Author Archives: Venkatasamy Rama Krishna

About Venkatasamy Rama Krishna

Background in Forestry, Wildlife, Material Science including Wood Science, Environmental Biology & Microbiology, Sustainable Rural Community Development, Environmental Management. Provider of Advisory and Consultancy Services, Research, Writing of Scientific Papers and Publishing. University lecturer for 22 years, with Regular attendances to International Conferences. Work experience in several countries.

Sustaining Nature for Sustainable Living-The Legal Aspects

Nature, biodiversity and human health: how strong is the evidence?

In recent years there has been a growing recognition of the vital links between the natural environment and human health and wellbeing ? one of the BES?s policy priorities. The UK Government?s Natural Environment White Paper explicitly acknowledges that ?human wellbeing is intimately connected with our natural environment?, whilst the RSPB and The Wildlife Trusts are leading calls for a ?Nature and Wellbeing Act?, based on the view that there is ?considerable evidence to show that contact with nature can help to prevent and reverse poor health and wellbeing?. This link is also finding greater resonance with public health professionals, as demonstrated by the Faculty of Public Health?s call to make better use of our ?natural health service?.

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The Philippines is not the only place where the trash of others ends up

Trashing Paradise: The Case of the Philippines

by Guest Blogger

A guest blog by Andrew Wynne

An island archipelago nation laying in the western Pacific Ocean, the Philippines is commonly known for its idyllic beaches, rugged volcanic interior, routine natural disasters, and amicable people. But perhaps less known is the battle against solid waste that is currently enveloping the country. I spent two and a half years on the front lines of this battle as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer and can attest to what a study published just last week in the respected journal Science found; the Philippines, along with a small number of other developing countries, is a major vector for plastics and other debris flowing into the global ocean.

With the vast majority of the population and economy tied to the coastline, managing solid waste is exasperating already stressed resources and forcing individuals into economically inefficient ways of making a living that strain the coastal environment. In addition, the Philippines? location in the western Pacific Ocean likely leads to the transportation of waste around the globe, thereby affecting everyone from local barangays to American coastal cities.

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