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Nov 15-30, 1996

Cover Story

Because it means too many things to as many people, joint forest management in India will remain elusive to all

Editor's page

while reviewing the final manuscript of Slow Murder: The Deadly Story of Vehicular Pollution in India prepared by my colleagues Anju Sharma and Anumita Roychowdhury, a thought about the toxicity of the Western economic dream came to my mind . Western societies have been able to survive and acquire some breathing space only because of high discipline and the massive investments they have made in pollution prevention and control.

the discussions on the ecodevelopment project -- which ostensibly proposes to protect core areas of resource-rich forests from human intrusion in a bid to preserve them -- at the recently concluded Global Environmental Facility ( gef ) Council meeting in Washington, clearly brought out the dangers of discriminating between global environmental benefits and local issues.

News

A study highlights the serious contamination of groundwater in Delhi due to excessive use of fertilizers

Nigerian environmentalists protest against the import of second-hand vehicles from Europe

A recent study shows how a species reacts to warmer temperatures across the entire range of its habitat

Ecuador enacts a law for the protection of its genetic resources

The World Bank has once again come out defending its big dam-centered policies

Delhi's Centre for Science and Environment starts a fiery campaign against smoke emanating from vehicles

The key to unravelling the mysteries of the earth could actually lie in the functioning of organisms so small that a million of them could be found in a single drop of water

UAE

Interview

While India's rule-of-the-fist wildlife conservation programmes focus on protection, UNESCO's Man and Biosphere Programme seeks to lay emphasis on the people....

Science & Technology

Many cities of the world reel under severe lead pollution as they continue using heavily leaded petrol. The case for the phasing-out of lead is stronger than ever before

Their unique biology and widespread use in ethnic medicine makes the conservation of seahorses difficult

Unexpected photography from aboard a space shuttle reveals patches of sulphate aerosols which keep some industrial pockets cooler

Heart diseases have been on the rise in the recent past but now a new research says that the trends can be reversed

Clearer understanding of an enzyme's role could lead to pain killers with less acute side-effects

A new research proves a common observation, that mosquitoes are selective in biting

The study of a new kind of structure called oscillon could enhance our understanding of the granular system and even lead to an universal theory of matter

Lasers passed through a fluoride glass doped with rare elements could end the search for genuine three-dimensional images

The newly-discovered method of lasing in conjugated polymer microcavities may herald bright possibilities for the electronics industry

Scientists may have had their first glance of a rare state of matter -- a quark-gluon plasma

For the first time, scientists beheld the unusual phenomenon of the birth of an island from an undersea volcano in the Pacific ocean off Hawaii

Geologists in the US have discovered that earthquakes can also occur slowly causing minimal damage

The role of marine life in mitigating global warming takes a knocking as new findings link carbon on the ocean floor to forest fires

A new research, currently in an experimental stage, could be the propelling force behind the future rocket

Researchers are optimistic of developing a superfast switch with the help of a hopping electron

No need to type out your messages; this new technology is adept in deciphering whatever you scribble

A new technology is set to boost the storage capacity of CD s by 1,000 times

Special Report

The number of Pacific salmons that return to their birth place to spawn is decreasing at a dramatic rate. Despite efforts by the Canadian government, the salmon population faces a bleak future

Depredations of a virus, public outcry and strictures of the Supreme Court combine to make the aquaculture industry sit up and take note of its own misdemeanours

Bellary in Karnataka, targeted by industrial houses for 'development', death and devastation, needs an organised resistance to the mayhem

Leader

the discussions on the ecodevelopment project -- which ostensibly proposes to protect core areas of resource-rich forests from human intrusion in a bid to preserve them -- at the recently concluded Global Environmental Facility ( gef ) Council meeting in Washington, clearly brought out the dangers of discriminating between global environmental benefits and local issues.

Crosscurrent

Removing their blinkers is what scribes should do in order to promote an international environmental communication order that is fair and just

Because it means too many things to as many people, joint forest management in India will remain elusive to all

If use of pesticides cannot be banned altogether and at once then, at least, some measures can keep them fenced out

Review

GRASSROOTS ENTREPRENEURSHIP· Ajit Kanitkar·Wiley Eastern Limited·Delhi·1995

POVERTY: A GLOBAL REVIEW (HANDBOOK ON INTERNATIONAL POVERTY RESEARCH) · Edited by Else Oyen, S M Miller and Syed Abdus Samad · Scandinavian University Press · 1996

TRADING UP: CONSUMER AND ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY · David Vogel · Harvard University Press · 1995

Receiving a Wildscreen Panda award is perhaps much more than music to the ears of a team that started off in 1988 by making ad jingles. Eight years later, Nikhil and Niret Alva have bagged what is more popularly known as the green Oscar for the series their com pany, Miditech TV, has been producing: Living on the Edge.

Letters

The flip side

We were happy to see Himanshu Thakkar's article on the World Bank ( wb )-funded Uttar Pradesh Rural Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation Project ( uprwsesp ) ( Down To Earth , Vol 5, No 6). But his article seemed a little rushed. There are more interesting and dynamic angles to the programme, apart from its plans to provide drinking water to 700 villages of Uttarakhand and other parts of up .

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