Half baked: E.O. Wilson’s plan to save half the earth

E.O. Wilson has been called the “father of biodiversity”. He’s described about 450 new species of ants. He’s won more than one hundred awards. He’s written dozens of books. He’s won two Pulitzer prizes. His latest book is a shocker. The title, “Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life”, sums up Wilson’s…

Open letter requesting that India’s Forest Rights Act is implemented and its integrity upheld

When India’s Forest Rights Act was passed in 2006, it was intended support the rights of communities to live in and from their forests. The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 legally recognised the right of communities to manage forests and their land.

WWF’s Living Planet report is right to raise the alarm about loss of wildlife, but wrong to ignore indigenous people

Yesterday, WWF launched its Living Planet 2016 report. Predictably, it makes for grim reading. Wildlife populations are declining rapidly. The headline news is that the number of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians fell by 58% between 1970 and 2012. By 2020, the number of wild animals is on track to fall by…