Phylogenetics compares the genomes of extant organisms to reconstruct their ancestries, and their impact on humans. This is not very different from comparing languages and finding common or different origins between them.
Activists are hopeful that the judgments will help deter private companies from functioning with impunity and under the cover of governmental apathy.
Clashes between humans and lions in a region celebrated by tourists and conservationists have encouraged significant investment in addressing human-wildlife conflict.
With continuous rains and people refusing to leave their homes, the forces have deployed ‘boat ambulances’ where pre-hospitalisation treatment and medicines are being provided to the affected.
The Permian-Triassic extinction event rendered Earth so barren in 50,000 years that life took over 10 million years to recover its former glory.
While the conservation debate with its interplay of emotions and science continues, one thing is for sure. Machli shows us what happens if we give solid protection to tigers.
What do monkey gestures say about human language? Some argue the origin of human language lies in vocal calls while others nod towards gestures.
“I was sent to prison for 23 days for sedition in 2010. Even then I wasn’t thrashed like this. I had a lot of faith in the police. That’s gone completely now.”
On two occasions, mother humpbacks with calves joined other humpbacks to chase away killer whales from sea lions. They even put their calves at risk.
In her years of research in the wild, Jis Sebastian has encountered various forms of resistance as a woman alone in the field.
Would it be a stretch to say we are more at risk from scientists without integrity and crony regulators than we are from mercury or other toxic chemicals?
The Great Green Wall initiative started a decade ago. Once completed, it will be the largest man-made structure on Earth and a new wonder of the world.
On this special episode, renowned author Amitav Ghosh talks about the lack of urgency in addressing climate change issues and its very serious repercussions.
We all dream about the kind of world that we want our children to inherit. Now is the time to work together to preserve for future generations these brilliant emissaries of nature’s magic.
By allowing construction closer to the sea, waiving building regulations for coastal towns and limiting decentralisation to states, coastal conservation and livelihood protection have been swept aside.
The ministry wants to justify its proposal for after-the-fact blessing of a project by deceptively quoting parts of the EPA settlement guidelines completely out of context.
In the microscopic world, cells are economies balancing a variety of chemical and physical inputs towards maximising growth and chances of producing progeny.
Amita Baviskar gives us a glimpse of the work of the army of skilled gardeners who tend to this green oasis in the heart of New Delhi
The barometer of India’s leadership in tiger conservation will be both in securing Indian wild tigers in our forests as well as diplomatic heft for Chinese captive tigers.
The National Green Tribunal has asked for an accounting of the amount of waste-water released into the Kolkata wetlands, raising a glimmer of hope for the unique ecosystem struggling for survival in the backyard of India’s eastern metropolis.
Cases work on a complaint method and providing evidence is often a lengthy process. The burden of investigations is also on the Range Officer, a person unfamiliar with criminal procedures.
By catering to an affluent community cut off from the reality of the poor, the South Asian literary community hides the true costs of climate change.
Indigenous people in Africa communicate with a species of bird called the great honeyguide by making specific calls in their quest for beehives.
Lichens are the most famous and successful examples of symbiosis on Earth, but an unexpected discovery of a third player in this composite organism has given their study a much needed jolt.
The challenge for policymakers is to establish a robust policy architecture that is flexible, forward-thinking and enables farmers to adapt to disruptions.
‘When you actually have a different genre for climate change fiction, it becomes something separate that is not connected with the seriousness of everyday life. But it is absolutely integrated into our everyday life.’
The long history of capuchins’ usage of stone hammers poses more questions about how tool use originated and spread in the New World.
As a result of siltation, the Brahmaputra has been expanding – ranging from 2 km to 14 km. This is considered a major hurdle for dredging.
The ambitious target of achieving 175GW of renewable energy capacity by 2022 needs a clear strategy roadmap, integrated planning and a whole-of-system approach that factors in domestic developmental and environmental considerations.
In a slim volume, the celebrated author asks fundamental questions about the role of literature in confronting the greatest challenge of our times: climate change.
A series exploring the natural history of Earth, beginning with the formation of our Solar System, moving on through asteroid impacts and mass extinctions, and ending with the human impact on the environment.
The 60 million people visiting Ujjain for the Kumbh Mela were not bothered about the dying Shipra and efforts to rejuvenate the holy river. What mattered was the pilgrimage that carried the promise of salvation. The Kumbh Mela is a celebration of water. Millions gather at the banks […]
It is with caution that promises and claims of biotechnology must be evaluated, even when signed by a hundred Nobel Laureates. We don’t need rocket science to uncover the politics of technology.
Migrating birds burn up reserves even though they feed at regular pitstops during their flight over oceans. So what energy-saving trick do great frigatebirds use?
Sex-specific trends imply that there will be winners and losers in the warmer world of the near future, and male trees may be more resilient than females under recurrent stressful conditions.
Plants seem to cope as well as animals do when faced with challenges in access to nutrients – even if they don’t possess a cognitive capacity or a complex nervous system.
Sea water intrusion from the Bay of Khambhat has destroyed several hectares of agricultural land and affected the livelihoods of fisherfolk.
Earthquakes could shatter Nepal’s dream of tapping its vast hydropower potential.
‘Greenpeace sees Golden Rice as a poster child, but if it is successful in helping stop childhood blindness it will undermine Greenpeace’s entire argument.’
The reduction of regulations to a mere formality has been catalysed by relaxing the norms for environmental impact assessments – begun by Veerappa Moily and continued by Prakash Javadekar.