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The Price of Development: Ports Versus the Turtle Breeding Grounds of Orissa

Olive Ridley Sea Turtle Source: Wikipedia Commons

Though Olive Ridley Sea Turtles are found throughout the world, Orissa – an eastern coastline state of India, is the single largest rookery or breeding ground in the world for these turtles which migrate from the Indian Ocean through the Bay of Bengal every year for mating and nesting. Worshipped by most small fishermen as […]


November 26th, 2010 | Posted in Biodiversity,Government Policy,Sustainable Development | Read More »

Teach Me About Soil

Teach Me About Soil

by James H. Wandersee and Renee M. Clary Project your imagination into the soil below you next time you go into the garden.   Think with compassion of the life that exists there.  Think of the drama, the sexuality, the harvesting, the work that carries on ceaselessly.  Think about the meaning of being a steward for […]

August 31st, 2010 | Posted in Biodiversity,Sustainable Agriculture/GMO/Organic | Read More »

So Just What is Shark Fin Soup?

Hammerhead pups

by Bhavani Prakash Asian consumers’ appetite for shark fins is severely threatening several shark species to extinction and destroying oceans.   Considered a Chinese delicacy, shark fin soup is often served at wedding banquets, business meetings and on special occasions as a status symbol, due to its high price tag and presumed health benefits. Shark fins are sold in Asia  from […]

June 19th, 2010 | Posted in Animals/Wildlife,Biodiversity,Water/Marine Life | Read More »

Organic Gardening: Importance of Balanced Soils

Organic Garden             Photo Courtesy: Flickr - Bukowsky 18

What are the basics of soil chemistry that we need to understand in order to become better organic gardeners? This article outlines the drawbacks of conventional farming, and introduces what living soils are all about – the biodiverse organisms that make them rich, the structure of soils, the nutrients in soils and the need to balance […]

June 14th, 2010 | Posted in Biodiversity,Gardening,Sustainable Agriculture/GMO/Organic | Read More »

Plant Blindness: What research says

Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons

by Bhavani Prakash What does “plant blindness” mean? Why are urban people in particular, “plant blind?”  What can be done to get people and children to take notice of the plants around them?   Dr. James H. Wandersee from Louisiana State University was at the Singapore Botanic Gardens recently to give a talk about his decade-long pioneering research […]

June 2nd, 2010 | Posted in Behaviour Change,Biodiversity,Gardening,Green Education | Read More »

Soil Biodiversity: The Invisible Hero

Flickr: D Sharon Pruitt

“Soil is the invisible biodiversity hero. We rely on healthy soils for some of the most fundamental ecosystem services, and without them life on our planet would grind to a halt. We share our soils, so I am convinced of the need for common legislation in this area. I am therefore calling on Environment ministers […]

April 27th, 2010 | Posted in Biodiversity,Organic Farming,Sustainable Agriculture,Sustainable Agriculture/GMO/Organic | Read More »

The Oriental Pied Hornbills of Pulau Ubin, Singapore

Oriental Pied Hornbill Stamp

During my recent trip to Pulau Ubin, a fairly pristine island off mainland Singapore and a ten minute bumboat ride away from Changi Point Ferry Terminal, I was lucky to find myself in the midst of the rare and endangered species of Hornbills in Singapore – the Oriental Pied Hornbill or Anthracoceros albirostris.   There used to be […]

April 4th, 2010 | Posted in Animals/Wildlife,Biodiversity | Read More »

Super Rice or Monster Rice? Why GM crops can’t feed the world


I had sent in a letter to the Editor of “The Straits Times,”  Singapore’s National Newspaper, in response to the following article published on December 25th, 2009, entitled “Super Rice under Development” which has been reproduced in entirety in Wild Singapore’s blog. The article by Alastair McIndoe refers to the C4 project of the International […]

January 4th, 2010 | Posted in Biodiversity,Sustainable Agriculture/GMO/Organic | Read More »

Challenges and Prospects for a Green Economy

Pavan Sukhdev

Why do businesses and governments need to develop a new paradigm to tackle the climate change challenge? Can they be green and still grow? What strategies will help an inclusive growth that promotes economic development while preserving ecosystems, and how can they be prioritized?  What are the stumbling blocks in the path to greening the […]

December 2nd, 2009 | Posted in Biodiversity,Carbon Footprint,Climate Change,Energy/Renewables,Government Policy,Green Technology | Read More »

How to find Hidden Palm Oil in Supermarkets

shopping cart

By Bhavani Prakash Palm Oil is the largest plantation crop in the world, and much of it is grown in Malaysia and Indonesia where primary rainforests that are rich in biodiversity and home to millions of species are being rapidly cleared. Rapid expansion of plantations releases huge amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere as peat swamps are […]

November 4th, 2009 | Posted in Biodiversity,Climate Change,Consumerism,Food,Food/Diet/Meat Reduction,Palm Oil,Sustainable Agriculture | Read More »


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