Monday, November 29
Saturday, November 27
Harish Salve suggest Supreme Court to direct the Centre to establish national environment assessment and monitoring authority (NEAMA) a reworked version of the, National Environment Protection Authority (NEPA)
Shehla Masood shehla Masood at 7:39:00 PM
Friday, November 26
Media war is on CNN-IBN and NDTV
Shehla Masood shehla Masood at 10:16:00 PM
When Harrison Ford stars, the audience expects a hero. Two years back
Indiana Jones fighting Soviets earned protests from communists and added's portrayal of the Communist Party of to his list of adversaries. St Petersburg
Today he is loved for his commitment to save wildlife trade. At Tiger summit in
the Indian Jones was in a different avatar. He demanded wildlife conservation and to stop the illegal wildlife trade. St Petersburg
Wildlife Trade is is any sale or exchange of wild animal and plant resources by people. The international wildlife trade is a serious conservation problem. Over the years illegal wildlife trade has emerged as a form of Organized Transnational Crime that has threatened the existence of many wild species across the globe. Wildlife trade is a source of easy money for organized crime groups because the profits are lucrative and the risk of detection is low. Even if caught, prosecutions are often difficult and penalties minimal.
There is not a single country in the world that has the response to wildlife crime right.
The global illegal trade in wildlife has a devastating impact on some of the world's most endangered species one of them is tigers. Tiger is one such precious animal hunted all over its range for its skin, bones and other parts, besides finding use in trophies. In fact, every part of the animal is used in one way or the other. Its bones find their way into traditional oriental medicine, though there is no scientific evidence of their efficacy. Most consumers of tiger parts are from South-East Asia (
, China , South Korea and Japan ). In Taiwan , tiger skins have a ready market and sell for anything between Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 10,000 each. India
Governments of some 13 countries where tigers live have agreed an action plan to try and save the enigmatic big cats from global decimation.Participants in the summit have pledged to double tiger numbers by 2022. Conservation efforts will centre around protecting habitats, tackling poaching, targeting the illegal trade in tiger parts and - crucially - sourcing the finances needed for the plan to succeed. Russia
Unfortunately in our country
the bodies have a funding crunch who fight illegal trade. We have insufficient funding to conduct work in the illegal trade of wildlife over the internet. One can imagine Interpol’s Wildlife Crime Officer. India
Unless the ongoing trade in wildlife and its derivatives is stopped, most species-faced as they are with problems of habitat loss, fragmentation and inbreeding - will be lost forever. The cheetah is a classic example, a species hunted to the dead end of extinction in
Thursday, November 25
LIFE: Pollution in mining areas
|Category » Editorial Posted On Wednesday, November 24, 2010|
One of the emerging industrial hubs in the State Singrauli is plagued by spiralling pollution levels and it is in the right earnest that the Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board (MPPCB) has decided to conduct an environmental study of the area with the cooperation of Housing and Environment Department, in order to prepare a sustainable environmental plan for the area.
The Board has also mooted a proposal to shift its Rewa-based regional office to Singrauli, to check the fast changing environmental situation in the area.
Singrauli is gifted with abundant natural resources like coal deposits, which feed the major industries across the country. As is the case with most of the regions with rich mineral reserves and mineral based industries and other allied industries, Singrauli too is reeling under a high pollution load. The district, home to a number of mineral-based industries including thermal power stations, is highly affected by coal mining, allied operations and emissions from diversified industries.
In this region the problems may be many. Mining operations, allied activities and the urban settlements and colonies that are in close proximity to each other, are all resulting in a growth pattern, which is mutually incompatible and environmentally unsustainable.
These activities are also disposing their waste in a haphazard manner, which could result in even higher levels of pollution, degraded land and choked and polluted streams.
Significantly, the Central Pollution Control Board has declared parts of Singrauli as problem areas. Government of Madhya Pradesh (Housing and Environment Department) and MPPCB have now decided to carry out a Rapid Environmental Study of the region, to identify the land parcels within the district suitable for further industrialisation.
This proposed task would include survey of existing industries, especially the compliance of conditions imposed by regulatory authorities, environmental monitoring and modeling, followed by the application of spatial planning tools.
The MPPCB has issued the notification, inviting Expression of Interests (EoIs) from consultant institutions, including academic institutions, autonomous bodies and other reputed organisations for the proposed environmental survey.
In view of the above fact, the Pollution Control Board of Madhya Pradesh government has taken a right decision, which will help tide over pollution problems in Singrauli. With this, it can also be hoped that the state government will undertake such steps in other mining areas of the state.
Wednesday, November 24
legitimate desire of Indians living abroad to have a say in who governs India is fulfilled.
Shehla Masood shehla Masood at 10:32:00 PM
Details of mortality of Ghariyals and Crocodiles in Chambal Sanctuary during the last three years are given at Annexure.
There are several reasons for the death of Ghariyals and Crocodiles including natural death, poaching, and possible affects of some toxins manifested as articular and visceral gout, infestation of nematodes and entanglement in the fishing nets etc.
Action taken by the Government to protect Ghariyals and Crocodiles and its habitat include the following:
(i) Ghariyal and Crocodile have been included in the Schedule-I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, thereby affording them highest degree of protection.
(ii) Important habitats of Ghariyals and Crocodiles like the Chambal River passing through the States of Madhya Pradesh, Rajsthan and Uttar Pradesh have been declared as National Chambal Sanctuary.
(iii) Financial and technical assistance is provided to the State Governments under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme ‘Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats’ for conservation and protection of wildlife including Ghariyal and Crocodile and their habitats.
(iv) Efforts are made by the State Governments to stop illegal sand mining from the river sanctuaries to avoid damage to the habitat of Ghariyals and Crocodiles.
(v) Breeding of Ghariyals in captivity has been successfully standardized and as and when required, captive bred Ghariyals are released into the river habitats.