About 90 per cent of Arunachal Pradesh's revenue is generated by its forests. Yet these very forests are under heavy pressure, thanks to the lucrative and often illegal timber trade thriving under political patronage
This column will bring you an update on various groups and
individuals working in fields
related to environment, development and the sciences. This time
some information on
interesting and useful publications and networks
Akhtar Hameed Khan is one of Asia's foremost social organisers. The Orangi Pilot Proiect, Karachi's outstanding slum development programme, testifies to his innovative approach in empowering...
Research in atmospheric sciences is booming because of the impending threat to4he world's climate. Every month there is a new study showing new sources of greenhouse gases - rages that are capable of producing global warming - or disputing earlier claims. Since almost all human activity produces greenhouse gases, new data is indicting industries ranging from nylon and aluminium to air travel. Meanwhile, studies by scientists show exaggerated claims being made in the West to blame developing countries. Science and politics are becoming a heady mix in the bid to allocate national responsibilities for global warming
About 90 per cent of Arunachal Pradesh's revenue is generated by
its forests. Yet these very forests are under heavy pressure,
thanks to the lucrative and often illegal timber trade thriving
under political patronage
At UNCED the inclustrialised countries do not want any serloys restructuring of their economies or their lifestyles to save the earth. But the Brazil conference will see a major effort to got developing countries to share the burden of change. Desperate for hard cash, the South will most probably go along and the conference will be hailed a success
What will happen now to the Tehri dam? Even as engineers and environmentalists await the Prime Minister's verdict on the project, the proposed dam has been hit by yet another tremor - the drying up of Soviet funds
Scientists are learning that the Indian monsoon is an integral part of the global ecosystem. The knowledge of these 'global teleconnections' is helping them to predict the monsoon.
The Chikkapaclasolagi barrage, on the River Krishna in Karnataka, is said to be the country's first "people's dam". But having built the barrage, the local farmers now face an even bigger challenge
Perceptions of famines are as important for historians to study as the
says a British historian. The British created famines in India. But
the vision of starving
people only reinforced their belief in their superiority and right to
Get eight economists to discuss an issue and you'll get nine opinions. Down to Earth did precisely that. Eight noted economists were invited, along with a scientist-activist, an industrialist, a bureaucrat and two educationists, to analyse the impact that the IMF-directed structural adjustment programmes had on the environment. The ensuing five-hour discussion generated, not surprisingly, some amount of heat and a fair number of opinions!
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State of the World 1992 Lester Brown et al Publisher: Worldwatch Institute Price: $10.95
Gender and Tribe - Women, Land and Forests in Jharkhand Govind Kelkar and Dev Nathan Publisher: Kali for Women Price: Rs 160
A Vision from the South Mercio Games, Chandra Kirana, Somi Songanbele, Rajiv Vora Publisher: International Books of Utrecht Price: Not stated
A look at this year's award-winning documentaries: an educational film on the Silent Valley, a campaign film on the Tehri dam project and a third on a fishing cooperative