Monthly Archives: January 2007

Do Voluntary Environmental Programs Work?

Through the most excellent Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News blog comes notice of a book that answers a question that’s been on my mind off and on. Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News – Post details: Reality Check: The Nature and…

Colonialism, Pharmaceutical style

Legal wrangle puts India’s generic drugs at risk – health – 29 January 2007 – New Scientist Tens of thousands of people being treated for AIDS will suffer if Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis succeeds in changing India’s patent law, the…

All you ever wanted to know about food

Unhappy Meals – Michael Pollan – New York Times Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. It’s a 12 page article in the NY Times Sunday Magazine, but that is all you need to know!

Arabic Strains of Islam hitting Kerala?

This can’t be great for Kerala, and something to keep an eye on. Austere version of Islam finding a home in India – Los Angeles Times The change came several years ago for Maryam Arrakal. Her husband brought a black,…

The Open Access "Debate"

Open access is a phrase used to describe the publishing of peer reviewed research in journals/websites which do not charge subscription fees. Since a bulk of published scientific literature  in the US arises directly from government, i.e. taxpayer funding, the…

Colonialism: Environmental Edition

Does put recycling in context… Independent Online Edition > Environment Regardless of how carefully you separate your waste, there is a good chance a disposal firm will dump it all in together with other kinds of plastic trash and ship…

Church State Separation in India

Meant to blog about this on Wednesday, but it’s been that kind of week! Debate in India: Is Rule on Yoga Constitutional? – New York Times At issue is a measure by the Hindu nationalist-led government of the state of…

What can the U.S learn from homeopathy?

Homeopathy was all around me growing up in India, so I read this article with interest as it jogged many memories of visiting the family homeopath with my parents. Faith Healing with Homeopathy — In These Times Homeopathy rests on…

The U.S Emperor's new edict on regulation

Wow, plutocracy-protectionary principle alert. Chemical & Engineering News: Latest News – Changing The Rules On Regulations A new directive from President George W. Bush to federal agencies adds layers of bureaucracy to the process of issuing regulations and gives the…

Obligatory Sea Turtle News o' the day

Since this is the Olive Ridley blog (hint, it is a sea turtle), I do write occasionally about sea turtles. this is a random bit of sea turtle news out of Texas, and it is a feel good story… Sea…