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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

October 15, 2012

India is hailed as a pioneer in implementing the third objective of the Convention on Biological Diversity—fair and equitable sharing of the benefits resulting from the use of genetic resources—and its laws to conserve biodiversity and protect traditional knowledge have been held up as examples for the world

October 15, 2012

NBA struggles to frame case against Mahyco in first biopiracy case

October 15, 2012

AquAgri pays highest sum in royalty but benefits do not reach people

October 15, 2012

How benefit-sharing between a research institute and the Kani tribe went awry

October 15, 2012

Traditional Knowledge Digital Library is a useful weapon against wrongful patent

October 15, 2012
September 30, 2012

Planning Commission proposses to introduce a health insurance system, with private players running the show

September 15, 2012

As Kerala cities dump their waste in the countryside, people in the villages hit back. An unresolved civic problem of decades compounded by topography and demography has now turned gram panchayats against municipalities and urban bodies against the state government

August 31, 2012

Scientists, writers, social scientists and music critics on the monsoon’s multifarious aspects

August 15, 2012

The sunshine industry, literally and figuratively, has been allowed to fade away. There are loopholes in the existing policies. While foreign manufacturers dump their products at dirt cheap prices in the country, domestic manufacturers are finding it hard to compete

July 31, 2012

Middle India takes a fancy to natural farming, but certification puts a spanner in its growth

July 15, 2012

The outcome of the Rio Earth Summit was a document that left most countries dissatisfied

June 30, 2012

Certain toxins in the environment can make it difficult to lose weight. What are these toxins?

June 15, 2012

First independent green rating of Indian steel sector exposes its recklessness in pollution and resource management

May 31, 2012

Countries are vying to grab chunks of the abundant petroleum and natural gas reserves in the polar region

May 15, 2012

There is a change of trend in certain pockets of India where communities are organising themselves to assert their right to walk and cycle. These zero carbon emitters have checked the country’s pollution from soaring. They also point to the route India needs to take to make cities clean

April 30, 2012

Mining of sand means big business. Some states have banned mechanised mining, but the mafia is not ready to obey

April 15, 2012

Sociology and politics of 25-year-old Kundankulam struggle and status of nuclear energy after Fukushima

March 31, 2012

Having served the country for more than a century and a half, the Indian Railways has taken apathy in its stride. But now, the tracks on which the giant moves have begun to show signs of stress. The health of this ailing mammoth needs to be restored

March 15, 2012

Why certain districts in most backward states in India have low infant mortality

February 29, 2012

To implement industrial projects Indian states have placed water demands much beyond availability

February 15, 2012

How a major conglomerate subverted rules to acquire a stake in the solar mission much larger than allowed legally. Like the big telecom players in the 2G scam, a company called LANCO Infratech set up front companies that bid for solar power projects under Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission

January 31, 2012

Nations have been signing agreements to attract funds, but at the cost of public health and the environment

January 15, 2012

Down To Earth invites sci-fi buffs and writers to take its readers on a guided tour of the world of science fiction 

December 31, 2011

Negotiations in Durban were heated as the world searched for new ways to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions

December 15, 2011

MGNREGA creates millions of water harvesting structures, only to yield a trickle

November 30, 2011

Global temperatures could rise by 3°C by mid-century, says the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

November 15, 2011

Natural gas is a clean fuel but shortages and high prices may snuff out its potential

October 31, 2011

Health experts of 40 countries met in Delhi to find out how to control antibiotic resistance

October 15, 2011

On the eve of the Wildlife Week, 11 scientists write on the state of wildlife conservation in India

September 30, 2011

Noise levels in most Indian cities have crossed safe limits. Lack of awareness has led to ailments ranging from hypertension to heart diseases. But the authorities don’t seem bothered. Down To Earth reports

September 15, 2011

In partnership with forest departments, communities across India have raised forests worth millions of rupees in the hope of getting shares in timber revenue. Now that forests are ready for harvest, officials make excuses or give pittance, Down To Earth reports

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