The complexity in evaluating biodiversity makes it difficult to ensure equity where bio-resources are concerned. Convention of Biological Diversity and India’s Biodiversity Act are moves to bring in equity in the sharing of bio-resources for mutual benefit.
Soil erosion is a gradual process that depletes soil organic carbon, adversely affecting soil quality. It is the primary cause behind 78.6 per cent of the total degraded land in India. Enhancing soil organic carbon in soils may prove the most effective method to maintain soil quality.
New Delhi, June 7 (G’nY News Service): Despite being a major source of survival, be it physical, spiritual or economical, the mainstream media do not adequately address the importance of biodiversity conservation. Media is considered as the crux in spreading constructive agendas and can help in sustaining rapid development and environmental conservation side-by-side. In the ‘Biodiversity Connect Media Workshops’ organized by the Centre for Environment Communication (CEC), the keynote address...
Discovery of new species have aided the understanding of future probabilities. It has been analysed that these newly discovered species are habitants of the few desolate forests that may be home to a diverse groups of medicinal and natural antidotes.
The alarming rate of wrecks in the Sundarban raises a larger question. Why is there no alternative safer route envisaged in a time bound manner by Bangladesh?
Nitrogen fertiliser has increased food production tremendously all over the world. However, it also contributes to climate change through emission of nitrous oxide and other greenhouse gases. Efficient management of nitrogen offers opportunities for climate change adaptation and greenhouse gas mitigation.
Bleaching of corals involves the expulsion of a single-celled algae (Zooxanthelle) by corals, which symbiotically live within coral tissues. In just a few decades, several reef ecosystems, which have taken millions of years to evolve, have been degraded, and some even destroyed, together with their innumerable species and intricate genetic codes. Climate change, unsustainable exploitation, and chronic pollution from terrestrial sources are emerging as the major culprits.
An endemic species of spiderwort thought to be lost from the forested realms of Western Ghats has again been found in the wild. All efforts are being made to conserve this rare plant that holds great medicinal values.
India ranks among the top ten species-rich nations and shows high endemism. As per the 4th National Report on Biological Diversity (2009), Govt. of India, in India, so far over 91,200 species of animals and 45,500 species of plants have been documented in its ten biogeographic regions.
The ash lagoons of National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) at Dadri have become an avian habitat frequented in winter by hordes of migratory birds of a wide variety from far off lands.