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[May 31, 2006]

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Hey Folks,
What if something that is believed to be archaic, destructive, wasteful, and harmful for the environment is actually a remarkable innovation of the primitive cultures, and a source of livelihood for millions of tribals even today? I'm talking about Khallu, jhum, podu, bogodo, kumri, Swidden farming, slash and burn agriculture...phew! Many names but one art: Shifting Cultivation.

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Lost in the woods
Find out how slashing a forest can be a good thing.

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Shifting Cultivators
Myths Vs. Realities

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Wildfires
Its mid-summer and the mercury is rising! The heat puts 55% of India's forests at risk of forest fires. What can you do to prevent it?
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Language Extinction

How can a native language help save an endangered species?

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All Creatures Great and Small
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Nuclear Power has been making headlines but is it right for India.
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Jawahar Novodaya Vidyalaya Sardhana, Meerut is the first school to submit its Green School Report.
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Green School ProgramThe Green Schools Programme envisages self-assessment of the environmental practices of the school.
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