The South must seriously negotiate for its rightful share of the atmosphere.

After a high in Rio, the South is beginning to wonder who is the keeper of the world's genetic resources?

Quiet efforts are under way to frame a forest convention that the South had opposed in Rio.

There are several reasons why the UN finds itself bereft of power today. Part of the crisis results from the cash-strapped organisation"s own weakness. Another significant factor is the increasing influence of the World Bank, IMF and GATT on global econom

India is one of the few developing countries to have its own space satellite systems. And, now Indian planners are depending increasingly on remote sensing for resource mapping and the monitoring of natural disasters.

The success of various programmes initiated under a pilot project in Orangi, a Karachi slum, has inspired its leader to predict the squatter colony would become a thriving section of the city in a few years.

Satellites equipped with sensores and cameras record the electromagnetic energy emitted by objects on the earth and transmits the data to receiving stations. From a distance of 750 km they can recognise a 10 meter object on the ground.

Remote sensing can be used for a wide range of applications, from mapping cities to spotting shoals of fish.

Remote sensing can cut costs dramatically in certain applications.

Merely providing schools is not enough to educate the more than 197.34 million illiterate women in India. Far too often, girls have to drop out of school to help their overworked mothers. But female literacy is crucial to a nation"s development and ensuri