'Avoiding controversy is crucial for the GEF'
Mostafa K Tolba , has been an influential figure in the global environmental arena, and has monitored the state of the world's environment. …
Climate change discussions should focus on issues that are of importance to the South
North prefers UN to act as 'global governor'
Environmental concerns and the end of the Cold War are spurring radical changes at the UN. But the revamp is turning out to be another thorny issue.
Time, space set limits to sustainable planning
Sustainable development involves a practical compromise between short-term human needs and never-ending preservation of natural resources.
The racket at Rio
The save-the-planet bazaar does not deserve to be taken seriously
Aluminium's birth defect
The extraction of aluminium from its ore is a highly polluting process
'There should be consensus among G-77'
Developing countries have a reputation for lacking political
strategy when it comes to
international negotiations. They have been slow in …
North vs South
Developing nations should not sit back and allow the US to do the thinking.
They should find a way of making their contributions meaningful and, …
Challenges in Agriculture
Biotechnology issues pose tremendous challenges for developing countries. As a member of the World Trade Organisation, India will have to gear up …
Why don't we set our own house in order first?
The state uses all the right words. But its actions don't match its rhetoric, unfortunately
Code of ethics for scientific "eco-tourists"
Most of the world's tropical forests are in the developing world. Guidelines have been suggested for researchers to regulate the flow of data to …
People collect rainwater without any support from the government. This saves the avoidable overuse of drinking water
The value of a raindrop
Rainwater is as usable to the industrialised North as to the underdeveloped South. As important to the poor, rural household as to the gardens …
To promote public understanding of science, it is essential not only to initiate openness and dialogue between the scientific community and the …
That 'E' word again
Most Northern groups that dominate the civil society opinion-making process within the climate convention have consistently ignored Southern …
In the recent discussion about reforming the international environmental governance structure, there have been calls for a World Environment …
Back to basics
Every taluka in India can meet its own food, water and energy needs
Two weeks of discussions on the Kyoto Protocol on climate change have just ended. But core problems remain. The world's worst polluters are …
Third world power
China has proved that genomics is no longer the preserve of developed countries
WSSD clearly illustrated the hatred of the US' bullying tactics
Trade might is not right
What's wrong with global negotiations today?
The US administration reneged on its earlier undertaking on the Kyoto Protocol, choosing instead to come up with its own climate change strategy: …
Conditions to aid and trade
World Resources Institute objects to criticism that Northern groups are arm-twisting developing countries into reducing greenhouse gas emissions
What's on the table
'Nature's gardeners' to the fore
Pampered European farmers cried foul as the Uruguay Round of GATT raced to a tense finish.