What is ‘Conservation Status’ and ‘IUCN Red List’?

             Endangered Hawaiian monk seal We’re all familiar with the terms ‘Endangered’, and ‘Threatened’ when referring to species under threat from extinction. But the process behind these categorizations and so on, and just how important these species are for biodiversity conservation, is a bit of a mystery to most of us. This process of categorization … Continue reading What is ‘Conservation Status’ and ‘IUCN Red List’?

Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – VII

The ocean is a vast and mysterious place, which for many seafarers, is part of its allure. People have always delved into the strangest unsolved ocean mysteries – may it be the Bermuda Triangle, the case of the disappearing island, or the unusual noise that emits from the deepest parts of the ocean - some … Continue reading Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – VII

Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – VI

During a voyage, dead ahead, through roaring sea and the pitch-black night, a captain sees the light on a collision course with his ship. Reaching for the radio, he conveys his message: “Change your course ten degrees east.” “Change yours ten degrees west,” comes the reply. The captain responds, “I’m a navy captain! Change your … Continue reading Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – VI

Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – V

Human Settlements since long in the history got shaped by water resources.  Water resources can be in the form of rivers or oceans. The habitats around rivers saw the development of societies, culture, and farming for food.  This growth also helped people to reduce their dependence on hunter-gathering. Water was essential for many reasons. People … Continue reading Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – V