Saturday, May 15, 2021


    In an email interview, Raghavendra Gadagkar talks about the possibilities of low-cost research. Photo from Raghavendra Gadagkar.

    Science on a shoestring budget

    In his latest book, ethologist and evolutionary ecologist Raghavendra Gadagkar, speaks about the importance of low-cost research and the need for academia and Indian society to recognise and attach social prestige to it.
    Disposable sanitary napkins are made primarily out of plastic. They take 500-800 years to fully disintegrate. Photoby Natracare/Unsplash.

    What is sustainable menstruation and how can it help tackle menstrual waste?

    Can the world move towards eco-friendly menstrual products for a sustainable future?
    Kota Gunjapur village in the Panna district of Madhya Pradesh has no electricity since independence. In 2017, the villagers thought their dreams would see the light of the day when electricity poles were ported to their village. But four years later, those poles are still lying there. Photo by Ramvishal Gond.

    30 Years of Liberalisation: Existing Poor Energy Access May Dive Down further with Covid-19

    Over the past few years, the Indian government has made a serious push to provide all Indian families electricity and cooking gas connection but the adoption of these modern and clean energy sources remains a big challenge.
    Phuntsok Wangchuk, a Buddhist monk guides and cares for pilgrims that visit the sacred wetlands part of the Bhagajang Wetland Complex in Arunachal Pradesh. The high altitude wetlands that have ecological and cultural significance were being impacted by tourism. Illustration by Kowsick Borgohain for Mongabay.

    The monks who protect the Bhagajang wetland

    Among the monks who are silently doing their bit in environmental protection in the Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh is Phuntsok Wangchuk. Over the past 14 years he has spent around three months every year at the Bhagajang Wetland Complex to guide and care for pilgrims that visit the sacred wetlands.
    Biden’s Earth Day summit saw many nations increase their climate change commitments. Kyodo via AP Images

    More reasons for optimism on climate change than we’ve seen for decades: 2 climate...

    This article throws light on the global emergency called the climate crisis and how optimistic is the situation.
    Bagmati river in Muzaffarpur. It flows across Bihar districts Darbhanga, Sitamarhi, Sheohar, Muzaffarpur and Khagaria. Photo by Metro Media/IWMI/Flickr.

    Farmers, near Bagmati river in Bihar, pick fertility of land over safety from floods

    The Bihar government has been facing opposition, from locals, to the embankment project on River Bagmati. People of Muzaffarpur and Darbhanga district have been...

    A Glimpse of Ecofeminism

    Women and nature share the same pathological story in the neo-liberal world characterized by the logic of reckless development. It is high time that we rethink growth and progress and arrive at a more sustainable and holistic conception of modernity that is in tune with nature at large.

    Book Review/ Indian Environmental History for Young Adults

    We find ourselves at a time when youth activists are asking the world leaders to take action to prevent climate change, the book gives context on India’s environmental history.

    Sikkim’s urban sacred groves mitigate double the carbon compared to a natural rural forest

    A quality unique to Sikkim has been the role played by its religious and cultural institutions in the preservation of forests, these forests also help fight the impact of climate change and mitigate environmental degradation to a large extent.

    Measures beyond recycling needed in tandem with plastic waste rules

    This year, on March 11 the draft Plastic Waste Management (Amendment) Rules 2021, was announced by the Environment ministry. The applicability of the new plastic rules would extend to brand owners, waste processors, and others.

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