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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Classification of Natural Vegetation

Systems for the Classification of Natural Vegetation

As far as the classification of natural vegetation is concerned, it has been a constantly evolving field over the years. The classification of natural vegetation helps in forming an inventory of local vegetation and its monitoring. Classifying natural vegetation also assists in the management of programmes for natural conservation, managing land and natural resource use […]

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Biodiversity in India

The United Nations’ (UN) Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) defines biodiversity or ‘biological diversity’ as “the variability among living organisms from all sources including, inter alia, terrestrial, marine and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of which they are a part; this includes diversity within species, between species and of ecosystems” (UN, 2018). Dr. […]

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biodiversity as conservation

Biodiversity as Conservation | Threats & Conservation Efforts

Thomas Lovejoy in 1980 coined the term ‘Biological Diversity’ which was later modified by E. O. Wilson in 1986 who coined the term ‘Biodiversity’ in his report for the first American Forum on Biological Diversity. As a term intimately related to environmental and wildlife conservation, although the popularity of the term has increased dramatically since […]

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Antarctic biodiversity

Climate Change and Antarctic Biodiversity

Not being residentially inhabited by human populations and instead being a place where largely scientific research is the mainstay, one would expect Antarctic biodiversity to be more protected than biodiversity in other, more populated regions of the world. However, this may not be the case for Antarctic biodiversity. The Status of Antarctic Biodiversity A study […]

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Ecological Communities

Concept counter | Understanding ecosystem services and ecological niche

Demystifying ecosystem services Food chains in ecosystems exist in the form of food pyramids. Although a food chain might not always be a linear chain of progression and can alternatively be called a food web. However, according to certain defining characteristics, certain levels of production and consumption can be differentiated in a food chain. These […]

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Congress Grass: Biological Invader of Non Cropped Areas

Congress Grass: Biological Invader of Non Cropped Areas

In recent decades environmental problems that hog the world’s attention relate mainly to pollution, ozone depletion, global warming and more. Yet few are aware of the insidious damage posed by biological hazards, one of which is the expansion of congress grass at an alarming and unprecedented pace. Congress grass scientifically known as Parthenium Hysterophorus, a […]

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