New Waves in Marine Conservation

There have been numerous efforts to conserve terrestrial forests and habitats. However, the same cannot be said for our oceans and seascapes. In recent years, coastal zones have been under increasing pressure due to population growth, unplanned developmental activities, increase in infrastructural growth, coastal lighting, tourism and other related issues often leading to the destruction […]

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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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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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Record Heatwave in the Arctic Region: A Report on The Catastrophic Events in the Arctic Due to Rise in Temperature

“For the first time in recorded history, temperatures reached 38°C (101°F) in a remote Siberian town – 18°C warmer than the maximum daily average for June in this part of the world, and the all time temperature record for the region”, writes Jonathan Bamber, a Professor of Physical Geography in University of Bristol (Bamber 2020). […]

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Antarctic’s Weddell Sea loses sea-ice twice the size of Spain

Antarctic sea ice is a dynamic material that forms during winter and floats away and melts during the summer. Due to this dynamic phenomenon, the ocean around Antarctica enlarges, doubling the size of the continent in the winter months reaching over 18 million sq km (Science Daily 2020). The sea ice plays an important role […]

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COVID-19: Challenges of Human Health and Environmental Costs

Litter generated from disposable single-use masks and latex gloves is among the many downsides of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. These discarded personal medical clothing items are now seen strewn on the roads, sidewalks, and other public places. Besides being medically dangerous for humans who may come in contact with these discards and trigger another surge […]

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Massive Oil Spill in The Arctic Region – Russia Declares A Federal Emergency

A national-level state of emergency has been declared by the Russian President Vladimir Putin in the regions of Norilsk and Taimyr, northern Siberia. The declared state of emergency in these Arctic regions is to bring in the ‘federal resources’ to assist the arduous clean-up efforts following a spill of more than 20,000 tonnes of diesel […]

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