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Urban green cover: Stable planning more important than plantation drives

The Indian central government yesterday (June 3, 2015) announced a massive tree plantation drive to combat climate change. The intent calls for celebration but if the content is anything to go by, the scheme is well on its way to … Continue reading

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Heatwave: Wake up!

A couple of days ago India’s leading English daily – The Times of India’s headline screamed that the country was in the grips of second deadliest heat wave. Overall it has claimed more than 2300 lives, mostly in the southern … Continue reading

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Sustainability: Dam(ned) if you do, Dam(ned) if you don’t!

India’s newly elected government has reopened a festering ecological debate by accepting to raise the height of Sardar Sarovar Dam by 17 metres. The dam built on picturesque and culturally rich Narmada River was witness to a globally well publicised … 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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India’s Solar Ambitions: Is laissez-fare policy the only way to achieve it?

While Indian media was rejoicing at the “new dawn” in Indian democracy, the Anti Dumping Authority in the country was priming itself to impose an anti dumping duty on the solar cells imported from the US, China, Taiwan and Malaysia. … Continue reading

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Sustainable energy security: India’s quixotic ambition and simple ways to manage it

Last year (2013), India’s petroleum minister M Veerappan Moily presented a grand vision for the country’s energy security. The peg of the entire plan was to achieve energy independence by 2030. Now every country and its leaders have a right … Continue reading

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Sustainable water usage: Agriculture & irrigation hold the key

Water the elixir of life is under stress. The world reserves of this precious resource are feeling the heat of humans thirst. The callous mismanagement has created an unnecessary and avoidable crisis. Globally even today 92 percent of the water … Continue reading

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