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Issue Date: Mar 31, 1995
Anju Sharma replies: Karanth seems to believe that science is for scientists and peer-reviewed journals aone, and everybody else is "totally unqualified" to comment on scientific studies. I find serious flaws in his approach. If my comments are amateur, Sukumar, who is already familiar with the results of the BNHS study, should simply present his arguments strongly enough to put an end to the matter.

Letters

Issue Date: Mar 15, 1995
Wilting sacred groves

Letters

Issue Date: Feb 28, 1995
Numbers mean nothing This is in response to Ajith Kumar's letter Civeting rejoinder (Down To Earth, September 15, 1994) in reply to my earlier letter (June 30, 1994) commenting on his article Cat sense (April 30, 1994).

Letters

Issue Date: Feb 15, 1995
Green funds I AM writing on behalf of the Environmental Monitoring Group, a non-governmental organisation based in South Africa. We are exploring the possibility of setting up an environmentally-concerned trust fund -- the first of its kind in South Africa. This project is still very much in the planning stages, and we are looking for information on how to run such funds. In particular, we are trying to contact already existing organisations which run environmental trusts in the hope that they will be able to give us some assistance.

Letters

Issue Date: Jan 31, 1995
Public sector's apology for environmental awareness I live across the harbour from Bombay and travel frequently to the city. For several weeks now I have been noticing dense, black smoke and constant mistiness across the sky from our home, which faces Bombay. I have been suspecting that this was due to emissions from either the Uran Refinery or the Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers (RCF) factory.

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Issue Date: Jan 15, 1995
Wrong buzzword I read the article Cooking up honey by Bhanusingha Ghosh (October 31, 1994) with interest. Although it is informative from a historical point of view, at some points it lacks clarity and analysis. It is incorrect to say, "Gathering honey was a harrowing experience in ancient times." If one studies the methods of African honey hunters in Babati district, Tanzania, or the Kurumbas in the Nilgiris, one sees that it is an skill performed with reverence, in which the entire community participates.

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Issue Date: Dec 31, 1994
Splitting weeds I. The views of G Azeemoddin in A weed maligned (October 31, 1994) do not conform to the findings of researchers from Texas and my own experience of growing Prosopis chilensis. This weed is inappropriately called "honey mesquite". The species commonly known as honey mesquite include Prosopis glandulosa, Prosopis reptans, Prosopis torreyana and Prosopis velutina, which, to the best of my knowledge, are not found in India.

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Issue Date: Dec 15, 1994
Life endangered under water Development in India has largely been at the cost of the environment. One such glaring instance is water pollution and the increased incidents of poaching on aquatic life. Concern for these damages have been late in coming. The World Wide Fund for Nature's Mission for the 1990s has come not a day too soon. The sections dealing with aquatic life in this programme envisage the conservation of different stocks of fish and their habitats, and their sustainable use to meet food and employment requirements.

Letters

Issue Date: Nov 30, 1994
Show more concern please

Letters

Issue Date: Nov 15, 1994
Biased BNHS I was surprised to read in Rogue Elephants in the Backyard (August 15, 1994), that the Bombay Natural History Society (bnhs) allegedly "debunks" my study on crop raiding by elephants. While the bnhs study provides an additional or a different perspective to the subject, it cannot claim to debunk earlier studies. I wish I could see the results of the BNHS study first in journals reviewed by my peers. (The only paper published in their 11-year study has been in their own journal!)
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