pantanal threatened: The world's largest wetland, The Pantanal, spread across areas of Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia, is under the threat of destruction by farming, urban development and climate

Wetland resources are violently sought after in Etawah. Surender had purchased the right to fish near Sarsai Nawar lake from the panchayat. When some local goons came to coerce him to give up fishing in the lake so they could collect the spoils, he refused. Fishing rights are a crucial resource for the landless like him, many of whom are from lower castes. The goons shot him. One bullet hit him below the ribs, another pierced his forearm.

Bird brained politics mars Bharatpur wetlands

During the last ten years, India has lost about 38 per cent of its inland wetlands; in some districts, as much as 88 per cent of the wetlands have disappeared. Almost all wetlands are heavily contaminated with pesticides and heavy metals. Rich in biodiver

Glaciers retreat. Forests become denuded. Buildings come up where green meadows used to be. And across the Kashmir valley, the natural mountain springs die out

Renuka lake, named after the Goddess Renuka ji, the mother of Lord Parashuram, is situated near Dadahu in Sirmour district of Himachal Pradesh. Since years, it has been receiving silt and debris from 22 nallas, which are all around the catchment of the lake, which is causing ecological deterioration, habitat degradation and eutrification, etc.

Wetlands provide a range of valuable ecosystem services from water purification and nutrient retention to recreation and aesthetics. The value of these services is often difficult to quantify and document to policy makers and the general public. Economists have developed non-market approaches to address difficult issues related to valuation of the environment. This paper reviews recent literature on non-market valuation as applied to wetlands, with a particular focus on the value of urban wetlands.

Kolkata s ecosystem can educate one about living creatively with nature

Hydrological characteristics and sedimentation loading in Hokersar wetland of Kashmir Himalaya was monitored from November 2000 to october 2001. The compound water budget showed a substantial (91 percent) input from various surface inflows and just 9 per cent through precipitation.

Proposed bill may imperil West Bengal s waterbodies