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What Happened At The Bali Convention On Climate Change?

The following Sanctuary report on the proceedings of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC),held in Bali, Indonesia in early December 2007, is provided in a Q&A format:

Man’s best friend

I love dogs. The ones in my home; the ones on India’s mean streets; the wild ones that run chital and sambar down in deep forests and the ones that started it all, the ultimate top dogs – wolves, Canis lupus.

Tomorrow’s World

Only someone who has seen a tiger in the wild can possibly understand the weightless joy that pervades the soul when one condescends to reveal itself in its forest.

Vanishing Stripes

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is an honourable man. And he would probably be just as moved as you or I at the sight of this strapping, young tiger striding across a path in Corbett, among the few safe havens left in India. The difference between Dr. Singh and the rest of us is that he would probably add: “I too want tigers saved, but I have a greater responsibility to the people of this country and must leave the…

Dance of Death

After a decade of denial by wildlife officials, the truth is out. Wild tigers are being taken down. According to the National Tiger Conservation Authority, we have lost half of all wild tigers that existed in India less than five years ago. Even granting that five years ago, the number of tigers was nowhere near what Project Tiger had been claiming, today’s figures are nothing short of depressing. A combination of…

The Nero Factor: India Has A Choice – Help Put Out The Climate Fire… Or Die.

Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus, son of Cnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus – or Nero, as he was better known – did not really ‘fiddle’ while the Great Fire raged across Rome over six calamitous days. According to Dio Cassius, on those fateful July days in A.D. 64, Nero actually climbed atop his palace roof from where he had a gallery view of burning Rome... and then loudly sang ‘The Capture of Troy’.

Climate Swings – January? Or Is This March?

I have been intrigued by the idea of snow since I was a child. Most of us who grew up in warm climes look at incredible mountain scenes washed in white and make a silent wish to wake up one day to see fresh, fallen snow. I have been in New York for the past few months and was certain that the peak of winter would guarantee me the snow I always sought. The last snow-less December was way back in 1877. In the last four…

The Deadly Web

I cannot think of a single life form on Earth that has a net negative impact on the health of the planet; can you?

Carbon neutral squirrels; negligent policy makers

It’s a rodent, the smallest of the Indian giant squirrels and next to impossible to sight – largely because it spends most of its life up in the canopy of thick forests, far from human eyes. Also because it is very rare, and getting rarer.

Fiddling While India Burns

Bittu Sahgal suggests that climate change is taking a toll on wild species and ecosystems and that India is making a huge strategic error by pushing forward with carbon-based energy options. For the benefit of the Neros in our midst, the author suggests that the Indian subcontinent will be one of the worst victims of climate change in the decades ahead.

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