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Oct 1-15, 2011

Cover Story

Wildlife is more of an academic concern except when the charismatic tiger is wiped out from a protected forest or our favourite fish vanishes from our plate. We have little idea how much of the rich biodiversity is being trampled by the march of human progress. Up to 40 per cent of the identified species in India are not studied to assess their conservation status. As the world gears up to celebrate Wildlife Week in October, Down To Earth asked scientist-conservationists to give our readers a lowdown on the state of conservation in India. What emerged is a disturbing picture, where science is divorced from wildlife management

Editor's page

imageNext year, in June, world leaders will get together in the joyful city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to mark 20 years of UNCED—the Earth Summit (see Down to Earth, May 15, 1992).

News

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UN adopts resolution to fight chronic lifestyle diseases, without targets or commitments

Countries donate on condition that recipient nations buy goods from them, shows a report

Interview

When V Kishore Chandra Deo became the Union Minister for Panchayati Raj and Tribal Affairs three months ago, both the ministries were in inertia. Recently, th...

Patently Absurd

The UN agreement on non-communicable diseases will get snagged on the issue of intellectual property rights for drugs

Science & Technology

How controlling what you eat can help reduce the risk

Images sent by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show dark streaks up to four metres wide running down the sides of some slopes on the planet. Scientists say this is strong evidence of the presence of liquid water. Shane Byrne, professor of planetary sciences at the University of Arizona in the US, is part of the team studying Mars. He speaks to Dinsa Sachan about the findings. Excerpts:

Its porous soil carries sewage to ocean, causes pox in corals

Fish farms harbour parasites, threaten wild fish varieties

Nichinda leaves can combat dengue and filariasis

Special Report

Subsidies given annually to industries for pollution control are unmonitored

The Bagmati loses its way in Kathmandu amid political vacuum and urban chaos

Review

Book>> The pain chronicles • by Melanie Thernstrom • Farrar, Strauss and Giroux • Rs 600

Letters

Divide and rule forests

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