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This article in Economic and Political Weekly is a review of the edited book Handbook of Climate Change and India: Development, Politics and Governance by Navroz Dubash.

This article in Economic and Political Weekly is a review of the edited book Handbook of Climate Change and India: Development, Politics and Governance by Navroz Dubash. The author of the article states that the book is an important addition to the body of knowledge on the subject of climate change. The articles in the book are written from diverse view points by authors who are activists, researchers, diplomats, policymakers, and politicians.

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The sprawling economic development and constant consumption of land resources in an unsustainable manner has come with a big price- degradation of land. The major causes for this can be attributed to industrial pollution, over grazing by animals, deforestation and careless management of forests and it rich and diverse resources and excessive mining. The impact is severe on ecologically fragile and dryland areas which often drives small farmers out from agriculture.


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What are the real world problems faced by farmers holding small lands? It can vary from issues such as the costs and benefits of production choices made by farmers, method of practising agriculture, access to credit facilities, awareness about various government schemes and the support extended by them during the time of natural disasters. Making a deeper analysis to these issues will reveal the hidden problem of poverty among these farmers. It also epitomises the challenges faced by small farmers.


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Powerless by choice: Updates from the Eco - Earth Care Optimised magazine's January 2013 issue

Powerless by choice

In India electricity produced is much lesser than needed, and nearly half of it is wasted. In fact about one third electricity is wasted even before it reaches the consumer. This wastage is not only criminal considering that we generate thermal driven power, our energy saving too remains merely a lip service. Eco evaluates how energy efficiency may be improved, benefitting both the economy and the individual.

Tinkering with time

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This report published by The Hindu focuses on the issues related to the environment, nature, conservation and biodiversity and includes contributions from leading experts who talk about a variety of issues ranging from medicinal plants to shrinking wetlands, the threats to coastal ecosystems, the mining crisis, the dying rivers of India and threats due to urbanisation

The report includes the following articles under separate sections:

Biodiversity
The section on biodiversity includes four articles:

  • Convention on biodiversity: Challenges before India by Balakrishna Pisupati
  • The foundation for a green economy by Kabir Bavikatte
  • Protecting the diversity of medicinal plants and ensuring their sustainable use by B S Somashekhar
  • Why an integrated pollinator policy is necessary by Jhanavi G Pai and M Soubhadra Devy

The articles highlight:

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This article presents the 2012 report of the CDP water disclosure project initiated by global financial institutions. The project sought to help industries identify water related risks and ideally, work cooperatively to address them.

Cover of the CDP water disclosure reportBackground:

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This book by Shankar Sharma sheds light on the tremendous difficulties faced by people in India because of the ill-conceived power projects. It provides a holistic set of credible alternatives, to counter the arguments given by project proponents and central and state governments. It also provides further information in the form of a number of references and statistical information on this issue.

The primary objectives of this book are:

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With the increasing threats to our landscapes, biodiversity management can no longer afford to be part of a polarized 'yes or no' argument. Instead,it is vital to seek out and implement a bouquet of negotiated approaches. The diversity of India's landscapes as well as conservation approaches make it a valuable learning tool. This report presents some of these approaches

Chapter 1: Background

Biodiversity conservation has normally followed one of two approaches-

  • Setting aside protected areas
  • Community-based conservation.

The former was usually preferred by governments and global agencies, and as of today 12.7% of the global land area is protected to some extent. However, this does not translate into the protection of a representative sample of biodiversity. This approach also tends to exclude communities who have been the traditional managers of these ecosystems.

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This document includes the proceedings of the Kerala Environment Congress organised at Thiruvanathapuram that included twenty three presentations that focused on the issue of solid and liquid waste management

This document published by the Centre for Environment and Development (CED) includes the proceedings of the Kerala Environment Congress 2010  jointly organised by the Centre for Environment and Development (CED), Thiruvanathapuram, Kerala, sponsored by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) and The Life Insurance Corporation of India.

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I listened to Shri. Anupam Mishra on TED talks and would like to have access to the English version of Aaj Bhi Khare Hain Talaab. How can I get a copy?

Thanks,
Elizabeth M Howser

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