About Vulture species in India

About Vulture species in India   About Vulture species in India Vultures can soar to a height of 7,000 feet and can easily cover distance of more than 100 km in one go. Vultures belong to various species, nine of which are found in India. Of these nine species, four are listed as Critically Endangered,Continue reading “About Vulture species in India”

About Kachenzenga landscape

About Kachenzenga landscape The Kangchenjunga Landscape (KL) is one of the six transboundary landscapes identified by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region. It stretches along the southern side of Mount Kangchenjunga. It covers an area of 25,080.8 km2 and spreads across part of eastern Nepal (21%),Continue reading “About Kachenzenga landscape”

Water cycle

Water cycle The water circulation in the atmosphere primarily occurs through the processes of evaporation, transpiration, condensation and precipitation.   Condensation and Precipitation in Tropical areas Condensation The capacity of air to hold water vapour decreases with decrease in temperature and at one point ceases. The excess water vapour the air cannot hold anymore condensesContinue reading “Water cycle”

Biodiversity in the islands

Biodiversity in the islands The presence of a large number of species in such a small area makes the Andaman and Nicobar Islands one of the richest ecosystems and biodiversity hot spots in India. The Narcondam hornbill, its habitat restricted to a lone island; the Nicobar megapode, a bird that builds nests on the ground;Continue reading “Biodiversity in the islands”

El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO)

The News According to a recent study, new evidences have been found that suggest that winter rainfall in India is heavily influenced by the variability in sea-surface temperatures of Pacific Ocean.   Variability in sea-surface temperatures of Pacific Ocean: El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) The El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is a recurring climate pattern involving changes inContinue reading “El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO)”

El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO)

The News According to a recent study, new evidences have been found that suggest that winter rainfall in India is heavily influenced by the variability in sea-surface temperatures of Pacific Ocean.   Variability in sea-surface temperatures of Pacific Ocean: El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) The El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is a recurring climate pattern involving changes inContinue reading “El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO)”

Headline : Operation Meghdoot: 34 years ago, how India won Siachen

Headline : Operation Meghdoot: 35 years ago, how India won Siachen Details : The article: April 13, 1984, was when India first deployed its men at Siachen. Thirty four years on, with 163 casualties in the past decade and nearly 900 overall, the soldiers continue to remain on this icy, barren land.   Article summary: KarachiContinue reading “Headline : Operation Meghdoot: 34 years ago, how India won Siachen”

The magic biopolymer gel

In focus: The magic biopolymer gel The magic biopolymer was made by chemically treating ‘chitosan’, which is a natural biopolymer. Chitosan is a polysaccharide present in chitins of organisms such as shrimp. The chemically fabricated biopolymer gel can switch from being water-repelling in air and oil-repelling under water. This is the first time that aContinue reading “The magic biopolymer gel”

Background on plastic pollution in India

Background on plastic pollution in India According to the recent CPCB data, India generates more than 25,000 tonnes of plastic waste every day, of which 40% remains uncollected and ends up as waste. This uncollected causing choking of drainage and river systems, littering of the marine ecosystem, soil and water pollution, ingestion by stray animals,Continue reading “Background on plastic pollution in India”