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Convention on biological diversity

cbd Page Teaser:  The forthcoming CBD conference in Hyderabad will discuss innovative ways of financing biodiversity from partnerships with business to payments for ecosystem services. Will this save the planet?

Safeguarding ancient wisdom

Issue Date: Oct 15, 2012

Virtual coast guard

Issue Date: Oct 15, 2012

War against Vedanta

Issue Date: Sep 30, 2012
PEOPLE’S movement and international solidarity is a powerful combination. Metals and mining giant Vedanta Resources felt the heat on the day of its annual general meeting on August 28. Grassroots campaign group Foil Vedanta declared the day as the global day of action against it. Activists from different organisations joined the campaign and crowded the entrance to the meeting hall.

What lurks beneath the Network

Issue Date: Sep 30, 2012
A series of buzzwords has become a naturalised part of discussions around digital social media—participation, collaboration, peer-2-peer and mobilisation. Especially in the post-Arab Spring world (and our own home-grown Anna Hazare spectacles), there is this increasing belief in the innate possibilities of social media as providing ways by which the world, as we know it, shall change for the better.

Looming threat of a secretive trade pact

Issue Date: Sep 30, 2012
When American policymakers complain repeatedly to their government that they are being kept out of the loop on a major trade agreement that’s under negotiation then you know something serious is afoot.

For the love of birds

Issue Date: Aug 15, 2012
FOR a site that describes one of nature's most colourful creations, www.orinithology.com, appears rather plain. But don't go by appearances—in this case, the homepage. The site has details that could draw even the most disinterested to the avian world.

Potential help

Author(s): Vidhu Tyagi
Issue Date: Aug 15, 2012
BESIDES inducing extreme rainfall and prolonged droughts, changing climate has made traditional wisdom of farmers defunct. Earlier, they would read signs of nature— flowering time of trees to egg laying by birds—to predict weather and decide on sowing and harvesting. But with climate change, farmers find they can no longer rely on their native wisdom.

A tab on wishlist

Author(s): Dinsa Sachan
Issue Date: Aug 15, 2012
When Sangeet Srivastava laid his hands on the Ubislate 7 tablet, he was sorely disappointed. The second year student at the National School of Drama in New Delhi was swayed by the initial frenzy in the wake of the launch of the world’s cheapest tablet last year. Ubislate 7 is the alter ego of Aakash tablet, the brainchild of the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development.
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