The Sparrow: Concerns and conservation
Were mobile towers primarily responsible for the dwindling number of house sparrows across India?
studies the findings of a recent survey to explore the more likely reasons behind this wane of the species.
How Dilawar's box is bringing sparrows back
Specially designed to bring back sparrows and other birds into urban areas,
the nest box is a hit among bird-lovers in many Indian metros and the birds themselves.
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.
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.
ENERGY VS BIODIVERSITY
Criticism rising on Karnataka's Gundia project
Karnataka's plan to harvest power from the Gundia river has been criticised by environmentalists,
farmers and the Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh.
Mangrove island under threat, cabinet divided
Kerala's biodiversity board has asked the CM to reject clearance for the 'High Tech City' project at the Vembanad backwaters outside Kochi.
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
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.
The downward spiral
From its promising beginning, the nation's Biodiversity Plan has undergone a massive
erosion, as MoEF has put economic values above environmental ones.
RIGHT TO INFORMATION
A boost to transparency in environment regulation
Recent rulings offer hope that decision-making in environmental regulation will be more transparent and
From biodiversity to biotech
There's little transparency and almost no public assessment of the impact of the approvals granted for access and transfer of
biological material or IPRs.
OPINION: ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP
All legislation and no conservation
The Environmental Impact Assessment notification
which is has great potential for people's involvement is today a mere
At last, some good news
Community Conservation Areas are
heartening pools of ecological and biodiversity rejuvenation
in a country beset with environmental degradation in its bid to industrialise.
THE BIODIVERSITY ACT: A REVIEW
Biodiversity: read the fine print
In the first few years since the passage of the Biodiversity Act, it has become evident that rather than promote conservation, the law merely
establishes procedures for access and commercial use. Communities are waking up to the actual wording of the law, and they don't like what they see.
Storm continues over Silent Valley
The Kerala government is proposing to construct a new dam only a few kilometres from the site of one of India's great environment struggles in the
Silent Valley National Park. But cooked data and ignored court orders have once again invited the wrath of conservationists.
TENDER MANGO FESTIVAL
A 'sour' source of delight and livelihood
A three day festival of a special tender mango called appe midi held last
month in Shimoga, Karnataka attracted 6000 visitors. The festival showcased
a range of preparations including popular pickles, and gave a filip to the
conservation of this wild mango variety.
Traditional knowledge receives a boost
The government's recent traditional knowledge digital library will send data
to patent offices abroad, so that indigenous knowledge that India abundantly has is not patented overseas.
Scourge of the aliens
As invasive species aggressively eliminate native plants and animals, whole ecosystems are impacted. India has been
slow to recognise and respond to the complex challenges this poses. Meanwhile, invasives have
already taken over large areas, with plenty of damage to show.
Slipping from leadership on conservation
The governing body meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity was held
in Brazil in March. Since being one of the most pro-active countries in the
formulation of the CBD, India has been gradually losing its leadership role in the last
How can biodiversity be protected?
In biological diversity, India is one of the richest countries in the world.
But widespread destruction has already taken place and this is continuing.
Urgent measures to reverse the damage are both necessary and possible.
sounds the wake-up call.
POVERTY AND PLANT WEALTH
UN MDGs, hunger, and biodiversity
Five years ago, the United Nations set a goal to drastically reduce hunger and poverty in the
world by 2015. This September, the UN met at New York with over 850 million people going
hungry everyday. To target hunger, an international consultation in April at Chennai had
recommended a new approach to the UN, reports Ramesh Menon.