Tag Archives: Conservation

Wild animals and us

Humans have interacted with wild animals for a very long time  – people have hunted them for food and sport, hated them for spoiling crops, loved them for their beauty, derived inspiration from them…  But there is a section of … Continue reading

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Conflict

The woman was standing in the middle of her green peas field.  I don’t know how to describe the expression on her face.  Was it sadness, or anger…? Or helplessness? Or was it resignation that goes beyond emotion? I asked … Continue reading

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Conversations on conservation communication (Updated)

I recently read a conversation on how we write about the environment  – about whether it needs to be more ‘animated’, and how one straddles the conservation-development middle ground (and even whether there is one).  The two letters, by Aasheesh Pittie … Continue reading

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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The US Fish and Wildlife Service has recently withdrawn the greater sage-grouse from the candidate species list for protection under US’ Endangered Species Act.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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Vanishing waters

A few days ago, newspapers in Bangalore carried a rather shocking news report – Bellandur lake, the city’s largest water body, caught fire.  The lake has also been Bangalore’s largest dumping place for sewage.  Methane that built up over months … 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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Children of the Forest

The oxymoronic ‘one-day field work’ I’ve ended up doing in the Nilgiris for my PhD gives me a legitimate excuse to escape from the monotony of the lab in Bangalore, twice a month.  I never get tired of being in … Continue reading

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