A Wake Up Call To The Scientific Community

Nature has millions of intervowen interrelationships among the numerous flora and fauna. Such relationships are the basis for the food webs and food pyramids. These food webs and pyramids can give us a broad idea that organisms interact with each other for their food, shelter and mating. Each specific interrelationship if studied in depth can be very interesting and brings to light significant facts of our sorroundings and the importance of each and every living being on this earth and its function in sustaining the ecological processes. In fact if the entire nature is considered one machine, each and every living being has its own role in smooth running of this machine. But knowingly and unknowingly, we have not taken care or forced to destroy such interrelationships in the path of 'development'.

While we talk of big things like "Global warming," "Green House Gases" and such other impending disasters, we are doing little precious either in understanding these interrelationships or our scientific community has not been able to keep pace with the enormity and complexity of ecological relationships.

Even if the world is protected from global warming, can the man and his domesticated crops and animals survive with out the aid of other living beings on this earth? Can the nature sustain such loss of vast number of living beings and even then sustain human living on this earth? Of course not! This is known to every one?everyone in the sense the ecologists and environmentalists on board of scientific institutions and administration and the thinktank behind governments. We cannot expect the politicians to understand such complex science, and neither do they have time to spare an ear. Therefore it is the responsibility of the scientific community to take up such issues and suggest possible remedial actions and incessantly pursue for implementation. They are also duty bound to prevent vested interests who try to hijack the issue for their own selfish ends or satisfy their proffessional egos.

Just as politicians, a lay man (representing the vast majority of the general public) is not expected to know, appreciate or support such causes. Hence once again its is the duty of scientific community, to mobilise public opinion and break all the barriers in implementing conservation measures in every part of the world both in micro and macro scales. Conservation has to be localised instead of conserving things of one continent in the other continent or one country's in the other.

The awareness levels about ecology or nature conservation are at a such a dangerous low, that many people term even zoological parks as as conservation centers! And we know how these parks are maintained in many developing and poor countries!

Lastly conservation programmes should not be seen as programs of wasteful expenditure, but should be seen as a life insurance premium for our own survival!

Ravikumar Uppaluri hails from Kaikalur, Krishna District of Andhra Pradesh State in India. The famous Kolleru bird sancturay, a fresh water lake that attracts birds from as far as Siberia, is located near Kaikalur. Kolleru lake once vast, beautiful and sheltering scores of birds and other animals is on the verge of extinction.

The author Holds a Masters degree in Agricultural Sciences and is cofounder of an organization involved in Nature conservation and sustainable development. The author can be reached at [email protected] Visit http://www.geocities.com/uravikumar for more information on Kolleru lake.

In The News:

This Week in Science  Science Magazine
News at a glance  Science
White Coats, Black Scientists  Harvard Business Review
Science News from around the World  Scientific American
Full disclosure  Science
NAS and NAM Presidents Alarmed By Political Interference in Science Amid Pandemic  The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
What Is Math? | Science  Smithsonian Magazine
Seismic ocean thermometry  Science Magazine
Scientists Say: Amphibian  Science News for Students
Climate at the National Academies  National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Micro Blimps Cleaning the Air in Buildings to Eliminate Anthrax spores

Presently mini-blimps are being deployed in government leadership buildings as... Read More

Issues with Aerial Fire Fighting

A few years ago I visited the Wyoming Contractor, which... Read More

Einstein Half Dead

100 years ago Albert Einstein developed his Relativity Theory of... Read More

Debunking the Debunker

In History and Science:INSPIRATIONAL COMMENTS:"Everybody was glad that I was... Read More

RFID Sensors to Protect Water Supplies

Recently the US Military has developed a special set of... Read More

June 2005: Weather Forecasts for Vacationers

If Johannes Kepler, the renowned 17th century astronomer and discoverer... Read More

Super Volcano: Can The Disaster Be Prevented?

It maybe possible to apply a rogue wave theory and... Read More

Rover Stuck on Mars?

NASA scientists had to solve a relatively common problem hear... Read More

Locusts To Help Make Energy From Bio Waste, part II

If we take the menace, nuisance and destructive Locust, we... Read More

Composite Materials in Ships, Pipelines, Liners and Aircraft

One future problem, which has not sufficiently been addressed, is... Read More

How Did DNA Testing Children Begin?

The landmark immigration case Sarbah vs. Home Office (1985) was... Read More

How A Light Bulb Works and Other Interesting Tidbits

Light Bulb ScienceEver wonder how a light bulb works? I... Read More

Planet Hugging

Tree hugging is a thing of the past. It is... Read More

Surgical Biomaterials and Tissue Regeneration Technologies

Plants, invertebrate animals, amphibians and even reptiles have the ability... Read More

Paper - More than Meets the Eye

We are surrounded by so much paper and card that... Read More

Telescopes ? Principle of Operation and Factors that Affect Its Properties

Telescopes are devices that are used to view the distant... Read More

Is Your Brain Really Necessary?

The reason for the apparently absurd question in the title... Read More

Robotic MAV- Micro Air Vehicle Based on an Organic Humming Bird Model

MAV Micro Air Vehicle Based on Organic Hummingbird Model. There... Read More

Heads Up Displays and Computer Human Interface

Heads Up Displays For High Tech Human Interface Need More... Read More

How to Build a Mechanical Bullet Which Turns

A Mechanical bullet, which will turn in flight is well... Read More

Controls - The Building Blocks of Automation

As man learns to make machines that no longer rely... Read More

How Satellite TV Systems Originated

What we know as satellite tv actually had its origins... Read More

Life Under Mars Ice Shelf?

When looking for life on Mars we should be thinking... Read More

Spray on Dirt for Camouflage

Super sticky spray on dirt or mud simulation coating or... Read More

UAV - Terrain Following Technologies

There are many technologies being used today such as ultrasonic... Read More