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Biodiversity

Tree cheers

Author(s): Diya Das
Issue Date: Apr 30, 2012

Art with bugs

Issue Date: Apr 15, 2012
INSECTS make up about 80 per cent of the total number of living beings on the planet. Yet we know very little about them, and at times refer pejoratively to them as bugs and creepy crawlies. The site under review implores a rethink. And it uses the unlikely medium of art.

The fish barrier

Author(s): Tiasa Adhya
Issue Date: Apr 15, 2012
THE Mekong River, which flows through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, is already heavily dammed owing to its steep topography. Plans are to construct 11 more on the river and 41 on its tributaries in the next four years. Another 10-37 dams are planned on the tributaries between 2015 and 2030.

Mother of Machiavellianism

Issue Date: Apr 15, 2012
INVASIVE animals or plants are known for their devastating impact on the ecosystem, often pushing some native species to extinction. But Australian researchers have spotted an invasive plant which is preparing local predators for the arrival of another invasive species—the notorious cane toad.

Words are biotic

Issue Date: Dec 31, 2002
“When metaphors die, ideas pass away and a way of thinking is buried,” says Sakar Khan. He is not a linguist. He is a musician. He plays the Khamaicha — a four-string instrument. Somewhere in his eighties, he is arguably the most revered of the musicians in his tribe — the langas of Rajasthan. Reticently he shares his feelings, “I see today’s generation ignore the khamaicha. I can’t help it. Music, like language, can provide only a metaphor for a way of life.

Cop’s weapon to track rogue plants

Author(s): Shruti Chowdhari
Issue Date: Mar 31, 2012

Species census

Issue Date: Feb 29, 2012
Fascinating numbers

Biodiversity buffer

Issue Date: Feb 15, 2012

Short circuit

Issue Date: Mar 15, 2006
STRAIT FORWARD A 150-year-old dream acquires shape

Askew

Issue Date: Aug 31, 2005
The Seeds Bill 2004, which aims to replace the Seeds Act, 1966, is with the Indian Parliament. It is a bone of contention. Between interests of farmers and the private seeds industry. Parliament's standing committee on agriculture is looking into this bill, drawing widespread criticism for favouring the seed industry and compromising the interest of the farmer.
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