Tag Archives: Biodiversity

The conservation-commerce conundrum

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has recently withdrawn the greater sage-grouse from the candidate species list for protection under US’ Endangered Species Act.  The rationale behind the delisting seems to be that over the last two years populations of … Continue reading

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Conservation questions

A workshop on conservation philosophy in the 2013 edition of the Student Conference on Conservation Science, Bangalore, started off with a discussion of the question, ‘Why conserve?’  Most participants said, ‘Oh, I love this species so much… it’s so beautiful! … Continue reading

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A Year in the Nilgiris

April’s a beautiful month in the Nilgiris; gentle showers caress the grasslands that are vast stretches of brown streaked with fresh green, and the canopies of the shola forests that are collages of ever-changing shades of red and green, brown … Continue reading

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What’s the problem?

Buffaloes are bad for birds. Shifting cultivation is bad for forests. Everyone agrees these are ‘problems’ that need to be solved.  Cultivators and pastoralists are told to leave the forests, grasslands and wetlands alone.  Everyone waits eagerly for the ‘solutions’ … Continue reading

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Science and caution

‘Ignorance is not an option’ declared the title of a recent Editorial in the journal, Science.  The Editorial starts with a hypothetical scenario where one country’s action, implemented in the face of seemingly insurmountable crises, puts other countries’ people and … Continue reading

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