What goes down must come up
It is a crime. Numerous factories deliberately inject untreated effluents directly into the ground, contaminating underground aquifers. Down …
Only plans, no integration
Shrouded in controversy
A mountaineering expedition into the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve revives the debate on ecotourism and people's rights over forests.
Phulmai's walk - a day in the life of a headloader
Headloaders - collectors of fuelwood in India's woodlands. On the one hand, seen as forest destroyers, on the other, they are the sole support of …
How did it go wrong?
The corrupt and inefficient among pollution control authorities have surrendered India's groundwater to unscrupulous industrial units
Disasters in the making?
Groundwater contamination in India is verging on disastrous proportions, especially with regard to mercury
Going off course
As the Cauvery river dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu gets reduced to a politico-legal wrangle, focal issues remain unaddressed
Battle zone: Humans vs elephants
Afterwards, an eerie silence envelops the field. There is only the crop -- no longer standing -- and the heavy tread gouged in the mud. This is …
Tipaimukh Dam in Manipur driving a wedge?
Imphal, Manipur's capital, came to a grinding halt on August 28, with a strike being called. Imphal's people are habituated to bandhs, and most …
India not on course for clean air target
It is a crime. Numerous factories deliberately inject untreated effluents directly into the ground, contaminating underground aquifers. Down To …
If no action is taken soon, a major ecological disaster is waiting to strike Panipat
The CNG sabotage
To clean up Delhi's air, the Supreme Court ruled in July 1998 that all public transport should move away from diesel and towards compressed …
Bioprocessing - the Indian leather industry braces itself for an environmental facelift
A report by the National Institute of Occupational Health nails endosulfan. Is that why the pesticide establishment wants to keep it under wraps?
Secretive. Exploitative. Is the market in Minor Forest Produce unmanageable? sopan joshi finds out
Asbestos, agribusiness get a leg up
India must focus on rainfed farming
There was a time when it was said that the Indian budget was a gamble on the monsoons. That is not the case any more, with industrial production …
Unrealistic approach killing rural sanitation programme
The traditional forest dweller has had very few entitlements down centuries. Guardian of the forest, he has been regarded as encroacher by the …
The civil spring
Have an aggressive government and an overreaching judiciary curbed dissent?
Collapse of the former Soviet market and an indifferent attitude to quality clips Nilgiris tea industry
In early December 2007, the country prided itself on providing the world with a road map to check the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5NI.…
Tryst with rain
Following the monsoon failure of 1999-2000, two states - Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh - launched crash programmes to encourage water harvesting. An …
A Renewable Crisis
The last time there was a major push for renewable energy alternatives to polluting fossil fuels was in the aftermath of 1970s oil shock. And then,…