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India bans cultivation of Bt brinjal
Feb 10, 2010 The decision to put a moratorium on the cultivation of Bt brinjal has been hailed by experts and activists. Concerns about possible health hazards of genetically modified brinjal and rapid contamination of natural brinjal varieties through cross-pollination were voiced at public hearings in seven cities across the country.
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Afghanistan protects a rare bird species
Mar 05, 2010 One of the world’s least known and rare birds, the large-billed reed warbler has been discovered in the remote Pamir Mountains in northeastern Afghanistan. The National Environment protection Agency, Afghanistan has announced the inclusion of this bird among the 48 protected species list in the country.
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India's capital witnesses sharp fall in migratory birds
Mar 09, 2010 The Asian Water Bird Census 2010 reveals a marked fall in the arrival of migratory birds in Delhi due to degradation of Yamuna river basin, caused by domestic and industrial pollution. Unless protective measures are taken immediately, the wetlands would become dry lands in near future.
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Green crusaders from eastern India
Mar 10, 2010 In an exemplary effort, the conservation of Subankhata Reserve Forest in Assam has been successfully taken up by the former Bodo militants, who were mostly responsible for destruction of the forest and wildlife during the decade of militancy. Involvement of key stakeholders has brought success to the initiative.
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Bhutan preserves a traditional staple diet
Mar 18, 2010 With the help of National Biodiversity Centre and the agriculture division of Bumthang, Bhutan is trying to preserve the buckwheat cultivation, which was neglected with the advent of cash crops like potato. Buckwheat has been a staple food crop for the people of Bumthaps region for generations.
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India-Bangladesh unite to protect Sunderbans
Apr 07, 2010 India and Bangladesh will jointly launch the Sunderbans Ecosystem Forum in September to protect the region from climate change. The project, to be funded by World Bank, will be executed over five years aimed at conserving the tigers, managing mangroves and improving livelihoods of inhabitants.
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Cross-border project launched to save Mt Kailash
Apr 12, 2010 India, Nepal and China have joined hands to conserve the Greater Mt Kailash Region, under the guidance of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development. In its first phase the project aims to establish a transboundary cultural and biodiversity conservation landscape and engage stakeholderds in the three countries.
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Bangladesh proposes stiff laws to curb poaching
May 14, 2010 Poaching may cost life imprisonment, if proposed anti-poaching law is enacted by the Bangladeshi Parliament which would apply to all endangered and critically endangered animals. A study of IUCN has shown that more than 13 species have become extinct from Bangladesh over the past 40 years.
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India: Frog species offers hope to scientists
May 14, 2010 A new species of brightly coloured frog, Raorchestes resplendens has been discovered in a remote peak in the southern part of India. The new species adds to the family of amphibians, one-third of which are under threat from extinction due to human activity.
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Bangladesh: Forests make way for commercial orchards
May 17, 2010 In Bangladesh, about 250 acres of Sal forest has been cleared making way for commercial fruit orchards. Government officials and locals appear helpless as plunderers with political links destroy the last patch of Sal forests in Madhupur.
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Collaborating to empower mountain communities
May 19, 2010 The Hindu Kush-Himalayan countries have agreed to increase the information flow on their genetic resources, traditional knowledge, and bio-prospecting activities. This will ensure poverty alleviation through mitigation of biodiversity loss and promotion of genetic diversity among mountain communities.
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Paradise Lost: India's biodiversity towards extinction
May 28, 2010 The two hotspots of India, Western Ghats and Himalayan region, which are the pool of genetic diversity, are struggling for their existence. The climate change, industrial effluents, loss of natural habitats and increasing human greed are causing India’s biodiversity deterioration.
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Humans, a threat to Indian mangrove forests
Jun 02, 2010 In Orissa, heavy human intervention in Mangrove habitats has resulted in fast depletion of mangrove forest cover. Forest officials have cautioned that their loss can adversely affect marine and terrestrial biodiversity as they provide natural shelter to thousands of species and reduce soil erosion.
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World Congress for Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Change
Sep 23, 2011 The International Council for Man and Nature (MANU) presents an international conference on the importance of biodiversity conservation in the wake of climate change from 11-13 December, 2011 in Haridwar, India. The last day for submission of abstracts is 30 September, 2011.
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International Conference on Bear Research and Management
Jul 19, 2012 The Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, is organising 21st International Conference on Bear Research and Management, which will discuss threats related to conservation of bear community around the world.
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Indian sites added to UN list of biosphere reserves
Jun 01, 2009 UNESCO has added three Indian wildlife reserves to the list of World Network of Biosphere Reserves. With the latest addition of 22 special spots identified globally, the list now counts 533 biosphere reserves where humans are interacting with the rest of nature in sustainable ways.
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Bio happiness for the poor
May 26, 2010 The Biodiversity Day and the Biodiversity Year emphasise on the need to spread bio-literacy and to link it to economic advancement, says M. S. Swaminathan while underlining the importance of bio-conservation. He cites examples to illustrate the mutually reinforcing nature of biodiversity conservation and development, and suggests some steps on the way forward.
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Green Tribunal allows raising of water level in Maheshwar Dam
Aug 14, 2012 The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has allowed the Shree Maheshwar Hydel Power Corporation Ltd (SMHPCL) to increase the water level at the Maheshwar dam, which is a part of the Narmada Valley Development Project, from the current 145.76 mtrs to 154 mtrs.
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India to promote biodiversity agenda at international level
Sep 07, 2012 The Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India is organising the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity from 1-19 October, 2012 in Hyderabad.
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India’s fuel import bill makes sense for it to develop biofuel technology: Expert
Nov 10, 2012 Himadri B Pakrasi, Director, International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability (I-CARES), is director of two prestigious large-scale, multi-institutional, Systems Biology projects in the Washington University. OneWorld’s Ashok Kumar spoke to him on the role of biofuels and how these make economic sense for developing countries like India.
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Involve farmers in global seed wealth, say NGOs
Mar 05, 2008 The newly-opened Global Seed Vault (GSV) at Svalbard in Norway is being criticised by Indian and other NGOs for excluding farmers from its institutional framework. Farmers being the first link in the food chain, should be involved in conserving genetic biodiversity, they argue.
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FICCI launches campaign for biodiversity
Oct 29, 2012 The COP 11 held at Hyderabad at the beginning of the month was a successful one for Indian businesses too. FICCI launched a campaign 'Sustainable Biodiversity Means Sustainable Business' for businesses to pledge to the cause of biodiversity.
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Indus Towers sponsors ‘Science Express – Biodiversity Special’ train
Apr 10, 2013 The SEBS 2013 edition is scheduled to be flagged-off from Delhi on 9th April, 2013 and during its journey it will travel to 62 locations across India.
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Heritage tag for Western Ghats: World recognition, local condemnation
Jul 05, 2012 One of the world’s top eight hotspots of biological diversity, the Western Ghats is engulfed in a controversy. Latest addition to the list of natural World Heritage Sites by UNESCO and IUCN, the Karnataka government is not impressed by the recognition and wants the Government of India to get the honour removed.
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State govt abets destruction of ancient lakes in India
Jul 12, 2012 Urbanisation in one of the world’s oldest mountain range, the Aravallis in north India, is impacting the environment and destroying flora and fauna in the region. Despite strict Forest Protection laws, mining and construction activities continue in the ecologically-rich area, with permission given by the state government.
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30 per cent of snow leopard habitat may be lost to climate change
Jul 19, 2012 If greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase, 30 per cent of snow leopard habitat in the Himalayas may be lost to treeline shift, says a new study conducted by WWF. The study reveals that threats like illegal hunting, human-wildlife conflict, and overgrazing of habitat, are further aggravating the rate of decline in the population of this endangered species.
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Swiss environment minister to visit India
Oct 17, 2012 Swiss Minister for Environment, Transport, Energy and Communication, Doris Leuthard is visiting India to participate in the UN Conference on Biological Diversity in Hyderabad.
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Tibetan women protect their habitat
Jan 30, 2012 A Tibetan NGO is helping to build women's rights on local environment issues and strengthening restoration and clean up programmes to protect Tibetan plateau's wilting habitat.
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Protecting biodiversity
Dec 31, 2008 Conservation of biodiversity is crucial to human sustenance. TERI's latest publication A comprehensive handbook on biodiversity is a useful guide to explore the concept, its value, and linkages with ethnic communities.
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Surviving climate
Jan 06, 2009 State of the World 2009: Into a Warming World published by Worldwatch Institute examines the unique scale and vast time horizon of the climate problem. The 26th edition of the flagship series also explores the technological and institutional developments likely to help humanity weather the storm of global warming.
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