I had a chance to witness plant conservation sites in Sweden, Japan Germany and India. Almost all the plant species are conserved in cold storage , in liquid nitrogen, and in different methods of storage so that if mankind looses all plants on earth in the event of some circumstances of floods or man made devastations the life can be started again. Although we don't envisage a threat of nuclear war now but it was so much in the air just 4 decades ago that plant storage facilities were made to withstand even atomic attacks.
Hyderabad conference on biodiversity is excellent opportunity on resource mobilisation. With over 180 participating countries Prime Minister of India hopes for a "positive outcome". India became the first champion of the Hyderabad pledge to announce
US $50 million ( Rs. 250 crore) to strengthen biodiversity institutions within India and abroad on Tuesday(HT 17th October, 2012) .
United Kingdom became second country a day later by announcing one million pounds for implementation of Aichi targets under Nagoya Protocol of the Convention of Biological Diversity.
Greenland has areas of very clean water, the like of which just does not exist in developed nations, but also highly polluted water, making it an excellent location for studying the environmental impacts of chemicals
More than 10,000 tons of antibiotics are consumed in Europe each year and an estimated 30-60% of those pass through animals and humans completely unchanged. These different substances can then reach the ocean via hospitals, municipal sewage, fish farms and run-off from agriculture and landfills.
A research group from the University of Gothenburg wanted to examine the potential effects of accumulating antibiotics in the seabed, so off to Greenland they went.
A recent study
published in Environmental Sciences Europe has attracted attention because it documents a net increase in pesticide use on genetically engineered crops in the US. The author, Chuck Benbrook, is certainly qualified to consider pesticide issues, and I have had positive interactions with him over the years; however as an organic advocate he has a very different perspective on pesticides than I do.
A new study says that the use of herbicides in the production of three genetically modified herbicide-tolerant crops, cotton, soybeans and corn, has gone up rather than down. The counterintuitive estimate is based on an analysis of publicly available data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agriculture Statistics Service.
"Sustainable agriculture" is as articulated in the 1990"Farm Bill" Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990,P.L.
In his book Essay on population Malthus’s 1798 predicted that population growth will soon outpace food production. Ecologist Paul Ehrlich’s 1968 wrote in his book: The Population Bomb predicted that the world will undergo famines in 1970s, hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now. It is too late!!! It did not happen. However by some surprise or scientific achievements this did not happen but to say it will never happen will be far from truth.
Starting from point mutations and gene mutations to chromosomal aberrations , molecular markers, to cultivars, species and genera and phyla, all living organisms make biodiversity of an area.
Humans of the Upper Palaeolithic Age recycled and repurposed their stone artifacts to be put to other uses, according to a group of anthropologists after examining burnt artifacts found in the Molí del Salt site in Tarragona, Spain.
How could they make that determination? Finding that stone tools during prehistoric times were recycled is not going to be apparent in archaeological records.