Environment

Better regulation needed to prevent marine disasters

Better regulation needed to prevent marine disaste...

June 29, 2021

After two weeks of on-board fire, the Singapore-registered container ship X-Press Pearl split into two earlier this month and sank just off the coast of Sri Lanka, while the other half followed suit soon afterwards. The cargo ship was carrying 1,486 containers, including 23 tonne...

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Indian millennials lead movement for slow fashion

Indian millennials lead movement for slow fashion

June 19, 2021

Global warming and environmental degradation is frequently blamed on major issues such as deforestation or emissions of greenhouse gases as well as sectors like energy or transport. However, there are some sectors that broadly escape scrutiny and cause significant ecological dama...

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World Environment Day: Business of lip service to environment

World Environment Day: Business of lip service to ...

June 5, 2021

As you observe the World Environment Day, consider this. Each year, about 1.5 billion tyres are burnt around the world, leading to severe pollution. Nearly 91 pc of the 313 million tonnes of plastic produced in 2019 ended up in landfills or the ocean. In the same year, 53.6 milli...

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Race to Zero: Unique opportunity for G7 and Modi

Race to Zero: Unique opportunity for G7 and Modi

June 4, 2021

Modi’s image appears to be tarnished, mainly in the western media, that has found governance-gaps in his management of  second wave of COVID pandemic. On the other hand, the world’s seven rich countries have recognised  India’s emerging strategic role in economic, social ...

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Covid-19 causes surge in illegal wildlife trading & poaching

Covid-19 causes surge in illegal wildlife trading ...

May 28, 2021

During India’s first major Covid-19 lockdown last year, reports began to emerge that due to the economic slowdown, there were drastic decreases in the levels of water and noise pollution, and a much-welcomed uphill trend in air quality. However, one aspect that was initially ov...

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Increasing cyclones and garbage deposits, a nod towards extreme climate change

Increasing cyclones and garbage deposits, a nod to...

May 23, 2021

Over the past couple of years, instances of cyclonic storms have increased considerably along the Indian coastline. India faced three cyclones in 2017, seven in 2018, eight in 2019 and five in 2020. Together, these cyclones killed over 500 people. In 2021 alone, post the destruct...

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Ever-growing garbage hills of Delhi

Ever-growing garbage hills of Delhi

May 20, 2021

Hawks, vultures and other birds hover around the towering Ghazipur landfill on the eastern fringe of Delhi. Stray cows, dogs and rats wander at will over the huge expanse of filth that covers an area of over 70 acres. Ghazipur garbage hill, which was once a landfill, rises by nea...

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App to help people save trees

App to help people save trees

May 12, 2021

Over the past decade, as people have become much more conscious of the ever increasing environmental concerns, India has observed many protests and demonstrations against the felling of trees in various parts of the country like Aarey Forest in Mumbai or the Aravali Biodiversity ...

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Assam’s tribal communities lose home to mining

Assam’s tribal communities lose home to mining

May 9, 2021

The foothills of Dehing Patkai on the eastern fringes of Assam are home to the Khamti, Singpho, Sema Nagas, Tangsa, Tai-Phake, Syam, Aitom, Nocte, and other communities who have been impacted by mining and deforestation that displaced them from lands that traditionally belonged t...

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Earth Day: Eight states in eastern India highly vulnerable to climate change

Earth Day: Eight states in eastern India highly vu...

April 22, 2021

A recent report, jointly prepared by Indian Institutes of Technology Mandi and Guwahati, as well as the Bengaluru-based Indian Institute of Science (IISc) says that in 2019 and 2020, eight states namely, Jharkhand, Mizoram, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh an...

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