Oil palm expansion in forest and traditional agricultural lands, Mizoram

The march of the triffids

“In temperate countries, where man had succeeded in putting most forms of nature save his own under a reasonable degree of restraint, the status of the triffid was thus made quite clear. But in the tropics, particularly in the dense forest areas, they quickly became a scourge.” —John Wyndham, The Day of the Triffids In […]

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Plant invaders: Q&A with Geetha Ramaswami

  Geetha Ramaswami is a Research Associate at NCF, and is particularly interested in invasive plants—especially how they affect and get affected by the ecosystem they invade.   What are introduced species? What are native species? Well, over many millennia, different species have evolved to live in different kinds of environments. They may not have […]

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Settling on shaky ground: How dead coral structures carve the fate of young coral recruits in the Lakshadweep islands

Photographs: Shreya Yadav Illustration: Rohan Arthur   For coral larvae—the free-floating progeny of adult coral—picking a perfect place to build their homes amidst the bustling crannies, alleys and turrets of reefs is ever so important, especially since once they settle, they spend their entire lives in the same place. But with sea temperatures spiralling upwards, […]

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The fate of seeds: What have rodents got to do with it?

A rodent of the genus Rattus. Credit: Harikrishnan S.   In the lush, tropical forests of Pakke, nestled in the Himalayan foothills, fruit-eating animals—hornbills, in particular—are vital seed dispersers. But another little-studied group of animals also plays a significant role in affecting the fate of seeds. The animals in question: rodents! Researchers from the Nature […]

ತರಕರಡಿಯ ನಿಶೆ ವಿಹಾರ

ಗೂಢ, ನಿಶಾಚರಿಯೆನ್ನಲಾದ, ಹೆಚ್ಚಾಗಿ ಒಣ ಆವಾಸನೆಲೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಕಂಡುಬರುವ ತರಕರಡಿ – ರಾಟೆಲ್, (ಮೆಲ್ಲಿವೋರ ಕೆಪೆನ್‌ಸಿಸ್),  ‘ಮಸ್ಟೆಲಿಡೇ’ (Mustelidae) ಕುಟುಂಬವರ್ಗಕ್ಕೆ ಸೇರಿದ ಸಣ್ಣ ಮಾಂಸಾಹಾರಿ ಪ್ರಾಣಿ. ವಿವಿಧ ರೀತಿಯ ಕ್ರಿಮಿಗಳು, ಗೊರಸು ಪ್ರಾಣಿಗಳ ಮರಿಗಳು, ಪಕ್ಷಿಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ವಿಷಯುಕ್ತ ಹಾವುಗಳನ್ನೂ ತಿನ್ನುವ ತರಕರಡಿ, ಇತರ ಪ್ರಾಣಿಗಳು ಕೊಂದ ಪ್ರಾಣಿಗಳ ಶವಭಕ್ಷಣೆಯನ್ನೂ ಮಾಡುತ್ತವೆಯೆಂದು ದಾಖಲಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ. ವನ್ಯಜೀವಿ ಸಂರಕ್ಷಣಾ ಕಾಯಿದೆ ೧೯೭೨ರ ಶೆಡ್ಯೂಲ್ ೧ರ ಪಟ್ಟಿಯಲ್ಲಿರುವ ತರಕರಡಿ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದಲ್ಲಿ ಇದೇ ಮೊದಲ ಬಾರಿಗೆ ಛಾಯಾಚಿತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ದಾಖಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಕಾವೇರಿ ವನ್ಯಜೀವಿಧಾಮದಲ್ಲಿ ಚಿರತೆ ಸಾಂದ್ರತೆಯನ್ನು […]

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Perils of oil palm

The Economic Survey Mizoram 2012-13 made a bold claim. After quoting the Forest Survey of India’s (FSI) State of Forest Report 2011 that 90.68% of Mizoram is under forest cover, the Economic Survey claimed, literally in bold letters in a box, that the State’s forests have suffered serious depletion and degradation due to traditional practice […]

Living in an extreme world

by T. R. Ramachandran and T. R. Shankar Raman (This article appeared as a lead on the edit page of The Hindu on 13 July 2013) The recent flood-related disaster in Uttarakhand was labelled a Himalayan tsunami, recalling the deaths, damage, and destruction that followed the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami of December 2004. Yet, […]

மயில் வதம் – தடுக்க என்ன வழி?

சமீபத்திய (21-12-2012) தினசரிகளில் திருச்சி அருகே மயில்களைக் சிலர் கள்ளத்தனமாக வேட்டையாடினர் எனும் செய்தியைப் படித்ததும் அதிர்ச்சியடைந்தேன். வனத்துறையினர் மயில்களைக் கொன்றவர்களை கைது செய்தனர் என்பதை அறிந்த போது நிம்மதி ஏற்பட்டாலும், மறுபுறம் கவலையாகவும், கோபமாகவும் இருந்தது. கொல்லப்பட்டவை 11 மயில்கள். கொன்றவர்கள் யார்? ஒரு ஓய்வு பெற்ற காவல்துறை உதவி ஆணையர், அவரது மகன், ஒரு முன்னாள் இராணுவ வீரர், இன்னும் ஒருவர். எதற்காகக் கொன்றார்கள்? அவற்றின் கறியை சுவைப்பதற்காக. மயில்களைச் சுடும் போது அது […]

A remnant tale

An ear-piercing shrill! We stop dead in our tracks and listen. ‘Just a bird’, I mutter and walk on. Silence. Thud!  Some commotion in the nearby bamboo patch. ‘Could it be an elephant?’ we wonder. More silence. Another thud follows a shriller cry! We look at each other. We can’t be wrong this time. It […]