Down To Earth speaks to KR Jaithran, chairman of the Kodungallur municipality, about its new injunction to plant two fruiting trees in the premises of any new building built within the municipality’s jurisdiction after June 5, 2019
'Indian elections will always be unpredictable'
For 25 years, economist Ruchir Sharma has travelled the length and breadth of India analysing voting paterns, sociological landscapes and nuances of elections. In his new book, Democracy on the Road, He has chronicled his experiences. He spoke to Down To Earth on the 2019 General Elections
‘Konkan’s rich biodiversity has lured poachers to its pangolins’
Vishwas Katdare is the founder of Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra, a non-profit operating for the last 26 years, mostly in Maharashtra's coastal Konkan region towards 'conservation for the benefit of environment and locals'. The non-profit was recently awarded a grant by The Habitats Trust, a foundation …
'Both, solid waste and faecal sludge must be tackled for clean cities'
The policy advocacy head of international non-profit WaterAid’s Bangladesh unit, Abdullah Al Muyeed talks to Rashmi Verma about how a small town, Sakhipur, around 60 kilometres from Dhaka, successfully manages its faecal sludge sucked out from septic tanks and solid waste simultaneously
'Animals and humans have shared spaces in India long before 1972'
In the aftermath of a tragic incident in Maharashtra's Junnar, where 5 leopard cubs were burnt to death unknowingly by a farmer in whose field they were in, Down To Earth talks to leopard expert Vidya Athreya about how humans and leopards can share the same space
'Natural disasters are shaped by social and economic inequality'
Down To Earth speaks to historian Ben Kingsbury, who, in his book An Imperial Disaster: The Bengal Cyclone of 1876, says natural disasters are not simply natural, but shaped by all-too-human patterns of exploitation and inequality
‘Telecom industry did no research on health impacts of 5G’
India plans to begin 5G trials by 2020, but experts and industry stand at odds over its impact on human health and environment. The fifth generation wireless network promises to be 50 times faster than its predecessor — 4G. Down To Earth talked to a series of experts on the issue