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Environment Minister’s Decision On Bt Brinjal Welcome, Scientifically Sound, But Sketchy And Legally Weak

February 10, 2010: The decision of the Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests (I/C), Mr. Jairam Ramesh, to place a moratorium on the clearance accorded by Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC), to the environmental release of the Bt brinjal variety developed by M/s Mahyco (an Indian seed company with substantial investment from US multinational, Monsanto) is without…

Big Cat Ad Strikes Urban Chord

February 10, 2010: Thousands Join Campaign To Save Dwindling Tiger Population by Prithvijit Mitra & Arnab Ganguly | TNN, Kolkata: Never before has a four-digit figure stirred so many emotions and caused such serious concern. For wildlife enthusiasts and those not so acquainted with conservation issues, 1,411 is now a figure of shame and worry.

Government Refuses Permission To BT Brinjal

February 9, 2010: Facing intense opposition from within and outside, government today refused to give a go-ahead to commercial cultivation of Bt Brinjal, a genetically-modified version of the vegetable that is said to be more resistant to pests.

Sea Lions Leave Galapagos

Feburary 8, 2010: A colony of sea lions has abandoned the Galapagos Islands and moved to the warmer waters of Peru. Scientists fear that this could be yet another effect of climate change and worry about the possible impacts of global warming on the fragile ecosystem of the Galapagos. Read the story on the BBC website here

Athirapilly Is Another Silent Valley, Says Jairam Ramesh

February 8, 2010: Athirapilly is another Silent Valley, rich in biodiversity, which needs to be protected, said Jairam Ramesh, Union Minister for Environment. Talking to media persons here on Monday, Mr. Ramesh said that the State should look for alternative proposals for power generation indicating that clearance will not be issued for the hydel project.

First Phase Of Tiger Census Completed

February 7, 2010: The first phase of the six-day exercise undertaken by the forest department to monitor tigers, co-predators, prey and their habitat concluded in protected and non-protected tiger-bearing areas of Nagpur on February 3. Read the article on the Times of India website

India To Have Its Own Panel on Climate Change

February 4, 2010: Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh has announced that India will have her own panel on climate change. The full story can be read on the Hindustan Times website here.

Rajendra Pachauri Strikes Back

February 2, 2010: Samar Halarnkar and Chetan Chauhan, writing for the Hindustan Times and Livement have put together a very tight, useful interview. The fact is that Dr. Pachauri is a thorn in the side of very powerful lobbies that have ruled global oil cartels for decades. No one expected them to lie down and heel, just because scientists said the…

US, EU Renew Push To Tackle Climate Change

January 31, 2010: US, EU renew push to tackle climate change – Issue : 871 (https://www.neurope.eu)

US President Barack Obama on 27 January renewed a push to tackle climate change, warning that the United States would fall behind other countries without investing in clean-energy industries. 

New Tiger Campaign – Aircel In Partnership With WWF-India

January 30, 2010: New Tiger Campaign – Aircel has partnered with WWF-India to help save our tigers. To know more about their campaign visit: www.saveourtigers.com