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Analysis

April 30, 2015

Twenty years after the Supreme Court asserted that people have a right over radio waves, community radio continues to struggle. Instead of supporting the stations, the Centre now plans to carry out a listenership survey to gauge its impact and decide its future

April 15, 2015

Little-understood western disturbances have been blamed for most of the freak weather events in India in the past decade. With 50 per cent of its foodgrain production at risk, can India afford to ignore the phenomenon?

March 31, 2015

It is yet not clear why so many people continue to die of swine flu

March 15, 2015

Will the thriving biotechnology sector in India prove to be a mere bubble?

February 28, 2015

More than 70 per cent of India's electricity is produced by coal-fired power plants. Most of them do not have modern technologies and use low-grade coal that is low on energy content and high on waste.

February 15, 2015

With two-thirds of its cultivated land dependent on cash crop plantations, Kerala is most vulnerable to market vagaries

January 31, 2015

India can learn a lot from Latin American giant Mexico about community forestry

January 15, 2015

UN climate summit at Lima does little to restrict global temperature rise below 2°C

December 31, 2014

A probe by Down To Earth into the deaths of 13 women following mass sterilisation camps in Chhattisgarh reveals the government's attempts to hush up doctors' negligence

December 15, 2014

An appraisal by Sunita Narain and Chandra Bhushan, exclusively extracted from the recently released book, Bhopal Gas Tragedy, After 30 Years

November 30, 2014

How well has the National Green Tribunal performed in its three-and-a-half years of existence?

November 15, 2014

Super-efficient appliances can give Indian families a leg up in improving their living standard without increasing their energy footprint

October 31, 2014

The Centre, states and communities are competing over ownership of forests, coal and oil in the Northeast

October 15, 2014

The Jammu and Kashmir disaster shows why India needs to worry about its urban flood management

September 30, 2014

In a sweeping pronouncement, the Supreme Court has termed all the 218 coal blocks allocated since 1993 illegal. This has raised a fundamental question: how to allocate high-value natural resources in a fair and transparent manner?

September 15, 2014

Countries are disrupting marine ecology by delving deeper into the oceans for minerals

August 31, 2014

Accidents kill more people in India than several communicable diseases, yet no one is serious about road safety

August 15, 2014

CSE study finds antibiotics in chicken. Is this why germs are becoming resistant to drugs?

July 31, 2014

The Ganga is getting political attention. What does it take to clean the river? Soma Basu and Sushmita Sengupta travel with photographer Vikas Choudhary from Kanpur to Varanasi, the river's most polluted stretch, to understand why the pollution is so persistent, while Sunita Narain suggests ways to clean it

July 15, 2014

Unravelling the mysterious weather phenomenon and the threat it poses to monsoon this year

June 30, 2014

Environment has been intrinsic to our oral traditions much before we developed writing. But it is only in the past decade or two that environmental literature has become mainstream

June 15, 2014

Get the focus on environment and health, Mr Prime Minister

May 31, 2014

India wants every citizen to have a bank account by 2016 so that they can directly receive welfare money. But banks are slow to reach out to the millions still outside the banking system

May 15, 2014

The elderly population in India is expanding like never before. It’s time the government took steps towards providing them affordable healthcare

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

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