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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Biodiversity, UN,

A primer to UN’s global biodiversity outlook 5 mechanisms to protect nature, ecosystem and humankind

The Global Biodiversity Outlook is the flagship publication of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The CBD known informally as the Biodiversity Convention, was opened for signature at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro on 5 June 1992 and entered into force on 29 December 1993, 90 days after the 30th ratification, as stated […]

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Biodiversity Day (जैव विविधता)

अंतरराष्ट्रीय जैव विविधता दिवस 2018

22 मई, 2018 को पूरे विश्व में ‘अंतरराष्ट्रीय जैव विविधता दिवस’ का आयोजन हुआ। इस वर्ष इस दिवस की थीम है ‘जैव विविधता के लिए 25 वर्षों की कार्रवाई का उत्सव ‘ (Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity)। अंतरराष्ट्रीय जैव विविधता दिवस मनाने का निर्णय 20 दिसंबर, 2000 को संयुक्त राष्ट्र महासभा के प्रस्ताव […]

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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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Understanding the Spread of Invasive Species in Andaman Islands using Space Tech

Planet earth is home to almost 8.7 million (give or take a million species) different species, with 6.5 million species on land and 2.2 million species under water. Furthermore, it was stated that an astounding 91 per cent of all species under water and 86 per cent of all species on land are yet to […]

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Climate Change in the Himalayas

The Basic Possible Impacts of Climate Change in the Himalayas

Climate Change in the Himalayas is a major topic of worry for climate watchers in the Subcontinent and across the world. The Himalayas have the largest deposits of snow and ice in the world outside the Polar Regions and is often referred to as the ‘Third Pole’ and also as the ‘Water Tower of Asia’. […]

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Himalayan medicinal plants

Himalayan Medicinal Plants and Plant Biodiversity

Indigenous knowledge has great scientific value as it can be instrumental in efforts towards scientific raw data and also conservation. Such is the case of indigenous knowledge of Himalayan medicinal plants, which can be rooted in a culture’s heritage. This can be severely affected by climate change, with most biodiversity occurring up to an altitude […]

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Decoding Pelagic Deposits

Decoding Pelagic Deposits | Red Clay and Oozes under the Ocean

What are pelagic deposits? Ocean deposits usually consist of unconsolidated sediments, which can come from various sources, and are deposited at the ocean floor. Thickness of these  deposits vary greatly from one ocean to another (Fig.1). Ocean deposits can be differentiated on the basis of their composition, source, method of transit, and mode of distribution. […]

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The Yamuna Biodiversity Park | Example of Wasteland Restoration

Backdrop of Wasteland Restoration Wastelands are degraded lands where the soil might have low productive capacity. Wastelands include areas that are affected by erosion, shifting cultivation, high salinity or alkalinity, riverine lands, or lands that are affected by water logging, or moisture deficiency. Such areas can be ecologically unstable, with displacement of top soil, and […]

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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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