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FROM THE ARCHIVES
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RIVERS
Embankments that doom
Repairing Kosi breaches not a solution
River erosion threatens Majuli island
Riverkeeper of the Periyar

BIODIVERSITY
All legislation, no conservation
A 'sour' source of delight
At last, some good news
Read the fine print

CLIMATE CHANGE
Alert to the implications
Adapting to change, and coping
Warming up to climate change
Clouds over global warming

DAMS
More accidents at dam sites
Rs.180 crores to bury a river

ENERGY
Pricing carbon correctly
Ebb and flow of environmentalism
What ails nuclear safety?
Nuclear safety: A poor record

FISHERIES
A floundering trade
Livelihoods caught in the nets
Jambudwip - a fishy conservation
Guardians of sea turtles

FORESTS
New facts in McLeodganj case
Paradise lost ... almost!
Whittling away at NPV costs
Saving a national park

HAZARDS
Producers sneak into delegation
Ubiquitous, useful, dangerous
Brown cloud, or brown man's cloud?
India's black agenda

ENVIRONMENT REGULATION
Uneasy quiet on the POSCO front
Will Mittal Steel be a raw deal?
Kerala reassessing the environment
A faint new wind at NEAA
Whose expert is an expert?

MINING
Illegal mining near Rajaji Park
Kudremukha: Closure in sight?
Silicosis: A dusty tale
Sand mining push, despite risks

URBAN ENVIRONMENT
Is remaking Mumbai sustainable?
Brahmapuram: Environmental refugees
Hubli's plant doctor
Clearing the air in our cities

WASTE
Burning biomass is not green - II
Burning biogas is not green
From plants to plastics
Whose garbage is it, anyway?

WATER
That 'new type' house
Upper catchment, gains in plains
Here a breach, there a breach
Rural water: Hebballi experience

WILDLIFE
Tiger census may sharpen debate
CMS Vatavaran 2007
Arunachal: Fence eats crop
Conservation in core zones
Vanishing vultures: too late?

REVIEWS
Unearthing the nuggets
Paddling against the flow
Centre for Science and Environment
Common people green the commons

OPINIONS
Citizen voices, policy choices
Once upon a Sankranti
Environment and the new govt.
Beyond the cola wars

INTERLINKING RIVERS
Cart before the horse
The doubtful science of interlinking
Interlinking the Chief Ministers
Interlinking Rivers - Homepage

ENVIRONMENT EDUCATION
Percolating young minds
Revised curricula
Effective environment education
Rooting for nature


A simple rainwater harvester
Greening the Vellore hills
Interlinking: a millennium folly?

NO TO PRIVATISATION
MP town seeks to reclaim its right to water
An independent committee appointed by the state validates and upholds most of the objections raised by civil society against attempted privatisation of water supply in Khandwa. Shripad Dharmadhikary, Rehmat and Gaurav Dwivedi discuss the report.
Water | Madhya Pradesh
August 2013

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. Darryl D'Monte reports.
Hazards | Urban Environment | Maharashtra
August 2013

FOREST PROTECTION
Life in uneasy forest terrain
In July this year, the B Marappa Memorial Trust and the Karnataka Forest Department honoured 14 professionals for their commitment towards and excellence in forest and wildlife protection. Bosky Khanna talks to two of them about their work, motivation and challenges.
Forests | Karnataka
August 2013

     
PEOPLE AND THE JUDICIARY
'Courting' controversy
India has been witnessing a rising trend of judicial intervention and directives in cases involving a face-off between large institutional projects and the people they affect. Kanchi Kohli looks at two recent judgments as she tries to explore the real impact of such court rulings on the struggles at the grassroots.
Regulation | Mining
August 2013

CORRUPTION
'Maha' problems over minor irrigation
A tragic accident at the Chinchave Minor Irrigation Project in Maharashtra brings into focus long-simmering questions over the quality of minor irrigation works as well as the nexus between engineers and contractors. Parineeta Dandekar takes a look.
Water | Public funds | Maharashtra
August 2013

     
AMRUT MAHAL KAVAL
Diversion of forest land denounced
The grant of close to 10000 acres of forest land in Chitradurga district for non-forestry purposes threatens the ecology of the region, as well as local livelihoods. Irate villagers have decided to boycott the impending State Assembly elections. Malini Shankar reports.
Forests | Livestock | Karnataka
April 2013
BIODIVERSITY
The Sparrow: Concerns and conservation
Were mobile towers primarily responsible for the dwindling number of house sparrows across India? Deepa Mohan studies the findings of a recent survey to explore the more likely reasons behind this wane of the species.
Biodiversity
April 2013
     
NUCLEAR POWER
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 | Hazards | Tamilnadu
April 2013
WATER WOES
In support of a paradigm shift in water
A recent report by the UNICEF highlights the most critical issues faced by the Indian water sector today, urging the establishment to break new ground in resource management and utilization. Shripad Dharmadhikary discusses the key findings.
Water
March 2013
     
ENVIRONNMENT/WILDLIFE
A lost emperor's cry for sovereignty
Where co-existence is an inescapable reality, the political will to minimise the human imprint, and sensitising forest dwellers, are both critical to conservation, writes Malini Shankar.
Wildlife | Forests
January 2013

MH POLITICS
White Paper, or whitewash?
Maharashtra's politics is in uproar, as the dubious record of the irrigation department provides fodder for a proxy NCP-Congress war. The issues, however, demand real attention, writes Shripad Dharmadhikary.
Water | Maharashtra
December 2012

     


WHOSE WATER?
One state, but divergent demands
Integrated river management is a serious business, and without proper attention can lead to politically difficult situations even within a single state, as seen in Maharashtra this year. Parineeta Dandekar reports.
Water | Maharashtra
September 2012


FRACKING
Shallow understanding of deep risks
Shale gas and oil reserves are being eyed hungrily by an industry that is looking at the sunset of conventional reserves. But fracking is full of risks.
Water | Energy
September 2012


MINING IN SENSITIVE REGIONS
Different reef, same barrier
As the Mundra project of the Adani group moves ahead relentlessly in Gujarat, a new front opens up in the company's troubles with environmental regulations, in faraway Australia. Kanchi Kohli reports.
Regulation | Gujarat
September 2012


VEHICLE FUELS
CNG isn't really the answer
Compressed Natural Gas is by no means a clear cut winner in the race to find a clean burning fuel for our vehicles. The real solution is in promoting public transport, and better design of our cities, writes Madhav Pai.
Transport | Urban environment
August 2012


WATER POLICY
Better, but needs more work
The latest draft of the Water Policy is a clear improvement over the previous one, and appears to have taken on board many of the objections to earlier provisions.
Water
July 2012


RESERVOIR MANAGEMENT
Going awry with the flow
For the third time in less than a decade, the dams that irrigate much of north-west India have been depleted to critical levels, as their management stumbles without clear policy directions.
Water
July 2012


IMPACT ASSESSMENT
POSCO ruling sets new terms
The National Green Tribunal's judgement in the POSCO case has implications for many other industrial development projects in the country.
Regulation | Mining
April 2012


FILM REVIEWS
Witness to a changing world
Akanksha Joshi's Earth Witness chronicles the changing world through the lives of age-old communities and the adaptations they are forced into.
Film reviews | Climate
April 2012


PUBLIC SPACES
Re-imagining public spaces
An innovative new approach to Mumbai's open spaces is an extensive mapping survey. The same approach can be used in other cities too.
Urban environment
April 2012


GOVT REPORTS
Nothing secret about Panel reports
Central Information Commission's order to MoEF outlines arguments that could be used for disclosure of many other documents.
RTI
April 2012

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Gujjars ousted without compensation
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An unconvincing shot at the ministry
Old Port Trust lands on the dock
Early gains from Forest Rights Act
Institutionalising compensation for forests
Tiger terror in Chandrapur
Relocation of tigers to Sariska proceeds
Bit by bit, he filled his well
Missing the mountain for the snow
Water is no pipe dream here
Draft CRZ rule threatens fishermen
India's coal-to-liquid push short-sighted
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