A genetically-modified food project funded by the US Agency for International Development faces legal action for bio-piracy offences. The National Biodiversity Authority of India has published its decision to allow the case to proceed.
Todd Stern handbagged in Delhi
Todd Stern, US special envoy on climate change, has met the new Indian environment minister, Jayanthi Natarajan, to discuss the looming UN conference in Durban.
Vandana Shiva calls for end to Indian seed poker
The Indian scientist and environmental activist, Dr Vandana Shiva, has taunted the world’s major biotechnology companies for adopting crop seed research methods which require no more skills than betting in a lottery.
Let’s get real about two degrees
The first major publication of the Indian Network for Climate Change Assessment predicts a worryingly high average temperature rise for the region.
Developing countries bid for climate change litigation
Scientists and academics in South Asia are calling on environmental groups to campaign for international laws which would enable developing countries and their citizens to claim compensation for damages caused by global warming.
In search of the bottom billion
New research published by the Washington-based Center for Global Development questions whether a core function of the World Bank in supporting poor countries is “heading toward retirement” by 2025.
Mukherjee budget menaces Indian forests
India is the first major economy to present an annual budget since the disruption of oil production in Libya. Plans for the economy in 2011/12 revealed earlier today surprised observers by making no provision for volatile oil prices.
Hillary Clinton backs move to end hidden hunger
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has endorsed efforts by world food experts to improve coordination between agriculture, nutrition and health programmes. “This issue cuts to the core of a global crisis that demands action,” she said.
Fuel subsidies debacle undermines global warming roadmap
The abrupt New Year’s Eve reversal of President Morales’ decision to raise petrol and diesel prices represents a setback for prospects of reducing global carbon dioxide emissions.
Trafficking, insurgency and globalisation in India
There are social and economic connections between the Naxalite assault in Chhattisgarh and the unresolved problem of human trafficking of sex slaves to Mumbai. Is globalisation a common contributory factor?