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TRINet Newsletter November 2010 +  




For November, we have a feature on coastal biodiversity; a quick and impressionistic study on the fisheries sector of North Malabar, adapted for TRINet blog, and the full study as a download. 

We have three videos: A trip down the bizarre, dark alleys of seamounts and ridges under the ocean; one about tagging tuna in the deep sea, and Homeopathy explained by James Randi.

We also have a video, a photo essay and an article on the just concluded Census of Marine Life.

In the news, we have extreme action from green campaigns; the Nagoya Convention on Biodiversity, Jairam Ramesh on the environment - development debate and his interview on Time magazine; about pollution in our coastal cities; poaching fish in Kutch; sand mining in Mumbai, the POSCO clearance mockery and much more.  

Coastal Biodiversity – are we losing it? +  


Marine algae at Kovalam


India is among the 17 mega diverse countries of the world – countries that harbour the majority of the earth’s species and hence considered very biodiverse. With a coastline of 8000 km and an Exclusive Economic Zone of about 2 million sq km, India shelters a wide range of coastal ecosystems – mangroves, estuaries, lagoons, backwaters, salt marshes, rocky coasts, sandy stretches and coral reefs. A large network comprising of 14 major, 44 medium and numerous minor rivers and their tributaries can be found generously spread across the subcontinent except for the western arid regions of the Rajasthan Desert.

A Quick and Impressionistic Study of the Fisheries Sector of North Malabar (adapted for blog) +  

 A Quick and Impressionistic Study of the Fisheries Sector of North Malabar (adapted for blog)

TRINet Newsletter October 2010 +  


Coastal Regulation in India – from bad to worse? +  

Traditional fishing boat setting out to sea

Book Review +  

SHORELINES: Space and Rights in South India by Ajantha Subramanian.
Stanford University Press, Stanford, 2009.
Review by Manju Menon (published in Seminar Magazine)
IN January 2010, the Ministry of Agriculture made public a draft Marine Fisheries Management and Regulation Bill designed to regulate fishing in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). This openness to a dialogue prior to the finalization of a legislation is something a novelty in the fisheries sector. In the past, the declaration of the EEZ, the promulgation of the Maritime Zone of India Act, 1981, and even the marine fisheries acts of various state governments got little or no public air in their formative stages.

TRINet Newsletter September 2010 +  


The broad theme for September is climate change, and its link to extreme weather. We begin with a brief analysis of the possible causes of extremes in Russia and Pakistan, and a warning on how climate change can become irreversible if left unchecked. 

BEDROC's dairy collective and how it is restoring traditional livelihoods and building resilience among coastal communities in Nagai comes next, followed by the origins and invention history of safety equipment for small boat fishermen.

In the news, the oil spill off Mumbai; the victory of green activists in India; a fall-out of the Vedanta issue; Jairam Ramesh setting aside 25,000 crores for tackling climate change; all about 1 million green jobs opening up in India, and much more.

Six degrees to mass extinctions and planetary upheavals +  

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What does a degree rise in average global temperature mean to life on earth? Noted science journalist Mark Lynas' well researched and thought provoking book, Six degrees - Our future on a hotter planet, explains the consequences of a six degree rise in temperature, degree by degree. Here's a gist of the scenario:

Lynas asserts an average increase of one degree will heat the oceans beyond the threshold at which corals survive, resulting in the mass bleaching of the coral reefs and the destruction of the immense biodiversity that are oceanic equivalents of tropical rain forests. Made warmer by increased average global temperatures of 1° C, the oceans may in fact come to produce more frequent revolving storms of greater intensity than previously known to humans. 

Climate change and extreme weather - too early to join the dots? +  



Milk collective in Nagai – BEDROC sets the pace for resilience among coastal communities +  


Nagapattinam is a cattle friendly, paddy growing area with an immense potential for organizing dairy collectives and developing a vibrant dairy industry. It lacks centralized support structures like access to organized milk markets, veterinary care and access to feed and fodder. Most of the milk produced is consumed locally and/or bought by private agents at Rs.12 to 14 per liter and sold at Rs.18 to 26. Most milk producers are small farmers with one or two low-yielding cows leading to a dependency on private milk collectors due to the negative economy of scale.