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”

Kanakan Lake – Puducherry

The Kanakan lake in Puducherry is well-renowned for its magnificent beauty and significance in the lives of the city’s inhabitants, as it also serves as one of the largest sources of freshwater in the union territory. Today, the lake is battling for its survival as it continues to be choked by untreated sewage and industrialContinue reading “Kanakan Lake – Puducherry”

Damaged Kidneys of the Earth

Known as “kidneys of the Earth”, wetlands are of immense significance in the ecosystem. Havens for migratory birds, hotspots of flourishing flora and fauna, sources of clean water, etc. – wetlands are jackpots for us serendipitous humans. Or at least, they were jackpots. Our actions have inflicted calamitous damage on the world’s “kidneys”. Wetlands areContinue reading “Damaged Kidneys of the Earth”

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”

Excessive fishing in God’s own country

Kerala – the God’s own country possesses a plethora of bounties of nature, and each of it has its own beauty. The hills, tea plantations, and lakes make Kerala extremely special and resourceful. Though it has been recently witnessed that excessive fishing in the state is exhausting its marine resources. Fishing that was once highlyContinue reading “Excessive fishing in God’s own country”

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”