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01 November 2014
ENVIRONMENT : BIO DIVERSITY

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REVISITING THE CHOPRA COMMITTEE REPORT
Will selective plans for the Ganga work?

Rejuvenation of the Ganga has purportedly grabbed a big share of the new government’s focus, but would plans ignoring the upper Ganga basin really be effective? Shripad Dharmadhikary discusses the findings of an expert body that could be crucial to the agenda.

Energy Climate Wild Life Environment

GANGA WATERWAY
Reviving the Ganga, at the cost of its ecology!
The Rs 6300-crore plans for development of the Ganga waterway from Allahabad to Haldia should be undertaken only after meticulous examination of its impact on various elements of river ecology. Debadityo Sinha explains why.
Environmental Hazards Water Environment

SAVING THE WESTERN GHATS
Old trick, new attack
The MoEF's decision to have one committee examine the recommendations of another with respect to the protection of the eco-sensitive Western Ghats has resulted in needless contradiction and defeat of the core environmental objective. Shripad Dharmadhikary analyses the reports.
Forests Environment Government

BIODIVERSITY
The Sparrow: Concerns and conservation
Were mobile towers primarily responsible for the dwindling number of house sparrows across India? Deepa Mohan studies the findings of a recent survey to explore the more likely reasons behind this wane of the species.
Environment

ENVIRONMENT/BIODIVERSITY
How Dilawar's box is bringing sparrows back
Eco-pioneer Mohammed Dilawar’s nest boxes, specially designed to bring back sparrows and other birds into urban areas, are a hit among bird-lovers in many Indian metros and of course, the target group – the birds – themselves, writes Savita Hiremath.
Urban Environment

BIOTECHNOLOGY
Genes can't be patented, says US court
A New York judge rules that trying to patent genetic information cannot be permitted - the first serious setback to the genetic technology industry, which will have implications worldwide, writes Sujatha Byravan.
OP-ED Sujatha Byravan

OPINION : AGRIBUSINESS
Schizophrenia of agricultural policy
Any discussion of GM crops must take place within the larger framework of the indispensable need to promote biodiversity and set up agricultural policies linked to this need, writes Sujatha Byravan.
GM Crops OP-ED Sujatha Byravan

KARNATAKA'S ENERGY VS BIODIVERSITY
Criticism rising on Karnataka's Gundia project
Karnataka's plan to harvest power from the Gundia river that runs through the Hassan and Dakshin Kannada districts has been criticised by environmentalists, farmers and the Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh. Bhanu Sridharan investigates.
Energy Environment KARNATAKA

ENVIRONMENT/POLITICS
Kerala mangrove island under threat, cabinet divided
Kerala's biodiversity board has asked Chief Minister V S Achutanandan to reject single window clearance for the 'High Tech City' project at the exhilarating Valanthakad island in the backwaters outside Kochi. P N Venugopal reports.
Environment Environmental Law and Regulation KERALA

IPR AND BIODIVERSITY
Running wild with the BD Act
While the Biological Diversity Act is touted by the government as a conservation legislation, its application does not show much evidence of this intent. Kanchi Kohli reports.
Environment
BIODIVERSITY MANAGEMENT
Expert panel giving conflicted IPR approvals
Many of the institutions or departments who have sent in applications for IPR consideration to the NBA are also represented on the committee which evaluates the applications, reports Kanchi Kohli.
Environment
BIODIVERSITY
NBSAP to NBAP: The downward spiral
From its promising beginning and grand proclamations at international fora, the nation's Biodiversity Plan has undergone a massive erosion, as MoEF has consistently put economic values above environmental ones. Kanchi Kohli reports.
Environment
RIGHT TO INFORMATION
A boost to transparency in environment regulation
Recent rulings by the Central Information Commission offer hope that decision-making in environmental regulation will be more transparent and participatory henceforth, and embrace suo moto disclosures. Kanchi Kohli reports.
Environment Environmental Law and Regulation Right To Info
 

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