Lock & hold

The jallikattu debate is playing out much like the game itself, with each side trying to gain the upper hand

Law v Culture

Tribals in India organise ritualistic hunts despite the ban on hunting. Is it the law or culture that has to evolve?

No red card for animal sports

People have used animals and birds in traditional sports for centuries. Despite evidence of cruelty, only a few countries have been able to outlaw such practices

Junk masters

Start-ups tap into novel techniques to not just collect garbage and process it in an environment-friendly manner, but also convert it into something of value

Nigeria hunger crisis deepens, spills over into Lake Chad Basin

Some 7.1 million people are now severely food insecure across Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria

After long denial, Haryana recognises Najafgarh lake as water body

The NGT has now directed Delhi government to take appropriate steps in accordance with law for revival of the lake

Superbugs pose alarming threat to public health: EU report

The report finds high drug-resistance in three common zoonotic bacteria, which can be transferred to humans through food or environment


Director General of Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) and the Editor of Down To Earth magazine. She is an environmentalist who pushes for changes in policies, practices and mindsets

Policy Backfires

Policy design allows dirty fuels like pet coke and furnace oil to flourish 

First, justify jallikattu?

If the tradition has to be kept alive in spirit, then its proponents must muster …


‘नमामि गंगे’ पर 'स्‍वच्‍छ भारत' का बोझ

प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी के दो प्रमुख कार्यक्रम परस्पर विरोधी प्रयोजन में काम कर रहे हैं। जब तक स्वच्छ भारत मिशन पूरा होगा, गंगा किनारे लगभग तीन करोड़ सेप्टिक टैंक और गड्ढे खोदे जा चुके होंगे। इनसे नि‍कला मल-मूत्र नमाम‍ि गंगे पर पानी फेर सकता है 


Sister Solar System and Earth's cousins

After discovering Earth-like planets in 2014 and 2015, the NASA took a step towards finding life outside our own solar system by discovering a new one with seven Earth-sized exoplanets


Chennai oil spill: planning, assessment and action inadequate

The extent of ecological and economic damange is yet to be known and coordination between the maritime board, the state disaster response team and the port authorities is absent

  • Scattered dots
  • Scattered dots

    Sarnath Banerjee takes on too many nuances of a water crisis that are difficult to integrate in his graphic novel

  • The book is a fictitious account of dystopian Delhi in the throes of a seemingly never-ending water war "