India has set an ambitious target of producing 22,000 MW solar power by 2022. What does this mean for a country currently generating 8-12 MW solar power? A look at the technology, cost and operational challenges
The government will soon introduce rules to regulate the informal e-waste
recycling sector, but the formal sector itself is flouting regulations. An
investigation by Down To Earth exposed how a registered firm in Roorkee
is selling electronic equipment to junk dealers rather than recycling them
A Consumer movement is catching on in Nepal.Communities are extending the grid to villages.This threatens to undo the effort put in small-scale off-grid power generation to fight poverty. How can Nepal harmonize the two initiatives ?
Banks are using biometric smart cards, ATMs and mobile phones to expand their customer base in villages. The idea is to include people in rural areas who have no access to financial services and to protect the interests of NREGA workers so that they get their wages on time
Skyrocketing prices of pulses point to India’s increasing insufficieny in pulse production. Pulses are disappearing from the table because farmers have lost interest in them. How did it happen? What are the likely consequences?
The proof of a good toy is how soon a toddler begins sucking on it. But is that safe? A lab study by Centre for Science and Environment finds the softer the plastic toy the more harmful it is for the child
Health insurance companies pursue customers till policies are sold. Then they disappear. The nature of business has already changed the treatment mechanism. A market awaits capture. Without stringent regulation, where is the industry headed? vibha varshney reports
With the US shirking from committing to ambitious emission cuts, other developed nations have begun deserting the Kyoto Protocol. Ground is being prepared to replace Kyoto with a treaty that discards the principle of equity. Developing countries better watch out
85 years after it was discovered, few of the critical questions about the Indus Valley civilization are answered. The script they used is yet to be cracked—in fact, certain scholars say it is not a script at all
Changes in cropping pattern lowered groundwater level. Well-irrigated and rainfed areas reel under drought. The calamity offers a lesson: India better shift to coarse crops from water-intensive rice and wheat
Microorganisms have a complex equation with humans. From the structure of our bodies to cultural differences, the invisible beings influence our decisions about everything, from food and disease, to death and survival
Private companies are supplying customized weather data to corporates. And people are willing to pay for it, despite free weather reports. Farmers still depend on the public forecaster while Vidarbha tribals read nature signs
An RTI application filed by Down To Earth revealed the extent of the vaccine crisis in the country. To make way for private players, the health ministry had barred the public sector from manufacturing vaccines. A story of how the ministry illegally got back to the public sector to meet the shortage