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A schematic representation of a typical ‘Grass spikelet’ (inflorescence unit of grasses ~ Agrostology) that bearing various parts (from bottom to top): lower glume, upper glume, lower lemma, upper lemma and paleate flower.
‘Pookkodu lake’ of Wayanad, the highest (c.800 m above MSL) freshwater ecosystem of Kerala and is the source of the Kabani, one of the main eastern flowing river of South India
GRASSNEST A i m s
~ To promote and encourage study & research in Taxonomy, Biogeography & Agrostology
~ To spread awareness in Eco/e-publishing, Eco-spirituality* & Green politics
GRASSNEST A c e s
Research, Survey, Documentation, Publications and Outreach.
GRASSNEST C o n t a c t
GRASSNEST e- P u b l i c a t i o n s
DIMERIA : An on-line Bulletin from 2010 onwards.
GRASSNEWS : An on-line Newsletter, from 2010 onwards.
GrassNET : An on-line Journal, from 2010 onwards.
PRAKKULAM : An on-line Magazine, from 2010 onwards
NatureNET : An on-line travelogue, from 2012 onwards
Papilio buddha (commonly known as Buddha’s Peacock or Malabar Banded Peacock), a little known and endangered butterfly species of Western Ghats ~ Kiranraj, M.S. 2002. Buddha’s peacock revisited in Malabar. Atropos 41: 55-56
GRASSNEST P a g e-I n-N e w s (PIN)
“Climate change is already having an impact on biodiversity, and is projected to become a progressively more significant threat in the coming decades. Loss of Arctic sea ice threatens biodiversity across an entire biome and beyond. The related pressure of ocean acidification, resulting from higher concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, is also already being observed.
Ecosystems are already showing negative impacts under current levels of climate change … which is modest compared to future projected changes…. In addition to warming temperatures, more frequent extreme weather events and changing patterns of rainfall and drought can be expected to have significant impacts on biodiversity” ~UN-CBD (2010)
Targets of Paris Summit, 2015
#Limiting Global Warming at 2 degree C
#Achieving zero Green House Gases (GHGs) emissions by AD 2050
Epilogue INDIA ratified ‘Paris Agreement’ on 2 October 2016, the day of 148th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi; the country vows to reach 40% renewables by 2030 !
*Science & Spirituality : Science is the art of study and accumulation of knowledge about the natural world. Spirituality is the art of self-searching the inherent qualities [ Ethical: Tolerance, Compassion, Kindness, Peace & Contentment; Unethical: Intolerance, Fear, Jealousy, Hatred & Greed ] in human beings. Science and spirituality both together aim at the ‘absolute’ happiness (Bliss). Scientific thinking is vital for human development. Spiritual decline may ultimately lead into environmental crisis. ~ GRASSNEST Point Of View
Recognition : The GRASSNEST, a non-profit on-line project, was founded in 2010, the International Year of Biodiversity, and is enlisted the multimedia resource page of United Nations-Convention on Biological Diversity (UN-CBD)
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