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Select articles, studies and documents that throw light on super cyclone of 1999 and what makes Odisha so disaster-prone


The Lok Sabha will debate the Food Security Bill today. Given that just a couple of days left for this session to end, it assumes significance for the government. On July 5, government promulgated an ordinance to make food a legal right. The Bill is to replace this ordinance. Down To Earth has been tracking the proposed legislation.

Strong tremors shook parts of north India, Pakistan and Asia in the afternoon on April 16 when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the Iran-Pakistan border. The tremors lasted over 20 seconds, reminding us once again how vulnerable India is to earthquakes

As the world observes second anniversary of Fukushima nuclear disaster, a look at how the event changed perceptions about nuclear energy in India and abroad


North India is reeling under a severe cold wave, which has killed over 100 people in the past one week. Down To Earth has been reporting cold wave events as extreme weather events, a disaster and also a sign of climate change. A selection of articles: 

The Union Cabinet cleared the Land Acquisition Bill on December 13. The Bill has been making news regularly for its new provisions on compensation and local people's consent for land acquisition. The Bill makes it mandatory to obtain consent of 80 per cent people whose land is acquired for private projects. Down To Earth has been reporting on the Bill since its very first draft was circulated by the Ministry of Rural Development

For its survivors, the Bhopal gas tragedy is still an unfolding event. The human casualty of the gas leak is mounting each year as we observe its 28th anniversary. In the past one year, the tragedy remained in news for most of the time—mostly because of the court case over disposal of the toxic waste that remains in the Union Carbide factory. Down To Earth reported these developments in the courts and outside

The government has announced direct cash transfer of subsidies to beneficiaries with January 1 as the deadline for rolling out the scheme in 51 districts. But is that the cure for in-kind schemes like the food public distribution system that is in a shambles? DTE looks at various aspects of direct cash transfers

As the debate on foreign direct investment (FDI) gets under way in Parliament, Down To Earth presents a selection of articles that examine the fallout of allowing FDI in India


In the global environmental negotiations, US presidential elections are a much talked about subject. US in many ways influences such negotiations, especially the climate change talks. Down To Earth has been closely following the US presidents and their stand on environmental issues. A selection of stories

The early onset of monsoon and the havoc it has caused in the northern hilly states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh onces again brings into focus extreme events like floods, disasters and heat waves striking nations around the world with more regularity in recent years. Down To Earth has been reporting on extreme climate events and their links to climate change. A selection of articles:

Down To Earth wishes its readers a very happy festival season. Many a  time, however, environment pays a big price for the religious  ceremonies. Whether it is immersing of idols in rivers during Durga Puja  or bursting of crackers during Diwali, contribution to environmental  degradation is immense. We take you through a journey of environmental  degradation, as well as protection, during the religious celebrations

Two years of public agitations led by Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal and rising public support for the institution of an ombudsman have forced parliamentarians to finally approve the Lokpal Bill.

The dispute over Cauvery water has assumed political colours. The opposition parties in Karnataka are protesting against the state’s decision to release water to Tamil Nadu. The Supreme Court ordered the state to release water from Krishna Raja Sagar and Kabini dams by September 30 to ensure flow of 9,000 cubic feet per second (cusec). On September 19, the Cauvery River Authority directed Karnataka to release 9,000 cusec to Tamil Nadu till October 15.

A fresh round of public protests began against the nuclear power plant at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu last week. One person was killed when police tear-gassed protesters marching towards the nuclear plant on September 10. A petition seeking the Supreme Court's intervention was filed the next day. Down To Earth presents a selection of articles that chronicle the battles fought over the nuclear power facilities:

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India is in news like never before. Courtesy: the political uproar over the CAG report on the auction of coal blocks that washed away the monsoon session of Parliament. This is not the only CAG report to touch on matters related to the environment. In recent weeks, the CAG office also published reports on nuclear safety and weak regulations for mobile phones and towers. Down To Earth tracked all of them. A selection of reportage on CAG:

The Department of Telecommunications' new norms for radiation from cell phones and towers will be in force from September 1. Once the new norms are implemented, the limit on power density from mobile phone towers will be one-tenth of the current limit. Health hazards of radiation emanating from mobile phone towers has been the subject of widespread scientific debate. Down To Earth has been tracking the debate for almost 20 years. Read the selection of articles

The recent exodus of people originally from north-east India has led to much questioning of social media—indeed the Internet. It has again spawned questions about regulating the Internet. Down To Earth rewinds to the vexed issue of Internet control and questions around social media. A selection:

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