Tag Archives: Forests

Battles for the commons

We need water, electricity, roads, buildings, materials to make the things we like and the industries that make them.  ‘Development’, however, has claimed an enormous human and environmental cost.  Not just because dams and roads and buildings are not possible … 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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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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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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