Director General of CSE and editor of Down To Earth, an environmentalist who pushes for changes in policies, practices and mindsets
Recycle waste 'In-my-Backyard'
The business of recycling only works when it discounts the costs of health and environment of poor people working in dangerous conditions
Waste trade: Is this right?
Waste is a resource for traders as they cannot afford to let it be burnt, but there is waste that cannot be recycled and has to be burnt
Environmental charter for the new government
Sustainable development, pollution, employment generation and agrarian crisis did not play major roles in deciding the outcome of the 2019 …
Changing character of cyclones
Fani teaches us that the future is even more risked and even more unpredictable than we imagined. It is time we woke up to this reality
Holding the mirror, truthfully, for 28 years
Down To Earth's mission is not hidden in reams of corporate gloss. It is open. It is a dare, writes our editor, Sunita Narain.
Without the switch to renewable energy, CO2 emissions would have been 50 per cent higher in the world; that's great, but not enough
On Greta Thunberg and the protesting students
Sunita Narain on the lessons from the ongoing #FridaysForFuture demonstrations
Bending backward for good food
We need to make the connection between what we eat and why we eat it. Because if we lose the knowledge and culture of our local cuisines then we …
Go for inclusive growth
As much as the government works to formalise the Indian economy, conditions force people into illegal and informal business
We have to change this cycle of destruction, where we shift our consumption to poorer regions where pollution does not matter
The promise and reality of renewable energy
This is not the time to be complacent with green power growth in India because the challenges have grown too
Time up for reinvention?
If 2018 was the year of revolt, 2019 should be the year of realisation that we must change the way we do business
Revolt of the rich and the poor
When a recent report says 26 people now own the same wealth as the world's poorest half and the IMF chief flags risks associated with India’…
A vicious nexus
To ensure that inconvenient research is besmirched and killed, industries are invariably attacking the science and researchers
The inconvenient truth is that when there is a public health emergency in Delhi, only the poor are asked to sacrifice
My clean air concerns
The bottomline is even with the region practically closed down, air quality is still nowhere close to where we need it to be. This should worry …
That time of the year
Although health impacts are shouted about, there is still only “little” more appetite for action
The wake up call
It’s time we understood that the IPCC's report could be an underestimate of the kind of dangers that await a warmed world and stopped …
How to resurrect Gandhi
We don’t have leaders who can take his ideas and adapt and rework them for today’s world.
Mindless metro debate
What is at stake is a discussion on what it would take to make the public transport system of our cities truly the one that moves people, not …
Call for business unusual
What has happened in Kerala is also happening across the world. It is an uncomfortable fact that we do not have a semblance of the plan to deal …
Change the climate now
Now that the rich are also being hit by climate change & the “attribution” is clear, the targets for the world’s anger will …
Genetically modified food: Whose health, whose business
People are concerned about the possibility of eating GM food. Can we not expect the government to ensure that they have the right to choose?
Balancing trade wars
Livelihood opportunities should take precedence in global trade talks as it is more about employment than anything else right now
Every drop matters
If water efficiency is the agenda for agriculture, then water recycling has to be the agenda for cities and industries