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 […]

Heat hits Hops Harvest, brews Bad times for Beer !

Heat hits Hops Harvest, brews Bad times for Beer !

Beer drinkers of the world, you are in for some really tough times, this extraordinarily hot summer! Craft beer companies may be facing tough times after a dry, sweltering summer scourged much of Europe, reducing the continent’s hop harvest and driving up prices for the ever-important crop, which is one of the four main ingredients […]

Wildlife Spotting In North India

Wildlife Spotting In North India

There are many different Indian places to visit—each with its own sights, smells, flavors and tempos. This journey visits old colonial India, via the towns and villages built up over that period and the wildlife sanctuaries where live some of the exotic animals that India was so well known for during that time. Two of […]

India gets thirstier, but why no planning?

India gets thirstier, but why no planning?

It is a cruel summer, and India is staggering under a heat wave. North, East, South, West: all  parts of India have stories of thirst and drought. Be it Bihar or Jharkhand, Bengal or Orissa, everywhere you find news about heat wave and scarcity of water. Much of India is reeling under a scorching heat […]

Students vote for renewable energy

Students vote for renewable energy

PATNA: Politicians wake up! In your quest for power, remember that the people need power: the electric kind. Make ‘renewable energy’ an issue on your manifesto, say students from some 30 schools in Bihar. Reaching out to more than 50,000 people seeking their support for renewable energy, students and their parents have urged all the […]

Govt throttles Greenpeace India funding

Govt throttles Greenpeace India funding

No more greenbacks for Greenpeace India. Let’s say that the Modi government sees red whenever an NGO talks green.  The Central government cancelled a licence allowing Greenpeace India to receive donations from abroad, the environmental group says. In what Greenpeace calls “another attempt to silence criticism”, the Narendra Modi government cancelled the NGO’s FCRA papers, the […]