Risk of glacial lake outburst flood in Himachal Pradesh: current and future threats

by Rohan Nath Introduction  Climate change is adversely affecting the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR). The  disappearance of mountain glaciers and the expansion of large glacial lakes are physical  evidence of the dynamic impacts of climate changes in the environment. In addition to the  decrease instability of the ice walls and the surrounding rock, the threatContinue reading “Risk of glacial lake outburst flood in Himachal Pradesh: current and future threats”

Majuli Island of the Brahmaputra River in Assam: Origin and alteration in geomorphological features

by Rohan Nath Introduction  The mighty Brahmaputra River in Assam is home to the largest river island of the world,  Majuli Island which spans an area of 1255 km2(Fig 1, 2). The island is a subdivision of the  Jorhat district of Assam and is inhabited by around 153,000 people. “Vaisnavite” shrines,  popularly known as “Sattras”Continue reading “Majuli Island of the Brahmaputra River in Assam: Origin and alteration in geomorphological features”

Chennai – A Haven for Migratory Birds

by Rahul J Our seasonal guests, from over 29 countries, come to India every year during the winter. [1] For most of us, a day’s long flight is enough to tire and bore us down. But for these birds, taking flight paths that can go over 1000kms long is not a choice, it is anContinue reading “Chennai – A Haven for Migratory Birds”

Partitions and water

by Prithvi Saravanabawan People say, “ If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water”. Nevertheless, people being who they are, constantly think that they stand at the pinnacle of nature’s creation and naturally think that they are entitled to everything around us. This is an archetype that we have constructed forContinue reading “Partitions and water”

Sustainable Living

by Nakshatra Balachander Living Alone and Bored weekends? Why don’t we move around our house and make it a zero-waste home without disposing anything? A little background of zero-waste house concept:  Zero Waste is a movement to reduce the amount one consumes and consequently  throws away. Adopting a Zero Waste lifestyle is one of theContinue reading “Sustainable Living”

Ganges River Dolphins (Platanista gangetica gangetica): Effect of Dams and their Conservation

by Rohan Nath Introduction Considering the rate with which many landscapes, including freshwater ecosystems, around the world is being converted by humans; it is important to understand the evolutionary  potential of endangered species. The race between the surrounding countries to harness water  extraction and hydropower propels the South Asian Rivers into a threat. The mostContinue reading “Ganges River Dolphins (Platanista gangetica gangetica): Effect of Dams and their Conservation”

Indian Forest Fires – A Raging Omission

by Rahul J Forest fires have been raging in many parts of India for some time now, and this issue has been going unnoticed. There have been 82,170 forest fire alerts over the span of two weeks ( April 1- 14th ) of this year, many of them falling to deaf ears[1]. So, in thisContinue reading “Indian Forest Fires – A Raging Omission”

Khecheopalri Lake, the Sacred Lake of Sikkim Himalaya of India

by Rohan Nath Introduction The Khecheopalri Lake of Sikkim Himalaya can easily be considered as the most sacred lake among all the 150 lakes in Sikkim. It is a highly popular site for a large population of domestic as well as international tourists due to the rich biodiversity, the landscape of the lake and manyContinue reading “Khecheopalri Lake, the Sacred Lake of Sikkim Himalaya of India”

Waste Management at East Calcutta Wetland

By Rohan Nath Introduction Calcutta has two important water bodies. One of them is the Hooghly river on the west which acts as a drinking water source and the other is a low-lying area towards the east called East Calcutta Wetland (Fig. 1), which plays the role of a sink. The East Calcutta Wetland hasContinue reading “Waste Management at East Calcutta Wetland”