for biodiversity conservation and climate resilience. The ‘Global Safety Net’ (GSN), as it is being called, has identified 50.4 per cent of land to be conserved to reverse further biodiversity loss, prevent carbon dioxide emissions and enhance natural carbon […]

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Four-Horned Antelope | First Recorded Sightings – Gautam Buddha Wildlife Sanctuary, Bihar

Historical records suggest that the four-horned antelope (Tetracerusquadricornis) was once found throughout most parts of India. Recent records however indicate a highly fragmented population, especially north of the Gangetic plains in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Nepal. While Odisha and West Bengal mark the easternmost limit of its distribution, they are reported from most forest tracts […]

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Karnataka’s Great Indian Bustard in Peril

The Great Indian Bustard (GIB) has been placed in the category of critically endangered in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list and is listed under the Schedule One species in the India’s Wildlife Protection Act of  1972. The breeding population of this avian species is found only at two sites in […]

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Controlling the Covid-19 Pandemic: The Role of Strong Healthcare Systems

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the subject of healthcare to the forefront. With an increasing number of cases every day, the health systems of most countries are stretched out. The healthcare workers are at the frontline in this battle against COVID-19. As such, it becomes pertinent to ask the question that why some countries are […]

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