World Toilet Day: India needs one toilet every two seconds to achieve target by 2019
The need to construct toilets per minute has increased from 35 to 41; target may stretch up to 2035 due to extremely slow pace
Roadblocks for bio-toilets in India
Bio-toilets are gaining ground. But emerging challenges could defeat the purpose
It’s a fallacy that all Australians have access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene
Drinking water in remote communities is contaminated with uranium, faecal bacteria and nitrates above the recommended levels
Highlights of Sunita Narain’s speech at IDS Conference in UK
According to her, the world cannot succeed in environmental management unless we achieve inclusive economic growth
Two years of Modi government: A civil society review
According to a report, government allocation in most social sectors do not address critical concerns in health, education and civic …
Are we really getting a clean Ganga by 2019?
We have already lost 30 years after the launch of the first Ganga cleaning programme. It is time to take strong and quick actions on the ground.
World awakes to new danger: use of water as weapon of war
Using water as a weapon to weaken people is a tactic used in Syria, other countries of West Asia and Africa
Flush with finance
Microfinance is helping poor people construct toilets in Tamil Nadu
How to reinvent the sanitation wheel
The city “shit-flow” diagram shows that the situation is grim as all cities either do not treat or safely dispose the bulk of the …
Usage of toilets in India is over 95 per cent, reveals new NSSO survey
This finding is, however, from a two-month rapid survey, considered too short by experts
Slums on rent
Dhaka has seen a sharp rise in privately owned slums. Are these a better alternative to 'squatter settlements' common in India?
Urban shit: where does it all go?
India is staring at a big sanitation crisis and needs to reinvent its excreta disposal mechanism
Kartik Chandran: Converting faecal sludge to bio-diesel
Kartik Chandran, Associate Professor at Henry Krumb School of Mines, Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, Columbia University talks …
'78% of sewage generated in India remains untreated'
Analysis and reporting by Centre for Science and Environment and Down To Earth magazine reveal how Indian cities are disposing of excreta in an …
Why we cannot ignore the poor
One thing is clear—the solutions must work for the poor, for them to work for the rich
Water stress to increase, but so will water-related jobs, says UN report
According to the report, the lack of sufficiently skilled labour in water and sanitation has contributed to the estimated leakage of 30 per cent …
Swachh Bharat gets a thumbs up
According to the Budget document, SBA for rural sanitation has received Rs 9,000 crore while for urban sanitation, the scheme has a plan outlay …
Unreal in pampered India
With NDMC winning the smart city challenge, the contrast between where the government lives and where the rest of the citizens live could not …
World Bank approves $ 1.5 billion loan for rural sanitation programme
The project will result in bringing significant health benefits to the poor and the vulnerable sections living in rural areas
Why environmental degradation is a big health risk
Down To Earth and Centre for Science and Environment jointly release Body Burden 2015, an annual health report
Will India get freedom from open defecation?
Skyrocketing numbers on government websites project a doubtful picture of what has been achieved in one year. Read our Independence Day special
World Toilet Day: India's dismal score
India's queue for toilets is the longest
If you stretched all 774 million people in India now waiting for household toilets, the queue would stretch from Earth to the moon – and …
Slums and the story of India's housing crisis
The rate at which informal housing is being destroyed probably far exceeds the rate at which formal housing is being constructed
Swachh Bharat cess: A few states may not agree on it
Except Andhra Pradesh and Uttarakhand, no other state has directly agreed to the central proposal