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Monday, Dec 06, 2021
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Science, Not Snake Oil

Conservation can't rely on the notional wisdom of governments

Science, Not Snake Oil
Illustration by Sorit
Science, Not Snake Oil
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Fire, axe, plough—and more recently, industry—have consumed 90 per cent of India's naturally forested landscapes. Our nature reserves now occupy less than four per cent of our land, while designated national parks and sanctuaries like Kaziranga, Kanha or Nagarahole occupy no more than one per cent. The notion that securing these remaining fragments of biodiversity will retard national development is absurd.

Because 'brown problems'—such as air pollution or water quality—generate instant, angry responses from affected citizens, 'green problems'—such as loss of forests etc—are dubbed elitist concerns.

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