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Tech-transfer finds consensus on all but IPR issue

Text to be presented to high level ministerial segment could be the first positive outcome at Cancun  

By Arnan Pratim Dutta

Cancun: A semblance of agreement on the crucial element of technology transfer may emerge as the first positive outcome at Cancun on the 10th day when a rather diluted text on the matter is handed over to the high level segment, where ministers get involved in negotiations.

India stuns all at Cancun by opening up to binding emission commitments

Minister goes extempore, deviates from written speech to make announcement that writes off 'historical debt' and poses a challenge to development of millions in poverty

By Arnab Pratim Dutta

A week of non-results

December 6, 2010

A week of non-results

By Arnab Pratim Dutta,

FSSAI issues advisory on Honey

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) issued an advisory in the last week of September stating that no antibiotics and pesticide residues are allowed in honey. This was soon after the CSE study that found high levels of antibiotics in both domestic as well as international honey brands.
(What's in your honey; DTE Sept 30,2010)

Contaminated Honey reaches Rajya Sabha

Minister of state for agriculture, consumer affairs, food and public distribution, Prof K V Thomas in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on CSE’s report also stated that the European Union had banned the export of honey from India, on account of positive detection of heavy metals and other contaminants, reported in the Residual Monitoring Plan.

Endosulfan Industry's Dirty War - A Chronology of events

The numbers of people affected by nearly 20 years of aerial spray of Endosulfan, an organochlorine pesticide, in the cashew plantations in Kasaragod, the northern most district of Kerala is increasing. While the focus earlier was on Padre village, the health impacts are evident in people of nearly 11 panchayats in the district. Victims here are suffering from congenital deformities, physical disabilities, mental retardation and gynecological problems. The same health impacts are now being seen in the neighboring Dakshin Kanada district in Karnataka as well.

Capsizing climate boat: BASIC must stay together

Bribery is passé, ugly attempts to demean camaraderie among emerging powers as revealed in Wikileaks is worrying
By Aditya Ghosh

Two Climate Gates in two years. First it was the science and now the diplomacy. Both during a CoP.   

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