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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Sacred groves of Kodagu: How faith is helping conserve Karnataka's protected forests

Water for the Kaveri and bees for pollinating coffee plantations, the ecosystem services of 1,214 sacred groves of Kodagu is immense. Even though Kodagu groves are protected forests under the Indian Forest Act, they also face pressures similar to the other forest patches in other parts of the country. MORE ...

The oracle at the Manil Ayyappa sacred grove.


Thursday, 1 June 2017

Saving the sholas: To overcome drought, Nilgiris' forest communities return to traditional wisdom

The drought caused by the failure of the southwest and northeast monsoon of 2016 has led to introspection and action in the Nilgiris to conserve the native shola-grassland ecosystem. MORE ...

Toda elder Poofsed in Artawl Mund.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Kole farmers of Kerala reel under unprecedented drought

The Kole farmers of Kerala are facing a double whammy. The drought means less freshwater is coming into the wetlands from the rivers. Also, more saline water is getting into the agricultural fields from the tail end estuaries. MORE ...

The Kole farmers of Kerala have been hit with a double whammy.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Andaman crisis

While India was colonised once, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands were colonised twice. They continue to be colonised. MORE ...

Thursday, 4 May 2017

How Chennai improvised resilience after the end-2015 floods

Chennai improvised with informal information networks and enterprise during the end-2015 floods. These structures have remained with the city for future extreme weather and also political and social crises. MORE ... In the New Security Beat and Circle of Blue.

Pradeep John, who goes by the popular name of Tamil Nadu Weatherman (Picture by Dhruv Malhotra for CoB)

Friday, 31 March 2017

Mangroves: Do they make economic sense?

While the environmental value of conserving mangroves is well understood, a recent study shows that there is economic rationale for protecting them from destruction. MORE ... 

There are 75 sq.km of mangroves in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai.