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How Cape Town Is Trying to Keep Tourism Flowing While Saving Water

How Cape Town Is Trying to Keep Tourism Flowing While Saving Water“If South Africa falls off the tourism radar screen globally, to get it back on will take so much attention and focus.” Residents walk past a leaking communal tap in Khayelitsha township, near Cape Town, South Africa, December 12, 2017. Picture taken December 12,… Read More »

Stop Mythologising the Amazon – It Just Excuses Rampant Commercial Exploitation

Stop Mythologising the Amazon – It Just Excuses Rampant Commercial ExploitationThe history of the rubber ‘boom’ demonstrates how such mythologising plays into the hands of non-Amazonian interests, rather than Amazonian constituents. Credit: Gustavo Frazao/Shutterstock.com The Amazon, perhaps more than any other region of the globe, has consistently been idealised and mythologised. This is true both… Read More »

Meet the New ‘Renewable Superpowers’: Nations That Boss the Materials Used for Wind and Solar

Meet the New ‘Renewable Superpowers’: Nations That Boss the Materials Used for Wind and SolarThe fossil fuel era won’t last forever. And a new set of countries will find their reserves of lithium, copper and rare earth metals are in high demand. Credit: Blue Planet Studio/Shutterstock Imagine a world where every country has not only… Read More »

What Lies Behind the Resistance to India’s Highest Dam?

What Lies Behind the Resistance to India’s Highest Dam?Not only has the government failed to do a cost-benefit analysis of the Pancheshwar Dam in Uttarakhand, it is also not addressing the growing concerns of locals. The Mahakali river is a source of socio-cultural and religious identity for the people of the region. Credit: Sumit Mahar Exactly… Read More »

‘Black Panther’ Is Deadly for Its Rapturous Blend of Tech, Polity and Nativity

‘Black Panther’ Is Deadly for Its Rapturous Blend of Tech, Polity and NativityThe film characterises blackness as a stunning quality, like how a wilderness enthusiast might feel when she stumbles upon a black panther, a creature so dream-like it could almost be mythical A scene from ‘Black Panther’ (2018). Source: YouTube A black panther, like a… Read More »

The Jungle in Our Living Rooms

The Jungle in Our Living RoomsNature programming on TV has been feeding a utopian delusion that pristine nature still exists in abundance – and contributes to our apathy. Does this place really exist? It used to, in the 1980s: the mouth of the Wax Lake Outlet and the Atchafalaya river, Louisiana. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory… Read More »

Borneo Records Startling Decline in Orangutan Population

Borneo Records Startling Decline in Orangutan PopulationHunting, habitation destruction by industries and deforestation have led to a drop of about 50% in the orangutan population on the island of Borneo from 1999 to 2015. An orangutan holds its baby at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center in the Malaysian state of Sabah on Borneo island on January… Read More »

A Professor’s Mission to Question, Examine and Improve Forest Management

A Professor’s Mission to Question, Examine and Improve Forest ManagementProf. Rekha Singhal, a senior faculty member at IIFM Bhopal, on her journey so far and how Indian families could be stifling scientific thinking in girls. Rekha Singhal. Credit: The Life of Science As the state attempts to govern Indian forests and the largely disconnected communities living… Read More »

Chant Hanuman Chalisa to Protect Crops From Natural Calamities, BJP Leader Tells Farmers 

Chant Hanuman Chalisa to Protect Crops From Natural Calamities, BJP Leader Tells Farmers Ramesh Saxena, a former BJP MLA from Madhya Pradesh, has advised farmers to chant the hymn dedicated to Hanuman daily for an hour to ward off natural calamity. Representative image. Credit: PTI New Delhi: A former Bharatiya Janata Party leader in Madhya Pradesh, has… Read More »

Revisiting Muthamma in Her Little Hamlet Near Coimbatore

Revisiting Muthamma in Her Little Hamlet Near CoimbatoreA closer look shows how the lives of poor tribal people gets affected when they lose access to land and forests. Jaggi Vasudev of the Isha Foundation. Credit: Wikimedia Commons On January 9, I kept a second promise made to Muthamma and visited her small Adivasi hamlet near… Read More »