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Composting Explained: Conditions, Benefits, Problems

Composting is when we produce compost from common household wastes. Compost itself is a pile of nutrients that forms when these substances decompose. We then use it to enrich soils for plants to grow healthily. What is composting? Composting is actually the controlled breakdown Read More

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Bariatric Surgery: Types, Benefits, Complications

Bariatric surgery is an operation to help very obese people lose weight. It is also called weight loss or metabolic surgery. Basically, the principle is to inhibit people from eating too much and/or decrease the absorption of food in the body. What happens is Read More

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Climate change: Natural and Anthropogenic causes

Climate change is today’s number one culprit for extreme weather events, melting glaciers, fragmenting permafrost and sea-level rise. The IPCC declares that there is now indisputable scientific evidence that the climate system is warming up. As this continues in the coming decades, millions of Read More

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Dodo Bird of Mauritius: From Discovery to Extinction

Native to the small island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, the chubby flightless Dodo bird (Raphus cucullatus) became famous through its own extinction. Discovered by the Dutch in the 16th century, the creature disappeared from the Earth’s surface within some 80 years of Read More

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10 common medicinal plants in Mauritius

The content of this article is for educational purpose only and is not intended as medical advice. Please seek the help of a doctor before using any of the below-mentioned plants. The International Union for Conservation of Nature and the World Wildlife Fund state Read More

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The purpose of ecotourism with examples

Ecotourism is now a very common term for most travellers around the world. Travel agencies swear by it to promote green touristic activities and encourage tourists to book their holidays with them. However, in many cases, the concept of ecotourism has been used simply Read More

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The concept of Ecological Footprint explained

Ecological footprint (EF) is a measure of the demands that an individual or a group of persons make on global natural resources. In 1996, Wackernagel and Rees came up with the concept in a book called Our Ecological Footprint. It basically provides an overview Read More

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Flooding: Types, Dangers and Mitigation Measures

Flooding occurs when dry land is submerged in water. This water may come from heavy rainfall spilling over river banks, blocked drainage, storms, tsunamis and oceanic waves, melting ice, or even a break in a river dam. The intensity of a flood, in any Read More

Poached elephant carcass lying on grassy ground.

Are elephants becoming extinct in the wild?

The largest land mammals could very soon be wiped off the Earth. One word. Poaching. Illegal trade in ivory threatens these majestic animals close to extinction. The way things are now going, it is estimated that the African elephants may disappear by the end Read More

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Jackfruit – Don’t judge by the smell!

Commonly known as ‘zak, or ‘jacque’ in Mauritius, the jackfruit is normally coined with bad smelling odors. Natives make fun of people who give off strong smells by associating them with the ripe jackfruit smell. Though this is how we normally see the jackfruit, Read More

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Mauritius, the island on an underwater continent

In 2017, a team of scientists led by Ashwal published a paper in Nature Communications suggesting the presence of an ancient continent beneath Mauritius [1]. In fact, his discovery led to the conclusion that a part of the ancient continent, Gondwana (more accurately, a Read More

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