EVEN as debate on conservation of biodiversity gathers momentum, tropical forests which account for between 40 to 90 per cent of the world's biodiversity, seem to be fighting a losing battle against

THE World Health Organization has identified New Delhi as one of the 10 most polluted cities in the world, a dubious distinction that Delhi now shares with other megacities like Mexico City, Seoul

"HEALTH for all by the year 2000" was the proclaimed objective of the Primary Health Care Conference held at Alma Ata in 1978 under the aegis of the World Health Organisation WHO . The progress of this global programme is monitored by a process of period

India faces an acute double burden of disease. While nutritional and communicable diseases remain serious, non-communicable diseases are on the rise, says the eighth report of the World Health

"The future of human civilisation could depend on our ability to defend and make sustainable use of biological diversity," he adds. FAO recently published a document on the current threats to the world's biodiversity. Highlights from the report:

Scientists have hit on a gene that decides exactly where internal organs will be positioned in the body of a mouse

THE INDIAN National Congress -- the political party that led the country to independence -- had as its election symbol during the 1950s two bullocks, to symbolise the relationship between animal

IS INDIAN industry becoming more pollution-intensive? Consider the production levels of some of the most polluting industries: Gross output of the paper and paper products industry and related

INDIA is in "imminent danger of losing a large part of its productive lands through soil salinisation", says N T Singh of the Central Soil Salinity Research Institute in Karnal. Soil salinity is

A COUNTRY'S economic strength influences its health level, which, in turn, is correlated with its average income level. When the economy grows, the people's health should also improve. The gross

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