articles by Janaki Lenin

science

Lakshadweep's corals are dying, and they'll take the island's inhabitants with them

The government should support and use the findings of such long-term monitoring.

Life

The story of a chameleon: What could the death of a reptile tell us about drought, and its species?

The Indian chameleon (Chameleo zeylanicus) reached up for a drink of water and froze...

Life

Florida's war on Pythons has a new key player — the Irula of Tamil Nadu

Burmese pythons are one of the largest snakes in the world, reaching 20 feet in length. These natives of Indochina got loose in the vast wetland ecosystem of southern Florida, where the warm subtropical climate suited them fine

Life

Peter Wohlleben's The Hidden Life of Trees: Astonishing revelation of how trees live and die

From how vegetarian animals influence tree growth to more, in his new book, 'The Hidden Life of Trees'. Peter Wohlleben not only challenges some traditional precepts of forestry, he also upends a few ecological principles

India

Ken-Betwa link: First project in grand river interlinking scheme is lose-lose for people and wildlife

In August 2005, UP, MP, and the Union of India signed an agreement to prepare the Detailed Project Report of Ken-Betwa link.

Life

Did crocodile hunters use babies as bait in India?

He claimed all a hunter had to do was announce his intention to go hunting for crocodiles and mothers flocked to him, offering their babies as bait.

India

Turtles simply cannot clean the toxic sludge that is the River Ganga

If the Ganga river is a moving feast of corpses and plants, these creatures ought to thrive with no help from humans.

India

Culling Nilgai: To manage wildlife conservation and human interests, research is key

Would culling in some areas instigate people in other areas to demand similar relief? We need more research in wildlife management and social scientists to assess people's attitudes.

India

Man vs wild: In Himachal, a community sets up a reserve to boost wildlife

The organisation has thus far kept its finger on the pulse of this dynamic system, anticipating changes and swinging them in the best interests of people and wildlife.

Life

Coral reefs turn ghostly white as El Niño creates mayhem in Lakshadweep

The waters of the Lakshadweep archipelago are so warm that coral reefs are bleaching, warn marine biologists.

India

Poachers aren't the only threat: Protected area size puts tigers in danger, encroachment ups risk

According to a study published in Biological Conservation, tigers disappear from these forests at a faster rate than any other habitat. In recent years, two such forests, Sariska in 2004 and Panna in 2009, lost their host of tigers.

Blogs

Indian navy jeopardising pristine Nicobar island?

A small Nicobar island has been carefully protected by three family clans for years. Now the Indian Navy wants the island for target practice and the clans are aghast. Will the island's ecosystem survive the missiles?

Blogs

When Hindutva replaces rational thought in our green movements

By using particular icons and tapping specific belief systems, many environmentalists and conservationists reaffirm the worldviews of the dominant caste and religion. Can we preach respect for nature while practicing hegemony over other people?

India

Climate Change: We need strong vision, more than negotiations

With its 20-year-old policy and its alliance with other developing economies lying in shambles, India needs a vision first, and then a negotiating strategy with which to face this brave new world.

India

Posco verdict: Finally, environmental justice in India

Since June 2005, when the agreement between the Government of Orissa and POSCO, was signed, there have been behind-the-scenes manipulations, lax implementation of law, and suppression of information.

Blogs

Religion vs conservation: When will pilgrims stop polluting our forests?

No matter what category of protection these wild areas enjoy, they are at the mercy of invading mobs on religious red-letter days.

Blogs

Why relocating badly behaved wild elephants doesn't work

Ultimately, elephants and humans both pay the price when development projects pay no heed to animal occupancy.

India

The Demwe project gives a damn about dolphins, or conservation

By approving this ecologically disastrous project, the State and the Centre have made a mockery of rule of law while drowning India’s avowed commitment to protect its wildlife with this misbegotten dam.

Blogs

Environmentalist-in-chief: Anna Hazare's Ralegan formula

There is no escaping the fact that his achievements of delivering economic prosperity and moral well-being came at the price of maintaining a regressive gender, class, caste, and power status quo. Can that ever be a sustainable model?

India

Should we ban human beings from our forests?

Both the tourism sector and the Forest Department claim that they alone have the best interests of conservation at heart. The question then arises, from whom should these forests be kept “inviolate”?