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The Future of the Sundarbans

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

There is precious little real on-the-ground cooperation between India and Bangladesh on the issue of climate change and the management of the largest mangrove forest in the world -- the Sundarbans.

 We know, of course, that the Indian Sundarbans has better WILDLIFE management and enforcement than the Bangladesh side. And that


Climate Skepticism

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

Climate skepticism is emerging from its closet again these days. How I wish we were wrong and the skeptics were right. It would be terrific to buy that hammock, pick out the island on which to string it and relax for the rest of my life! But that is not to be my fate. Sadly the science has proved the skeptics wrong and our work


A strong West Wind!

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

Today was a very special day for me. I met with 80 pre-primary children from West Wind School, Mumbai. My message to them? Nature is your best friend and will look after you forever, but you must also look after Mother Nature and not hurt her in any way.  We spoke about the tiger, about whale sharks, the oceans, the high


The Sanctuary Cover Story June 2011 explores whether and how we can negotiate a path by availing of the immense potential of tourism to educate, conserve and offer employment, YET avoid the minefield of misuse and abuse that afflicts many of our finest wildernesses. And in the process can we ensure that wild species and the people who live next to them become primary beneficiaries of tourism? Can wildlife tourism physically enhance the quality and quantum of habitat available to wild species? People have grappled with this issue for over a century, but few people put the issue in better perspective than Aldo Leopold, the famous American naturalist, who opined that, "The problem with wildlife management is not how we handle the deer - the real problem is one of human management."


What the Fukushima!

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

Jairam favours Finnish technology for Jaitapur nuclear plant - Economic Times: articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com

NEW DELHI: With continued public concern over safety of nuclear power and the use of Areva's "untested" technology in the Jaitapur nuclear power park, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh is looking... etc. etc.


With climate change upon us the one gift from nature that has a solution for us, is being ignored and taken for granted.

 

Hold a leaf in your hand. You are holding an entire factory. A most efficient and specialised food factory. And millions of billions of these little, silent factories work towards supporting life on earth


Ushuaia

Posted by: Swati Hingorani on

Just reached Ushuaia this morning. The city is more beautiful that I can describe. Snow-capped mountains in the distance, lush forests as far as the eye can see and quaint houses dotting the skyline. I've seen at least 3 huskies - my favourite breed of dog - frolicking in the many gardens we passed on our drive to the hotel.


Man as Brute

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on


http://www.orissatv.com/NewsDetail.asp?newsId=NS35497

We cannot look upon this as "yet another leopard incident."

We need to make an example of a few of these people because such incidents are fast becoming the norm. Brij, Valmik, Divya and Ranjitsinh and I have been around long enough to remember how hard we have fought to


Bees in my backyard

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

"How doth the little busy bee improve each shining hour, and gather honey all the day from every opening flower!"
- Isaac Watts

I used to live in a building called Jaldarshan on Napean Sea Road. I woke each morning to the sound of a kingfisher.

Just outside our balcony, growing out of a sheer rock face, was an outcrop of lantana


We must all be players

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

It was dry and very hot. At around 3.30 p.m. on a May day, temperatures hovered around 45 degrees C in the shade and the perspiration evaporated almost as fast as it appeared. But this did not bother me. From the bamboo thicket to our left we had heard the bell-like alarms of a sambar deer. A tiger was about. Ten, fifteen,