Why farmers in Punjab and Haryana continue to burn rice stubble?
Every year during October and November, farmers in Punjab and Haryana are blamed for polluting the Delhi air by burning stubble
That time of the year
Although health impacts are shouted about, there is still only “little” more appetite for action
Toxic air engulfs Delhi-NCR, worse yet to come
Western disturbance may reach North India on November 1 with dust from Pakistan and the Thar Desert and if wind speeds remain low, the dust will …
Incessant rainfall continues to batter north India
While Himachal Pradesh and Punjab are the worst hit, Haryana and J&K too get much more than their normal September rainfall
This paper mill in Punjab is causing cancer, loss of vision
Residents allege that the Kuantum pulp and paper mill in Saila Khurd, the only industry in the block for 30 years, is responsible for their …
‘In a world in which wildlife is so threatened, the Indus dolphin is a rare good news story’
Gill Braulik, who has been studying Indus River dolphins in Pakistan for over 15 years, speaks to Down To Earth about the future of the animal in …
Why certain parts of India shone during the recently-concluded Asian Games
Reasons as varied as a strong farming culture. patriarchal tradition and geography influence why sportspersons from Haryana, Punjab and India's …
80% groundwater in Punjab's Malwa unfit for drinking
Much of the groundwater in Malwa, Punjab has chemicals exceeding permissible limits, putting children at risk of a blood disorder
Health in news on May 11
Punjab bans sale of toxic pesticides; CSE urges similar necessary action by the Centre
Calls for Central government to follow suit in the interest of public health
Can gasification be the solution to crop burning?
Biomass gasification can not only prevent air pollution from burning crop residues, but also increase farmers’ income and manage municipal …
Health of India’s states: What the latest health report means
Although non-communicable diseases now contribute more to India’s disease burden than communicable diseases, it does not mean that …
Will centralised waste disposal work for Punjab?
Safe waste disposal is a big challenge for the national sanitation overdrive. Punjab has been experimenting with centralised systems to tackle …
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Who will salvage Punjab from pesticides, drugs and cancer?
The success story of Green Revolution turned into a harrowing reality with land and water contamination showing a trickle-down effect on economy …
`Indian cuisine is rediscovering itself'
Ethnic Indian food is reinventing itself, says Colleen Taylor Sen, considered to be one of the leading historians on Indian and South Asian food. …
Is there an election angle to leather industry boost?
Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, hubs of the leather industry are also up for election this month
Warring over water
While issues like Cauvery water sharing and Indus Treaty figured prominently in 2016, other inter-state water conflicts could be on the anvil as …
Enough is enough
For over a week after Diwali, Delhi breathed poison. Air pollution peaked to unprecedented levels. Public anger forced emergency measures. But …
Crop Burning: Punjab and Haryana’s killer fields
Punjab produces about 19-20 million tonnes of paddy straw and about 85-90 per cent of this paddy straw is burnt in the field
Odd-and-even 2.0 worked but farm fires and forest fires played spoilsport, says CSE
Takes on motivated and half-baked science
Wannabe Backwards: Reservations and the Agrarian Crisis
India's influential farming communities demand to be branded poor and underprivileged. Down To Earth unearths the real story behind this growing …
Despite appeals and fines, paddy crop residue burning on the rise in Punjab
Data from state pollution control board reveals increase in incidents
A look at paddy crop residue burning updates
NASA images show how smoke emanating from paddy residue burning is contributing to air pollution
Paddy fields burning: Smog shrouds national capital
The smoke resulting from burning crop residues combined with vehicular emissions make the air we breathe deadly