Writings and opinions on environmental issues of the Northeast.

New Report on Climate Change Impact Assessment for India Highlights Key Concerns for Northeast

Assessing the impact of climate change on cities, states and nations has always been a challenge. To measure the impacts and forecast its impending results is but a stepping stone in the fight against climate change, to work out sustainable solutions. India has proudly moved forward in the right direction by releasing a major report titled “Climate Change and India: A 4X4 Assessment”. The report provides an assessment of impact of climate change in 2030s on four key sectors of

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Emu Rearing: Innovative Poultry Farming in Northeast India

Most of the states in Northeast India have been practicing hunting for food and as well as in cultural associations during festival. However, the age old hunting practice has now become a threat to several endangered species in the region. Birds like the Hornbill are now rarely found, in regions where they once frequented in huge numbers. The biodiversity of this biodiversity hotspot is under threat of extinction and something surely needs to be done before its too late. One

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Mizoram Bags the IPVM Green Award 2010!

The Indira Priyadarshini Vriksha Mitra (IPVM) Awards were instituted in the year 1986 to recognize the pioneering and innovative contribution made by the individuals and institutions in the field of afforestation/wasteland development. Nominations for the IPVM Awards 2010 were assessed on the basis of criteria like replicability, innovation, setting up of grassroots organizations, soil and moisture conservation work and other related activities. Target groups like women/weaker sections of society, people in inaccessible/remote areas, work being done over and above the

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A Very Happy and Green Diwali to All

The festivals of light Diwali is known to bring success, happiness and prosperity in everybody’s life. This Diwali lets take the pledge of celebrating an eco-friendly Diwali and be more responsible citizens. Along with all the celebrations and festivities, Diwali these days brings with it ear bursting noise and the thick pungent smell of crackers that hangs in the atmosphere until long after the festival is over. The chemicals present in the crackers causes air and noise pollution and has

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Rivers for Life: Global Grassroots Movements Against Big Dams Unite in Mexico

It’s hot sunny afternoon and the weather is dry in this far rugged country side. A truck stops by the bar and a man with a hat and a big moustache comes out of the vehicle. This is ‘Mexico’ that comes to my mind. I had the good fortune of visiting this country as I was invited by International Rivers, an organization based in Berkeley in California, to attend its third meeting of the dam affected people.  The meeting was

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Ill Planned Hydroelectric Projects: The Burning Environmental Issue in Sikkim

The degradation of the Himalayan ecosystem is emerging as one of the major concern for ecologists and environmentalists across the country. The most burning environmental issue faced by Sikkim currently is the installation of dams on Teesta and adjoining rivers and submergence of valleys for the construction of hydroelectric projects. Of late, Sikkim–with a mere geographical extension of about 7096 sq km–has seen the sprouting up more than thirty haphazard and ad hoc mega hydroelectric power projects. The Comptroller & Auditor

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Faith Induced Forewarning from Jaintia Hills: Earthquake on October 25, 2010

When the clock strikes 12 midnight, an earthquake might shake the entire Meghalaya state in Northeast India. October 25, 2010 may become the day of destruction for the people in the region, especially if adequate pre-disaster preparation measures are not taken. Predicted to initiate from Ri War, in the southern part of Meghalaya, the earthquake that will strike is believed to last for three record breaking hours. This message has been received as a revelation by a local Minis Kyndait,

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Rubber Cultivation: A Rewarding Offer for the Northeast Farmer

Toy balloons, pencil erasers, rubber bands, hoses, belts, gloves, aircraft tyres and nameless others, what do you find similar in all these products? For most people, the first thing they would say is the flexible characteristic of the above goods. However, if we further ask them to guess the main ingredient of these products, t won’t take long before they guess the right answer, which is RUBBER. In modern world, the usage of rubber–both synthetic and natural–is innumerable. It is

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