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Letters - June 30, 2012

Issue Date: Jun 30, 2012
GM ignorance At its best

Tree frog gets new fans

Author(s): Sanjay Sondhi
Issue Date: Jun 15, 2012
During a recent visit to Arunachal Pradesh, we were staying on the edge of the Sessa Orchid Wildlife Sanctuary. The small 100 sq km sanctuary in West Kameng district is well-known for its orchids. The Indian Army uses Sessa as a transit check post and hence there are a fair number of army personnel in the area.

Whose corridor is it?

Author(s): M Suchitra
Issue Date: Jun 15, 2012

A flawed effort

Author(s): Anurag Danda
Issue Date: May 31, 2012
Conservation By Murder is unlike any other book on Indian Sundarbans I have come across. It is a brilliant piece of research marred by appalling production quality.

Who makes poachers?

Issue Date: May 31, 2012
“Ranthambore is like a leper’s pock mark on this district,” says a senior citizen of Sawai Madhopur, the town near which this important national park is located. The comment sums up the disdain in which many Sawai Madhopur residents hold the park. It also puts into doubt the government’s nature conservation strategy.

Science and Technology - Briefs

Issue Date: May 31, 2012
ECOLOGY Jelly, jelly everywhere

Tigers buffered

Issue Date: May 31, 2012

The humble bird's friend

Issue Date: Apr 30, 2012
ONE SPARROWS are ubiquitous. But their populations are declining in many parts of the world, including India, for reasons that are still unclear. Urban areas do not have space for house sparrows and they are also home to a host of predators. The birds are declining in rural areas too. And the problems are similar. There aren't enough nesting sites or food sources for them.

A bird gets noticed

Issue Date: Apr 30, 2012
In the last week of March, TV studios in Guwahati displayed a concern for a bird that does not figure on priority list of ornithologists: the Common Indian Crow. According to journalist Teresa Rahman, “Politicians of all hues and political analysts argued whether the word ‘crow’ was unparliamentary”.

Uncertainty of conservation science

Author(s): Divya Karnad
Issue Date: Apr 30, 2012
The conservation of endangered species is a venture marked by ambiguity. Whether the right populations are being protected from the appropriate threats to the precise degree, is a question that governments and conservationists are constantly evaluating. In such times of uncertainty, decision makers often turn to science for the answers.
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