Sundarbans: A universe unto itself

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In describing the Sundarbans, Amitav Ghosh, an internationally acclaimed writer wrote in his novel, The Hungry Tide: ‘A mangrove forest is utterly unlike other woodlands or jungles. There are no towering, vine-looped trees, no ferns, no wildflowers, no chattering monkeys or cockatoos. Mangrove leaves are tough and leathery, the branches gnarled and the foliage often… Read more »

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Quantifying disaster

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Reports speak about trends in the world, and use large numbers. These numbers seem to operate as a shield against our notions of humanity. People argue over numbers, I mean, would Hitler have been less of a monster if he’d have killed three million Jews? 1.5 million?

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Nuclear power is not the way forward

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The tragedy of Fukushima has led to a flurry of activity in Germany: Within days, the coalition government of conservatives and liberals, known for its pro nuclear stance, temporarily shut down seven nuclear power plants and this past weekend hundreds of thousands of Germans took to the streets, demanding that all nuclear power plants be… Read more »

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Arial Beel’s Versailles moment

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I have to acknowledge that I felt deeply conflicted about the proposed airport project at Arial Beel. On the one hand, in the age of globalisation and global mobility an airport is after all the de facto gateway to a country. That crucial first impression is made at the airport. The poorly designed and stinking… Read more »

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