Eleven sites and extensions get UNESCO Global Geopark Label
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on April 18, 2019 — the World Heritage Day — conferred the Global Geopark Label on eight new sites across the world. With the latest additions, the total number of Global UNESCO Geopark sites stands at 147 across 41 countries. Below are some of them.
Temple and open defecation: Shifting narratives of sacred and profane
How did people of Karnataka’s Berambadi village strategically redefine the nature …
Death by a thousand cuts
Kites may add colour to the sky but at the same time, they are fatal for birds that get caught in the strings and suffer severe injuries. As Gujarat celebrates Uttarayan/Makar Sankranti by flying kites, here's a reminder on the harm caused by the deadly Chinese glass-coated manjha
In photos, the cost of a natural disaster
A new report by reinsurance giant Munich Re reveals that natural disasters caused global economic damage upto $160 billion in 2018. As per the report, around 10,400 people lost their lives in 2018 due to natural disasters. It says that 29 natural disasters in 2018 caused more than $1 billion in damage each.
Fault lines in expressway
To assess the extent of the ecological damage that construction activity is causing, Down To Earth travelled 250 km on the Char Dham Mahamarg from Rishikesh to Gangotri. The evidence is apparent from Muni Ki Reti itself, the traditional gateway to the Char Dham pilgrimage. Photographs by Vikas Choudhary