TRINet Newsletter May 2012
Climate Conversations - Indian ashram turns to clean energy in sustainability push
Muni Seva Ashram sits near the village of Goraj in the Vadodara district of India’s state of Gujarat. The ashram houses a variety of integrated community welfare programmes including an old age home, an orphanage, a cancer hospital, a primary and secondary school and a home for mentally challenged girls.
Re-imagining public spaces
An innovative new approach to Mumbai's open spaces is an extensive mapping survey. The same approach can be used in other cities too. Darryl D'Monte reports.
India to pump in Rs 2 lakh cr in 12th Plan to save climate
The fight against climate change will take a strategic jump in the 12th Five-Year Plan (2012-2017) with the government intending to plough in almost Rs 2 lakh crore through the various missions, the working group on climate of the 12th Five-Year Plan has said.
Nothing secret about Panel reports
Central Information Commission asks MoEF to make an environment expert panel's report public, outlining arguments that could be used for disclosure of many other documents. Krishnaraj Rao writes.
In Defence of Culling
Keeping wildlife in check, where their overabundance threatens life and livelihood, is very much part of the big nature picture.
Politicians from 23 of the world’s leading economies – including China – are convening in London on 25 April 2012 for a clean-technology summit hosted by UK and US energy ministers Ed Davey and Stephen Chu. It is the third Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) since the forum was launched in 2009. We asked a group of experts and activists from around the world what they would tell the summit.
So what if it was the largest-ever FDI in India? The law finally caught up with it on 30 March 2012, when the National Green Tribunal suspended POSCO’s environmental clearance and ordered a fresh review. We can celebrate the outcome in this day and cynical age: It is still possible, though not easy, to get environmental justice in this country.
It’s too early to write Posco off
Trust the unabashed commitment of our political leadership for the Posco project to circumvent the green tribunal’s review order
Researchers Give Long Look at Who Benefits from Nature Tourism
Using nature's beauty as a tourist draw can boost conservation in China's valued panda preserves, but it isn't an automatic ticket out of poverty for the human habitants, a unique long-term study shows.
Global positioning systems (GPS) could provide faster tsunami alerts than current warning set-ups, German researchers said on Wednesday, citing data collected in last year's deadly Japan earthquake.
A Forest History of India by Richard P. Tucker. Sage, 2011, Rs 750.
Witness to a changing world (film review)
Akanksha Joshi's film chronicles the changing world through the lives of age-old communities and the adaptations they are forced into. Shoma Chatterji reviews Earth Witness.
The secret life of plankton
New videography techniques have opened up the oceans' microscopic ecosystem, revealing it to be both mesmerizingly beautiful and astoundingly complex. Explore this hidden world that underpins our own food chain -- in the first-ever TEDTalk given by a fish.
Deep ocean mysteries and wonders
In the deepest, darkest parts of the oceans are ecosystems with more diversity than a tropical rainforest. Taking us on a voyage into the ocean -- from the deepest trenches to the remains of Titanic -- marine biologist David Gallo explores the wonder and beauty of marine life.
Is there more than one universe? In this visually rich, action-packed talk, Brian Greene shows how the unanswered questions of physics (starting with a big one: What caused the Big Bang?) have led to the theory that our own universe is just one of many in the "multiverse."