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A pox on pests

Issue Date: Jan 31, 1995
INSECTS destroy a major part of standing crop, damaging the predominantly agrarian economy of the developing countries. That traditional pesticides are indisputably environmentally detrimental is an established fact. The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), in Nairobi, Kenya, directed by scientists from the developing world was founded in 1970 to curb the depredations of the pest.

Same problem, differing approaches

Issue Date: Feb 15, 1994
ESTIMATES of air pollution in Delhi caused by various sources vary, except in the case of vehicles. K P Nyati of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), says about 70 per cent of the air pollution is caused by vehicles, about 20 per cent by power plants and the rest is from industry and other sources. However, according to B Sengupta, a scientist with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), power plants account for 10 per cent of the Capital's pollution, industries 16 per cent and others 4 per cent.

Spreading the good word.

Issue Date: Jan 31, 1994
RESPONDING to the lack of awareness on environmental and developmental issues in the country, some non-governmental organisations are trying to spread information in these areas on two fronts. The first is by providing news to agencies and individuals involved in environment-related issues, which is essentially an updating programme. The second involves putting the environmental messages across to people who may not be convinced by them. In this case, the emphasis is more on promoting eco-friendly habits and lifestyles.

Mud is a cost-effective biulding material

Issue Date: May 15, 1993
THERE is a resurgence of interest among urban builders in mud, the traditional construction material of rural India, and many government housing schemes are adopting itMud's low cost and easy availablity, compared with conventional building material, make it a viable construction option for the poor. Other appreciate its malliability, good insultation and low maintenance cost.

To get in touch

Issue Date: Sep 15, 1992
Binod Bhattarai Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists Thapathali ,Kathmandu, P O Box 5143 Phone: 227691 Shree Govinda Shah or Hut Ram Vaidya Save Bagmati Campaign Tripureswor, Kathmandu P O Box 1155 Phone: 214600 Karna Shakya Nepal Heritage Society Bhadrakali Kathmandu, P O Box 1041 Phone: 211438 Anil Chitrakar Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness Patan, P O Box 3923 Nepal

People's participation in resource management

Issue Date: Jul 31, 1992
WHATEVER their area of work, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have made the most headway in involving people in managing their natural resources. Says one NGO activist, "Local people are very smart. They know that if an NGO is merely doing something for them, it will leave them in the lurch after the project is completed. Only if they work with the people can projects be sustained."

Environet

Issue Date: May 31, 1992
Honey bee THIS honeycomb is at the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad. The worker bee is Anil Gupta, a professor at the institute who specialises in socio-ecological studies of communities living in dry areas. His product is a publication called Honey Bee: an informal newsletter for documentation and experimentation of local innovations developed by farmers, pastoralists, artisans, horticulturist men and women. Quite an amazing publication coming out of an institution welfare most students look for the honey in corporate careers.
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