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Hydel project to choke Dooars!

Hydel project shadow on Dooars; Sankosh-Teesta Canal May Wreak Havoc On Forests



The Union government is reportedly planning a mega hydroelectric project on the Sankosh river in Bhutan that experts feel may lead to massive loss of greenery and wreak havoc on the biodiversity of the Dooars. 
The

Finding God in Kaziranga

Posted by: Lakshmy Raman on

I recently read an article about a woman yearning for spiritual satisfaction and failing to find it despite trying everything from Buddhism to yoga and Reiki to shamans.  She finally found it, she says, in a little cottage on the banks of a river -- in the midst of nature.  The piece got me thinking about where I find my peace


Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh has said the great demand for Tiger and leopard parts in China is a serious threat to conservation.

Ramesh said the traditional 'Year of the Tiger' being observed in China this year is of particular concern, as it would induce poaching due to lucrative returns.

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A radio-collared Tiger in the Sundarbans has reportedly crossed over into Bangladesh, forest officials have found. A radio collar worth around Rs 6-7 lakh was placed around the neck of the Tiger on May 21.    

“This once again confirms that wild animals do not understand political boundaries and often move across the


LAST WORD -- Up in Smoke

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

Depending on how you perceive the world, this image, shot in
April 2009 just outside Maharashtra's Navegaon National Park, could
represent either hope and sustenance - or despair and destruction.

The leaves of Diospyros melanoxylon - known as tendu in India - are responsible for putting food in the bellies of almost 10 million



Indian sub continent has a wide range of topography and climates, which contribute to varied natural habitats for the wild species. The Indian forests ranges from evergreen tropical rain forests in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the Western Ghats, and the north-eastern states, conifer to dry alpine scrub high in the Himalaya


A house divided WILL fall

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

The forests of India are loved by a divided family -- wildlifers and social activists. Almost no other group in India is genuinely interested in keeping natural forests 'natural', except perhaps a small section of wildlife tourism people.

This division in the house has been manna from heaven for the enemy -- mining companies,


THE CLIMATE SNAFU

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

The rains have arrived in Mumbai on June 7, 2010. Bang on time. That is probably enough reason for the climate ignorant to say to themselves: "These environmental types are always barking up the wrong tree. See, nothing is wrong with the climate."

 Of course they are the ones holding the wrong side of the climate stick.  

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Killer Red-tapism

Posted by: Partha Pratim Patra on

Yesterday I went to the news stand to pick a few magazines. The shopkeeper handed me a copy of one of the leading weeklies of India. For a minute I could not take my eyes off the cover of the magazine. The cover had a rare picture of a full grown Royal Bengal Tiger. Many of you may be wondering-What is rare about the picture of

A Tiger entered into Kalitala village of the Shamshernagar area in North 24-Parganas on Sunday evening. It was spotted on a village path by three youths on a motorcycle. The petrified youths’ scream for help and the headlight of the bike scared the big cat, which dived into the nearby river and swam to the forest.     

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