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by chhavi sachdev
Here’s a question that sounds a lot more theoretical than it really is: When is a tree not a tree? The short answer: When it’s a coconut palm in the Indian state of Goa. In December 2015, the state government kicked the coconut palm off its master list of trees. Earlier this week, two conservation groups sued the state to reverse that decision. To understand the case, we have to […]

When is a tree not a tree? The Goa coconut ...


Vehicles driving along a road are seen through heat haze in Chandigarh, India, April 20, 2016. Credit: Ajay Verma/Reuters
I did a two-way (that’s a host-interview) with Marco on The World this week, talking about the water, heat, and fire situation here in India, sharing details of my visit to Uttarakhand in late April. I also wrote an essay (text on the page is different from the audio). You can read and listen online. This is a picture I took from the airplane at around 14:00 hours.

on India’s drought, heat, and forest fires for PRI’s The ...


rhino poop paper stacked.
My January reports from Assam on elephant and rhino conservation through an enterprise that makes dung paper aired on Deutsche Welle in March. The show, World Link, is about “the people behind the headlines” so for them I did a profile of Mahesh ​Bora, who started ElRhino. I think it came out quite well, mostly because Mr. Bora is just lovely. Based on this story, the editor of the technology […]

Saving the rhino through paper: my stories for DW