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Bt brinjal cultivation in B’desh a success or propaganda

The BBC’s claim of 90% success for Bt brinjal in Bangladesh has been challenged by a journalist. Claire Robinson reports BBC Panorama’s programme, “GM Food: Cultivating Fear”, has come under attack from a Bangladeshi journalist for falsely portraying Bt brinjal (eggplant/aubergine) cultivation in Bangladesh as a success. The programme, which aired on 8 June, featured pro-GMO campaigner Mark Lynas visiting ... Read More »

Myanmar jails 153 Chinese illegal loggers for life

A court in northern Myanmar has sentenced 153 Chinese nationals to life in prison for illegal logging. The group were arrested in January in Kachin state, close to the Chinese border, during a military operation to crack down on illegal logging. Two 17-year-old boys were also given 10-year jail terms, and a woman in the group was given an additional ... Read More »

UN postpones action to halt deforestation under industry pressure

New York: The Global Forest Coalition [1] reacted furiously to the final draft of the Sustainable Development Goals released this week. Despite the fact that most Sustainable Development Goals were agreed upon in July 2014, the latest draft, which will be adopted by the United Nations in September 2015 as the heart of the Post-2015 Development Agenda [2] has suddenly ... Read More »

Sea Change: Bay of Bengal’s Biodiversity is in Danger

Ranjan K Panda In December 2014, when over 75,000 gallons of oil spilled out of a drowned tanker in the Sunderbans delta, pollution of the Bay of Bengal came under international limelight. The Bay of Bengal, occupying an area of about 2.2 million sq km, is one of the world’s largest marine ecosystems, replete with biological diversity such as coral ... Read More »

Discard coal-fired power plant project at Rampal: Citizens’ body

A citizens’ platform to protect oil, gas and mineral resources has demanded that a joint project to set up a coal-run power plant at Rampal near the Sundarbans be dropped during India Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit. Anu Muhammad, member secretary of the National Committee on Protection of Oil, Gas and Mineral Resources, Power and Ports, made the demand at ... Read More »

Global action must to reduce biodiversity loss: Ban

The UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon in a message for the International Day for Biological Diversity, 22 May, called for global action for biodiversity loss. The UN secretary general said, the variety of life on Earth is essential for the welfare of current and future generations. The conservation, restoration and sustainable use of biological diversity can help solve a range of ... Read More »

15 biodiversity protectors

Danielle Nierenberg May 22 is the International Day of Biodiversity—an opportunity to increase understanding and awareness of the Earth’s flora and fauna. This year’s theme is biodiversity for sustainable development. Human health and livelihoods are linked to biodiversity, the variety of life on Earth. This diversity gives eaters important nutrients and vitamins, and also makes food delicious. Seventy percent of ... Read More »

Mango yield in Rajshahi, Chapainawabganj blighted

Mango farmers and traders in various parts of the region are concerned by the large number of green mangoes that have been torn from the trees by the recent nor’westers and hailstorms.The unfavourable weather follows the earlier attack by leaf hoppers which had caused many green mangoes to fall before ripening properly. Read More »

Rice-wheat-mugbean cropping pattern can double yield

Wide-ranging promotion of rice-wheat- mugbean cropping pattern in bed planting system could be the effective means of making yield of those double in the region including its vast barind tract. Agricultural scientists and researchers told BSS that the on- farm research on the cropping pattern was conducted in different areas in the last couple of years and findings of those ... Read More »

Low paddy price irks Sherpur farmers

As paddy farmers across the district have started harvesting the Boro crops, its price remain very low at the growers’ level.Per maund of Boro paddy is selling at Tk 300 -Tk 420 at the growers’ level, and between Tk 400 – Tk 600 at the local markets in the district, though the production cost this season is estimated to be ... Read More »

Mega agri projects envisages to pull one-fifth population out of poverty

The government has taken two mega agricultural development programmes seeking to enhance the capacity of farmers and improve water management and agri-business, and thus pull some one-fifth population of the country out of poverty.  According to official documents obtained by UNB, the government has formulated a 10-year master plan for the country’s southern region and a five-year first track development ... Read More »

Bumper chilly production likely in Bogra

Farmers of Bogra district are hopeful of achieving bumper production of Chilly in this season as the agricultural imputes are provided by local Department of Agriculture Extension. Besides, the favourable climate condition also helps to grow bumper chilly. Read More »

McDonald’s says it will stop cutting down trees

McDonald’s french fries might not be the best things for your health, but they could soon be a little less destructive for the planet. On Tuesday, the fast food giant announced that it planned to eliminate any links to deforestation in its products. Though the announcement covers all of the goods in its restaurants, McDonald’s will place the greatest emphasis ... Read More »

‘Halt Ramphal plant construction before proper EIA’

South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) on Sunday called for halting the Rampal coal fired power plant construction in the Sunderbans until it is cleared by neutral environmentalists. Addressing a press conference at the National Press Club in Dhaka SAHR members expressed the fear of adverse impact on the largest mangrove forest in the world from the said thermal power ... Read More »

A conservator Governor in Northeast India

By Nava Thakuria Assam finds a conservator of wildlife in its Governor Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya, who has made it clear that unlike other Constitutional heads, he would not be a mute spectator in respect of protecting the great Indian one-horned rhinoceros in Northeast India. Governor Acharya, who is also in charge of Nagaland and Tripura, had recently invited a group ... Read More »