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Interview

'Most countries don’t want to recognise indigenous people as people'

Author(s): M Suchitra
Issue Date: Nov 1, 2012
What do you think about CBD’s attitude towards indigenous and local communities? The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is a a legally-binding international treaty. All countries, except the US, have not only signed it but have also ratified it. The parties to the Convention are supposed to make legal framework in compliance with the treaty.

How safe is your toothpaste?

Author(s): Ishita Das
Issue Date: Nov 15, 2012
Toothpaste is meant to protect the teeth. How can it be harmful?

'CBD has lost its track'

Author(s): M Suchitra
Issue Date: Oct 19, 2012
On many occasions, Bolivaia has expressed its apprehensions about the implementation of CBD objectives. How do you view the processes of CBD?

GM maize and its health implications for humans

Issue Date: Oct 31, 2012
What are the major takeaways from the research? It shows multiple impacts, most acutely in liver and kidney function and immune system disturbances. Most worrying is the extraordinarily large number of tumours developing earlier and more aggressively in the rats. I am shocked because it was so unexpected.

EU eyes Indian scientists

Author(s): Dinsa Sachan
Issue Date: Oct 10, 2012
The EU has been aggressively promoting collaboration with India in R &D. Why India? And why now?

'Building and retaining capacity is the toughest challenge'

Issue Date: Oct 1, 2012
There is the feeling that CBD and NBA are focused more on access than conservation.  

Tulsi Fights Fluorosis

Issue Date: Oct 15, 2012
Why this study? Fluorosis, which causes dental and skeletal decay, is endemic in at least 25 countries across the world. According to estimates by Fluoride Action Network, a US-based non-profit, 25 million people are affected by fluorosis in India and another 66 million are at a risk. How does your method work?

Flash floods are man-made

Issue Date: Sep 30, 2012
Flash floods are becoming recurrent in the Himalaya as well as in other parts of India. What are the geological processes that could trigger them?

Everyone is stealing germplasm

Issue Date: Sep 15, 2012
Why do you say our bio-resources are going out of India? We have laws to safeguard them.

‘Handling toxic waste is a matter of science, not administration’

Author(s): Moyna
Issue Date: Aug 18, 2012
What is current state of hazardous waste management in India?
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