Brown Clouds blacken Himalayas

Brown Clouds blacken Himalayas

During the dry winter season from October until May every year, the heavily populated Indo-Gangetic Plain is plagued by severe air pollution. In recent years, people in India and Nepal have suffered from periods of suffocating air pollution, known scientifically as Atmospheric Brown Cloud (ABCs). In 2015 India’s air pollution levels overtook China’s. According to […]

Students mourn trees felled by callous Bihar Govt!

Students mourn trees felled by callous Bihar Govt!

Patna: The State government, for all its pretty noises about saving the environment, were roundly criticized on Saturday by hundreds of students who lined up alongside Bailey Road to observe the funeral of the many trees that were clandestinely hacked down, ostensibly to make way for a ‘flyover’.  Instead of uprooting the trees and replanting […]

Preventing Air Pollution: a Moral Issue

Preventing Air Pollution:  a Moral Issue

Air pollution takes years off people’s lives. It causes substantial pain and suffering among adults and children alike. And it damages food production at a time when we need to feed more people than ever. This is not just an economic issue; it is a moral one. Air pollution can be produced both outdoors and […]

Stop talking, Do Something!

Stop talking, Do Something!

Sir, According to The Central Pollution Control Board, 56 lakh ton plastics are thrown away everyday in India. A survey of 60 big cities concluded that 15342.6 ton plastic garbage is produced daily. Of this, about 60 percent (9205 tons) plastic garbage is recycled, while 6137 tons  does not get deposited in recycle bins and keeps spreading […]

From earth to sky, we are playing with our lives

From earth to sky, we are playing with our lives

World Health Organisation and 300 NGO’s of 50 other countries have together released a report “Global Burden of Disease”. It says that every year in India about 60 lakh people die of  pollution particles that are mixed in the air. Pucca houses, building and other activities of development that generate dust, smoke that comes out of […]

Pollution is a Cultural Problem

Pollution is a Cultural Problem

There is a very fine line between tradition and culture. If tradition is the flower then culture is its fragrance. Our tradition conveys ‘what we are’, and culture shows ‘what we have’. Problems occurs when tradition and culture do not complement each other. Pollution is  one of these problems. Our tradition springs from the worship […]

Shrinking Stream flows in Upper Himalayas, more Water Crises ?

Shrinking Stream flows in Upper Himalayas, more Water Crises ?

[KATHMANDU] The Nepal Himalayas maybe facing a water crisis over the next decades. A new study forecasts decreasing stream flows and ice volume in the Nepal Himalayas. Dire consequences are in store for power production, irrigation and food security. And that’s bound to have a huge impact on neighbouring countries as well. A joint study […]

Drought spreads liver-cancer causing fungus on crops in India

Drought spreads liver-cancer causing fungus on crops in India

Do you know that prolonged drought can cause cancer of the liver?  Aflatoxin, a liver cancer-causing agent produced by fungi, accumulates on crops like maize, sorghum, coffee and groundnut as a result of stress from prolonged droughts. Exposure to aflatoxin is responsible for 25,200—155,000 liver cancer cases worldwide, according to a UN study. Short-term high […]

Bio-diversity in focus on IBD

Bio-diversity in focus on IBD

There is a well-known Cree Indian Prophecy that says: “Only after the last tree has been cut down, only after the last river has been poisoned, only after the last fish has been caught, only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.” It’s interesting that one of the largest student movements in India, […]

Free Sauna service on Air India Delhi-Mumbai flight?

Free Sauna service on Air India Delhi-Mumbai  flight?

Would you believe that our National Carrier is handing out free Sauna services? Not so! But imagine sitting for two hours in summer without fans or air conditioning! Recently, some  300 passengers on Air India’s flight 317 from Delhi to Mumbai had a terrible aftertaste of Delhi’s sweltering heat. They were forced to undergo a […]

India to face Global Warming related epidemic?

India to face Global Warming related epidemic?

When more than 20,000 people in Central America died  over a 10-year span because of a ‘mystery disease’ , it caused a lot of concern in many  countries including India. All of those who died were young, their work involved hard labour and long hours in the sun. Now a group of doctors say that India  could be witnessing the  first […]

Elephant Menace riles locals in Assam

Elephant Menace riles locals in Assam

GUWAHATI: Tension prevailed in Goalpara district after locals blocked a highway on Saturday protesting against the Forest Department’s failure to control elephant attacks on villages that led to the death of three members of a family. Three members of a family — two women and a baby — were killed after a wild elephant raided […]