Scientists claim to have discovered the smallest life forms. But are they alive?
Diesel: no answer to global warming
A look at the future
There is, therefore, no dearth of opportunities that can and should be seized to get rid of poverty and illiteracy, improve living standards, and …
THE GREEN CRUSADE
Over a year has passed since Germany's Green party came to power in 1998 by joining hands with their allies, the Social Democrats. Looking back, …
Labour vs pollution
Ever since the Supreme Court (sc) ordered closure/relocation of polluting units in Delhi, which subsequently left nearly 50,000 people jobless,…
A professor heralds hope and greenery into a remote Orissa village to set it free from a web of untouchability, superstition, illiteracy and poverty
TEARS FOR CROCODILES
Are we ready to hand over on our life-forms?
There are certain plants, vegetables and fruits indigenous to India having medicinal properties. The knowledge of these properties rests with …
Community forest management THE NEPALESE EXPERIENCE
Nepal government decided to hand over certain forest areas to rural communities.
The Biosafety Protocol has finally been adopted in the hope that it will bring some transparency into the trade in genetically-modified products. …
Battle for turf
If the South wants to protect its interests against the power of the Bretton Woods institutions and WTO, it will need its own, equally powerful forum
Polluter says' principle
GEF should have been a liability fund, rather than a 'guilt fund' set up by the North to make up for the global damage it had caused
MAIght of OECD
A no-holds-barred treaty on investments would hand over the world on a platter to MNCs
Free, not fair
Does a country have the right to demand that its domestic standards on environmental protection be applicable to all countries?
After almost 10 years of fighting for or against a forest convention, there is not even a common view on why forests are under threat and what …
Developing countries are wary of the proposed treaty as chemicals like DDT are still used in many malaria-prone regions for vector control
Northern countries still see desertification as a local problem caused by population pressures rather than international trade patterns and …
To energise the biodiversity convention, the world will have to first deal with difficult countries like the US
Climate change negotiations get emotional because carbon dioxide emissions are closely related to individual lifestyles - and to national …
How did it go wrong?
The corrupt and inefficient among pollution control authorities have surrendered India's groundwater to unscrupulous industrial units
Disasters in the making?
Groundwater contamination in India is verging on disastrous proportions, especially with regard to mercury
Trail of a $500 m gene
How a rare African algae collected by a French academic turns into a commercial bonanza for an equity firm in Hong Kong. Are there any benefits …
Although non-governmental organisations have come of age, apprehensions about their work persist
Talking about air