Analysis of Union Budget since 1947

Down To Earth looks back at the history of budget presentations and how they responded to nation’s demands
Budget expectations

Can Centre allay farmers’ concerns over price crash, low market density?

Average agricultural growth has reached its lowest in the last four years to 1.9 per cent

Merely increasing funds for Clean Ganga will not ensure results

Underutilised funds and an absence of a long-term plan affecting rejuvenation of Ganga

Climate action funds lying unused is a concern

There is a possibility of unspent money being diverted to other more politically pressing concerns

Mining sector needs more than just increased budgetary outlays

Capacity shortcomings of regulatory systems is the main reason for rampant illegal mining

A wake-up call to reclaim the forgotten darkness in our lives

Light pollution is playing havoc with age-old rhythms of life—of sleep, procreation, metabolism, migration and foraging

Punjab, Haryana among the states with least forest cover; the problem runs deep

Are we ignoring the mounting ecological deficit that the country accumulates year after year?

Union Budget 2018: climate action funds lying unused is a concern

There is a possibility of unspent money being diverted to other more politically pressing concerns


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

Weather is 2017 person of the year

The biggest headline of 2017 is not deadly air pollution, but the catastrophe of …

Rare privilege of reflection

In India, there are so many things that need to be done and all to be done …


यूरिया जीवन से जहर तक का सफर

एक हालिया अध्ययन में पहली बार भारत में नाइट्रोजन की स्थिति का मूल्यांकन किया गया है जो बताता है कि यूरिया के अत्यधिक इस्तेमाल ने नाइट्रोजन चक्र को बुरी तरह प्रभावित किया है। 

मौके का फायदा

राज्य, क्षतिपूर्ति वनरोपण निधि अधिनियम के नियम तैयार करने में हो रही देरी का फायदा उठा रहे हैं ताकि समुदायों की भूमि पर अधिकार स्थापित किया जा सके। 

हिमनद: जानकारी का संकट

जियोलॉजिकल सर्वे ऑफ इंडिया द्वारा सूचीबद्ध भारतीय हिमालय के 9,575 ग्लेशियरों में से केवल 25 के ग्राउंड डेटा उपलब्ध है। 


The futility of CoP23

Although in its 25th year, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is still struggling to find a way out of this century's biggest developmental challenge: climate change


"I spent three years in bed, giving company to death"

K Pradipkumar Singh,He was diagnosed with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in 2000. After suffering acute stigma for many years, Singh bounced back. He rebuilt his life in six-pack abs. He made body-building his career and has won many world titles.

'Permaculture potential is huge in India'

Dwarakanath Jnaneswar Ekkirala,Dwarakanath teaches permaculture design certificate courses based on the curriculum designed by founder Bill Mollison. He is currently working on many projects, along with his students and fellow permaculturists, for creating sustainable, resilient and abundant systems in both urban and rural sectors

  • Feel the bitter winds
  • Feel the bitter winds

    Nila Madhab Panda's Kadvi Hawa is a gently told tale of a family caught in the cusp of climate change

  • For those who toil and till the land, the wait for the rains is agonising "