If the National Medical Commission Bill, 2017 becomes an Act, the Medical Council of India will be replaced and doctors will not have regulatory powers
Is Delhi prepared to handle its e-waste?
About 23 per cent girls drop out of school on reaching puberty
Paris Climate Deal: ambitions and actions on the ground
Weather is 2017 person of the year
The biggest headline of 2017 is not deadly air pollution, but the catastrophe of weather changes that are bringing distress across India’s rural areas
Who will protect wildlife from the conservationists?
The environment ministry’s decisions on wildlife protection contradict the pledge for conservation
No sharing or you'll be sued
For distributing a subscription trade newsletter among its staff, a US firm is fined heavily for copyright violations
Climate change and small islands
Inhabited by nearly 4.5 million people, even after 70 years of Independence Sundarbans is without proper roads and surface transport, drinking water, sanitation, healthcare and small-scale and medium enterprises
Call it a memorable year for children? No, not quite
In 2017, we saw some positive changes, but at the same time witnessed loss of life, morbidity and vulnerability which children face in our country
TV’s ‘pop politics’
January 2, 2018 was the 16th death anniversary of Anil Agarwal, founder of the Centre for Science and Environment and Down To Earth. His assessment of mass media remains true even today
Year of electors
In 2018, close to half of the world's population will vote for their governments
Beyond blood identities: farmers must act as one constituency
A collective voice with agriculture at the centre may spring a surprise in coming electoral battles
Seeing through Big Tobacco’s smokescreen
Government leaders must be prepared to demonstrate their commitment to protecting people from heart and lung disease by supporting stronger tobacco controls
Restrictions on airing condom ads is absurd at best
The least that the government could have done is issue guidelines for such advertisements
Elon Musk's patent ambiguities
Electric carmaker Tesla has patented a battery-swapping system. Does this mean a reversal of its open source philosophy?
Why farmers don't have electoral clout
Although farmers vote at least as much, if not more than industrial workers or urban middle classes, elections are not fought around farmers' issues
Can technology support forest rights process?
As false claims under the Forest Rights Act raise alarms, villages in Gujarat show how communities can use technology to address them
Rare privilege of reflection
In India, there are so many things that need to be done and all to be done yesterday. How do you choose your priority?
Electric vehicles in public transport system
Reducing cost of ownership is important to build a robust economic case for deployment of electric vehicles
Imagining an ideal Green Hour
Green Hour can be used for a transition to a clean environment and a healthier lifestyle
Can gasification be the solution to crop burning?
Biomass gasification can not only prevent air pollution from burning crop residues, but also increase farmers’ income and manage municipal waste
Why we need a new lens to clear the air
Science may have become our only crutch against bad air, but it is time we invented a new politics of space that privileges the walker and the cyclist
Hypocrisy of the west
A legitimate tool to meet any public health crisis, rich countries, particularly the US, have resolutely opposed its deployment by developing nations as it cuts into monopoly profiteering
Employed but poor
Poverty among employed people underscores the need for a new strategy on job creation
A zero waste toilet to achieve a clean India
Locals in Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh consistently choose evapotranspiration toilet, a zero waste model which requires no human intervention over other models we showed them