Tag Archives: Sustainability

Sustainability: Drought is Straining Society

When a 10 year old Dalit (traditionally oppressed section of the society) girl fell into a well while fetching water for her family all hell broke loose. The local community accused the more well off neighbours for putting up restrictions … Continue reading

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Clean Ganga: Where experts fail politics deliver

At times political showmanship does more to improve environment than mere expert opinions. Nowhere it’s more visible than in the efforts to clean river Ganga. Last year while campaigning in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar (two of the … Continue reading

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Sustainable city: Age of `urban dinosaurs’ must end

The human race is moving on a one way path towards urbanisation. Cities around the world are growing rapidly. Researchers, sociologists and futurologists are all unanimous in their prophecy that humans are evolving into an urban species. Town planners, architects … Continue reading

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Solar cooling can shave off our carbon footprint

A couple of years ago while visiting the solar energy centre in Gurgaon just outside Delhi I was pleasantly surprised to see the trial runs of a new technology being developed. It was solar refrigeration and cooling. The scientist, Dr … Continue reading

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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 -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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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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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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