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Analyzing the ever-growing battle between environmental conservation and development goals.

Surfing Towards Conservation Education in Chennai

This is the first article of a two-part series on how surf schools on India's coasts are pivoting around sports education to bolster conservation...

2020: Like Never Before, a Year of Despair and Hope

2020 has seen an interregnum never before experienced by humanity—it has been a year in which despair and hope, and callousness and caring have...
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Losing Ground: Is the FRA Protecting Displaced Communities in Protected Areas?

Hosted by Aarathi Ganesan Edited by Nidhi Rejithlal The Forests Right Act, 2006 (FRA), was envisioned as a law that would recognise forest dweller's historical and...

When Goa’s Tourism Season Meets the Olive Ridley Nesting Season

“It was a fairly windy winter evening on Morjim Beach in North Goa. Our team of students and local volunteers donning Olive Ridley T-shirts...

What’s in a name? The ‘Odia Kandha’, their OTFD status, and the Forest Rights...

Harbandhao Pradhan was 12 in 1952, which is when the first settlement process took place in his village of Sankhajodi, in Odisha’s Nayagarh district....
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Where Do Communities Go When Areas are ‘Protected’?

Narrated by Aarathi Ganesan Edited by Nidhi Rejithlal The number of national parks and reserves in India are increasing. Between 1987 and 2020, the numbers of...

Understanding Biology for Better Conservation and Management of Sharks and Rays

Editor's note: this article contains images of captured fish. Reader's discretion is advised. There’s a group of animals that have roamed the earth for millions...

The State is Evicting Forest Dwellers in J&K and Implementing The Forest Rights Act,...

In the throes of Jammu and Kashmir’s winter earlier this month, pastoralists were in for a shock. About 10,000 apple trees were razed by...

An Often Overlooked Contributor to Climate Change: Banks

When it comes to climate change’s enemies, there are the usual suspects: large carbon-intensive corporations, negligent governments, and of course, the climate change deniers....
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The Ecological History of Delhi’s Ridge with Thomas Crowley: Part 2

Interviewed by Aarathi Ganesan; Edited by Nidhi Rejithlal. New Delhi's Ridge has born the brunt of mining, construction, and human encroachments for years. The result:...