Lives of about 500 schoolkids were put at stake when a toxic chemical leaked in a busy slum area in south Delhi on May 6. Down To Earth finds out the lapses and highlights the pressing concerns
Champaran Satyagraha continues
For a good night's sleep
Real or fictional, these women are heroines of all time
From the spirited Bathsheba to Mandakini Amte, from unrecognised midwives and unsung domestic labourers to fearless tribal activist Sumani Jogdi, these women deserve our admiration
Death and resurgence of mother tongue
On the occasion of International Mother Language Day, we present to you stories on dying dialects, language revival movements and their significance to ecology and culture
Bellandur Lake: a story of toxic froth and fire
Bengaluru’s failure in managing solid waste and lack of a sewage management plan explain repeated incidents of Bellandur lake catching fire
Lock & hold
The jallikattu bull row in Tamil Nadu provokes the law v culture debate
Dirty air dooms Indians to early death
New analysis of global burden of diseases shows very high rate of increase in early deaths from particulate and ozone pollution. Over a quarter of global deaths from air pollution occurs in India.
A fruitful journey
A food safari in the desert of Rajasthan reveals a variety difficult to imagine in cities
Chennai oil spill: planning, assessment and action inadequate
The extent of ecological and economic damange is yet to be known and coordination between the maritime board, the state disaster response team and the port authorities is absent
Relevance of Gandhian environmentalism
Mahatma Gandhi never used the words environment protection, but his writings are replete with remarks on the excesses of industrial society
Budget expectations: quality education needs financial backing
In absence of substantial financial backing, achieving quality education appears to be distant dream
Budget 2017-18: will the government soothe frayed tempers post demonetisation?
As India looks forward to the latest budget, we bring to you the expectations from it and the step-by-step process of how it is formulated
Analysis of Union Budget since 1947
As countdown to the Union Budget 2017-18 has already begun, Down To Earth looks back at the history of budget presentations and how they responded to nation’s demands
Kosi, a wild prisoner
An engineering folly unfolds over a week-long journey along the Kosi river in Bihar
Can life be extended indefinitely? There is a renewed vigour among scientists looking for ways and means to cheat death
Sounds of silence: a forest that survived 'development'
A trip to the Silent Valley National Park is a valuable lesson in the history of environmental movements and biodiversity conservation
Tracking decades-long endosulfan tragedy in Kerala
Down To Earth takes a look at one of the worst and longest-running pesticide poisoning episodes in India and how it culminated with the Supreme Court ordering compensation for victims
Bastar beyond Maoists: tale of a rich region and its poor people
The obsession with insurgents is so deep that no one is paying attention to health and education in this ancient and beautiful land
Can 104th Indian Science Congress claim any achievement?
From nanoscience to navigation satellites and sanitation to antibiotics resistance, the potential of science in tackling development issues was discussed, but what did the Congress achieve?
Embrace of an unforgettable conservation crusade lingers on
Impacts of Chipko are still visible in the state after four decades.
Can UK environment survive Brexit onslaught?
Following Brexit, the UK will no longer be under obligation to adhere to progressive policies on cutting greenhouse gas emissions and environmental legislation from the EU
Twelve years later, impact of Tsunami still makes waves
Down To Earth revists the causes of the massive earthquake that triggered tsunami 12 years ago and the progress scientists have made towards understanding and predicting its trigger
Not a promissory note
Demonetisation casts a long shadow over the rural economy