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Genetically Modified Mosquitoes: Background and Concerns

Aedes aegypti

By Bhavani Prakash In Dec 2010, 6000 genetically modified (GM) Aedes aegypti sterile male mosquitoes were released in the unhabited forests of Betong, Malaysia, according to the statement by the government run Institute of Medical Research (IMR).   The GM mosquitoes were developed by the UK biotech company, Oxitec. The purported aim of the company is to work […]


April 6th, 2012 | Posted in Animals/Wildlife,Biodiversity,Health,Human wellbeing,Sustainable Agriculture/GMO/Organic | Read More »

The fight for Borneo’s soul

Borneo rain forest. Photo courtesy: Ben Sutherland

by Neo Chai Chin With palm oil companies slashing vast swathes of forest, the Dayaks of West Kalimantan are desperately struggling to save their ancestral lands and way of life On the porch of a wooden house deep in West Kalimantan, a shirtless man sits, staring out at endless rows of palm oil trees surrounding his […]

March 26th, 2012 | Posted in Biodiversity,Green Activism,Sustainable Agriculture/GMO/Organic,Sustainable Development | Read More »

Lorot Salem: My Mt. Kenya is up in Flames Tororot

Fire in Mt Kenya

Fires are raging across the slopes of Mt. Kenya in Africa, and they may have been set by poachers who target elephants for their ivory tusks, according to the report by Huffington Post on March 20, 2012 . It is a sad event indeed, with the seasonal rains that usually appear this time of year failing […]

March 21st, 2012 | Posted in Biodiversity,Green Activism | Read More »

Joshua Freedman: Emotional Intelligence for an Empathetic Society

Joshua Freedman

By Bhavani Prakash Joshua Freedman is Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the US based non-profit organisation Six Seconds.   Set up in 1997 and now operating in 10 countries with practitioners in around 100 countries, Six Seconds has the mission to spread emotional intelligence far, wide and deep by supporting, “people to create positive change.” EQ( […]

March 2nd, 2012 | Posted in Behaviour Change,Behaviour Change,Green Activism | Read More »

The Science of Tree Shade

Website source of image: http://www.texasbusiness.com/files/image/article/full_3186.jpg

by James H. Wandersee and Renee M. Clary Singapore has urban forests with trees that provide refreshing shade for its citizens. Beginning in the 1960s, the country’s modern founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, had the foresight to promote tree-planting as a means to transform Singapore into a tropical garden city-state.  Anyone who comes here today is […]

March 1st, 2012 | Posted in Biodiversity,Green Cities/Communities | Read More »

Joe Brewer: An interdisciplinary approach to understanding complex issues

Joe Brewer

By Bhavani Prakash Seattle based JOE BREWER is one amongst a rare and emerging breed of interdisciplinary experts around the world. In an era of specialisations, what’s missing is a holistic view that cuts across various discipines, whether it comes to addressing climate change or societal change.  Brewer steps in with his unique perspectives on […]

February 8th, 2012 | Posted in Climate Change,Government Policy | Read More »

Environmental impact of deforestation and land use in Janda Baik


By Bhavani Prakash 2011 is the International Year of Forests, and I thought it fitting to conclude the year with a final piece on some of the environmental effects of deforestation and subsequent land use that I observed and learnt about during my field trip a few months ago, to the area of Janda Baik, […]

December 30th, 2011 | Posted in Biodiversity,Chemicals,Sustainable Development | Read More »

Six largest agrochemical TNCs stand trial for human rights violations


By Bhavani Prakash A historic tribunal, the Permanent People’s Tribunal (PPT) was held in Bangalore, India from 3rd to 6th December, 2011 to indict Agrochemical Transnationals (TNCs) for gross violations of human rights. Here is the trailer to the Tribunal: Video link here Victims and survivors of the pesticide industry from all over the world were […]

December 10th, 2011 | Posted in Chemicals,Sustainable Agriculture/GMO/Organic | Read More »

Climate Change Negotiations: Some Inconvenient Truths

Prof Surya Sethi at ISEAS

By Bhavani Prakash This has been a week of climate pessimism.  First, The Guardian on Wednesday, 9 Nov 2011 quoted the International Energy Association (IEA)’s warning that the world is headed for irreversible climate change in only 5 years. The article says: “If the world is to stay below 2C of warming, which scientists regard as […]

November 11th, 2011 | Posted in Behaviour Change,Carbon Footprint,Climate Change,Government Policy,Sustainable Development | Read More »

Reviving the Lost Legacy of Rice Biodiversity: The Story of Ghani Khan

Ghani Khan

Rice means life and survival for billions of people. Relying on a narrow range of rice strains grown in monocultures has led to increased pest problems and erosion of rice biodiversity. Anitha Reddy shares a story of a farmer from India, Ghani Khan, who has successfully eschewed modern hybrid rice seeds to return to traditional varieties of rice […]

October 13th, 2011 | Posted in Biodiversity,Sustainable Development | Read More »


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