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One-sixth of European mammals facing extinction , says IUCN

Issue Date: Jun 30, 2007
The first assessment of European mammals by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (iucn) says one-sixth of them are facing the threat of extinction

Mining accounts for more labour deaths

Issue Date: Jun 15, 2007
Safety in mines has improved today compared to days of bonded mine labour. But mines which employ 1 per cent of the global labour force remain hazardous Over half the world's mining accidents occur in the Asia-Pacific Recent mining accidents

In absence of domestic markets, organics of the poor head North

Issue Date: May 31, 2007
Organic agriculture is practised in more than 120 countries. Over 31 million hectares in 633,891 farms are certified organic Oceania has about 40 per cent of the world's organic land. Europe has 23 per cent, and Latin America 9 per cent. But Oceania has less than one

Climate change affects low-lying areas, puts poor at risk

Issue Date: May 15, 2007
Low-elevation coastal zones (leczs) are areas at an elevation of 10 metres or less above sea level. Although leczs account for just 2 per cent of the world's total land area, they contain about 634 million people: 10 per cent of the global population. About 75 per cent of people in leczs live in Asia

Dying diversity: North profits from destruction of southern hotspots

Issue Date: Apr 30, 2007
Lukewarm spots >> Biodiversity hotspots are regions of significant diversity threatened with destruction through commercial exploitation. There are 34 hotspots in the world, accounting for just 1.4 per cent of the world's land. These regions support 60 per cent of species on earth. A hotspot contains at least 1,500 species of endemic vascular plants

Coal-based power plants pollute most

Issue Date: Apr 15, 2007
The total installed capacity of the power sector in India is around 128,000 mw. Thermal power plants--using coal, gas or oil--together account for more than 65.6 per cent of the total power capacity in the country

Each computer leaves a toxic trail

Issue Date: Mar 31, 2007
>> Computers, the hub of modern business and lifestyle, are considered to be the vanguard of clean technology that has freed us from the use of paper and unnecessary transportation. By default, the industry that produces computer is also perceived to be clean. However, a un study reveals that each computer at its birth uses at least 240 kg fossil fuels, 22 kg of chemicals and 1.5 tonnes of water-more than the weight of a rhinoceros

A look at world urban population

Issue Date: Mar 15, 2007
Homo sapien as an urban, undeveloped species >> From 1950 to 2000, the urban population of the world quadrupled--from 732 million to 2.8 billion. In 2006, the number of people living in urban areas was about 3.2 billion. In 2008, it is estimated that more than half the world's population will live in urban areas

Blow hot, blow cold

Issue Date: Feb 28, 2007
Climate change is real. The sheen of industrial revolution is wearing off

Water strikes the poor, says report

Issue Date: Feb 15, 2007
Water-related disasters include flood, windstorms, drought, water epidemics, famine and landslides. These combine with other water-related hazards such as pollution and chemical spills, aquifer depletion, land subsidence, salinisation of arable land, marine intrusions, sea and storm surges, coastal flooding and water-borne diseases to affect ecosystems and food and livelihood security
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