TRINet Newsletter March 2012
Groundwater in coastal areas – a worrisome growing problem
Gujarat: Real Hero Bharat helps fishermen claim their land
Bharat Patel came to the rescue of fishermen of Kutch when industries were wiping away their livelihood. He took their voices to the authorities and despite being threatened, 'Bharat Bhai', as he's known, fought for them.
How the cell phone revolution can raise millions out of poverty, promote clean energy, and help fix the climate
Is it True ? Are BT Crops entering our neighbourhood nations?
In the next 24 months, genetically modified food crops will enter India's neighbourhood. And that will trigger changes in our own agriculture, like it or not. Between now and 2014, Bangladesh will introduce BT brinjal; Pakistan will introduce biotech corn; Philippines, that already grows biotech corn, will also adopt BT brinjal and biotech rice; Vietnam will adopt biotech corn; and Indonesia will allow biotech corn and biotech sugarcane, according to ISAAA (International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications), a non-profit think tank that monitors adoption of biotech crops globally.
National Gren Tribunal: The first seven months
The first set of hearings winds its way through the newly established environment tribunal, against the backdrop of a government push to speed up industrialisation in forest areas. Kanchi Kohli reports.
Cleared in a hurry amid much fanfare, Project Cheetah now waits for funds to fly in the first consignment from Africa. But the once-lost cat stands even less of a chance in a crowded 21st century India, and its reintroduction will pose fresh challenges for other species on the brink of extinction. There may still be just enough time to scrap this dangerous experiment.
Book Review: (publication download)
Divya Mudappa and T R Shankar Raman
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Simon Berrow: How do you save a shark you know nothing about?
They're the second largest fish in the world, they're almost extinct, and we know almost nothing about them. At TEDxDublin, Simon Berrow describes the fascinating basking shark ("Great Fish of the Sun" in Irish), and the exceptional -- and wonderfully low-tech -- ways he's learning enough to save them.
The True Cost of Oil
What does environmental devastation actually look like? At TEDxVictoria, photographer Garth Lenz shares shocking photos of the Alberta Tar Sands mining project -- and the beautiful (and vital) ecosystems under threat. Garth Lenz’ touring exhibition, “The True Cost of Oil”, has played a major part in the fight against Alberta Tar Sands Mining.
Donald R. Prothero addresses climate change denialism head on, demolishing deniers’ arguments and rebuttals, and clearly demonstrating how we know global warming is real and human caused.
How your brain tells you where you are
How do you remember where you parked your car? How do you know if you're moving in the right direction? Neuroscientist Neil Burgess studies the neural mechanisms that map the space around us, and how they link to memory and imagination. At University College in London, Neil Burgess researches how patterns of electrical activity in brain cells guide us through space.