environment Tag

The term ‘psychedelic’ is derived from the Greek wordspsyche, "soul, mind" and delein, "to manifest", hence "soul-manifesting", the inference being that psychedelics can access the soul and develop unused potentials of the human mind. Scientifically speaking, the primary action of a psychedelic is via serotonin receptor agonism, leading to an altered state of consciousness. Although these drugs are mostly associated with recreation, parallelism can be...

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The world came to a standstill when dark clouds of smoke smothered the skies of Brazil for days on end. It made us understand environmental significances and concepts which shook us up to fully understand how deep underwater we are when it comes to the degradation of our surroundings. But what is  the causation and impact of this fire?   The Amazon has been prone to burning...

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business and sustainability

“Sustainability is one of the most compelling and urgent issues that we have facing us today,” Diane MacGillivray, Senior Vice President for University Advancement, at Northeastern University said in her welcome remarks in a “Women Who Inspire” conference held at the same.   While sustainability is vital for our survival on this planet, it can also be integrated in the business models to make a brand name....

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The summer of 2019 brought Chennai, one of India’s largest metropolitan cities and the state capital of Tamil Nadu, to a halt. There was no natural calamity, no disastrous flood, nor an earthquake or a cyclone. The people had simply reaped what they had sowed; Chennai had run out of groundwater. The acute shortages meant that people were queuing up in the streets in the...

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Climate change effects

Political lobbyists, the fossil fuel industry, media moguls, and some individuals have spent more than the last 30 years sowing doubts about the reality of climate change; as it just doesn’t exist. It has been estimated that the world’s largest five publicly-owned gas and oil companies have been spending about $200 million a year for lobbying to delay control and block climate protection policies.   Lately, their...

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One of the great challenges of our time is that of climate change. Since time immemorial, we have been told that the need of the hour is sustainable growth. The idea is that a balance had to be struck between capitalist notions of growth and the negative consequences that come with the relentless pursuit of this goal. The United Nations has sustainable development goals (or...

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cougar

According to news reports, scientists discovered last month that the Eastern cougar, which was previously said to be extinct by the federal Fish and Wildlife Service, might not be extinct at all. They suspect that the cougar may have been misclassified as a sub-species and that there is no significant difference between Eastern and Western cougars, other than its geographical range. Abiology professor at Northeastern...

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Nature is the best defence against natural disasters

Natural disasters are not an uncommon phenomenon. We see them every day in one form or another, be it hurricanes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes or forest fires. Over time, we also have developed many defences against them or to minimise the damage as much as possible. However, what we fail to understand is that nature is self-sufficient in itself. If it can destroy, it also...

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