Can an adivasi community save the forests and wildlife they live amidst? According to the sentiments echoed by about 160 Soliga adivasis, the answer is a resounding yes. The occasion that brought them together from far flung podus (settlements) was a workshop organized inside the Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple (BRT) Wildlife Sanctuary in Karnataka on 12-13th July. The workshop, facilitated by some civil society groups, focused upon framing a community based plan for forest management and wildlife conservation.
This month we have a feature on the global status of renewable energy; links to some of the finest news stories on the environment in India; a book review:India's Environment History; about seismic wallpaper; a recycled school; videos of dragonflies that cross oceans; the melting glaciers of Bhutan; a rainwater harvesting miracle in India and much more.
Renewable Energy -- developing nations rising to the challenge
In 2010, according to a Global Status Report by The Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), renewable energy supplied an estimated 16% of global final energy consumption and delivered close to 20% of global electricity production. Renewable capacity now comprises about a quarter of total global power-generating capacity. Including the estimated 30 GW of hydro power added in 2010, RE accounted for approximately 50% of total added power generating capacity in 2010.
Oceans at Risk, say Scientists...
... While Indian pelagic fisheries seem to thrive
The future of marine life in the oceans is bleak and marine degradation is happening at an unprecedented rate, if we believe a report released by the International Program on the State of the Ocean in concert with the International Union for Conservation of Nature, in April this year, at a workshop held at the University of Oxford, London. Meanwhile, in India, studies have shown some pelagic species have extended along the coast and are proving beneficial to fishermen. (more)
Leaping Clymene dolphins
...while Indian pelagic fisheries seem to thrive