IMD scientist on long-range monsoon forecast
The India Meteorological Department issued the first stage long-range forecast of the Indian summer monsoon, predicting normal rains for the country. D S Pai, scientist at IMD’s climate prediction team, talks to Down To Earth about it
Easy tips to increase AC efficiency: EP5 New Vastu with Ashok B Lall
Ashok B Lall shares quick fixes on how to reduce the load on air conditioners during …
Right design for windows for green homes: Episode 2 New Vaastu with Ashok B Lall
A good window design can do wonders to the climate inside a house. The material that is used to make windows also plays an important part in how much heat it lets in from the outside. In this episode, Ashok B Lall describes the different window designs and the material that will optimally help to keep the house cool.
First Food: Celebrating India's Food Biodiversity
Down to Earth collaborated with Chor Bizarre, an Indian restaurant chain, to celebrate an evening of traditional Indian food. Chef Rajiv Malhotra and his team cooked 20 recipes from 10 states. All these recipes were picked up from the book called First Food—Culture of Taste
Geomorphologist Robert James Wasson discusses flood risk reduction in India
In this video, Robert James Wasson from National University of Singapore points out that India is the second most flood-prone country in the world after Bangladesh. He says that communities should be prepared to handle disasters better
Food safari in deserts of Rajasthan
Down To Earth travels to Rajasthan to find out about the traditional food habits of desert people. On this journey, we discovered that not-so-familiar wild food nurtures people in a harsh environment. Sadly, traditional food is slowly losing its relevance with farmers turning to groundnut cultivation
Anumita Roy Chowdhury reacts to Global burden of Health Study
The Centre for Science and Environment demands urgent intervention and action in view of the results from the new analysis of global burden of disease (GBD) estimates. While air pollution causes more than 4.2 million early deaths globally, of these 1.1 million deaths occur in India alone. This is more than a quarter of global deaths.
The waste-to-energy plant violates emission norms by not using environment-friendly technologies
Since 2009, the residents of Sukhdev Vihar, a residential colony in Delhi, have been fighting against a waste-to-energy plant operated by Jindal Urban Infrastructure Ltd. The plant uses dirty incineration technology to produce power and releases toxic dioxins and furans which affect residents of nearby colonies. The residents have approached courts, but have not got any relief. The NGT, on …