ELECTIONS IN KERALA
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.
DAMS AND ECOLOGY
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?
BRAI BILL 2013
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.
explains why that defeats the very purpose of the Bill.
SHIP-BREAKING IN INDIA
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.
who first visited the yard in the early eighties, finds very little has changed over the decades.
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
MOBILE TELEPHONY HAZARDS
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.
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.
Kudamkulam: Ready to produce power?
Will the Kudankulam nuclear power plant finally become operational this month as assured by the Prime Minister?
takes an in-depth look at the long history of delays and conflicts that has plagued the project since its inception.
The strange case of India's missing dams
A complete and accurate database of dams and rivers in the country is the first pre-requisite for analysing hydrological issues and
safety, but an analysis by
shows that the authority entrusted to maintain such records clearly has a long way to go.
The people's energy
When nuclear companies are unwilling to stake their financial health on the safety of a reactor, how can the Government ask local
residents to risk their lives, ask
M V Ramana and Suvrat Raju.
A burning issue at Okhla
The Supreme Court has ordered a go-slow on waste-to-incineration technology that may be potential harmful to public health, but the
MNRE is guided more by its focus on tackling urban waste.
The nuclear black swan
A nuclear disaster is such a complex event with wide consequences that it would be better to stop ourselves from going down a path
that might lead to a catastrophe, however unlikely it may be, writes