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33 years after nuclear explosion, Chernobyl has become a wildlife paradise

The biodiversity in the Chernobyl exclusion zone shows wildlife is more resistant to radiation than previously thought.
Cut logs sit at a sawmill in Anapu, Brazil.

‘Plant a tree, save the climate’ isn’t good enough

Many countries seem to assume that commercial tree plantations or planting trees amidst crops is enough. Yet only natural forests trap ample quantities of CO2.
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The microbes inside your garden wall have clues to ancient earth’s biological evolution

The amoebae can be predators, but they can also be grazers, or even harbor symbiotic algae that produce their food, making them primary producers.
File image of Zeeshan Mirza | @snakeszeeshan/Twitter

This researcher has named his latest find after Modi govt’s top science official

Zeeshan Mirza, a researcher at the NCBS, has over 35 discoveries to his name but says he’s always had trouble with academics.  
The shola forests nestled in valleys surrounded by undulating grasslands in Kudremukh | Archana Sundareshan

Study traces how the British ruined Western Ghats, one of India’s most unique ecosystems

A biodiversity hotspot, Western Ghats continue to be done in by the British belief that its grasslands were wastelands.
Prince William

Prince William shows conservation still has a problem with ‘white saviours’

Decades after independence of many countries in the Global South, conservation still has this (neo-)colonial undertone.
Football

How football can help protect wildlife

A society of wildlife conservation is using football and naming teams after local animals, to foster affinity for wildlife in the African nation of Cameroon. 
Deforestation

Global deforestation is accelerating and nature is alerting us this is urgent

Despite mounting efforts to protect tropical forests, deforestation is reaching a scale of global catastrophe.

On Camera

File photo | Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Congress President Rahul Gandhi at Parliament House | PTI

Forget what Bible teaches you, Goliath Modi just crushed a clueless David in India

As long as BJP holds organisational, financial and leadership advantage over its adversaries, it will have a head start in most electoral races.
2019 result

What can we expect from Narendra Modi in his second term?

The BJP-led NDA is set to come back to power as Narendra Modi’s party registers a landslide victory in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Defence

Ministry of Defence building

On new govt’s defence agenda — 4 key projects to boost India’s military prowess

Indian Air Force and Indian Navy are in dire need of fighter jets, helicopters and submarines, and the new government has to ensure that they get them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.