Yearly Archives: 2020

Mario Molina goes beyond Stratosphere

Unknown to humanity, in the later decades of the last century an environmental crisis was slowly unfolding in the upper atmosphere. The existence of the ozone layer was proved by chemists in the early 20th century, but as a scientific curiosity rather than a beneficial barrier. A thin layer between the troposphere, in which we ...

Spinning Wheel’ Diplomacy

By Rajendra Shende, Chairman, TERRE Policy Centre, former Director UNEP India’s foreign policy orientation towards the neighbors and big powers should be based on ‘spin diplomacy’, as was engaged by the leaders of the two largest countries in the world 6 years back, these two leaders can prevent or trigger the major war. India is ...

Elephants as Ecosystem Engineers

Elephants, because of their size, appetite, and migratory habits, disperse more seeds of more species further than any other animal.  They have been described as ecosystem engineers and mega- Gardeners of the Forest. We from South Asia should be proud that we also produce mega size engineers! By Rajendra Shende, former Director UNEP and Chairman TERRE ...

Snakes are Ecosystem Managers

Lion and tigers can eat animals by using their paws and teeth.  Snakes do the same by injecting venom and swallowing predators.  Snakes, however, have one more important role: they manage the food chain for all the animals on the earth! They eat predators like rodents ( example-rat) who are massive food-eaters. Rodents also multiply ...

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A truce with difference India and China-Eternal neighbors with Ephemeral trust

By Rajendra Shende, Chairman TERRE Policy centre, former Director UNEP, IIT Alumnus Also Appeared in: The Indian media, centres of strategic studies, retired diplomats as well as so-called China-watchers had vintage time over a couple of months in airing their ‘old-wine-in-new-bottle’ views on India-China conflict in the Western Himalaya. The stand-off was filled and punctuated ...

A Guru who believed that real classrooms are outside the school buildings.

By Rajendra Shende, Chairman TERRE Policy Centre, Former Director UNEP Hanmantrao Subhedar Shinde was my inspiration and my dearest teacher (Guru)  during my education in primary school. That was in a dry and dusty town called Vaduj in Khatav Taluka. He passed away a year and a half back on 30th January 2019. Khatav Taluka is in ...

World Refrigeration Day: Remembering nature’s Refrigeration

World Refrigeration Day: TERRE Policy Centre’s ‘disruptive’ celebration. The term refrigeration is applied to the process of cooling below ambient temperature. Cooling for comfort, cooling for preserving much-needed food, life-saving medicines and vaccines as well as in a special system of production and maintenance of sensitive products are all well known. The essential part played ...

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