A first after many years, farmers are at the centre of political attention. Ahead of the general elections, there is a rush of cash support schemes to woo them. This may bring some solace to farmers, but will the schemes have a lasting impact?
Listen... plants too speak
As early as in 1880, Charles Darwin demonstrated that plants could sense light, moisture, gravity, pressure and possessed several other qualities. Over the years, many scientists have proved that plants are sentient beings and move and respond to sensation. The subject is still controversial among the scientific community. Monica Gagliano is research associate professor of evolutionary …
Sanitation will remain a mirage even after India stops defecating in the open
Although we will meet the target of an open defecation free India much before deadline, it is still the easiest milestone that we have crossed. Here, Down To Earth takes a hard look at the challenges that need to be addressed
What makes 2017 Atlantic hurricane season unprecedented?
Tropical cyclones like hurricanes and typhoons are changing character due to global warming. Not only are they becoming more frequent, wind speeds are also intensifying much quickly, putting the lives of coastal communities at grave risk and causing widespread devastation.
Politics gets the better of common sense on the issue of global warming. At the upcoming climate change talks in Buenos Aires, US-led developed countries will try to ensure that ceilings on non-domestic emission curbs do not materialise. They will press for fast acceptance of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) by the South. The North's strategy for this is: divide the South and rule. The …
A Brazilian Proposal
Industrialised nations have introduced a Clean Development Mechanism to meet their reduction targets. In the second part of her climate change report, NIKHAT JAMAL QAIYUM examines how these countries perverted the original Brazilian proposal to suit their needs