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Special Report

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.

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).

Ivory trade to resume

Issue Date: Mar 15, 1999
beginning March 1998, 20 metric tonnes of raw ivory will change hands between Zimbabwe and Japan. This is the first time in ten years that the trade will be legal, endorsed by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species ( cites ), the international body which implemented a ban on ivory trade in 1989.

Green incentives

Issue Date: Mar 15, 1999
looking for a remedy for economic recession, unemployment, climate change and resource depletion? Try ecotax. That's what the new German coalition government is planning to do. Come April 1, the entire manufacturing sector might have to pay ecotax.

Flood for thought

Issue Date: Mar 15, 1999
this is Baluchistan, in Pakistan's west. Infrequent floods, a hot, desert-like climate and an isolated location: Baluchistan's people have adapted themselves well to these disadvantages. They have used flood water irrigation (also called spate irrigation) to make the best of whatever little water nature sends their way.

After the earth quaked

Issue Date: Feb 28, 1999

Not for hire

Issue Date: Feb 28, 1999
if the recent Supreme Court (sc ) judgements are anything to go by, the judiciary in India is increasingly playing the role of the policymaker. Take the case of air pollution in Delhi. First sc ordered closure or relocation of polluting industrial units operating in the capital in July 1996.

Living in Hell

Author(s): Kazimuddin Ahmed
Issue Date: Feb 15, 1999
THE students of M C Primary School in village Peera Garhi, north-west of Delhi, have many complaints. Their school is surrounded by smoke-spewing factories, a part of the 500-odd industrial units - 80 Per cent of which deal with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) - in the village. Children, between six and twelve years of age, breathe noxious fumes in every breath.

Rio's Stepchild

Author(s): Anju Sharma
Issue Date: Jan 31, 1999
desertification threatens 41 per cent of the total land area on the Earth. It will affect 900 million people in 100 countries, most of them in the least developed parts of the world.
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