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How much do you know about the air you are breathing?

Red, yellow and green are not just about traffic lights any more. Colour coding the air quality in cities is a critical step towards dissemination of pollution data among citizens. But does India’s air quality index satisfy all the necessary conditions for optimal use? Sarath Guttikunda has more.

Urban Environment Government

Defining, celebrating and protecting our rivers
India Rivers Week held in November 2014 was a first-of-its-kind gathering in New Delhi, which celebrated rivers and those trying to protect them, while charting out a road map to mitigate the threats they confront. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports on the proceedings.
Water Environment Government

When kitchen smoke can kill
It has been widely established that the health impact of indoor air pollution, caused often by solid fuels for household cooking, far outweighs the hazards of outdoor pollution. Arpana HS quotes data from the Census and findings from a recent paper to show why India needs to tackle this on priority.
Energy Women's Health Health

Should India tone down its moralistic stance in Paris climate talks?
Could India’s inflexible and rather aggressive attitude in global climate negotiations jeopardise its domestic mitigation of the real threats from climate change? Darryl D’Monte summarises the key take-aways from a TISS conference that dwelled upon this and related issues.
Climate Environment

Reviving the Ganga, at the cost of its ecology!
The Rs 6300-crore plans for development of the Ganga waterway from Allahabad to Haldia should be undertaken only after meticulous examination of its impact on various elements of river ecology. Debadityo Sinha explains why.
Bio Diversity Water Environment

Will the Western Ghats decide Kerala’s mandate?
The controversy over the Gadgil and Kasturirangan reports on ecological preservation in the Western Ghats has brought about a churn in politics in Kerala. P N Venugopal wonders if this will determine the decisions of the electorate in the Lok Sabha elections.
Mining Elections Government KERALA

Hydropower: Will new committee break new ground?
An expert committee set up by the MoEF to study the impact of hydropower projects in the Alaknanda-Bhagirathi basin raises hope, but can it break the mould of the past to bring about the measures so critically needed? Shripad Dharmadhikary explores.
Environment Environmental Law and Regulation UTTARAKHAND

Biosafety: Who is liable for damages?
The BRAI Bill 2013 purports to uphold the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety but completely overlooks a critical sub-protocol that provides for liability and redress in case of damage to biodiversity. Shalini Bhutani explains why that defeats the very purpose of the Bill.
Environment Environmental Law and Regulation

Alang shipyard: Pushing more than ships to their graves
The ship-breaking yard of Alang in Gujarat, which brings millions of dollars into the state, wreaks heavy environmental damage and endangers thousands of labourers. Ramesh Menon, who first visited the yard in the early eighties, finds very little has changed over the decades.
Labour Issues Environment GUJARAT

A committee to exonerate industry?
The recommendations of the committee constituted to look into the claims of endosulfan victims in Kasargod and decide on the need to set up a tribunal to settle those, appear to be largely sympathetic towards the Plantation Corporation and endosulfan manufacturers. P N Venugopal reports.
Health Laws and Governance Environment Justice KERALA

Mumbai fights the towers that trouble
As studies continue to highlight the potential health hazards posed by cell phones, Mumbai citizens are seen demanding stricter regulation and removal of cell phone towers from sensitive areas, but authorities respond with half-baked measures. Darryl D'Monte reports.
Urban Environment MAHARASHTRA

The weapons of destruction we ignore
Based on data collected from 92 coal power plants in India, a 2012 study that went largely unreported estimated the mortality impact of electricity generated from coal at 650 deaths per plant per year! Shiva Prasad Susarla analyses the key findings of the report and the remediation measures suggested.
Energy Environment

Kudamkulam: Ready to produce power?
Will the Kudankulam nuclear power plant finally become operational this month as assured by the Prime Minister? Krithika Ramalingam takes an in-depth look at the long history of delays and conflicts that has plagued the project since its inception.
Energy Environment TAMILNADU

The strange case of India's missing dams
The people's energy
A burning issue at Okhla
The nuclear black swan
'We don't sell our mother'
Blue river blues
Invisible environmentalists
Blinding lure, dirty lucre
Gold mining: The way forward
Cost-effective technology stalled by Pune government
End of Plachimada battle. Or is it?
UN e-waste report spotlights India
The iron is hot
Hot ash burns child to death
Panipat power plant pollutes with impunity
Inaction on panel findings against beverage major
Diesel threat in cities continues to rise
Producers sneak into Indian delegation, endorse DDT
Ubiquitous, useful, and dangerous
India's black agenda in a climate change era
Brown cloud, or brown man's cloud?
Sorrow and distress, thy home is Jajjal
Will the Blue Lady do a Le Clemenceau?
Grey skies looming over colourful roads
In the line of fire
India's pro-asbestos position sets back international treaty
Fiery debate back, but standards scuttled
Periyar discolouration: state board slammed
Endosulfan victims: Kerala owns up
Clearing the air in our cities
Burning biomass is not green
The Blue Lady anchors, quietly
White asbestos, a health time bomb
The scrapping of Riky
Beyond the Clemenceau's recall
French apex court rules, Clemenceau recalled
Junkyard justice at Alang
Poison in their veins
Cleaning up Bhopal cost-effectively
Tomorrow's citizens : imperiled today
Neutralising industrial waste with worms
Putting away the toxic spray
After the poisoning
Unchecked pollution on the Periyar
Pyrolysis : dangerous but favored
Succumbing to stone-cutting
The living dead
The dirty dozen
Killing them slowly
Putting the bottle first
A juicy opportunity
Rs.180 crores to bury a river
Mercury levels rising dangerously
E-waste crisis : Around the corner
Importing of Hazardous Waste

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