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Crop circles across the country say no to GM food and the BRAI bill

Blog entry by Bibin Chandran | June 17, 2013

The controversial Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India (BRAI) bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on April 22, 2013 by Mr Jaipal Reddy, Minister, Science and Technology. If passed, the BRAI bill which primarily promotes...

Failed corps and parched lands are the remnants of Maharasthra's drought

Blog entry by Neelima Vallangi | June 14, 2013

In Maharashtra, fields have dried up, so have the rivers and lakes, leaving people with temporary solutions to what could potentially turn into a permanent problem if not handled properly. Where is the greenery? Women in Sholapur...

The struggle for water continues in Maharashtra

Blog entry by Neelima Vallangi | June 13, 2013

A half constructed catchment pond. Considering the severity of the drought situation in Maharashtra, one would think farmers and people living without water would be given top priority. But in a strange turn of events, water has...

Here comes the sun

Blog entry by Varun Jain | June 11, 2013

There was quite a build-up to the Greenpeace Bike-a-thon event to be held on the World Environment Day. This included a number of events prior to the actual one. The idea for the campaign was to capture the government and public...

How much water does a River need?

Blog entry by Parineeta Dandekar | June 11, 2013

The 780 MW Nyamjangchu Hydroproject is proposed on the perennial Nyamjangchu River in Tawang District of Arunachal Pradesh by SPV of Bhilwara Energy Limited called NJC Hydropower. It was recommended for Environmental Clearance by the...

Vellade – living with the ashes

Blog entry by Neelima Vallangi | June 11, 2013

A lake in Velladi where ash from power plants is released. Through the small window in the Gram Panchayat room, I could see dust particles coming in. Shocked, I asked if it was the ash that the villagers were talking about. They...

I am in Gezi, I am in Turkey

Blog entry by Laetitia Liebert | June 9, 2013

With the eyes of the world on a small park in Istanbul, a new banner message of global solidarity in defence of our fragile planet has been born: 'I am in Gezi!'. Gezi Park is a tipping point, an awakening to years of environmental...

Surviving the drought with stale rotis

Blog entry by Neelima Vallangi | June 9, 2013

Pointing at an overhead storage tank, the villagers told me the tank was constructed 10 years ago, yet has been empty till date and never supplied a drop of water to the people. We were in Talwade village in Yeola tehsil, Nasik...

We pedalled, we powered.

Blog entry by Ruhie Kumar | June 7, 2013

On World Environment Day, Greenpeace organised one of a kind event - Bike-a-thon. It was hot and humid. By 6 pm, most of the volunteers and organisers were sweating and exhausted. But as the event time got closer, there was a sense...

In Maharashtra, drought is causing migration to cities in large scale

Blog entry by Neelima Vallangi | June 7, 2013

A child plays in front of a locked house whose residents have migrated. An old man was sitting on his front porch in the afternoon. The fields were barren and empty and so was the village. We were in a small village of Chandrod...

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