THE DEATH of a pregnant elephant in Palakkad district of Kerala, close to the Silent Valley National Park, on May 27 after eating a pineapple stuffed with explosives, has evoked an anger and grief rarely witnessed in the country. Forest officer Mohan Krishnan, whose emotional eulogy triggered the widespread outrage, blamed some “selfish men” for its death instead of the incompetence of his department, which could not tranquilise and treat the injured elephant despite locating it on May 23. Like most other outrages over conservation-related issues, the noise around this incident too emerged from urban centres, with many blaming the farmers who had laid the explosive snare to protect their farms from cropraiders. Surprisingly, around the same time when two large beehives of Apis dorsata (Indian Rock Bee) were removed from the fifth floor of our apartment building in Bengaluru, there was no outrage. The preemptive strike obliterated the hives, built, nurtured and used by over 250,000 bees over several months. Tens of thousands of the bees killed were in their larval stage, akin to the elephant foetus.
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Global Crackdown On Greenwashing
AS COUNTRIES begin to step up their climate commitments to reduce the burden of global warming, industries are facing heat for years of greenwashing practices, or the act of passing off products or services as environmentally friendly without proof.
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A reluctant survivor
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The new bare minimum
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The bizarre demand for a Banarasi paan GI
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VALUE IN THE WEED
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Agenda For COP26
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INHERITANCE OF LOSS
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KARNATAKA GOVT ORDER Full vaccination must to enter malls, theatres
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OMICRON LOGS IN TO IT CITY
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First cases of Omicron found in India
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