TRINet Newsletter July 2011

 Oceans at Risk, say Scientists...

Leaping Clymene dolphins

 ... While Indian pelagic fisheries seem to thrive

The future of marine life in the oceans is bleak and marine degradation is happening at an unprecedented rate, if we believe a report released by the International Program on the State of the Ocean in concert with the International Union for Conservation of Nature, in April this year, at a workshop held at the University of Oxford, London. Meanwhile, in India, studies have shown some pelagic species have extended along the coast and are proving beneficial to fishermen. (more)

The Great Iron Ore Heist The Posco project in Odisha is not just about violation of human rights or an ecological disaster. It is a brazen example of how the country’s high and mighty are shifting goalposts to favour a powerful foreign multinational corporation
A raft of incentives announced by India's minister of science Kapil Sibal in March to help Indian women scientists pursue research careers after marriage and motherhood are gathering dust, say top women scientists.
Developing countries will benefit from creating more opportunities that allow women to make full use of their scientific capabilities.
Environmental engineers Tasneem Abbasi and SA Abbasi warn that widespread adoption of small hydro could repeat a history of environmental damage.

The Sea Horse

Sea horses seized, 3 held

In a significant operation, Forest Department personnel seized 2,650 sea horses, an endangered species and protected under the Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972, and arrested three persons at Rameswaram on Tuesday.

July 4, 2011 will witness the first hearing of the newly constituted National Green Tribunal (“the NGT”) after more than a year in the waiting and amidst deep scepticism. A Bill approving the setting up of India's NGT was passed in both houses of Parliament after substantial questioning in April 2010.
About 63 per cent of the coastline of Kerala is eroding, shows the shoreline change assessment of Kerala cost released by Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh here on Monday. The coastline includes artificial coast built using seawalls, riprap revetments or groynes.
A cellular container ship

A group of Indian scientists may have found the solution to an issue of global concern: disturbance of eco systems because of the growing maritime traffic across the world.

The Union Minister for Environment and Forests, Mr Jairam Ramesh, has cleared terms of reference for an environment impact study for the proposed Vizhinjam international seaport and container transhipment terminal.“The clock has started ticking today,” the Union Minister told newspersons here on Monday, saying that the study would cover the three seasons of this monsoon, post-monsoon and the next (2012) monsoon.

Due to periodic ban on fishing in the sea on account of turtle protection and conservation more than 3 lakh traditional marine fishermen spread over 284 fishing villages under six coastal districts of Orissa are living in uncertain future.

The Dugong

New Delhi, Jun 4 (PTI) To enhance cooperation among South Asian countries for conserving endangered marine mammals Dugongs, Indiais hosting a workshop on its conservation and management in Tuticorin.

Disaster Management:
Shri M. Shashidhar Reddy, Vice Chairman, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) chaired a day-long Brainstorming Session here yesterday with technical experts on drafting of a Seismic Retrofitting Policy for India. The meeting also focused on the current trend in construction of open ground storey RC buildings in India, which are unsafe during earthquakes.
National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has taken a slew of initiatives on disaster management by involving states and concerned agencies. In an interview with Sanjay Jog, NDMA vice chairman M Shashidhar Reddy, reviews the present state of disaster management. 
National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) today called for enhancing the ground-level capability to tackle possible nuclear and radiological emergencies in the country.
Book Review:

MOBY-DUCK: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them, 

By Donovan Hohn; 416 pp. Viking 

Reviewed by Sarah Morgan

POCKETFUL OF FORESTS: Legal debates around compensation and valuation of forest loss in India

By Kanchi Kohli, Manju Menon, Vikal Samdariya, Sreetama Guptabhaya (Kalpavriksh)

This book, Pocketful of Forests: Legal debates around compensation and valuation of forests in India, examines the steps that led to the setting up of the Compensatory Afforestation Planning and Management Authority (CAMPA) and the method of calculating the Net Present Value (NPV) of forests. The arguments that have taken place between the judiciary, the executive and the Parliament since 1999 are valuable material for those interested in matters of forest conservation and forest governance. They touch upon Centre-State relations, the political, administrative and technical notions of forests and the role of negotiation in policy-making.

For copies, please contact, Vikal Samdariya ( or email us at ( and We request for a small contributory amount of Rs.200.


The State of the Oceans - an Overview
Dr. Alex Rogers, Scientific Director of IPSO and Professor of Conservation Biology at the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, gives the overview of the main problems affecting the ocean & marine life; and some suggested solutions.

The Honeybee

Pollination: it's vital to life on Earth, but largely unseen by the human eye. Filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg shows us the intricate world of pollen and pollinators with gorgeous high-speed images from his film "Wings of Life," inspired by the vanishing of one of nature's primary pollinators, the honeybee.

TRINet DeBunk:

Sean Carroll: Distant time and the hint of a multiverse
Cosmologist Sean Carroll attacks -- in an entertaining and thought-provoking tour through the nature of time and the universe -- a deceptively simple question: Why does time exist at all? The potential answers point to a surprising view of the nature of the universe, and our place in it.

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