environment


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 ...


Mumbai is one of only a few major conurbations in the world to boast urban flamingos. But a new bridge will cut through their habitat and most likely drive them away. For World Migratory Bird day on May 10, my web story (longer, more comprehensive reportage) appeared on the DW.de environment page. You can read it here: Bridge Threatens Mumbai’s Flamingos. But I also did a radio story that came […]

Mumbai’s Flamingos & the transharbour link


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 ...



Black-and-orange Flycatcher BY Prasenjeet Yadav
Take a remote misty mountain range known as the sky islands. Birds that have been cut off from their fellows and doing their own thing for around five million years. A conservationist is using unusual methods to help preserve some very special birds. My story on @vvrobin & @DJEcotone’s bird beatboxing — ecology with a sountrack @DW’s Living Planet: The entire show is online and it’s only 25 minutes (with […]

Birds and the beat: a conservation story on DW’s Living ...


Bangalore Mirror photo
The Indian city of Bangalore is known not only as the IT hub of India but also the City of Lakes. But recently, residents were shocked when one of those lakes caught fire. Over the last year the surface of two city lakes, Vathura and Bellandur, has become covered in froth. When it rains, white foam runs through streets as if a giant washing machine had exploded in the city. […]

Frothing lakes in Bangalore – My story on PRI’s The ...


ivory haul
During my week long apprenticeship (“guest interning”, I called it) at PRI’s The World in Boston’s WGBH studios, I worked with senior producer Traci Wong to help find sources and then pre-interview the reporter who covered the story on the ground. The notorious Ivory Queen turns out to be a 66-year-old Chinese expat in Africa. Here’s the web version of the story that accompanied the interview. You should listen, it […]

Ivory Queen caught in Tanzania – web piece for PRI’s ...




At Sewri, an industrial suburb near Mumbai, you can find a treat for tired eyes. Along the backdrop of industry and with the whistle of a train ringing through the air, like rose petals clustered on glass, you can see a flock of real live flamingos - a thousand of them calmly rocking on the waves.

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