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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 ...

Sustainability is not a choice; it is a necessity for global peace and responsibility of each world-citizen

COVID19 is not the first pandemic that is shaking the world. Out of major 15 pandemics in human recorded history, 5 pandemics have caused the most blow to ‘industrious and industrialized’ humanity in the 20th and 21st centuries. As per one estimate, the Spanish Flue of 1918 caused 500 million deaths and spread across the ...

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