Solastalgia state of mind

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Adopted without any discussion and passed in a hurry – the Karnataka Urban Development Authorities (Amendment) Bill, 2016 seeks to reduce the area to be reserved for public parks and playgrounds in layouts from the present 15% of the total area to 10%; and further reduce area reserved for civic amenities from the present 10% to 5%… here we go again, sigh!   Continue reading

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Gently keeping the giants away

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This harsh pitiless summer didn’t just make us humans hapless hotheads, but more importantly,  drained the sap out of wildlife. News of human-wildlife interactions nothing but tripled across the Western Ghats. The year began with 6 elephant mortalities, 6 human deaths and over 9 human-elephant interactions reported in a period of just one month starting January 1, 2016. It has only deteriorated ever since, the last being that of an elephant electrocuted in Mysuru in May 2016.

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Distribution and Occurrence of India’s Smallest Bovid

The article first appeared in Conservation India

Krithi K. Karanth and Ganashree Kedlaya

Endemic to the Indian sub-continent, the four-horned antelope (FHA) or Chousingha is listed as Vulnerable (C2a (i)) in the IUCN Red list. In 2008, there were an estimated 10,000 adults in the wild in Nepal and India. Being a low-density species, FHA are particularly sensitive to changing habitat conditions and anthropogenic pressures. In India, the species is protected under Schedule-I of the Wildlife Protection Act (1972). Continue reading

A “proto” village

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A drought prone Anantapur district (second driest and one of the poorest districts in India), a tiny village called Tekulodu and the birth of a new paradigm, ProtoVillage – a first of its kind self-sustained eco-friendly village. In the words of its founder Kalyan Akkipeddi, “This is a centre for learning, practice, demonstration of knowledge, aiding communities to be ecologically sustainable, socially cohesive and economically viable.”

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