India’s indigenous Adivasi tribes are among the most disadvantaged people south of the Himalayan mountains. To improve their lot, some have begun to set up community-based organisations.
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The Himalaya is one of the fastest changing regions of the world due to global warming. The mountains mighty glaciers, the source of large and important rivers such as the Ganga, Indus and Brahmaputra, are melting. In February 2009, Chinese scientists warned that glaciers on the Tibetan plateau are melting at a "worrisome speed", threatening South Asia's water supply.
International investors have recently shown a fast-growing interest in land in developing countries. The IIED, the FAO and IFAD drew attention to the phenomenon of large-scale real estate purchases. In this article, two of the study's authors bemoan that international media coverage has since emphasised the risks involved-without much regard for opprtunities.
Counterfeit medication is not only a problem of developing countries. Thanks to globalisation and e-commerce this profitable business is spreading to Europe too. Governments, industry and consumers must cooperate to fight such practices.
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the mean temperature of the atmosphere will continue to rise by up to several degrees centigrade by the end of the century. The implications for humankind and the environment will be dramatic.