green tree frog (Photo: Stephen Michael Barnett, Creative Commons license)

The sound of silence

. Silent Spring, the ground-breaking book by Rachel Carson on the negative effects of DDT and other pesticides, celebrates its 50th birthday this year. Carson’s genius, in part, was in personalizing a difficult and somewhat esoteric subject using a humble and ubiquitous example—nearly everyone, regardless of age, education or political leaning, could easily grasp the […]

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Bengal Tiger, Marc Guyt / www.agami.nl

Me and my Tiger

I was absolutely sure: there were NO Tigers in Bandhavgarh. Despite being one of the most hailed Tiger reserves in India and promoted with quotes for the National park like “you are unlucky not to see a Tiger in Bandhavgarh”, I was certain: it was a hoax! A tourist trap. I had taken 8 safari’s […]

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