The Union ministry for environment and forests has once again rejected forest clearance to the 18-MW Dandeli mini-hydel power project proposed by the Murdeshwar Power Corporation Ltd (MPCL) across

Does rural fuelwood use and more generally rural biomass use cause forest degradation? This question has been debated in scientific and policy circles. The author presents a framework for defining degradation and sustainable use of forests that might help clarify some of the confusion.

VILLAGERS in Uttara Kannada district are waging a battle against Karnataka Forest Department officials who are allowing contractors to fell trees in the betta lands -- tracts of forests sanctioned