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Special Report

Blown out

Issue Date: Jun 30, 1999

Will the gift of GAB be wasted?

Issue Date: May 31, 1999
a very important factor behind the growth of Australia in the past 100 years has been the availability of freshwater from the artesian wells of the Great Artesian Basin ( gab ). The basin is the world's largest underground source of freshwater. An artesian well is a perpendicular boring into an underground aquifer in which water rises spontaneously to the surface.

Frogs are falling silent

Issue Date: May 31, 1999
hop , skip and jump into extinction. That's what members of the amphibian family -- toads, frogs, salamanders and newts -- are doing. After dinosaurs, a serious problem of extinction now threatens the amphibian population. From the windswept Rocky mountains of the us to the pristine rainforests of South America; from the cold Andean ranges to the tropical forests of Australia and even temperate Europe, the frog population has been on the decline.

Blues for the big cats

Issue Date: May 15, 1999
project Tiger, India's ambitious programme to protect the country's tiger population, recently completed 25 years -- an event duly celebrated by the government through a string of high-profile conferences and meetings highlighting the project's successes. Reality, however, tells a different story. Irrespective of the initiatives taken by the government and national legislation, poaching of tigers and destruction of their habitats continue unabated.

Trouble in Tripura

Issue Date: Apr 30, 1999
Brata Kumar Reang, a farmer from Gachhimpara village of Dashda block in the extremist-dominated Dhalai district of north Tripura has had to barter his son in exchange for just 10 kg of rice. Unable to feed his family, Reang first sold his cattle and when the situation got worse, he sold his four-year-old son to his neighbour, who was a little better off than him.

Bloody waters

Issue Date: Apr 15, 1999
thirty-year-old Rakesh (not his real name), a resident of Dosigaon village in Ratlam district, Madhya Pradesh ( mp ), is reconciled to the fact that he will never get married. "We have been searching for a suitable match for the past eight years, but our efforts have been in vain," says his father.

Greening a state

Issue Date: Apr 15, 1999
"if you look at the figures of the Van Mahotsav (forest festivals), you will find that millions of trees have been planted. But their survival rate has always been under question," says Prem Kumar Dhumal, chief minister of Himachal Pradesh. He talks in similar vein about the crores of rupees that have been sunk in development schemes so far, without producing any results.

Confrontation mine

Issue Date: Apr 15, 1999

Fishing in Troubled Waters

Issue Date: Mar 31, 1999
the Southern Ocean, comprising the southern-most parts of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans that surround Antarctica, is facing its greatest environmental threat ever. Illegal fishing boats are pushing marine life and seabirds to the brink of extinction. Particularly affected by this 'piracy' are the populations of the Patagonian toothfish ( Dissostichus eleginoides ) and several species of the albatross.

Biodiversity or Biotrade?

Issue Date: Mar 31, 1999
representatives from over 138 countries around the world met at Cartagena, Colombia, in mid-February to end years of discussions on an international legal framework to ensure biosafety in the transboundary movements of genetically engineered organisms ( gmo s).
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