The Cost of Leather

by Prithvi S. With the advent of the twenty-first century, it is evident that the population has reached a new peak. Consequently, the demand for products has almost doubled or even tripled in the past decade. Furthermore, it is not even an exaggeration to speculate that the rate at which the demand for various productsContinue reading “The Cost of Leather”

Limnology report on the Teesta River

by Rohan Nath Introduction  In India, Teesta is one of the major rivers that originate from Himalayan glaciers along with  Brahmaputra, Ganga, Jhelum, and Sutlej (Fig. 1). More than 1.3 billion people living  downstream depends upon the major rivers system of the Himalayan glaciers for water. The  Teesta River originates at an elevation of 5033-mContinue reading “Limnology report on the Teesta River”

Water Quality during Festival in Kolkata, West Bengal

by Rohan Nath Introduction  West Bengal and particularly Kolkata is renowned for the festival called ‘Durga Puja’ during  the period of Navaratri (Fig. 1). The city is decorated with colours, lights and joy for at least  10 days. From the beginning of the sixth day until the ninth day, the ‘pandals’ (the structure  where theContinue reading “Water Quality during Festival in Kolkata, West Bengal”

Xanthophyll – an underrated pigment

by Prithvi Saravanabawan The exponential increase in deforestation rate in the past decade has resulted in the loss of many flora in India. Though many people are addressing the loss of various exotic trees and the extinction of various insects and animals, it is also integral to assess damage taken by the environment due toContinue reading “Xanthophyll – an underrated pigment”

The effect of invasive aquatic flora in Wular Lake

by Rohan Nath Introduction Invasive or alien species are notorious for disturbing ecosystems across the world. Invasive species are capable of having large ecological and financial impacts. This can affect the ecological services provided by the nature and also local economic systems which involve the practice of subsistence agriculture and harvest of biological resources. ShackletonContinue reading “The effect of invasive aquatic flora in Wular Lake”

The Significance of the Color Green in Nature

by Prithvi Saravanabawan The famous Spanish poet, playwright, and writer Pedro Calderon de la Barca said “ Green is the prime color of the world”. This encapsulates the love which we should hold in our hearts and our minds for nature, especially forests. But, with the advent of the 21st century, the color green hasContinue reading “The Significance of the Color Green in Nature”

Report on the freshwater algae of Cherrapunjee and Mawsynram

by Rohan Nath Introduction  The Meghalayan plateau region adjacent to the Indo-Burma biodiversity hotspot is known for  Cherrapunjee and Mawsynram. With the second-highest annual average rainfall of 11,820 to  11,872 mm, these regions are hosting a bountiful of perennial water bodies (Fig 1). Fig. 1. Overview map of Mawsynram and Cherrapunji. Image Source: qGIS. TheContinue reading “Report on the freshwater algae of Cherrapunjee and Mawsynram”

Review of groundwater arsenic of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC)

by Rohan Nath Introduction  Arsenic contamination of groundwater has been a daunting threat for the public in different regions of the world for the past few decades. More than 200 million populations in 105  countries are exposed to arsenic contamination. Plains of Ganga-Meghna-Brahmaputra  (GMB) in India and Bangladesh are heavily polluted with arsenic. More than 100Continue reading “Review of groundwater arsenic of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC)”