Director General of CSE and editor of Down To Earth, an environmentalist who pushes for changes in policies, practices and mindsets
The plastic cycle
Will the world’s anti-plastic movement succeed? Or will it once again succumb to a new set of technology “fixits”
Dilemmas of self-rule
In Jharkhand, movement for self-rule is about seeking better governance and community rights over natural resources
The young, old and an unequal world
Younger, meaner, more self-indulgent, angry and insecure in a climate risked world. We don’t deserve this
Too cold for comfort!
Managing our cooling and heating needs would go a long way to reduce electricity demand and carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to climate …
The craft of corrupt science
If there is evidence of toxicity in Monsanto’s glyphosate, then why are governments not banning it?
Cities need wisdom for water
Be it Cape Town or Bengaluru, the cities, especially in Global South, need to create a new future that is water-secure
Some forest questions
The State of Forest Report 2017 does provide important nuggets of insights into what is happening today
The e-vehicle paradox
In spite of the change technology promises, the change on ground is so miniscule that the reality of dirty energy and dirty vehicles swamps the …
A story between ‘legal’ and ‘illegal’
Nobody knows (or rather, nobody wants to say) who will regulate the “permissible” and ensure that what is not permissible does not …
Weather is 2017 person of the year
The biggest headline of 2017 is not deadly air pollution, but the catastrophe of weather changes that are bringing distress across India’s …
Rare privilege of reflection
In India, there are so many things that need to be done and all to be done yesterday. How do you choose your priority?
Diseases of a lifestyle: the transition to avoid
Can we not go from being poor but unhealthy to being rich and healthy? Why should we inherit diseases that can be junked?
Tough problems need tough solutions
In spite of all the noise about air pollution, we are doing everything to make it worse
Air pollution: the ostrich effect
We know the causes of air pollution, but in the political theatrics around it, each solution suggested is contested
It’s that time of the year again
The air pollution concern is today widespread, but there is an incomplete agenda that needs further attention
E-vehicles or e-mobility?
India has unique reasons for faster adoption of electric vehicles, but we need to be bold and aggressive in our plans
Old answers for ‘new’ monsoon
Mitigating floods and droughts has only one answer: obsessive attention to building millions and millions of connected and living water structures
Waste not the dissent
For so long we have used backyards of our cities as dumping grounds, but people in poor neighbourhoods are saying enough is enough
Matter of taste
Our vegetables have become blemish-free, resistant to pest and long-lasting, but they have lost their flavour in the process
The Behaviour Puzzle
Stigmatising the powerless is not the way to a cleaner India, but only a more ashamed India
Sin tax for redemption
The Goods and Services Tax of 40 per cent on “sugar-sweetened aerated and flavoured water” has a big bang impact on public health
What's your view of the road?
If we are not able to walk, we cannot really build a vibrant public transport network
We can’t afford to lose farmers
It is time we talked about the real cost of our food, about how to benefit the farmers who grow our food
How not to grow trees
Planting a tree is now bound up in so much restriction and red tape that it is not worth the effort
Food and dissent
Sunita Narain's response to the comments on her previous editorial "Why I would not advocate vegetarianism"