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Effects of wildfires: Positive, Negative, Examples

Effects of wildfires can be both positive and negative. Wildfires are natural events that have shaped our natural environment. In the past, fire regimes occurred every 5-30 years creating a mosaic of vegetated land. This cycle is in fact so ancient that some plants Read More

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Wildfires Explained: Types, Causes and Examples

Wildfires are unique among the natural hazards that affect human communities and ecosystems. In fact, they are one of nature’s oldest phenomena. They date back more than 350 million years when trees evolved and spread across the land. Then, as grass emerged some 20 Read More

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Effects of flooding: Positive, Negative, Examples

Effects of flooding can be both positive and negative. For millennia, people have settled near rivers and lakes because water is easily accessible and the soil is fertile. Back in the days though, people constructed on higher grounds allowing riverine floods to enrich the Read More

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Flooding Explained: Types, Causes and Examples

Flooding is the most common natural hazard that occurs in the world. Researchers estimate that sediments and soils from floods cover some 72% of the surface of the Earth. Perhaps the Yellow River in China has caused the worst floods in history. According to Read More

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Environmental studies: Degree, Topics, Importance, Jobs

Environmental studies is a subject that analyzes the natural environment, the built environment and the interaction between them. It is thus connected to various fields like physical sciences, social sciences and economics. Basically, environmental studies enlighten us on what is going on in the Read More

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Effects of tsunamis: Positive, Negative, Examples

Effects of tsunamis can be both positive and negative. The word tsunami typically rhymes with fear. And for good reason. Giant tsunami waves can elevate from the ocean without warning and wash away everything along their paths. Yet, as catastrophic as tsunamis can be, Read More

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Tsunamis Explained: Types, Causes and Examples

Tsunamis are natural events that are highly underrated. Generally, they occur due to various reasons like earthquakes. These hazards can be quite devastating as they can have repercussions far from the coastline. In fact, it was the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami event that raised Read More

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COVID-19 in Mauritius – A success Story?

COVID-19 induced various responses from governments all around the world. Different countries must address the pandemic with respect to their local socio-economic and cultural situations. Common activities such as going to work and school changed within a few weeks. The world economy took a Read More

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Effects of landslides: Positive, Negative, Examples

Effects of landslides can be both positive and negative. Landslides have affected humans since they have inhabited mountainous regions. Sometimes landslides create opportunities for us. At other times, they are quite devastating. Why do people live close to landslide-prone areas? Generally, humans settle in Read More

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Monkey Trade in Mauritius: Controversies and Benefits

Monkey trade on Mauritius island exists since 1985. Some 10,000 long-tailed macaques are exported to the United States and Europe every year for biomedical research. Many animal activists around the world protest against this legal trade in monkeys. Some deplore the conditions of living Read More

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Landslides Explained: Types, Causes and Examples

Landslides are events that occur almost everywhere slopes exist. In ancient Alps’ myths, landslides were regarded as punishment to the greedy. When people became too self-centred, the spirits of the mountains buried them alive. Today, landslide phenomena are studied in many countries as they Read More

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Effects of Earthquakes: Positive, Negative, Examples

Effects of earthquakes: not only disruptive but beneficial also. Earthquakes have occurred for very long periods of time, changing landscapes and affecting nations. In the past, people regarded earthquakes as a bad omen because of its destructive power. It was in fact in the Read More

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Earthquakes Explained: Types, Causes and Examples

Earthquakes are hazards that can cause a lot of damage. Sometimes they devastate regions right where the quake starts. At other times, they have severe repercussions far away from the point of initiation. On average, some 10,000 people die every year due to earthquakes Read More