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Burst Volkswagen’s Bubble

August 2010: While the rest of the world is concerned with protecting the environment and there is greater awareness about corporate social responsibility, Volkswagen and DDB Mudra advertising, an agency that has in the past come up with good, creative and socially relevant campaigns, have inexplicably showcased an extremely callous and socially irresponsible ad campaign.

‘No Port Zones’ Near Eco-Critical Areas

June 2010:  The Ministry of Environment and Forests has proposed amendments to the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Notification, 1991, to speed up development of ports and harbours. While the draft policy emphasised that any expansion plans of existing ports, harbours and jetties can be undertaken only if studies indicated that there is no significant impact on the shoreline…

Protect Uran

April 2010: The Uran wetlands, around 60 km. from Mumbai city, home to around 200 species of birds, are threatened by commercial development by the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust – Special Economic Zone (JNPT-SEZ).  Over 75 bird species breed here, including the Black-breasted Weaver that was seen after a lengthy disappearance of 52 years.

Save Rani Baug

April 2010: In an era of climate change, Mumbai needs green open spaces more than buildings. But the Bombay Municipal Corporation (BMC) does not share this view. It is perhaps a parable of our times that this body has time and again demonstrated its lack of desire to protect what little natural beauty remains in this metropolis.

Sanjay Gandhi National Park – City's Lifeline

April 2010: The Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) is the green lung of Mumbai and is responsible for 10 per cent of the city’s fresh water supply. Home to a stunning array of biodiversity – the park harbours 290 species of birds, 150 species of butterflies, over 1,000 flowering plants, 40 mammals and a host of reptiles and amphibians – SGNP or the Borivali National Park is a…

Terai (Uttarakhand) As A Conservation Management Unit

April 2010: The All India Tiger estimation in 2008 demarcated 7,000 sq. km. of the 15,000 sq. km. Terai Arc landscape as one of the three most critical habitats to tiger conservation. The identified area extends from the banks of the Yamuna river to the Sharda river and is concentrated mostly in Uttarakhand, starting from the Shivalik-Kalsi Forest Divisions in the west onwards to Rajaji…

Vedanta Cannot Be Allowed To Destroy Niyamgiri

April 13, 2010: Bianca Jagger is a campaigner for the rights of indigenous peoples including the Dongria-Kondh in Orissa who are protesting Vedanta’s proposed bauxite mines in the Niyamgiri hills of Orissa. Read the article on the Infochange website

Slippery Trail – Snake Trade On The Rise!

February 2010: On December 28, 2009, police intercepted two cars at the Maharashtra-Andhra Pradesh border and apprehended six smugglers carrying two sand boas. One of the two snakes had been purchased by a middleman from a villager in Nizamabad for Rs. 20,000 and sold to the accused smugglers for two lakhs. They in turn had been offered Rs. 12 lakhs for the snake that weighed about…

Yet Another Road In A Tiger Forest!

February 2010: It’s common knowledge that tiger habitats across the country are in peril. However, our political leaders and government agencies continue to devise new threats to these fragile landscapes on a daily basis. The latest menace comes in the form of a proposed road project over the Banas river, which flows between the Keladevi Sanctuary and the Ranthambhore National Park…

Sand Mining Threaten Tigers In The Valmiki Tiger Reserve

December 2009: Within one km. of the Valmiki Tiger Reserve a massive sand-mining operation is underway and thanks to political support, the perpetrators are able to get away with the removal of even rocks and boulders from the inside of the reserve. A Hindustan Times  report filed by Reena Sopam on November 11, 2009 from Patna states:"Only recently 19 sand-laden tractors…

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