State endorses Sport Killing

Poachers are having a field day in Bihar, courtesy India’s Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF, CC). The visuals of Asia’s largest antelope being gunned down reminds us of the Pre – Independence Jalianwala Bagh massacre by the arrogant Brigadier General R.E.H. Dyre in Amritsar, Punjab. Prakash Javdekar, Union Minister of State (Independent […]

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Proactive Wildlife management is better than culling

Revival of Asiatic lions is one of the rarest success stories, found anywhere on the planet. It is a known fact that to save the rare lion the conservation efforts had to also protect their habitats in and around the core protected area—Gir National Park & Sanctuary in Gujarat.   The efforts succeeded in increasing […]

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The 2013 Uttarakhand floods: Two faces of a disaster

VINOD TARE Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur The 2013 Uttarakhand floods: Two faces of a disaster July 2013: The Himalayan regions of India are geologically fragile and highly eco-sensitive, and hence prone to certain types of natural disasters. Among the Himalayan states, Uttarakhand has been notable for a plethora of […]

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Ladakh: Impact of Climate Change

Professor of paleo – climatology in the Department of Geology, The Durham Kumaun University, Nanital, Dr Kotlia has undertaken nearly 500 glacier studies using extensive field work and GPS technology. Is it true that the glaciers of Ladakh (e.g.Khardung glacier) have thinned? Mountaineering guides, for example, say glaciers which once needed sophisticated ice craft to […]

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The Consumption Explosion

Middle class consumption patterns around the world, not population in the South, is the most immediate ecological challenge. But with sprouting middle classes in India and elsewhere, mapping the geography of responsibility for hazardous global environmental changes is now a complex matter. Population explosion – population bomb – population problem – population overload… These are […]

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