'Policy dialogues around food security and climate adaptation need to draw from different disciplines'
Celia Petty is the co-founder and director of Evidence for Development (EfD), an UK-based organisation that specialises in research and capacity building for poverty alleviation, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction with focus on Africa. She recently spoke to Subhojit Goswami about food security, livelihood diversification and challenges in designing effective adaptation …
`Religion is not doing enough to help wildlife'
George Schaller is one of the first scientists to study and rediscover several rare and charismatic species. These include the mountain gorillas in the Congo, lions in Tanzania, tigers in India, jaguars in Brazil and the Asiatic cheetahs in Iran. He has also been researching the wildlife in China, including the giant panda, the Tibetan antelope and the snow leopard. On a recent visit to India,…
'Smallholder farmers are on the front lines of climate change'
After winning the Africa Food Prize 2016 for his advocacy to place smallholder farmers at centre of agricultural agenda, Kanayo F Nwanze explains how betterment of the community is necessary for world's food security
'Let us internalise the relation we need to have with nature'
Jonathon Porritt wears many hats. A pioneer of green politics in the UK, sustainability campaigner, media personality and writer. His latest book, The World We Made, is an environmental thriller set in 2050. Porritt spoke with Pradip Saha about his futuristic take on some of the sustainability issues we face today
‘Dual contraception is a must to avert HIV infection’
Hormonal contraceptives, promoted in developed nations, put health at risk, says a study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Sonal Matharu talks to Jared Baeten, professor, department of global health, University of Washington, about the study
Africa is heading for trouble
The founding president of African Academy of Science, Thomas R Odhiambo , has been working to evolve a framework necessary for stimulating technological development and environmental protection in Africa. Odhiambo, 66, an emeritus professor of insect physiology, University of Nairobi, Kenya, spoke to Austin Uganwa about the status of science and technology in the continent
Expose the exposome
Human body maintains a record of all environmental exposures, from pollutants to diet and stress. Analysing the record, dubbed exposome, can help in precise prediction of the risk of diseases a person faces. Stephen Rappaport, director of the Berkeley Center for Exposure Biology in USA, spoke to Shruti Chowdhari about the possibility
Mithi is a river, not real estate
Jagdish Gandhi wears many hats. A historian writing a book on Mumbai’s colonial past, he was among those responsible for restoring the Kutchh palace. He also filed a PIL to rescue the Mithi river. Kaushik Das Gupta spoke to him on this petition