Category Archives: Sustainability

Himalayan Tsunami part 4: A matter of rehabilitation

This is the fourth of the five part series on the hill state of Uttarakhand that suffered massive flash floods on June 16, 2013. The tragedy left scores of dead. The body count varies from 780 to 10,000. Officially thousands … Continue reading

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Himalayan Tsunami part 3: Systems collapse, individuals shine

This is the third of the five part series on the hill state of Uttarakhand that suffered massive flash floods on June 16, 2013. The tragedy left scores of dead. The body count varies from 780 to 10,000. Officially thousands … Continue reading

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Himalayan Tsunami part -2: A disaster waiting to happen

This is the second of the five part series on the hill state of Uttarakhand that suffered massive flash floods on June 16, 2013. The tragedy left score of dead. The body count varies from 780 to 10,000. Officially thousands … Continue reading

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Himalayan Tsunami Part –1: A silent tragedy

This is the first of the five part series on the hill state of Uttarakhand that suffered massive flash floods on June 16, 2013. The tragedy left score of dead. The body count varies from 780 to 10,000. Officially thousands … Continue reading

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“Rurban” a concept for languid and benign urbanisation

The new government in India is planning to replicate an attempt made by the state government (Gujarat) from where the present prime minister has been chosen. The concept is called “Rurban” development. The philosophy behind the concept is to provide … Continue reading

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Environment Day: Humans have become too clever by half

This year World Environment Day has completed its 41 years of existence. During this time the awareness about environment has increased at least on papers. Academics have written reams and reams of research reports and media has been quick in … Continue reading

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Can Ganga be saved?

On June 8, this year, according to Hindu calendar (lunar calendar) the devotees will celebrate Ganga Dussehra – a festival that marks the descent of Ganga from Heaven to the Earth. Ancient Hindu texts and beliefs that they spawn, suggest … Continue reading

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Sustainable development: Debate over development versus conservation

In almost all the developing countries the society is torn between the twin challenges of eradicating poverty while maintaining environmental integrity. While the academics as well as the environmentalists insist that development should not be pursued at the cost of … Continue reading

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Sustainable water supply: Two divergent ancient paradigms

Almost two millennia ago the great city of Rome started feeling the pressure of rising demand of water due to ever increasing population. There wasn’t enough water to go around. The city’s burgeoning population had made Rome the first metropolis … Continue reading

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Declaring protected zones is not enough to save biodiversity

In 1992, the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro hosted the UN Conference on Environment and Development that the world now remembers as the “Earth Summit”. It was a successful event at a time when international relations were still reeling … Continue reading

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