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Forest Diversions from Hydel Projects in Uttarakhand: An Analysis

I wrote this article as my first investigative project working with ERC. Suddenly Ritwick Sir told me why don't you do an analysis on forest diversion in Uttarakhand due to hydel projects. This could be a great study. Without thinking twice I started the work and within 24 hours the article was ready! The findings then become viral in media and news channels kept highlighting this study in the support of how hydel projects are responsible for the disaster in the form of flood in Uttarakhand. Sharing you the article here. Originally posted on eRc India website on 28th June, 2013 and can be accessed online by following this link. _______________________ "Since 2008, more than half of all forest diversions being made for hydel projects in Uttarakhand occurred in Chamoli District alone." The nation is witnessing the disastrous flood in Uttarakhand, of which districts Uttarkashi, Chamoli and Rudraprayag being worst affected. We, at eRc carried out an analysis of all

Four Days at Dudhwa Tiger Reserve

Reaching Dudhwa Dudhwa National Park is a unique wildlife reserve of the country. It’s a place where every informed wildlife enthusiast will be eager to visit. The reason is simple; Dudhwa is unique in many features. Firstly, It’s a tiger reserve which itself attracts! Secondly, Katerniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary, part of Dudhwa tiger reserve is world famous for its gharial population, an endemic aquatic reptile of India. Thirdly, success of Rhinoceros in Dudhwa makes it a home to diverse kind of animals and ecosystems. I was very excited from inside when I got the confirmation call from Mr. Fazlur of Katerniaghat Foundation about my participation at Dudhwa Bird Count. My first visit to any national park and that too in Dudhwa!! I also had a very important meeting with a famous environment lawyer on Saturday, but the call from wild was strong and, though for a moment I was in dilemma but I chose passion again. The other reason was also that the visit was already

Wetlands in India: Their Importance and hydrologic alteration as threat from urbanization

Content:   Introduction > Wetlands in India: Current Scenario > Wetland Services > Urban Water Crisis and Altered Hydrology Cycle (Case study: Chilika Lake) > Concerns (Case study: Sonbhadra) >  Conclusion Introduction Wetlands as the name suggest is any land which is wet or contain water. There has been much definition for wetlands but none can be said perfect definition. Since years, the most common definition used by scientific texts is, wetlands are lands transitional between terrestrial and aquatic eco-systems where the water table is usually at or near the surface or the land is covered by shallow water (Mitch and Gosselink, 1986). However a more clear and detailed definition can be found of that of Ramsar Convention , entered into force 1975  as ‘ areas of marsh, fen, peat, land or water, whether natural or artificial, permanent or temporary, with water that is static or flowing, fresh, brackish or salt, including areas of marine water the depth of which

What Makes Science Express Biodiversity Special: Debaadityo’s Film on Science Express Biodiversity Special released at SEBS valediction

The most awaited film on Science Express Biodiversity Special by Debaadityo was officially released by Mr. Chander Mohan, Adviser and Scientist G, Department of Science and Technology, GoI at Vikram A Sarabhai Community Science Centre, Ahmedabad. The occasion was valediction program of Science Express Biodiversity Special (SEBS) which crossed 24 lakh visitors in the current phase of exhibition during which it covered 18,000 kilometers touching 51 stations in 201 exhibition days.   This film by Debaadityo is a tribute to the team of SEBS which he made during his association with this unique science exhibition. He started his journey with SEBS from its inauguration on  5 th June, 2012 from Delhi Safdarjung and worked as Science Communicator till successful completion of the phase on 22 nd December, 2012. 

It is not the end 2013 is here!

Another end to a year...2012 will never come again. For me another year added to exploration of this world, the people and how it works. Nonetheless to say, 2012 has been the most rewarding year in my entire life and if compared to last year, it has been wonderful. Got to see many places… got to know many people and of course got to learn many things. This year added to me lots of new experiences which I used to think, hope, wonder and desired. Thanks 2012 you gave me many such things in such a short time. Like every past years in my life