Purifying the Ganga
"The story of the Ganges, from her source to the sea, from old times to new, is the story of India's civilisation ..." - Jawaharlal Nehru
Conscience of environmental journalism
Uday Shankar, who was part of the DTE launch team, on the magazine
Promotion of water-guzzling crops like rice is leading to maximum utilisation of river waters in India. The Cauvery dispute between Karnataka and …
If nothing is done, we fisherfolk will perish
Bhajani Behera of Arakhakuda village, feels the lake is doomed unless the government mounts rescue operations quickly. He should know, because he …
I will not work for any company, big or small
Until recently, 14-year-old Daham was just another child carpet weaver. When he left his Bihar village to find work in UP's Mirzapur district, he …
"I have always been an environmentalist"
Russi Mody, chairman of Tata Steel, defends his organisation's involvement in the controversial Chilika Aquatic Farms Ltd project in Orissa.
'I will not say Delhi is an environmental disaster'
Delhi is bursting at the seams from the pressures of rampant urbanisation. Everything that can possibly go wrong in this metro of 10 million …
Rough weather ahead for wetlands committee
The newly-formed combined committee on wetlands, mangroves and coral reefs faces a big challenge from heavy encroachments and popular opposition
Needs more teeth, say critics
The widely-criticised draft policy on rehabilitation and resettlement has a major loophole -- it does not provide for any legislative backing
Irrigation aid for India stopped
American aid for Indian irrigation projects has been withdrawn as focus shifts to other sectors.
New Bill aims to restrict groundwater use
The government is preparing legislation to regulate the use of tubewells because water-tables in the country are falling rapidly. But the …
The East Coast Road to ecological disaster
Work on the Madras-Cuddalore stretch of the East Coast Road has been suspended following objections that construction had begun without the …
Child workers want their unions recognised
The registrar of trade unions has refused to acknowledge the Bal Mazdoor Union (BMU), an association of working children in Delhi. Though the …
Tata Steel lease creates a furore
Allegations by Bihar minister Sonadhari Singh of illegal mining in Chotanagpur has stirred up a hornets' nest.
Court curbs Ganga polluters in Bihar, Bengal
Sugar and paper mills in Bihar and tanneries in West Bengal have been penalised by the Supreme Court for continuing to discharge untreated waste …
Fate of forest commission hangs in UN balance
Despite considerable resistance from developing countries, the powerful pro-forest convention lobby will get its own way in setting up a world …
Will the Yamuna clean-up go the Ganga way?
Even though Ganga Action Plan-I, initiated seven years ago, has fallen short of expectations, work has already begun on the ambitious Yamuna …
Dye-maker accused of dumping acidic effluents
Cowherds in a Gujarat district accuse a local dye manufacturer of dumping a poisonous and acidic substance, which resulted in the maiming and …
Winds of changes
Indian industrialists and scientists want the country's property rights to be "strengthened", but the powerful drugs industry wants to maintain …
Unless better management strategies are evolved, water scarcity in the country will only be accentuated by growing industrial and municipal demands.
THE BIG BAD WHITE MEN
To villagers in Bihar, the Dunkel Draft and GATT are not proposals or agreements but a couple of angrez out to play havoc with their lives.
Trade-off- human rights and the market
The clarion call of open markets could override the North's 'insistence' on linking trade with human rights and environmental issues
Environmentalist, prove thyself
It is getting imperative for green dreamers to marshal together their facts and place hair-tearing emotion on the backburner
Chaotic response to calamity
The killer quake struck unexpectedly in the still of the night. Entire villages were flattened and thousands perished. Though rescue and relief …
Nepal's controversial Arun III dam becomes the first World
Bank-bankrolled project taken up for re-scrutiny by the Bank's new Inspection