The way out of energy and climate change dilemmas
Providing energy to the poor does not make good business. Take electricity. Connecting the 2 billion in the world who do not have access to large …
Strict US legislations are forcing cigarette companies to shift business to developing countries, where they are helped by lax laws and …
Bonn and beyond
The climate change meeting at Bonn tentatively agreed to postpone resolution of issues
India hardsells its troubled protected areas abroad
Traditional medicine system has time and again proved its worth. Then why the cold shoulder?
India's game plan on GATT: Will it work?
The government says there are opportunities to improve the Dunkel
packager but not all are
convinced that it is trying hard enough. …
Anxiety helps hasten ozone safety deadlines
Despite Third World pleas for generous grace periods, Montreal Protocol nations have moved forward the phase-out dates for chemicals threatening …
Diary of a political carnival
UNCED saw the largest ever gathering of heads of government in history. Ceremony, glitter and pomp were played out against a backdrop of …
A social force called water
The state is struggling to meet the rising water demand. It is time to learn from the days when people arranged their own water. In cities and in …
Sharing the air
The rich nations are trying to frame the rules for trading in emissions. However, the methods being used to allocate these are questionable. ANIL …
The market, simply, cannot be left alone
Hong Kong: a beginning?
In making TRIPS responsive to needs of poor countries?
We, the people
Industrialised countries uneasy at the prospect of a shift from traditional political rights for the individual to rights that link communities …
Helping slum-dwellers to help themselves
Involving the community in slum improvement has worked successfully in the Philippines and Mexico. Hidebound bureaucrats in the Third World, who …
Dying in stages
Thirty million HIV-infected people in the world live in developing nations. With no cures in sight, all they can do is wait for death. And lack …
Creative carbon accounting
The Kyoto protocol, agreed in December 1997, was the first step to curtail emissions of the industrialised world. It is now being used to set up …
Within the enemy
Humankind faces the most prolonged and worst exposure to pollution within the four walls of its homes - indoors - where biomass combustion spells …
Defence of science
The Indian Science Congress fails to
address country's key concerns like health. Instead, it ends up
becoming a forum for grousing about …
The US forces its agenda upon other member states at the fifth review conference of the bioweapons convention
Vaccines with mercury can cause autism, but removing the metal is uneconomical for developing countries such as India
The battle for knowledge
What are patents? Why have they become politically contentious and a major source of friction between rich nations and the developing world?
A deadly cyclone causes large-scale devastation in Pakistan and despite early warnings the toll on the Indian side is as high
Banning science from meeting fiction
Is quite different from letting politics crassly dictate research
WHO OWNS OUR VEGGIES?
The patenting of a broccoli developed through conventional breeding in Europe is a disturbing trend since it violates the law on plant life
Resources devoted to health care systems are neither divided equitably nor in proportion to the distribution of health problems