Many African countries have pledged to restore their hundreds of millions of degraded land
E-vehicles are not to scoff at, but to wheel in
Toilet inside, defecation outside: Govt missing the mark?
Some forest questions
Why fire accidents are unabated
India has a fire safety audit to assess the safety of an organisation, but lacks legislative provisions regarding the scope, objective, methodology & frequency of the audit
Why are boys more malnourished than girls in India?
Going by a recent study on malnutrition in children in 10 Indian cities, parental bias for boys could be pushing them closer to junk food
By-laws for solid waste management in Delhi were finally notified. What next?
The by-laws have remarkable provisions, which if implemented properly, should lead to transformational changes
Protecting heritage trees through a special law
We have identified 100 heritage trees in Tamil Nadu and want the state government to enact the Heritage Tree Conservation Act to protect these trees which provide invaluable ecosystem services
A tree grown outside forest is a tree protected inside forest
Can we do away with permits, allow forestry-based economy to grow and still increase forest cover, protect wildlife and conserve our ecology?
The e-vehicle paradox
In spite of the change technology promises, the change on ground is so miniscule that the reality of dirty energy and dirty vehicles swamps the little benefits
The sheer folly of Indian GIs
States are competing to pile up Geographical Indication tags without studying the benefit to producers
“When youth works for society, elders begin to reflect on their actions”
It all started in April 2017 with a 5-day camp, where around 200 students from 32 schools in Thiruvananthapuram were given a hands-on-experience about segregation and waste management
Waiting for justice
India had a regulatory system of governance already in place to avoid a disaster as big as the Bhopal Gas Tragedy
Saubhagya scheme: In pursuit of 100% electrification
The scheme fails to incentivise DISCOMS to provide uninterrupted quality services
Ease of living without a clean environment is meaningless
Finance Minister largely ignored environmental challenges in the budget
Merely increasing PMFBY budget allocation might not help
To make this scheme really attractive for farmers, various serious measures need to be taken
Energy Democracy: Where ‘two Indias’ meet
India needs a people-centric process towards de-centralising power and gaining control of renewable energy production, distribution and usage
Where will farmers go to get jobs?
There is a significant reduction in farm jobs. India must create alternative opportunities for those abandoning agriculture
A story between ‘legal’ and ‘illegal’
Nobody knows (or rather, nobody wants to say) who will regulate the “permissible” and ensure that what is not permissible does not flourish
Budget 2018: Need adequate investment to plug gaps in education system
Around 20 per cent teachers currently working in government schools are untrained
Can science talk about peace, compassion and democracy?
When the Dalai Lama posed this question at an event, I imagined him mischieveiously asking each presenter at the Indian Science Congress, "Will your science add happiness to humanity?"
A pirate loved by academics
Alexandra Elbakyan's Sci-Hub is putting up a spirited fight against publishers who shackle science behind high cost paywalls
Growing dissent against ‘successful’ economic growth model
A new de-globalising world order means that to find equitable and affordable growth, we need to challenge the polluted model that has pushed us on the brink
Environmental governance: India's changing scenario
The department of environment came into existence on November 1, 1980 followed by state departments
Can an inventory help manage e-waste?
Better data on e-waste will help track the amount of e-waste generated, reduce e-waste, promote recycling and prevent illegal dumping and emissions, says a recent report