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I oscillate between elation and despair as I write of an exquisite nation, blessed with an embarrassment of natural riches, which is steadily being brought to its knees by relentless politicians and planners who find no pleasure in birdsong, or forest smells, or pure rivers.

Bad weather for conservation

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Trekkking through the Western Ghats forests of Bhimgad in Karnataka, I paused to take in the vista before me. I was at a height and thick forests stretched to the horizon all around me. I had just visited the only recorded site in the world of the endangered Wroughton's Freetailed Bat and the walk back was hot and strenuous. A


Himalayan controversy

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The champagne bottles are being uncorked. The climate skeptics are in full cry in India, with the Himalayan glacier story criticising the IPCC report hitting the airwaves. The original IPCC reportstated that the total area of Himalayan glaciers would likely shrink from 500,000 sq. kms. to 100,000 sq. kms by 2035. The source for


 

I have just returned from the Sundarbans and marvel at the sheer pluck of those who defend tigers here, as well as those who live cheek by jowl with them.

With sea levels rising, floods and droughts increasing, and glaciers in sharp retreat, India's tigers and her tiger reserves across the country face a new threat from


  "As crude a weapon as the cave man's club, the chemical barrage has been hurled against the fabric of life -- a fabric on the one hand delicate and destructible, on the other miraculously tough and resilient and capable of striking back in unexpected ways." Rachel Carson

We are being poisoned. Lethal chemicals and toxic


India's Climate Connundrum

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The Copenhagen outcome has to be one of the most disappointing results imaginable. Not because we negotiated badly, but because our ambitions were wrong to start with. When Jairam Ramesh began by announcing unilateral carbon intensity reductions for India I really thought he had convinced our Prime Minister that it was in


Twenty Ten and Beyond

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I spent the last days of 2009 and the first days of 2010 in Kabini, Nagarhole. For over three decades now the cusp between the year gone by and the one just born has been spent by our family in one wild place or other. Its our way of reminding ourselves of what has real worth -- where our time, energy and life should be


The Paradigm of Nature: The measure of human progress -- economic or otherwise - must be judged by whether our activities improve the quality of our air, water and lands. This in turn will only be possible if equity is the foundation of human life across the world. Not just equity between humans, but between humans and the rest


Cancers are on the rise. So are diseases such as malaria, dengue and filaria. At least some of this can be traced back to climate change impacts. It is imperative therefore that citizens of large metros learn to alter behaviour to prepare themselves for life in an age of climate change.
 
Water shortages, health issues,

Copenhagen Blues

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Post Copenhagen its every country for itself. This is the worst imaginable way to handle the planetary problem of climate change. India will not be able to escape either the impact of climate change, or the blame for being part of the conspiracy for the "business as usual" Copenhagen conclusion. If a chain is only as strong as


Copenhagen or Bust

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As Copenhagen unfolds, the debates are getting less and less productive. Ultra-nationalists (including polititicans, big business, and, increasingly some particularly closed-minded social activists) are behaving like the big boys of the nuclear age (US and Russia). What they have in mind for the people of Planet Earth is