About Remote Sensing-based Monitoring

About Remote Sensing-based Monitoring   Under remote sensing technology, a light source and a detector is placed on the side of the road or at a height to transmit a laser beam. The laser beam thus transmitted can measure the exhaust emissions remotely via spectroscopy as vehicles pass by and cross the light path. TheContinue reading “About Remote Sensing-based Monitoring”

About Niligiri Tahr

About Niligiri Tahr Basics NilgiriTahr is an endangered, hoofed mammal endemic to the Western Ghats. Historically, this animal was found everywhere in the Western Ghats, but currently only 3,000 exist and their habitat is restricted to one tenth of their original range.   Key Facts Common Name: Nilgiri tahr Scientific Name: Nilgiri tragushylocrius Population: AroundContinue reading “About Niligiri Tahr”

About the draft ‘India Cooling Action Plan (ICAP)’

About the draft ‘India Cooling Action Plan (ICAP)’ The ICAP provides a 20-year perspective (2017-18 to 2037-38) to address the cooling requirements across sectors and ways and means to provide access to sustainable cooling for all. India is the first country in world to develop such a document (ICAP), which addresses cooling requirement across sectors andContinue reading “About the draft ‘India Cooling Action Plan (ICAP)’”

About Sea Kraits

About Sea Kraits Sea Kraits are amphibious sea snakes of the genus ‘Laticauda’ They are commonly known as banded sea snakes. They rely entirely on aquatic prey especially coral reefs. They have adapted to aquatic life with flattened paddle-like tail, salt-excreting glands, and enlarged lungs. Sea kraits retain an oviparous mode of reproduction. Thus theyContinue reading “About Sea Kraits”

Plastic Roads: A backgrounder

Plastic Roads: A backgrounder Plastic roads are in vogue lately with Centre for Studies on Solid Waste Management, working on use of shredded plastic in asphalt in road construction. The process of making plastic roads was patented in 2006.   What are Plastic roads? Plastic roads are tar roads constructed out of asphalt mixed withContinue reading “Plastic Roads: A backgrounder”

Desertification of Aravalis

What is Desertification? Land degradation in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas brought about by factors such as climatic variations and human activities is called as desertification.   Shrinking of forests in ‘gap areas’ The Aravalis have always acted as a barrier to sand migration. The direction of wind is mainly from south-west and north-east. TheContinue reading “Desertification of Aravalis”

World Wetland Day

About Ramsar Convention on Wetland It is a convention on Wetlands, signed at Ramsar, Iran, in 1971. It is an intergovernmental treaty which provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. There are presently 158 Contracting Parties to the Convention. It is theContinue reading “World Wetland Day”