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Dirty Coal is shown the back door

Feature story | September 24, 2014 at 17:01

For most of the wild things on earth, the future must depend on the conscience of mankind.- Dr. Archie Carr

Climate summit comment: From Bihar, India, could distributed solar succeed where coal...

Feature story | September 23, 2014 at 14:47

India is a country where the centralised grid system for electricity has dominated the last 60 years and, largely, failed. In the cities blackouts are frequent, in the rural areas there is often no power at all. The grid doesn’t provide...

My visit to Mahan!

Blog entry by Pooja Amritlal Tanna | September 22, 2014

At the Singrauli station I saw many neem trees. It was late in the night and I could only see the silhouette of overburden and shrubs on both sides of the road. I could make out from this little brief that I am entering a place with...

The Peoples Climate March is happening on the 20th of September and here are 10...

Blog entry by Rohini Manohar | September 19, 2014

1) You're tired of paying high electricity bills and STILL don't get electricity 24x7 (common killing mosquitoes is really not as fun as you think it to be). 2) You hate having to ride around with a dupatta on your face looking like...

The Largest Climate March in History is Coming to a City Near You

Blog entry by Pujarini Sen | September 17, 2014

What: The largest public demonstration demanding action on climate change is just 3 days away. When: The People's Climate March will take place on the 21st of September, 2014, just two days before UN Secretary General Ban Ki...

TATA clean up my cup!

Blog entry by Debanjana Choudhuri | September 17, 2014

Life is busy as hell! My day starts at 7 AM (which by many is a late start), but for me it's quite an early start, because I sleep at 12, and wake up every 2-3 hours to check on my baby girl. Yes, I am a working mother and I love my...

Is defending human rights a crime?

Blog entry by Hozefa Merchant | September 16, 2014

Dr. Udaykumar was on his way to Kathmandu, Nepal, for a meeting organised by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights defenders, when he was stopped at the Delhi Airport by the Immigration authorities. The immigration...

Environmental Laws Cannot be Toothless Tigers

Blog entry by Nandikesh Sivalingam | September 11, 2014

A term that has gained common parlance in the media in the past few years is ‘policy paralysis’. It is especially common when industrialists and business houses talk about environmental laws blocking projects or in reference to the...

It’s Tatas Who Need To Wake Up!

Blog entry by Neha Saigal | September 11, 2014

I still recall the image of activists, holding up for fifty hours on seven billboards, through the hot sun and the notorious Mumbai rains. I remember having a feeling of admiration for their perseverance, as I watched them stay strong...

Why ideologies, ideas and sectors need to reinvent themselves!

Blog entry by Siddharth Sreenivas | September 9, 2014

Every generation has seen the death of an idea and those ideas which do bear some intrinsic value to the advancement of mankind have reinvented themselves. Communism and socialism were on their death knell in a previous era, but in...

End to the solar eclipse in Delhi?

Blog entry by Neha Khator | September 5, 2014

So Delhi’s solar eclipse is finally receding. After two years of dilly-dallying and releasing a restrictive version of net-metering guidelines last November that clearly attempted to block the sun over the national capital, the Delhi...

Growing organic teas in India, a tea estate visit

Blog entry by Snigdha Manchanda | September 5, 2014

Sometimes you feel as if the ancient wisdom had it all figured out. At times it is just propaganda. However, the mystic charm of the ancient texts remains intriguing nonetheless. I hadn't heard of Vrikshayurveda until recently. It is...

Pushing the limits is what I do!

Blog entry by Sumanth Shetty | September 3, 2014

It was just another day for me back in Bangalore until my phone rang (tring- tring). On the other end was Alpha 1, that's when I knew this was "the call". Yes, this is when we realised that there's a cocktail of pesticides in our chai.

Dharnai’s Grid-ready Microgrid: A Solution for Energy-starved India?

Blog entry by Kartikeya Singh | August 28, 2014

The story of the rise and fall of Bihar may seem unbelievable. Through the ages, the region was once the seat of power of mighty kingdoms, a source of intellectual thought, and leading industrial growth. In the recent past, decades...

Supreme Court Deems Mahan Coal Block Allocation Illegal

Feature story | August 26, 2014 at 10:04

The Supreme Court deemed in an order on August 25 that all coal block allocations since 1993 are ‘illegal’ on grounds of arbitrariness, legal flaws lack of transparency, fairness and even application of mind. This verdict is of significant...

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