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April 30, 2014

Unexpected hailstorms in north and central India have destroyed crops in millions of hectares. Is it climate change?

April 15, 2014

India has the largest population of young working age people in the world—but with little skills and few openings. Can India’s massive skilling mission meet the challenge?

March 31, 2014

Two cities, Pune and Bengaluru, are taking steps to manage their piling waste. How successful have they been?

March 15, 2014

Heart disease was considered a problem of the elderly. Now a lot of people in their 20s and 30s have blocked arteries. The worrying trend has not woken the government up from slumber

February 28, 2014

Both the intensity and spread of human-elephant conflict are increasing as habitat loss and fragmentation of forests force elephants to migrate

February 15, 2014

The National Dairy Development Board is promoting a new model of milk producers’ company to keep dairy farmers in the business, not just in farms. Will it work?

January 31, 2014

Haryana and Sikkim redesigned Centre’s sanitation programme and managed to eliminate open defecation. Will the rest of the country learn from these states?

January 15, 2014

Coastal South Asia is fragile and vulnerable to climate change impacts. Yet, governments are setting up industries, ports and promoting tourism in the region. It’s time to adopt the middle path of development and learn from each other’s experience

December 31, 2013

How South Asian countries are coming together to fight a crippling energy crunch

December 15, 2013

People in rural areas of India and Sri Lanka are dying of a mysterious chronic kidney disease. Scientists are not clear about its cause even after 20 years of research

November 30, 2013

In just about 300 days, India expects its orbiter to reach Mars. Lessons from the past and better technology may help the mission become a success

November 15, 2013

Unprecedented government preparedness saved thousands of lives in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, but is India prepared to deal with the trail of destruction a cyclone leaves?

October 31, 2013

Why agriculture scientists in India are unable to make dramatic breakthroughs or address the agrarian crisis

October 15, 2013

Afghanistan’s big plans to exploit its minerals can either revive its economy or squander its wealth

September 30, 2013

Substitutes of ozone-depleting gases used in cooling appliances are warming the planet. But they provide good business, so companies do not want to try safer options

September 15, 2013

Germany is transforming itself in a big way from a nuclear- and coal-addicted econo my to one driven by renewable energy. Recently, it has stupendously increased its wind and solar capacity and, in the process, found new challenges

August 31, 2013

Rivers are inextricable parts of our lives and culture but over the past 150 years this association has weakened. A collection of writings on different facets of rivers

August 15, 2013

How far can Mental Health Care Bill go in helping the millions suffering from mental illnesses in India?

July 31, 2013

Recent spurt in tiger deaths in Corbett Tiger Reserve has confounded all. While no one is sure of the cause, it is clear that an intense turf war among powerful lobbies and explosive growth of tourism are shifting focus away from tiger

July 15, 2013

Survivors of the Uttarakhand flash floods share hair-raising tales of their ordeal and yet-to-be-explained freak walls of water gushing down hill slopes. SOMA BASU reports from ground zero how the tragedy unfolded

June 30, 2013

UPA's ambition to deliver welfare as cash to bank accounts is hardly a game changer

June 15, 2013

Recent building collapses point to a mess in the construction sector

May 31, 2013

After iron ore plunder in Bellary and Goa comes a Supreme Court order that adds confusion to chaos

May 15, 2013

With an eye on investment India has signed a record 82 bilateral investment treaties. Now global investors are seeking damages from India under these agreements, even questioning the country’s regulations

April 30, 2013

Soaring prices of rhino horns have led to a new spurt of poaching in the Kaziranga National Park in Assam

April 15, 2013

Demand for vegetables brings cheer to small farmers but the government is still not looking beyond Green Revolution

March 31, 2013

Maharashtra has water for industry and big farmers, not for the rest

March 15, 2013

What explains Vitamin D deficiency among Indians despite availability of ample sunshine

February 28, 2013

Organic cotton production has reached an all-time high, despite Bt cotton having taken over cotton fields in India. But with meagre government support going organic remains a challenge for Indian farmers

February 15, 2013

After purifying the souls of 100 million pilgrims at the Maha Kumbh, the Ganga will return to its usual way, polluted, sluggish and neglected. Indian cities have no plan to stop dumping their effluents and sewage into rivers

January 31, 2013

Turning the tide, villages now take control of forests under the Forest Rights Act

January 15, 2013

Countries quietly step up Internet surveillance while global telecom meet debates freedom of expression

December 31, 2012

Like the earlier climate talks, COP-18 in Qatar fails to take action to check rising carbon emissions. Developing countries demand commitments, but the developed countries pay little heed

December 15, 2012

Connecting every village to the grid is a tall order. The answer to the country’s energy poverty could lie in decentralised solar

November 30, 2012

Panchayat members in Kashmir are resigning en masse. Is it because of militants or government?

November 15, 2012

More than 25 years ago, India passed an Act to commercially use its 14,000 kilometres of waterways to ferry people and goods. But over the years, the sector has not gained prominence

October 31, 2012

Mercury, a highly toxic heavy metal, has contaminated the environment of Sonbhadra in Uttar Pradesh. A lab study by Centre for Science and Environment found the metal in not just soil and water samples, but also in people’s blood. Implications are serious

October 15, 2012

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), 20 years on, is still struggling to stem the precipitous decline in the world's 'natural capital'. All hopes were pinned on CoP 11 in Hyderabad

October 15, 2012

CoP-11 has an urgent agenda: to look for money to fund new targets

October 15, 2012

Debates explode over more focus on species beneficial to humans

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