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Four years of sluggish implementation of emission norms by power generators leading to air pollution health crisis in Delhi, says Greenpeace

Four years of sluggish implementation of emission norms by power generators leading to air pollution health crisis in Delhi, says Greenpeace

State and private sector power plants are the worst when it comes to cleaning up their act to reduce pollution from power generation, central sector is not doing great too. New Delhi, December 5:  On November 2, due to unprecedented air quality, Health Emergency was declared in New Delhi. Much of the public narrative about pollution in Delhi and North[Read More…]

Global Health Crisis and Pesticides

Global Health Crisis and Pesticides

The UK-based Independent online newspaper recently published an article about a potential link between air pollution from vehicles and glaucoma. It stated that according to a new study air pollution is linked to the eye condition that causes blindness. The report explained that researchers had looked at vision tests carried out on more than 111,000 people across Britain between 2006[Read More…]

 ‘Debt’ laden power producers compromising with air pollution health threats

 ‘Debt’ laden power producers compromising with air pollution health threats

 Little less than 2% of the power plants comply with the emissions norms set by MoEFCC This year, on November 2, 2019, due to severe air pollution, a health emergency was declared in India’s capital, New Delhi. While much of the media’s attention remained focused on Delhi, major parts of North India, beyond the capital, also faced severe pollution menace.[Read More…]

Our Vanishing World: Wildlife

Our Vanishing World: Wildlife

Throughout its history, Earth has experienced five mass extinction events. See, for example, ‘Timeline Of Mass Extinction Events On Earth’. It is now experiencing the sixth.   The Ordovician-Silurian Extinction, which occurred about 439 million years ago, wiped out 86% of life on Earth at the time. Most scientists believe that this mass extinction was precipitated by glaciation and falling[Read More…]

Delhi’s air pollution woes require an out of the box solution

Delhi’s air pollution woes require an out of the box solution

Every October as the rains recede, Delhi prepares to choke on poisoned air which peaks for 3 months from around Deepawali. This year the Delhi Government even asked public for suggestions on how to cope with these recurrent foul air episodes, which was particularly bad this year. PM2.5 (particulate matter below 2.5 microns in diameter) concentrations, a good surrogate for[Read More…]

How citizens can become agents of environmental change? Scientists’ suggestion

How citizens can become agents of environmental change? Scientists’ suggestion

Citizens participating in preservation of environment are an important aspect of fighting decay of environment. Scientists have proposed (“Researchers explore how citizens can become agents of environmental change: A blueprint for how to educate people to maximize their impact.”) a blueprint for methods of educating people to maximize impact of people’s participation. By walking in the woods, rafting a river,[Read More…]

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Who’s Responsible For Poor Air Quality in Delhi?

Who’s Responsible For Poor Air Quality in Delhi?

Delhi’s choking is in the news every year during this period. This year, it broke all the ‘box office’ records of worst air quality. The Supreme Court ‘acted’ as a ‘concerned’ authority. It asked the Delhi and other related government to ‘stop’ ‘blame’ game. It has given some order and ‘decided’ that ‘enough’ is ‘enough’. Arvind Kejriwal blamed the Punjab[Read More…]

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Amazon Guardian Shot Dead By Loggers

An indigenous Amazon Guardian has been shot dead by loggers and another wounded after they were ambushed by loggers. Paulo Paulino Guajajara, known also as Kwahu Tenetehar, was shot in the neck and died in the forest. His colleague, Tainaky Tenetehar, was shot in the back and arm but escaped. The Amazon Guardians have been patrolling their territory in the[Read More…]

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Support the Struggle of the People of Gobindpur, Nuagaon and Dhinkia

Support the Struggle of the People of Gobindpur, Nuagaon and Dhinkia

We condemn the clandestine and illegal manner in which the Odisha government is facilitating the transfer of land acquired from the local betel vine growers and fisherfolk in Jagatsinghpur district to Jindal Steel Works. The alienation of agriculturally fertile land from the peasantry for the purpose of industry snatches away from them their perennial source of income and livelihood. The[Read More…]

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Scott Morrison’s Authoritarian Streak: Crushing Anti-Mining Protest in Australia

Scott Morrison’s Authoritarian Streak: Crushing Anti-Mining Protest in Australia

The Prime Minister of Australia is fuming.  Having made his mark on Australian politics by being the mining sector’s most avid defender, Scott Morrison was disturbed by the week’s events in Melbourne that saw clashes between police and protesters outside the sixth annual international mining and resources conference. It made sense for the protesters to kick up a fuss at[Read More…]

Our Vanishing World: Insects

Our Vanishing World: Insects

About 12,000 years ago, late stone age humans precipitated the neolithic (agricultural) revolution that marked the start of the steady rise to civilization. Coincidentally, this occurred at the same time as the beginning of what is now known as the Holocene Epoch, the geological epoch in which humans still live. However, since the industrial revolution commencing in about 1750, just[Read More…]

Agrochemical Apocalypse: Interview with Environmental Campaigner Dr Rosemary Mason 

Agrochemical Apocalypse: Interview with Environmental Campaigner Dr Rosemary Mason 

The renowned author and whistleblower Evaggelos Vallianatos describes British environmentalist and campaigner Dr Rosemary Mason as a “defender of the natural world and public health.” I first came across her work a few years ago. It was in the form of an open letter she had sent to an official about the devastating environmental and human health impacts of glyphosate-based weed[Read More…]

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Genetically Engineered Golden Rice: A Silver Bullet that Misses the Target   

Genetically Engineered Golden Rice: A Silver Bullet that Misses the Target   

Promoters of genetic modification (GM) in agriculture have long argued that genetically engineered Golden Rice is a practical way to provide poor farmers in remote areas with a subsistence crop capable of adding much-needed vitamin A to local diets. Vitamin A deficiency is a problem in many poor countries in the Global South and leaves millions at high risk for[Read More…]

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Australia Rejects  IMF Carbon Tax & Preventing  4 Million  Pollution Deaths By 2030

Australia Rejects  IMF Carbon Tax & Preventing  4 Million  Pollution Deaths By 2030

An International Monetary Fund  (IMF) report on climate change mitigation  advocates a Carbon Tax of $75 per ton of CO2 by 2030 that, if progressively implemented in the G20 countries alone, would prevent an estimated 4 million air pollution deaths by 2030. However the effective climate change denialist Coalition Government  of Australia, a G20 country that is  among world leaders[Read More…]

Bayer Shareholders: Put Health and Nature First and Stop Funding This Company!

Bayer Shareholders: Put Health and Nature First and Stop Funding This Company!

Campaigner and environmentalist Dr Rosemary Mason has just written an open letter to Bayer Crop Science shareholders and Chairman of the Board Werner Wenning. She has also sent them a 13,000-word report. Mason is appealing to shareholders to put human health and nature ahead of profit and to stop funding Bayer. In her report, she sets out why shareholders should[Read More…]

Need to Carry Forward the Aarey Struggle

Need to Carry Forward the Aarey Struggle

  A much bigger fight lies ahead for sensitive citizens after the brutal felling of over 2000 trees under cover of darkness in Aarey colony in Mumbai. The massacre was carried out for the Metro rail project on October 4 and 5. The Metro project may provide a fast ride when it finally comes up but this may be at[Read More…]

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Right Kind of Green: Agroecology

Right Kind of Green: Agroecology

The globalised industrial food system that transnational agri-food conglomerates promote is failing to feed the world. It is responsible for some of the planet’s most pressing political, social and environmental crises. Whether it involves the undermining or destruction of what were once largely self-sufficient agrarian economies in Africa or the devastating impacts of soy cultivation in Argentina, localised, traditional methods of food production have given way[Read More…]

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Post Puja, Environment and the Law

Post Puja, Environment and the Law

One of the greatest physicists that the world has ever witnessed was Sir Issac Newton. Many of us have a presumption that the theories established by this genius  are applicable only in the world of physics, but the truth is, his laws even have a major impact on the functioning of the society we reside on. Newton during his lifetime,established[Read More…]

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Gandhi’s Views on Environment And Modern Concept of Development

Gandhi’s Views on Environment And Modern Concept of Development

In Mahatma Gandhi’s lifetime climate change or threat to environment was not yet a perceived problem. Therefore it is no surprise that there is no explicit mention of it in Gandhi’s concerns. Yet his entire worldview was environment friendly. Protection of environment or non-destruction of nature was in-built in his philosophy. He expected his most ardent followers, especially the ones[Read More…]

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Pesticides in the Dock: Ecological Apocalypse but Business as Usual

Pesticides in the Dock: Ecological Apocalypse but Business as Usual

Much of the following article is based on a new 20-page report by environmentalist Dr Rosemary Mason. Readers are urged to access the full report containing all relevant citations here.    In a new paper published in King’s Law Journal –  ‘The Chemical Anthropocene: Glyphosate as a Case Study of Pesticide Exposures’ – the authors Alessandra Arcuri and Yogi Hale Hendlin state: “As[Read More…]

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The first wind turbines in Europe, built by Paul La Cour in Denmark, had traditional slatted wooden sails. Image: Paul La Cour Museum

What Is Energy Denial?

The fiftieth anniversary of the first Earth Day of 1970 will be in 2020.  As environmentalism has gone mainstream during that half a century, it has forgotten its early focus and shifted toward green capitalism.  Nowhere is this more apparent than abandonment of the slogan popular during the early Earth Days: “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” The unspoken phrase of today’s Earth[Read More…]

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How Indigenous Knowledge Systems can play a crucial role in environment protection and sustainable development (In Indian context)

How Indigenous Knowledge Systems can play a crucial role in environment protection and sustainable development (In Indian context)

Currently, India stands out at the Global Environment Performance Index due to an enhanced rate of air, water, and land pollution. The emergence of industrialization and urbanization brutally impact the environment around us. The loss of biodiversity due to such constant transformation has become a global concern. Around the world, people have initiated countless measures to promote alternatives to protect[Read More…]

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On Amazon Fires: It’s the Ecology Stupid

On Amazon Fires: It’s the Ecology Stupid

Global Ecological Sustainability depends critically upon ending the logging and burning of old forests and letting them recover, expand and reconnect “Each act of cutting and burning old trees diminishes and contributes to the pending collapse of the biosphere… The cutting and burning of old forests ends, as a prominent aspect of the coming Great Transition required for equitable and[Read More…]

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Poisoning of the Food Chain is Global but UK Officials Ignore Pesticides and Blame Alcohol and Biscuits for Rising Rates of Disease  

Poisoning of the Food Chain is Global but UK Officials Ignore Pesticides and Blame Alcohol and Biscuits for Rising Rates of Disease  

The information below and the quotes were taken from the 12-page report that accompanied Rosemary Mason’s recent open letter to the Chief Medical Officer to England, Sally Davies. It can be accessed here. Although the following focuses on the situation in the UK, the chemical onslaught on our food chain is global. For instance, researcher and policy expert Devinder Sharma,[Read More…]

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Ocean scientists and fishermen team up to document seal and fishing net interactions

We tend to feel that it’s only the sea creatures that suffer at the hands of fishermen, bulk fishing their food. But, when seals and other marine animals prey on fish caught in these fishermen’s net, we as lay people do not realise that it can be costly both economically and ecologically. It can reduce the amount of sell-able fish,[Read More…]

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Treadmill of Magic Seeds and Broken Promises: Dismantling the Myth of Bt Cotton Success in India

Treadmill of Magic Seeds and Broken Promises: Dismantling the Myth of Bt Cotton Success in India

Political posturing aligned with commercial interests means that truth is becoming a casualty in the debate about genetically modified (GM) crops in India. The industry narrative surrounding Bt cotton is that it has been a great success. The current Modi-led administration is parroting this claim and argues its success must be replicated by adopting a range of GM food crops,[Read More…]

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 Ravaging Fires in Amazon Rain Forest and who are the Culprits?       

 Ravaging Fires in Amazon Rain Forest and who are the Culprits?       

Fires are destroying  Amazon rain forest for the last three weeks with nearly 75,000 fires ravaging. According to Brazil’s National Institute of for  Space Research(INPE).  there has been a increase of 80 % fires compared to last summer.  Three football fields of land in the Brazilian Amazon are deforested every minute. This week, the intensity of fires is so high [Read More…]

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First ‘green village’ and its struggles

First ‘green village’ and its struggles

‘The soul of India lives in its villages’ Mahatma Gandhi While cosmopolitan cities and even many villages are being polluted increasingly, there are some villages which are resisting environmental pollution by the people living there. One such village is Khonoma in the North East of India. History Khonoma is Asia’s first green village in the hills of Nagaland. The village[Read More…]

Colombian natives and activists protested against the government of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro over the fires in the Amazon rainforest, in front of the Brazilian consulate in Bogota, Colombia, on August 23, 2019.(Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images)

The Amazon Is on Fire—Indigenous Rights Can Help Put It Out

Colonialism is setting the world on fire. Taking leadership from the people who have been resisting its violence for centuries, while protecting non-extractive ways of life, is our best hope of putting out the flames. It was an epic case of projection. Lashing out at the attacks on his Amazon-incinerating policies, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro accused French President Emmanuel Macron of having[Read More…]

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Amazonia in Flames – Brazil’s Bolsonaro is a World Criminal – Encouraging Jungle Burning for Private Exploitation of Freed Land

Amazonia in Flames – Brazil’s Bolsonaro is a World Criminal – Encouraging Jungle Burning for Private Exploitation of Freed Land

On 28 October 2018, Jair Bolsonaro was elected President of Brazil with 55.1% of the vote – and with a gigantic help from Cambridge Analytica. At the World Economic Forum (WEF) in January 2019 in Davos Switzerland, Bolsonaro made a sumptuous presentation, “We Are Building a New Brazil”. He outlined a program that put literally Brazil up for sale, and especially[Read More…]

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As New Fires Rage in Amazon, Global Calls for Urgent Action to Avert ‘Astronomical’ Impacts to ‘Life on Earth’

As New Fires Rage in Amazon, Global Calls for Urgent Action to Avert ‘Astronomical’ Impacts to ‘Life on Earth’

Pope Francis urges protection of “that lung of forests” and French President Macron says G7 nations pledged help at summit Brazil’s army on Sunday deployed aircraft to battle the raging fires in the Amazon as global concern and outrage over the potential consequences—and the destructive causes—of the disaster grow. The military operations involving C-130 aircraft to put out fires came after Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro triggered global[Read More…]

Boris Johnson, GMOs and Glyphosate: Irresponsible, Negligent and Criminal?

Boris Johnson, GMOs and Glyphosate: Irresponsible, Negligent and Criminal?

  In his first speech to parliament as British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson said: “Let’s start now to liberate the UK’s extraordinary bioscience sector from anti-genetic modification rules and let’s develop the blight-resistant crops that will feed the world.” Johnson reads from a well-rehearsed script. The ‘GM will feed the world mantra’ is pure industry spin. There is already enough[Read More…]

Wildfires rage throughout the Amazon rainforest

Wildfires rage throughout the Amazon rainforest

Satellite imagery reveals that at least a quarter of the Amazon rainforest is on fire or covered in soot and ash across the four Brazilian Amazonian states: Amazonas, Rondônia, Mato Grosso and Pará. A combination of dry summer heat exacerbated by climate change, planned burnings and expanded deforestation of the Amazon rainforest has sparked at least 9,507 new wildfires in[Read More…]

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Planet images showing Nova Bandeirantes in Mato Grosso, Brazil after a fire on Aug. 21, 2019. (Photo: courtesy of Planet Labs Inc.)

Views of Destruction: Satellite Images Reveal Devastating Amazon Fires in Almost Real-Time

High-resolution images from satellite company Planet are revealing glimpses of some of the fires currently devastating the Amazon rainforest. While many of the images currently being shared on social media and by news outlets are from past fires — some from as long as 15 years ago — satellites can provide a near real-time view of what’s unfolding in the Amazon. With[Read More…]

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Climate Crisis: Panic as 74,000 Amazon Wildfires Plunge Sao Paulo into Darkness, Can be Seen from Space

Climate Crisis: Panic as 74,000 Amazon Wildfires Plunge Sao Paulo into Darkness, Can be Seen from Space

Brazil’s big commercial hub, Sao Paulo, went dark on Wednesday afternoon. I’ve been to Sao Paulo in late August. It is bright. Accu-Weather quoted Brazilian meteorologist Josélia Pegorim from an O Globo interview: “The smoke didn’t come from fires in the state of Sao Paulo, but from very dense wildfires that have been happening for several days in Rondônia and Bolivia.” That[Read More…]

Leaked Documents Show Brazil’s Bolsonaro Has Grave Plans for Amazon Rainforest

Leaked Documents Show Brazil’s Bolsonaro Has Grave Plans for Amazon Rainforest

DemocraciaAbierta had access to PowerPoints from a meeting between members of the Bolsonaro government. The slides show that the current government intends to use the president’s hate speech to diminish the power of minorities living in the region and to implement predatory projects that could have a devastating environmental impact for the Amazon.  Leaked documents show that Jair Bolsonaro’s government[Read More…]

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Bolsonaro’s ‘Disastrous’ Policies on Amazon Led to Fires, Say Observers

Bolsonaro’s ‘Disastrous’ Policies on Amazon Led to Fires, Say Observers

The Amazon is burning and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is to blame. That’s the general consensus from observers and green groups who say the right-wing firebrand’s anti-environmental policies shoulder the lion’s share of the responsibility for thousands of fires across the rainforest, known as the world’s lungs The fires, as writer Wendi Muse pointed out on Twitter, aren’t spontaneous, but[Read More…]

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Coporate Loot And People’s Resistance In Niyamgiri

Coporate Loot And People’s Resistance In Niyamgiri

By CDRO AND GASS On August 18, a report titled “Corporate Loot and People’s Resistance in Niyamgiri” was released at the CDRO Convention on UAPA and other Draconian Law held in Jalandhar, Punjab. The report is an outcome of a joint fact-finding visit by a 16-member team from April 26-28, 2019 from All India Coordination of Democratic Rights Organization (CDRO)[Read More…]

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Offering Choice but Delivering Tyranny: The Corporate Capture of Agriculture

Offering Choice but Delivering Tyranny: The Corporate Capture of Agriculture

Many lobbyists talk a lot about critics of genetic engineering technology denying choice to farmers. They say that farmers should have access to a range of tools and technologies to maximise choice and options. At the same time, somewhat ironically, they decry organic agriculture and proven agroecological approaches, presumably because these practices have no need for the proprietary inputs of the[Read More…]

The Threat To Life From Ocean Microplastics

The Threat To Life From Ocean Microplastics

Co-Written by Meena Miriam Yust and Arshad Khan When Chelsea Rochman at the University of Toronto and colleagues began their study on medakas (small Japanese rice paddy fish), they did not expect to find what they did. They first soaked ground-up polyethylene in San Diego Bay for three months and then fed it to these fish along with a laboratory diet.  They[Read More…]

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They Fill the Land – What Filth!

They Fill the Land – What Filth!

The poem is based on a brief observational study done by my team and I on the Pirana landfill site in Ahmedabad. The poem is meant as a satirical take on the social and environmental repercussions of landfill sites, and our attempts to not acknowledge the same. It is intended not to preach, but provoke individuals to take cognizance of[Read More…]

Our Vanishing World: Rainforests

Our Vanishing World: Rainforests

Rainforests are a crucial feature of Earth’s biosphere. Apart from being critical to Earth’s climate and vital carbon sinks, the major player in Earth’s hydrological (water) cycle, a massive producer of oxygen and home to most of the world’s species, rainforests are the home of a large indigenous human population. They are also the source of many vital resources, including[Read More…]

Sabarmati: An effluent river

Sabarmati: An effluent river

Sabarmati is reminiscent of the times of Mahatma Gandhi who set up his Ashram on its banks. Today, the Sabarmati river reminds us of the ambitious riverfront project taken up by our Prime Minister, which resulted in a stretch of glistening yet stagnant water. The lesser noticed river stretch downstream is no more than a channel that carries sewage from[Read More…]

India’s Tryst with Destiny: Freedom Struggle from Exploitation and Degradation Is Global

India’s Tryst with Destiny: Freedom Struggle from Exploitation and Degradation Is Global

Today, we are in the grip of a globalised system of capitalism which drives narcissism, domination, ego, anthropocentrism, speciesism and plunder. A system that is using up oil, water and other resources much faster than they can ever be regenerated. We have poisoned the rivers and oceans, destroyed natural habitats, driven wildlife species to (the edge of) extinction and have altered[Read More…]

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Looming Water Crisis: But there is a way out

Looming Water Crisis: But there is a way out

Every year there is shortfall of rain in South India, Karnataka & Tamil Nadu which share Cauvery river water, go into crisis mode. The dispute is primarily because the total water demand exceeds the total water available in the Cauvery basin. Each year, with less water available and increasing demand, the demand-driven dispute becomes more fierce. Beyond Cauvery India, with[Read More…]

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India’s Solid Waste Management System

India’s Solid Waste Management System

A case in the backyard The city of Ahmedabad has grown to become one of the finest in country. The economic progress of the state has often been publicized across the country as something that other states should strive for. And it often feels so. The state has a remarkable growth strategy to boast of. It ranks high in terms[Read More…]

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Tribal rights movements in India

Tribal rights movements in India

The number of tribal movements across the country has surgedand the tribal people are starting to gain the confidence to raise their voice against getting exploited. The landmark judgments like Vedanta-Dongria Kondh verdict has given them this confidence. The tribal communities are strongly associated with their land, culture and ethnicity and most of their struggles happen against institutions which try[Read More…]

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Can Recycling Really Solve The Plastic Problem?

Can Recycling Really Solve The Plastic Problem?

Co-Written by Meena Miriam Yust and Arshad M. Khan The practice of recycling has everything to commend it:  On a finite planet, it conserves resources; it is meretricious allowing us, as it does, to pin a mental merit badge on our chests as we ready the assigned recycling bin once a week; and it is an activity that is all[Read More…]

Killing Amazon And The Indigenous Tribes

Killing Amazon And The Indigenous Tribes

On July 23, Emyra Wajapi, a leader of Wajapi indigenous tribe, was allegedly killed by the garmipeiros or the gold miners in Northern Brazil in the Amazon Forest. Three days later, around 50 garmipeiros invaded the 600,000-hectare Wajapi indigenous reserve in the state of Amapa. The garmipeiros were armed with automatic rifles and shotguns and they threatened the villagers. The[Read More…]

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Abode of the Gods

Abode of the Gods

(Himalaya is called the Abode of the Gods due to its serenity and spiritual ambiance. We should always make it a point to preserve the serenity of these mountains by keeping these clean) Himalaya has been popularly called the “Abode of the Gods”. Not only have the holy men been meditating in these cool and serene heights but there are[Read More…]

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In Praise of Honey Bees

In Praise of Honey Bees

I attended a honeybee gathering recently at a wild place in rural Sebastopol. During my nearly 30 years of organic farming here, I have usually had honeybee hives on my farm. The berries need their pollination. We two-footeds can learn much from the winged honeybees, especially during this time of international crises. Such bees can help us at this time,[Read More…]

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An old-school approach to the new-school problem of water shortage: The story of Rajendra Singh

An old-school approach to the new-school problem of water shortage: The story of Rajendra Singh

Google sustainability and the first few pages that pop up are all talking about cutting-edge technology in renewable energy, waste management, resource utilization and the likes. But what if sustainability did not always require that? The same question was asked by Rajendra Singh and a handful of villagers in Rajasthan in 1985. The result? 7 rivers which had been dry[Read More…]

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Poisoned for Profit: Whether in the UK or India, We Are Not the Agrochemical Industry’s Guinea Pigs

Poisoned for Profit: Whether in the UK or India, We Are Not the Agrochemical Industry’s Guinea Pigs

Environmentalist Dr Rosemary Mason has just written to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Chemicals Regulation Division (HSE) in the UK claiming that the glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup has poisoned her nature reserve in South Wales and is also poisoning people across the UK (she includes herself here, as she[Read More…]

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Remembering Ammini – A Valiant Feminine Voice For A Forest River

Remembering Ammini – A Valiant Feminine Voice For A Forest River

Ammini( Amminichechi to many) sat looking at the turbulent Athirapally falls through the meshed window of the teashop which has been the source of her livelihood for many years. A face withered by the turmoils of life, she came across as a woman bound to her convictions and life experiences. What made her strong was the lessons she learnt from[Read More…]

Amazon is being destroyed in Bolsonaro era

Amazon is being destroyed in Bolsonaro era

President Bolsonaro, a far-right leader presented himself as the opposite pole of the leftist Worker’s party during his election campaign. The Workers party assured the development of poor and disenfranchised people of Brazil. In the regime of Bolsonaro, the basic rights of aboriginal inhabitants are violated. He has triggered fears that rates of deforestation in the Amazon will expand. The[Read More…]

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River a reflection of us

River a reflection of us

It takes an entire mountain range to make a river. Hundreds and thousands of small rivulets merge together to make a river. I can’t help but take this as an analogy of a civilization where individuals come together and define it. What we do to our rivers in a way becomes reflection of who we are. Once you have seen[Read More…]

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Protecting the Natural Environment

Protecting the Natural Environment

(God gave us a beautiful world to live in. Instead of being grateful to Him and improving the beautiful land He bestowed on us, we are destroying it in every possible way! The Cambridge Dictionary has two definitions of the word Environment. As related to Nature, it says, “the air, water, and land in or on which people, animals, and plants live.” In relation to surroundings, it[Read More…]

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Plan To Start A Uranium Mine In Amrabad Tiger Reserve Must Be Resisted

Plan To Start A Uranium Mine In Amrabad Tiger Reserve Must Be Resisted

          The  Human Rights Forum demands that the Central government withdraw ongoing efforts to survey and explore the Amrabad Tiger Reserve located in the Nallamala forest of  Nagarkurnool district for establishing uranium deposits. We strongly urge the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh governments to reject the survey and exploration proposal and to state clearly and unambiguously that they are against any[Read More…]

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Food Scandals and Agrochemicals: Time to Put Public Need Ahead of Private Greed

Food Scandals and Agrochemicals: Time to Put Public Need Ahead of Private Greed

Mad cow disease is a fatal epidemic neurological syndrome created by the agricultural industry, farmers and food processors explains Rosemary Mason in her new fully referenced report on pesticides and mad cow disease (it can be read here).  In 1987, an epidemic of a fatal neurological disease in cows suddenly appeared in Britain. Cows became uncoordinated, staggered around, collapsed and[Read More…]

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Sandwiched in the Pirana landfill

Sandwiched in the Pirana landfill

The article is based on a brief observational study done by my team and me on the Pirana landfill site in Ahmedabad. The article is meant as a satirical take on the social and environmental repercussions of landfill sites, and our attempts to not acknowledge the same. It is intended not to preach, but provoke individuals to take cognizance of[Read More…]

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Corporate Gangster: Adani’s Pursuit of Scientists

Corporate Gangster: Adani’s Pursuit of Scientists

The Adani conglomerate should be best described as a bloated gangster, promising the earth even as it mines it.  Like other corporate thugs of such disposition, it will do things within, and if necessary outside, the regulatory framework it encounters.  Where necessary, it will libel detractors and bribe critics, speak of a fictional number of as yet non-existent jobs, and[Read More…]

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Changes in agricultural practices may free fifth of agricultural land

Changes in agricultural practices may free fifth of agricultural land

Making minor changes to how food is produced, supplied and consumed around the world could free up around a fifth of agricultural land, finds a new research. The study – “Transforming agricultural land use through marginal gains in the food system” (Global Environmental Change, 2019; 57: 101932 DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2019.101932) – by Peter Alexander, Anjali Reddy, Calum Brown, Roslyn C. Henry[Read More…]

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The looming extinction of the Vaquita porpoise

The looming extinction of the Vaquita porpoise

The World Heritage Committee on 3rd July 2019 in Baju, Azerbaijan, followed the IUCN’s advice to list Mexico’s Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California as a World Heritage site in danger. The site’s population of vaquitas – the world’s smallest and most endangered species of porpoise – has been decimated due to the illegal trade of marine[Read More…]

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The Slaughter of the Sacred Tree: A True Story

The Slaughter of the Sacred Tree: A True Story

They came in the season of white nights, when the sun never fully sets and so the night over Moscow is never truly black, but instead glows as if it were sheened in magnesium, or better yet, like a scaled salmon’s scale lessside.  They came early, before the sun, before blue took its turn, before the people of Lazo Street[Read More…]

The dying water bodies of Kashmir!

The dying water bodies of Kashmir!

(The land which was once the legendry Satisar may soon turn into a desert if we do not reclaim and protect our water bodies!) Last year in these columns the tragic state of our water bodies was described in detail with the hope that some concrete action would be initiated to save these. Unfortunately, nothing substantial has been achieved. Only[Read More…]

Closeup on mineral water green bottles in raw and lines

Is Bottled Water Safe to Drink, Everyday?

The next time you put your lips to a plastic bottle of “crystal-clear mountain spring water” think about Trump’s herculean efforts to dismantle federal agencies that protect health. More to the point, Trump’s innate distrust of science is already starting to impacthealth risks, e.g., according to Consumer Reports (“CR”)excessive levels of arsenic are found in some bottled water that should[Read More…]

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Again, whale slaughter, again Japan

Again, whale slaughter, again Japan

Japanese whalers returned to port Monday with their first catch after resuming commercial whaling for the first time in 31 years. Whaling and consuming whale meat is a long-cherished goal of traditionalists. They see whaling as largely a lost cause amid slowing demand for the meat and changing views on conservation. A fleet of five boats brought back two minke[Read More…]

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People’s Organisations in India Demand Implementation of Forest Rights Act

People’s Organisations in India Demand Implementation of Forest Rights Act

After detailed discussions among various people’s organisations, we the following organisations express our deep concern on the attempts of the Government to dilute and violate the Forest Rights Act 2006. We are extremely concerned about the dilution and violation of the Forest Rights Act through the notification on the Compensatory Afforestation Act, which seeks to dilute the purpose of Compensatory[Read More…]

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Activists demand implementation of Forest Rights Act and to Oppose Privatization and Commercialization of Forests

Activists demand implementation of Forest Rights Act and to Oppose Privatization and Commercialization of Forests

The All India Forest Front for Rights Struggles, a national forum comprising of adivasi organisations, NGOs and concerned individuals, met recently in Delhi to discuss the challenges adivasis , forest rights and bio diversity. There were more than 37 representatives from different parts of the country. The main focus of the meeting was on the following issues: The Forest Rights[Read More…]

The vanishing green belt of Kashmir !

The vanishing green belt of Kashmir !

(One of the main causes for drastic climate change in the valley has been the indiscriminate felling of trees and the conversion of agricultural land!) The most extensively used words these days are the “Climate Change”! The weather in most parts of the world has been behaving in a strange way. Some places are getting extremely hot while as in[Read More…]

‘Modified’: A Film About GMOs and the Corruption of the Food Supply for Profit

‘Modified’: A Film About GMOs and the Corruption of the Food Supply for Profit

Parts of the documentary Modified are spent at the kitchen table. But it’s not really a tale about wonderful recipes or the preparation of food. Ultimately, it’s a story of capitalism, money and power and how our most basic rights are being eroded by unscrupulous commercial interests. The film centres on its maker, Aube Giroux, who resides in Nova Scotia, Canada.[Read More…]

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Kalimantan devastation

In Indonesian Borneo: Humiliate Native People And Loot Their Land

Text and Photos: Andre Vltchek You will never read about it, but Dayak people, the “First Nation” of the enormous island of Borneo, are broken, robbed and brainwashed. “Unity in diversity” it says; the motto of Indonesia. But it could be argued that the opposite is true. There is very little unity, and less and less diversity, as the country[Read More…]

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Matters of Water: Dubious Approvals and the Adani Carmichael Mine

Matters of Water: Dubious Approvals and the Adani Carmichael Mine

“When a company wields such power that it can cause a Minister to rush an approval process, cut corners and make significant errors, it is cause for serious concern.” Kelly O’Shanassy, Australian Conservation Foundation, June 12, 2019 While the proposal is of a diminished monster, the travails over Adani’s efforts to open up the Galilee Basin in Queensland to mining[Read More…]

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Encouraging Illegal Planting of Bt Brinjal in India: Political Posturing, Displaying Contempt for the Wider Public Interest

Encouraging Illegal Planting of Bt Brinjal in India: Political Posturing, Displaying Contempt for the Wider Public Interest

In February 2010, the Indian government placed an indefinite moratorium on the commercial release of Bt brinjal. Prior to this decision, numerous independent scientific experts from India and abroad had pointed out safety concerns regarding Bt (insecticidal) brinjal based on data and reports in the biosafety dossier that Mahyco, the crop developer, had submitted to the regulators. The then Minister of[Read More…]

The Perilous Migration of Birds through Cities

The Perilous Migration of Birds through Cities

  How many birds flying into buildings die, Thinking the glass reflection is the sky. —   with a nod to Kansas poet Madeleine Aaron Bird migration is a wondrous and majestic phenomenon.  One may witness flocks of colorful songbirds sweeping the skies, geese gliding in a V-shape of beautiful symmetry, or a great hawk soaring above and diving for prey[Read More…]

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8 June: International Day of the Oceans

8 June: International Day of the Oceans

World Citizens Call for Renewed Efforts to Resolve Asian Maritime Delimitations Dispute      8 June has been designated by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Day of the Oceans to highlight the important role that the United Nations has played in creating the Law of the Sea Convention. Nevertheless there are maritime delimitation disputes that are currently dangerous and[Read More…]

From Glyphosate to Front Groups: Fraud, Deception and Toxic Tactics

From Glyphosate to Front Groups: Fraud, Deception and Toxic Tactics

Environmentalist Dr Rosemary Mason has just written to the Editor-in-Chief of the British Medical Journal and the British Medical Association Council Chairman, Chaand Nagpaul. Her purpose is to not only draw attention to the impact of biocides, not least that of glyphosate, on health and the environment but also to bring attention to the corruption that allows this to continue.[Read More…]

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A Nurtured Forest Farm

A Nurtured Forest Farm

Alleppey, a coastal district of Kerala, doesn’t have any natural forest land. Still, its sandy white soil and harsh environment didn’t stop Mrs. Devaki Amma Kollakal Thapovanam from cultivating her four-odd acres of property in Kandalloor (a small panchayat in the taluk ofKarthikapally) with greenery.When I visited Mrs. Devaki Amma’s patch of forest in 2013, I was amazed by the[Read More…]

Loktak: Rethinking human-nature interaction on this Environment Day

Loktak: Rethinking human-nature interaction on this Environment Day

 Since 1990, Manipur decided to celebrate Loktak Day under the motto of ‘Save Loktak Lake’. Loktak Lake which is one of the primary tourist attractions is consistently turning into a political discourse. It has become not only a dialogue of climate change, development, livelihood, tourism, but also of identity and struggle. This dialogue exploded into a singular event on November[Read More…]

India: Bt-brinjal – Targeting Farmers

India: Bt-brinjal – Targeting Farmers

Around last one month, Ishar Saini’s life has not been normal. He has been in limelight from the day activists group alleged chances of Bt-brinjal being grown on his farm. Samples were tested and have been found to be positive. Activists have mounted pressure over the government and local administration to check for Bt-brinjal in the state and ensure GM[Read More…]

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Ozone-Depleting CFCs Return

Ozone-Depleting CFCs Return

In August of 1987 the world came together after a panic-attack over ongoing depletion of atmospheric ozone, aka: The Ozone Hole.  Subsequently, global agreements to stop ozone depletion became the first ever “universally ratified treaties in UN history.” Theworld banned CFCs. Thereafter, an era of good feelings about ozone restoration swept the world community and 25 years afterwards Science News[Read More…]

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Purulia: Ravaging Ajodhya (or Ayodhya) Hills and Strangulating the Hill-Streams — A forty-years’ story accelerating towards fruition 

Purulia: Ravaging Ajodhya (or Ayodhya) Hills and Strangulating the Hill-Streams — A forty-years’ story accelerating towards fruition 

This article examines the following – the Early history of the Purulia Pumped Storage Projects that is/will-be devastating Ayodhya Hills ecosystem and society;The Faulty Environmental Impact Assessments and the Actual Devastating Impacts happened so far; the Alternative Technologies available and their possible loads; Some Conclusions including request to the students of GIS-RS, the Cultural and Historical Value of the Ayodhya[Read More…]

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Monsanto, Scientific Deception and Cancer

Monsanto, Scientific Deception and Cancer

Money may not be able to buy the purest love, but it can buy the best, life-ending cancer.  For Monsanto, giant of rule and misrule in matters of genetically modified crops, known for bullying practices towards farmers, things have not been so rosy of late.  Ever the self-promoter of saving the world an agricultural headache (biotech crops being the earth’s[Read More…]

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 Water Crisis, Global Avoidable Mortality Holocaust, Water Apartheid, Global Warming & Mina Guli

 Water Crisis, Global Avoidable Mortality Holocaust, Water Apartheid, Global Warming & Mina Guli

The world faces a worsening global water crisis that is compounded by remorselessly increasing  carbon pollution, population, and  economic output.  For the 5.0 billion people of the impoverished global South (the Developing World minus China) the worsening water crisis is a present reality. However endless growth in a carbon economy means that all 7.6 billion of Humanity are threatened. Dire[Read More…]

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Lake Waits For People To Wake

Lake Waits For People To Wake

A rare, hybrid environmental campaign is underway to save a great lake – in fact, a Great Lake – Erie.   That grand body of water, declared dead in the late 1960’s experienced a textbook turnaround by the mid-80’s, but is once again in critical condition every summer. Just as citizens of a previous generation finally held polluters accountable, they’re beginning[Read More…]

One million species face extinction, world is on notice, says major UN report

One million species face extinction, world is on notice, says major UN report

Nearly one million species risk becoming extinct within decades while current efforts to conserve the earth’s resources will likely fail if radical action is not taken, says a major UN report on the impact of humans on nature. Speaking in Paris at the launch of the 2019 Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services – the first such report[Read More…]

Silent Spring’s Encore

Silent Spring’s Encore

Rachel Carson’s famous and brilliant book Silent Spring (1962), which single-handedly ignited the environmental movement, has never been more relevant than it is today. A mimeo of Silent Spring is scheduled for publication by the UN, as the most comprehensive study of life on the planet ever undertaken, an 1,800-page study by the world’s leading scientists that spells out in[Read More…]

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A Matter of Independence: Equinor and Drilling the Great Australian Bight

A Matter of Independence: Equinor and Drilling the Great Australian Bight

Such companies advertise themselves as slick and professional, the best in the business, all things to men, women and everyone in between. They insist that we can all have that vast cake of wealth and eat it too.  Equinor, a Norwegian multinational beast of an energy company with its headquarters in Stavanger, has been doing much in the way of[Read More…]

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Bavarians Vote to Stop Extinction | Robert Hunziker

Bavarians Vote to Stop Extinction | Robert Hunziker

The world is in the throes of an extinction crisis unlike any throughout paleoclimate history, aka: the Sixth Mass Extinction, keeping in mind that the normal “background rate” for extinction is 1-to-5 species gone per year. But, what if it’s five (5) every 24 hours? Answer: It’s a lot more than that. The current worldwide extinction rate is more than[Read More…]

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The Narrative Roadblock to Forest Rights Act | Vaishnavi Rathore

The Narrative Roadblock to Forest Rights Act | Vaishnavi Rathore

The Supreme Court order of February 13, 2019 on the forced eviction of more than 1,000,000 forest-dwelling households from forestlands across 16 states, once again brought to the fore the sharp ideological divide around the politics of ‘forest’ land ownership. Articulations by the ‘conservation’ lobby in support of the order also exposed the deep misconceptions and factual misunderstanding of the[Read More…]

Fact- finding visit to Niyamgiri – Lanjigada area by CDRO and GASS

Fact- finding visit to Niyamgiri – Lanjigada area by CDRO and GASS

A 16-member fact-finding team of All India Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisation (CDRO) and GanatantrikAdhikar Suraksha Sangathan, Odisha (GASS) had been to Niyamgiri area and Vedanta Plant site, Lanjigada and spent three days from 26th to 28th April, 2019 there. All members got divided into two teams. One team visited various villages of Niyamgiri like Lakpadar, Belang Mandal and Dangamati[Read More…]

Inescapable $200-250 Trillion Global Carbon Debt Increasing By $16 Trillion Annually | Gideon Polya

Inescapable $200-250 Trillion Global Carbon Debt Increasing By $16 Trillion Annually | Gideon Polya

Carbon Debt is simply the damage-related cost of greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution that if not addressed now will inescapably have to be paid by future generations. However GHG emissions continue to rise inexorably and there is no global program to draw down CO2 and other GHGs from the atmosphere. While young people are now vociferously demanding massive climate action, inescapable[Read More…]

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 While The River Ganga And Some Saints Die Quietly | Sandeep Banerjee

 While The River Ganga And Some Saints Die Quietly | Sandeep Banerjee

Atmabodhananda (left) at Matri Sadan Ahsrama[1] Haridwar, 26-04-19 Photo courtesy – Whatsapp Group নদী বাঁচাও জীবন বাঁচাও (nodi banchao jibon banchao)[2] It was afternoon of 25-April. Director of National Clean Ganga Mission Mr Rajiv Ranjan Mishra and Executive Director (Projects) Mr G Ashoke Kumar rushed to Matri Sadan Ashrama at noon and talked with Atmabodhananda. They assured that within a[Read More…]

Kashmir’s Wetlands Turning Dry | Sheikh Umar Ahmad

Kashmir’s Wetlands Turning Dry | Sheikh Umar Ahmad

Growing encroachments, pollution & Lackadaisical approach of state authorities damage the wetlands Kashmir is God gifted with immense natural resources that give it a paradise personification on earth. Being geographically small and fragile ecosystem, it balances its eco-stability through natural endowments it holds. Of late, Kashmir is marred by political & geo instability that had put its ecology at the[Read More…]

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Earth Day Musings For Santhivanam

Earth Day Musings For Santhivanam

Today  is April 22..we, a group of children are sitting in a room after a sultry morning with rain clouds in the skies and a silence in the air. We are discussing the theme of this year’s Earth day which is PROTECT OUR SPECIES. This theme means to draw attention to the rapid rate of extinction of living beings- plants,[Read More…]

Arshad M. Khan – Do The Harmless Pangolins Have To Become Extinct?

Arshad M. Khan – Do The Harmless Pangolins Have To Become Extinct?

The pangolin is a timid little creature going about its nocturnal ways, slurping up ants and termites with a tongue longer than its body. It has no teeth. Its defense when threatened is to roll up into a ball shielded by its scales — an armor plating that is the cause of its woes. Ranging in size from 3 to[Read More…]

Anitha.S- Protecting Santhivanam

Anitha.S- Protecting Santhivanam

Dear Sisters, As the golden light of dusk falls and the roosting cries of birds eager to settle in the branches of trees all around reaches a crescendo, ,the harsh and piercing sound of the piling engines and cutters also slows down…..but I know it will start all over again tomorrow morning waking the birds, the mongooses, the tiny butterflies[Read More…]

A bubblegum coral (Paragorgia spp.) similar to, but distinct from, the new species identified in Lydonia Canyon. (Photo by Ivan Agerton, OceanX)

New Species of Deep-Sea Corals Discovered in US Atlantic Marine Monument

All we have been reading about of late are that coral reefs are dying around the world. Damaging activities by man include coral mining, pollution (organic and non-organic), overfishing, blast fishing, the digging of canals and access into islands and bays. Other dangers include disease, destructive fishing practices and warming oceans due to climate change. Infact in 2016 and 2017,[Read More…]

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Rahul Gandhi (C), President of India's main opposition Congress party, his mother and leader of the party Sonia Gandhi and India's former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (R) display copies of their party's election manifesto for the April/May general election in New Delhi, India, April 2, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Political Manifestos Neglect Out Environment

  None of the political party manifesto’s mention the most important factor on which we are dependent for our existence. Our environment! The environment,unquestionably, is the most important factor of our lives. Our lives really do depend on our environment. Yet our political parties do not mention anything about how to sustain and preserve our bio-diversity, or, even how to[Read More…]

From This Wounded Forest: A Dispatch

From This Wounded Forest: A Dispatch

I am witness to the murder of forests. To be silent in the face of this is unconscionable. I am witness to the birth of forests. To be silent in the face of this is unconscionable. I am witness to… nay… I’m beholden to…. nay…. I’m alive and breathing and who I am because of the work of forests. To be silent in the face[Read More…]

 Dangerous Plastics Are a Threat to Us and Future Generations: Why a Legally Binding Treaty Cannot Be Postponed

 Dangerous Plastics Are a Threat to Us and Future Generations: Why a Legally Binding Treaty Cannot Be Postponed

Every day people make decisions about what to eat, sometimes opting for colorful fruits and veggies, sometimes finding the smell of bacon irresistible.  At the end of the day people are controlling their own health.  What is remarkable though, is the possibility that something one swallows today could have a lasting effect on future offspring – children, grandchildren, great grandchildren. [Read More…]

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The Poisoning of Water in the Sukinda Region

The Poisoning of Water in the Sukinda Region

How Green Was My Valley II The Sukinda valley in the Jajpur district of Odisha is a treasure house of mineral resources.  On the one side of the valley, one finds the replica of the industrialized advancement of the Western world at Kalinganagar; while on the other side a contrasting situation stares you at Nagada. This contrasting sight perplexes the[Read More…]

Night Parrot Confections: The Dangers of Discovering the Elusive

Night Parrot Confections: The Dangers of Discovering the Elusive

Discoveries of natural flora, fauna and phenomena are not necessarily straightforward things.  The discoverer may wish to conceal the source.  The discoverer may also have various motivations.  In certain grave instances, the entire claim might be fabricated.  Piltdown Man, discovered in a gravel pit in England in 1912 by amateur archaeologist Charles Dawson, was celebrated as an ancestral link to[Read More…]

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Burn Me Not: A Letter From Earth

Burn Me Not: A Letter From Earth

Dear all, It was only a few months back  (August 2018) that I wrote to you all, soaked and wet after the scary and devastating floods that wrecked havoc on this tiny piece of land known for its forested hills, rivers, waterways and long coastline. Now I write this burning and hot, dry and life less after the fires that[Read More…]

Chromite Mining in Sukinda Valley in Odisha

Chromite Mining in Sukinda Valley in Odisha

How Green Was My Valley – Part I Co-Written by Ranjana Padhi & Lambodar Mohanto An overview of chromite mining in Sukinda valley in Odisha It is no mere exaggeration to say that almost the entire of chromite resources in the country is located in Odisha. The major share of chromite deposits (98.6%) associated with ultramafic[i] complexes are in Sukinda[Read More…]

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Water Is Life – They Are Stealing Our Livelihood and We Aren’t Even Noticing

Water Is Life – They Are Stealing Our Livelihood and We Aren’t Even Noticing

This article was first published on World Water Day, 22 March 2018. Author’s Update, March 24, 2019: Today is World Water Day 2019 – and the situation has become much worse. Today, Jair Bolsonaro, is Brazil’s President, pushed in by Washington, a fascist with no respect for human life, as long as it is not his own, or that of his cronies,[Read More…]

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Holi celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Let us unite at Holi to slay the evil of air pollution

Holi celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Let us unite at Holi to slay the evil of air pollution

Co-Written by Amita Basu and Shilpi Bhardwaj        One of the countless Holika pyres dotting the Allahabad cityscape before Holi Amid growing environmental awareness, government has recently targeted Diwali fireworks. Laws on manufacture, sale and hours of use have been passed, altered, flouted and forgotten. But public awareness is growing: pockets of concerned young people are boycotting fireworks and[Read More…]

New Environmental Studies Raise Alarms

New Environmental Studies Raise Alarms

   New environmental research continues to alarm as three studies published within the past week amply demonstrate. Danish scientists report a significant increase in winter rain over Greenland.  The rain-induced melt refreezes forming a dark crusty layer which acts as a greater heat absorber than white fresh snow.  After decades of more frequent winter rain, the snow-pack contains many such[Read More…]

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Foot March From Delhi To Haridwar In Support of Sadhus Fasting for Conservation of Ganga

Foot March From Delhi To Haridwar In Support of Sadhus Fasting for Conservation of Ganga

Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand who earlier served as Professor at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and was the first member-secretary of Central Pollution Control Board began a fast unto death on 22 June, 2018 demanding a law for conservation of Ganga. After 112 days of fasting he died at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh because of alleged cardiac[Read More…]

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Yala 2019

Yala 2019

It is 5.30 am. We have just finished Subh (Fajr as it is called in Sri Lanka and most Shafi countries including Kerala). And he walks in. The human conducting tower. His hair has the benefit of what I believe must be at least half a tube of gel, jet black, thick and all standing on end pointing in more[Read More…]

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 An Indian Icon: The Great Indian Bustard

The Great Indian Bustard (Ardeotis nigriceps)  is a magnificent  ground bird with a height of about one metre. It is unmistakable, as it sports a black cap of feathers which contrast with a pale head and neck. The entire body is a tan colour, with a black patch which is spotted with white. The Great Indian Bustard according to the[Read More…]

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Conservationists Speak Out Against Evictions, Say The Supreme Court Order Is Not Pro-Wildlife and Not Pro-Conservation

Conservationists Speak Out Against Evictions, Say The Supreme Court Order Is Not Pro-Wildlife and Not Pro-Conservation

STATEMENT FROM CONSERVATIONISTS ON SUPREME COURT ORDER As conservationists and environmentalists, we are dismayed by the Supreme Court’s order of February 13th, 2019 to evict claimants under the Forest Rights Act whose claims have been rejected. This order came in a case filed by (among others) a group of wildlife organisations. We do not regard this order as pro-conservation. On the[Read More…]

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The Showbiz of Conservation: PETA, Google and Steve Irwin

The Showbiz of Conservation: PETA, Google and Steve Irwin

The world of conservation has thrown up various voices of tenacity.  There was Aldo Leopold, a vital figure behind establishing the first wilderness area of the United States when he convinced the Forest Service to protect some five hundred thousand acres of New Mexico’s Gila National Forest.  There was Robert Marshall, the founder of The Wilderness Society.  There was Rachel[Read More…]

Karnataka High Court quashes Enforcement Directorate’s order of freezing Greenpeace India’s bank accounts  

Karnataka High Court quashes Enforcement Directorate’s order of freezing Greenpeace India’s bank accounts  

Bangalore Feb 22: The Karnataka High Court has quashed the freezing of accounts of Greenpeace India by the Enforcement Directorate, holding the order of freezing to be null and void. Funding to the environmental watchdog from thousands of Indian citizens had been blocked following an unlawful raid by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) at their Bangalore office in October 2018, but[Read More…]

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Defend the Sacred Alaska—Arctic Refuge rally, Fairbanks, Alaska on March 7, 2018. (Photo: Pamela A. Miller)

Arctic Refuge Protectors: An Open Letter from Teachers and Scholars

Signed by Rosemary Ahtuangaruak, Subhankar Banerjee, Finis Dunaway & Norma Kassi Fossil fuel development in the Coastal Plain would devastate an Arctic nursery of global significance. It would violate human rights, jeopardize food security, and threaten the health and safety of Indigenous communities. It would contribute to the escalating crises of climate change and biological annihilation. Signatories’ Note: We are inviting[Read More…]

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Extinction of Insects: A planetary distress call

Extinction of Insects: A planetary distress call

Insects are facing extinction all over the world, at a rate that bodes disastrous ecological collapse, reports the first global scientific review published in the journal Biological Conservation. (FranciscoSánchez-Bayo, Kris A.G.Wyckhuys, Worldwide decline of the entomofauna: A review of its drivers, Biological Conservation, Vol. 232, Apr. 2019) More than 40% insect species are threatened with extinction and a third are[Read More…]

Now A Young Ascetic From Kerala Stakes His Life For Ganga

Now A Young Ascetic From Kerala Stakes His Life For Ganga

Professor G.D. Agrawal, formerly of Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and known as Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand since 2011, died on 11 October, 2018 on the 112th day of his fast, demanding a law for conservation of river Ganga, at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh. 40 years old Sant Gopal Das inspired by Professor Agrawal also sat on[Read More…]

Connecting to Nature is a Matter of Environmental Justice

Connecting to Nature is a Matter of Environmental Justice

The environmental crisis is fundamentally a racist crisis; it is also classist crisis, a sexist crisis, and a crisis of capitalism. Environmental activism is meaningless if it does not grapple with issues of injustice and expose the links between environmental devastation, colonial history, and the exploitative relationships of the North and the South. But does this mean that campaigns focused on our[Read More…]

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Kaye Moss, director of Greenpeace Rocky Mountains, 1976-1980, at the Rocky Flats rally with her two children, Michael and Erika.
Rocky Flats, Colorado, nuclear trigger factory.

Human Beings are Destroying Life on Earth but Deluding Ourselves that We are Not

It is easy to identify the ongoing and endless violence being inflicted on life on Earth. This ranges from the vast multiplicity of assaults inflicted on our children and the biosphere to the endless wars and other military violence as well as the grotesque exploitation of many peoples living in Africa, Asia and Central/South America. But for a (very incomplete)[Read More…]

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Angry Residents of Okhla stop Public hearing on expansion of existing waste based thermal power plant of Jindal’s company

Angry Residents of Okhla stop Public hearing on expansion of existing waste based thermal power plant of Jindal’s company

Jindal’s thermal power plant poses threat present &  future generation of residents Okhla enveloped in a toxic gas chamber as a consequence of use of such hazardous incinerator technology by teh company Crtique of the Public Hearing and Draft Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) sent to DPCC The attached letter signed by the people who came for the protest against illegal[Read More…]

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Old Mother Forest

To survive the holocaust of planetary proportions that is upon us, one must defend her or get out of the way. I live across a small stream from an ancient rainforest in Wayanad, Kerala. It has a constancy that’s baffling, appearing more or less the same to me, for all the years I’ve been here. The forest sustains. As do[Read More…]

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Live Human Fences

Live Human Fences

A month after 1000s walked the roads of the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram in a SORROWFUL MARCH to express their dissent about the upcoming Waste to Energy plant near their homes at Peringamala, Kerala saw 3 more rallying together of people for just and relevant causes. The Kandankali paddy land near Payannur has been in the heat of debate as[Read More…]

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The Hand that Won’t Sign the Paper: Adani’s Stalling Project

The Hand that Won’t Sign the Paper: Adani’s Stalling Project

It should be a sign for this Indian giant, a company that has done much to illustrate the ethical and moral bankruptcy in Australia’s political classes.  Despite support stretching from Canberra to rural Queensland, lifted by the fantasy of job creation,Adani is yet to dig the earth of what would have been one of the largest mining complexes on the[Read More…]

Problem of ‘ e- waste’ management

Problem of ‘ e- waste’ management

Use of electronic materials has increased over the years and waste emanating from disbanding of the equipment is rising rapidly particularly in cities and towns. The city of Moradabad in U. P.( Located on the banks of Ramganga, a tributary of Ganga) is the largest e- waste hub in the country. The city air quality index had peaked at 500[Read More…]

The GMO Issue Reaches Boiling Point in India: Interview with Aruna Rodrigues

The GMO Issue Reaches Boiling Point in India: Interview with Aruna Rodrigues

In a recent article published on the India-based News18 site (CNN), prominent US biologist Nina Federoff was reported as saying it is time for India to grant farmers access to genetically modified (GM) crops. In an interview with the site, she says there is no evidence that GM crops are dangerous when consumed either by people in food or by animals in feed. Federoff says that the commercial[Read More…]

 A Planet in Loss Mode

 A Planet in Loss Mode

If you’ve been paying attention to what’s happening to the nonhuman life forms with which we share this planet, you’ve likely heard the term “the Sixth Extinction.” If not, look it up.  After all, a superb environmental reporter, Elizabeth Kolbert, has already gotten a Pulitzer Prize for writing a book with that title. Whether the sixth mass species extinction of Earth’s history[Read More…]

Where Is Sant Gopal Das? It Is Government’s Responsibility To Trace Him

Where Is Sant Gopal Das? It Is Government’s Responsibility To Trace Him

We are shocked that fasting for the cause of conservation and preservation of Ganga-Himalayan basin since 24th of June, 2018, Sant Gopal Das ji has disappeared from AIIMS, hospital, New Delhi under mysterious circumstances and is missing since 4th of December. The government never tried to have a conversation with the saint in the last 171 days of his fasting[Read More…]

Sad May Be, But Determined

Sad May Be, But Determined

The 10  year old walked bold and fast along the main roads of Thiruvananthapuram. She had no fears as her mother held her hand and she could see her father and grandparents close by. The green leaves of the trees that gave shade on that hot afternoon seemed to be waving at her. For she was part of the SORROWFUL[Read More…]

Himalayan Villages Saving Endangered  Herbal Treasures

Himalayan Villages Saving Endangered  Herbal Treasures

Co-Written By Siddhartha Negi and Ashish Kumar Singh Country’s last Himalayan Villages of India painstakingly save endangered national herbal treasures with Promising multi-fold in farm income. They remain yet in anticipation of vital government Support. With high aspirations these villages celebrated Kutki (an Endangered Herb) Mahotsav with Chief Minister, Uttarakhand State & Ayush Minister, Govt. Of India. They aspire strengthened[Read More…]

Rally For Right To A Way Of Life

Rally For Right To A Way Of Life

The sleepy, cool village of Peringamala nestled in the biodiversity rich hills of Southern Western Ghats woke upon 3rd December morning to the slogans and songs that brought together the villagers all set for a walk to the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram. They were united by the urgent need to raise their protest and concern about the upcoming Waste to[Read More…]

M.S. Swaminathan

Father of Green Revolution in India Rejects GM Crops

Genetically modified (GM) cotton in India is a failure. India should reject GM mustard. And like the Green Revolution, GM agriculture poses risks and is unsustainable. Regulatory bodies are dogged by incompetency and conflicts of interest. GM crops should therefore be banned. You may have heard much of this before. But what is different this time is that the claims[Read More…]

The Reality

The Reality

  Over the past more than ten years I have wandered around almost every tiger sanctuary in India from Kaziranga and Manas in Assam to Idukki in Kerala. I lived in the middle of the Anamallais for seven years. In my childhood and youth in the 1960’s and 70’s, I spent every summer and winter holiday with my dear friend[Read More…]

The Twins

The Twins

They are perhaps eighteen months old, bigger than the biggest leopard, yet vulnerable and in danger, when apart from their mother. Their mother, Ranthambore’s T-19 Krishna, like all tiger mothers, knows that raising young is a full-time job and Alexa can’t do it. Tiger cubs are born blind, the size of a house cat, totally helpless in every way. Krishna[Read More…]

Kumbha

Kumbha

He had killed a sambhar stag the previous night. Sambar are plagued by horseflies and their defence against them is to roll in the mud which when it dries off, makes a very effective shield against the biting insects. This part of the forest, in Ranthambore, has a river flowing over a very rocky bed. Flowing is what it does[Read More…]

Forceful land acquisition and government brutalities  define Jharkhand’s Adani power-plant project

Forceful land acquisition and government brutalities  define Jharkhand’s Adani power-plant project

With much fanfare, Jharkhand government signed an MoU with Adani groups in 2016 to setup a powerplant in Godda district. A recent fact-finding visit of members of Jharkhand Janadhikar Mahasabha, an umbrella network of more than 30 people’s organisations, found that this project has gathered several accolades in the last two years – forceful acquisition of land, severe violation of[Read More…]

Mercury, the other geologically persistent planetary poison

Mercury, the other geologically persistent planetary poison

The thing that really gets me in the gut about global warming from fossil fuel combustion is how long it will last. Carbon mined from the deep Earth and injected into the “fast carbon cycle” of the atmosphere, ocean, and land surface will continue to affect atmospheric CO2 concentrations, and climate, for hundreds of thousands of years into the future, unless we clean[Read More…]

New Delhi: Traffic policemen wear masks to protect themselves from heavy smog and air pollution while manning the traffic, in New Delhi on Wednesday. The smog and air pollution continue to be above the severe levels in Delhi NCR on Tuesday. PTI Photo by Kamal Kishore(PTI11_8_2017_000037B)

Stubble Burning and Neo-liberal absurdity

Mandeep, 23, completed his graduation in political science from Punjab University in 2015 before he became regular assistant to his farmer father. His father Murari Choudhary owns 10 acre of land in Jogipur village in Patiala district, of which around 6 acres were occupied with wheat. His son, an active worker of SOI (Student Organisation of India), student wing of[Read More…]

Elephant deaths can be prevented

Elephant deaths can be prevented

Elephant deaths due to electrocution, running over by trains (accidents) and killing by people is due to human- animal conflict and could be tackled. Considerable work was done at IIIT Allahabad. It is possible to detect and identify the animal crossing an imaginary sensor line. If the animal is near human habitation, human beings get warning and are advised to[Read More…]

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Death of Prof. Guru Das Agrawal: A State Sponsored Killing

Death of Prof. Guru Das Agrawal: A State Sponsored Killing

Co-Written by Sandeep Pandey, Lubna Sarwath and Gurumoorthy M. Whether it was a slightly high dose of Potassium at the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences at Rishikesh which ultimately caused cardiac arrest or deliberate neglect by the government over 112 days of fast-unto-death to demand a law for conservation of Ganga by Professor Guru Das Agrawal turned Swami Sanand,[Read More…]

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Man-elephant conflict on rise in Udalguri district of Assam

Man-elephant conflict on rise in Udalguri district of Assam

The continuing man-elephant conflict has taken a serious turn in Udalguri district in the present month of October causing deaths of one wild elephant and four human beings.In yet another death one Alfash Orang(30) was trampled by wild jumbo while he was on way to work in 13 No. Line area of Bhutiachang Tea garden under Paneri PS in Udalguri[Read More…]

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How Genetics and Pollution Are Threatening Wild Dolphins

How Genetics and Pollution Are Threatening Wild Dolphins

  Dolphins are beautiful, highly intelligent and uncannily human in their interactions. Yet, they also have a language we humans cannot fully hear, and a culture that is in some ways similar to our own, and in others, a complete mystery. Like us, they have circles of friends and acquaintances, with different greetings for different individuals, as if by name.[Read More…]

Guru Das Agrawal: Sacrifice At The Altar Of Development

Guru Das Agrawal: Sacrifice At The Altar Of Development

Co-Written by Medha Patkar and Sandeep Pandey The legendary Professor Guru Das Agrawal, who got promoted from a Lecturer directly to Professor at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur after having finished his Ph.D. from University of California at Berkeley in two years and laid the foundation of India’s anti-pollution regimen as the first Member-Secretary of Central Pollution[Read More…]

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Climate-Driven ‘Bugpocalypse’

When a scientist who studies the essential role insects play in the health of the ecosystem calls a new study on the dramatic decline of bug populations around the world “one of the most disturbing articles” he’s ever read, it’s time for the world to pay attention. The article in question is a report published Monday in the Proceedings of the National[Read More…]

Crore-Acre Magani in Telangana :  Irrigation project  that is too costly, unsustainable, and adding to environmental burden

Crore-Acre Magani in Telangana :  Irrigation project  that is too costly, unsustainable, and adding to environmental burden

 Koti ekarala magani , in Telugu,  means  One Crore-Acre wetlands. In Telangana, it  has been a popular slogan in the irrigation sector. It has been embroiled in political controversy, the ruling TRS party bent on it, and several other parties opposing it.  An objective, neutral evaluation is attempted here. For the above goal to be realized , from Kaleswaram to[Read More…]

From GM Potatoes To Glyphosate: Regulatory Delinquency And Toxic Agriculture

From GM Potatoes To Glyphosate: Regulatory Delinquency And Toxic Agriculture

Food and environment campaigner Dr Rosemary Mason has just produced the report ‘Shockingly high levels of weedkiller found in popular breakfast cereals marketed for British children’. In this 68-page document, she draws from new research in the UK that mirrors findings from the US about the dangerous levels of glyphosate found in food, especially products aimed at children (glyphosate is[Read More…]

Ganga flows ….with ‘ blood’ …?

Ganga flows ….with ‘ blood’ …?

  ‘ Naitikta nasht hui … Manavta bhrasht hui Nirlajya bhav se behti ho kyon …’ ( Morality is destroyed … Humanity has been corrupted Why do you flow in this shameless way?) From ‘ Ganga behti hai kyon’ by Pundit Narendra Sharma and lyrics rendered by Bhupen Hazarika One of the present government’s prime mission was cleaning Ganga. It[Read More…]

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Toward a Socialist Land Ethic: the Foundation of an Ecosocialist Future

Toward a Socialist Land Ethic: the Foundation of an Ecosocialist Future

There will be no future on a dead planet, socialist or otherwise. If the left is to seize power and bring our planet into the rational egalitarian age we envision, we will need to simultaneously tackle a host of environmental crises. Failure to do so will mean that our project is doomed from the onset. Even the most firmly grounded[Read More…]

Nervous now, future worse: pronghorn antelope at the edge of a growing economy. (Photo Credit: Michael Shealy)

Gross Domestic Problem On World Animal Day

If you like animals, your feelings may have been nurtured by “Hedgehogs Being Adorable,” “Baby Hippo Has Won Our Hearts,” and other such gems. The Huffington Post, The Animal Blog, and various animal-lover media take a heartfelt approach to the appreciation of animals—wild as well as domesticated—reminding us of the needs and vulnerabilities of our fellow creatures. It’s a refreshing approach[Read More…]

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Vedanta De-listed From London Stock Exchange As Protests Erupts At AGM

Vedanta De-listed From London Stock Exchange As Protests Erupts At AGM

Loud protests took place at the company’s last London AGM today. Company founder and Chairman Anil Agarwal was not present, creating uproar among protesters and shareholders. Vedanta Resources officially de-listed from the London Stock Exchange at 8am this morning. Inside the meeting dissident shareholders asked questions about the police shooting of thirteen protesters against Vedanta’s copper smelter in Tuticorin, Tamil[Read More…]

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Construction and demolition – health hazards

Construction and demolition – health hazards

In cities and towns, houses are being rapidly demolished paving way for construction of flats/ apartments. The house owners are selling their houses for ‘ development’ with the intention of making money and the contractors are constructing flats selling each one with huge profit margin. Rubble created by demolishing structures and the spreading of dust particles in the air is[Read More…]

The Perils of Plastic Pollution

The Perils of Plastic Pollution

Plastics are found in the products we use every day: the toys we give our children, the clothing we wear, the disposable cups we drink from, the automobiles we make, the straws we use, the list goes on.  Cheap and easy to make, plastic goods and plastic production have exploded in recent years.  Yet the junked cars, the used straws[Read More…]

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Hurricane Florence unleashes coal ash, hog waste pollution

Hurricane Florence unleashes coal ash, hog waste pollution

Eleven days after Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina, rivers are continuing to surge as a result of record rainfalls, forcing more evacuations in the Carolinas and threatening to poison water supplies with coal ash and hog waste. According to official estimates, the storm has already killed 43 people across the states of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.[Read More…]

Am I not a doctor too? Asked TinkuTudu

Am I not a doctor too? Asked TinkuTudu

Tinkutudu got up very early in the morning. The sun was yet to rise. It was still dark. Upon seeing his wife and two children in deep sleep, he set out with his bicycle to the nearest canal where he saw many Ganesh idols being immersed the previous night.Tinku is a santhali from Mayurbhanj who had migrated to the city[Read More…]

Bangalore has it’s own variant of air pollution

Bangalore has it’s own variant of air pollution

A lot of residents who make Bangalore their home from another country or state tend to suffer from acute breathing allergies from September to April, which is the high allergy season in Bangalore. Infact over the years, long time residents also begin to suffer from respiratory issues. During this time, many residents suffer from constant runny nose and difficulty in[Read More…]

Plastic Pollution: The Age of Unsolvable Problems

Plastic Pollution: The Age of Unsolvable Problems

How bad is the situation with plastic pollution? Rather bad, by all means. Citing from a recent paper by Geyer et al., more than 8 billion tons of plastic have been produced since the 1950s. Of this plastic, 9% percent was recycled, 12% was incinerated, the rest is in part still in use, in part dispersed in the ecosystem. It is this[Read More…]

From Marxist Socialism to Eco-Socialism — Turning Points of a Personal Journey Through a Theory of Socialism

From Marxist Socialism to Eco-Socialism — Turning Points of a Personal Journey Through a Theory of Socialism

At the beginning of the journey stood the most famous two sentences of Marx, which I read as a college student: “Philosophers have hitherto only interpreted the world in various ways; the point however is to change it.”1 I was immediately faced with a dilemma. There was no need for me to interpret the world; that had already been done for us by Marx,[Read More…]

A note on Salem-Chennai Highway Project

A note on Salem-Chennai Highway Project

On June 8, 2018, RS Narayanan, a farmer in Kuppanur village in Salem district got into an argument with officials asking them why they were marking fields without giving any farmer a notice or telling them how much they will get for the land. “The next morning, at 4 am, a police team came home and picked me up. Till[Read More…]

Why Treaty Protection is Needed for Migratory Pollinators

Why Treaty Protection is Needed for Migratory Pollinators

Imagine a state of laws where murder is illegal if the victim is clad in a blue shirt, but legal if the victim is not wearing blue.  A system where robbery is illegal if the victim has white skin but legal if the victim has dark skin.  Such a system would be an outrage in human society.  But this is the system of[Read More…]

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Wake Up India: Essays for our Times -II chapter 2 Part 2 on Water

Wake Up India: Essays for our Times -II chapter 2 Part 2 on Water

My previous section dealt with India’s political and civic under-preparedness regarding water scarcity. But now I want to talk of the other extreme, as to our under-preparedness in the case of floods, in the realm of disaster management which is wider and includes earthquakes for which too India is not prepared and diseases etc., as witnessed to in the recent[Read More…]

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 17: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) American legal clerk and environmental activist, Erin Brockovich poses during a photo shoot at the Stamford Hotel on February 17, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Jamie Hanson/Newspix/Getty Images)

Battling Contamination: Erin Brockovich Down Under

The Australian press have been in a state of drooling ecstasy.  Part of it is because Australia can be relevant, however negative it might be, to their monster cousin, defender and protector known as the United States.  This time, its cultural – in the legal sense.  Erin Brockovich has found herself doing the media rounds on yet another legal project,[Read More…]

Energy: Missing from the Nuclear Story

Energy: Missing from the Nuclear Story

One of my first memories of watching TV during the early 1950s was ads promoting leaded gasoline for reducing engine knock.  Little did I suspect the strange history of that gas.  By the beginning of World War I, it became clear that the internal combustion automobile was edging out its rival steam cars and electric cars.  Shortly afterwards, Thomas Midgley[Read More…]

Mortgaging the Public Interest: Gross Maladministration and the Illegal Entry of GMOs into India

Mortgaging the Public Interest: Gross Maladministration and the Illegal Entry of GMOs into India

Despite five high-level reports (listed here) in India advising against the adoption of genetically modified (GM) crops, the drive to get GM mustard commercialised (which would be India’s first officially-approved GM food crop) has been relentless. Although the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) has given it the nod, GM mustard remains held up in the Supreme Court mainly due to a[Read More…]

Glencore and Other Mining Corporations Make Record Profits and get Away with Murder – Literally

Glencore and Other Mining Corporations Make Record Profits and get Away with Murder – Literally

Glencore, according to statistica.com is the world’s largest mining company by revenues. As a way of introduction, here is what statistica.com has to say about Glencore. Glencore-Xstrata is a public limited company founded in 1974 by Marc Rich whose headquarters are based in Baar, Switzerland and also has registered office based in Saint Helier, New Jersey. Glencore-Xstrata is also a[Read More…]

Kerala Floods: A Letter From Mother Earth

Kerala Floods: A Letter From Mother Earth

Dear All, I know this letter is a bit late, but I have always been a bit late in responding, as for eons I have tried to be the epitome of the patient, suffering feminine image that has been attributed to me. Now I have been pushed back to the wall and though late I need to make certain things[Read More…]

Taking Down Worldwide Forests Bit By Bit

Taking Down Worldwide Forests Bit By Bit

  I sometimes watch a show on TV about New Hampshire while eating dinner. It always includes a history segment and I like it because it puts our current times nestled into a larger framework.. One of the most interesting ones was about Livermore, NH — a long abandoned town. According to the TV show: the town was entirely owned[Read More…]

Media release by Heather Stroud before her trial at York Magistrates Court on 30th August for chaining herself to the gate at Third Energy Fracking Site at Kirby Misperton, North Yorkshire, UK (30th January 2018).

Reclaiming Democracy

Media release by Heather Stroud before her trial at York Magistrates Court on 30th August for chaining herself to the gate at Third Energy Fracking Site at Kirby Misperton, North Yorkshire, UK (30th January 2018). An earlier trial scheduled for 16th July was adjourned due to the Court copy of the defence ‘harms evidence documents’ , submitted in June, being[Read More…]

India Needs To Fix Its Flawed Water Equation

India Needs To Fix Its Flawed Water Equation

  World Water Week August 26-31, 2018 India has long undervalued one of its most precious resources—water. The country’s chronic mismanagement of water is staring at it now. The country breaks out in a cold sweat every time the monsoon is delayed. Despite these alarming signals we continue to abuse and use water so profligately. Complex and capricious, the South Asian monsoon[Read More…]

What, Me Worry? Humans Are Blind to Imminent Environmental Collapse

What, Me Worry? Humans Are Blind to Imminent Environmental Collapse

Curious thing about H. sapiens is that we are clever enough to document — in exquisite detail — various trends that portend the collapse of modern civilization, yet not nearly smart enough to extricate ourselves from our self-induced predicament. This was underscored once again in October when scientists reported that flying insect populations in Germany have declined by an alarming 75 per[Read More…]

Great Barrier Reef Politics

Great Barrier Reef Politics

Australia’s environment has been in precarious hands since European settlement found its lengthy and persistent way to the continent.  It has been mined, mauled, drained, farmed, deforested and despoiled at a rate that was only restrained by the size of its small but rapacious populace.  When environmental matters have made an appearance, they have done so with a veil of[Read More…]

Water Scarcity in Uttarakhand

Water Scarcity in Uttarakhand

Hariyal, a village situated 17kms from Nainital, a popular tourist destination is just like any other village in the hills of Uttarakhand. Roti, kapda, makaan and migration have always been an issue for the locals here, but in the last 10-15 years water scarcity seems to have taken over all the other issues. ‘Jal hi jeevan hain’ says Suresh Rawat,[Read More…]

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Sundarbans are threatened by India’s export of coal powered energy to Bangladesh

Sundarbans are threatened by India’s export of coal powered energy to Bangladesh

At a time when India has shelved several planned coal power plants across many of its states, it is constructing a new coal power plant to supply electricity to energy starved Bangladesh. Located at the edge of the Sundarbans, one of the world’s largest mangrove forests shared by India and Bangladeshand a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rampal power plant[Read More…]

How Green Is My Forest

How Green Is My Forest

Lit by chlorophyll and the conjurations of trees, there’s a trail through a forest along the Stone River where the light never repeats. Slender and winding, this is a generous trail; always bearing gifts. Some days it offers melodies; other days, stories. Often it offers ideas and memories. It does this, I’ve now come to understand, through streams of sensory ticklings. Paintings:[Read More…]

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Why is the Central Government Silent on Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand’s Fast?

Why is the Central Government Silent on Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand’s Fast?

86 years old Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand is on a fast unto death since 22 June, 2018 in Haridwar demanding a law for conservation of river Ganga but the Central government has not taken a step to convince him to give up his fast. This raises question on the intention of government. It appears that the government is deliberately ignoring[Read More…]

Toxic Silence: Public Officials, Monsanto and the Media

Toxic Silence: Public Officials, Monsanto and the Media

Are you being lied to or misled? Environmentalist Dr Rosemary Mason certainly thinks so and has provided much supporting evidence. She has been campaigning against the agrochemical industry for many years (all her work can be accessed here) and has borne witness to the destruction of her own nature reserve in South Wales, which she argues is due to the widespread spraying of[Read More…]

Vasco victim of the coal corridor

Vasco victim of the coal corridor

  Vasco is choking under the coal dust. Can the greed for coal ever be satiated. No matter the human cost, the industrial machine chugs on. Angela Ferrao is an independent editorial cartoonist. https://www.facebook.com/Ferraodesigns

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India Mortgaged? Forced-Fed Illness and the Neoliberal Food Regime

India Mortgaged? Forced-Fed Illness and the Neoliberal Food Regime

Like many countries, India’s food system was essentially clean just a generation or two ago but is now being comprehensively contaminated with sugar, bad fats, synthetic additives, GMOs and pesticides under the country’s neoliberal ‘great leap forward’. The result has been a surge in obesity, diabetes and cancer incidence, while there has been no let-up in the under-nutrition of those[Read More…]

The Environmental Suicide!

The Environmental Suicide!

(The way we have been deliberately and knowingly destroying various components of Nature in Kashmir makes it look like an Environmental “Suicide”!) Recently there has been news about some dredging scam in the Wular Lake area where the contract given to a firm has been cancelled. The need for dredging of the second largest sweet water lake in Asia is[Read More…]

Strategy and Conscience: Subverting Elite Power So We End Human Violence

Strategy and Conscience: Subverting Elite Power So We End Human Violence

Given the overwhelming evidence that activist efforts are failing to halt the accelerating rush to extinction precipitated and maintained by dysfunctional human behavior, it is worth reflecting on why this is happening. Of course, you might say that the rush to extinction is being slowed. But is it? Even according to BP’s chief economist: ‘despite the extraordinary growth in renewables[Read More…]

Corporate Spin: Genetically Modifying the Way to Food Security?

Corporate Spin: Genetically Modifying the Way to Food Security?

Those familiar with the debate around genetically modified organisms (GMOs) may be forgiven for thinking that science alone can solve the world’s food problems. The industry asserts that GMOs are vital if the world is to increase agricultural productivity and we are going to feed a growing global population. There is also the distinct impression that the GMO issue is all about ‘science’[Read More…]

Demanding Forest Rights is ‘Anti-Government’ According to the West Bengal Government

Demanding Forest Rights is ‘Anti-Government’ According to the West Bengal Government

21 July: In a bizarre turn of events, Lila Gurung, a high school teacher in Kalimpong district in Darjeeling Hills of West Bengal was accused by the district administration of ‘anti-government activity’ and for stirring up unrest in the area as he supported the forest villagers to demand the implementation of the Forest Rights Act. Following a letter sent by[Read More…]

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A Short History ofthe Costs of Military Air Shows- Squandering the Planet’s Increasingly Scarce Fossil Fuels for our Amusement

“Knowledge is power; but who hath duly Considered the power of Ignorance? Knowledge slowly builds up what Ignorance in an hour pulls down. Knowledge, through patient and frugal centuries, enlarges discovery and makes record of it; Ignorance, wanting its day’s dinner, lights a fire with the record, and gives a flavor to its one roast with the burned souls of[Read More…]

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The Call of Narmada Valley

The Call of Narmada Valley

  You may remember about how the judgment given by Hon’ble Supreme Court on 8th February 2017 had first created panic and later the outcry in the Narmada Valley. Satyagraha, Fast and various form of struggles including imprisonment had disapproved the submergence of thousands of families on the basis of laws and the judgements of various including the apex court. The[Read More…]

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Highway To Hell

Highway To Hell

Farmers and environmentalists across Tamil Nadu are protesting against the proposed 277-km eight lane Chennai-Salem highway, a Rs. 10,000 crore project. Authorities say the green corridor project would uproot around six thousand trees. However, environmentalists claim the loss would be much more, with at least 3 lakh trees being uprooted and hundreds of lakes and water bodies that would be[Read More…]

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 Inconvenient Truths About This Year’s Duluth Air Show

Squandering the Planet’s Increasingly Scarce Fossil Fuels for our Amusement “Knowledge is power; but who hath duly Considered the power of Ignorance? Knowledge slowly builds up what Ignorance in an hour pulls down. Knowledge, through patient and frugal centuries, enlarges discovery and makes record of it; Ignorance, wanting its day’s dinner, lights a fire with the record, and gives a[Read More…]

Scott Pruitt’s out

Scott Pruitt’s out

   VICTORY! Scott Pruitt just resigned from his job as EPA Administrator. The scandals surrounding Pruitt have been building for months. Sweet deals on rent in a lobbyist’s condo. Over $150,000 in taxpayer money wasted on luxury travel. Building a private phone booth in EPA headquarters. Meeting with Big Oil executives instead of scientists. Giving hundreds of thousands of dollars in[Read More…]

Help Us As We Create Wild Farm

Help Us As We Create Wild Farm

By Sally Dugman and associates A group of excited and committed environmentalists and community members have the opportunity to preserve an old farm and heritage orchard at 20 Creeper Hill Road in North Grafton, MA 01536, USA. With the dedicated work of an orchardist, a skilled farmer and community volunteers, we plan to create a community asset and a place to[Read More…]

Police Arrests Activists Protesting The Green Highway Project

Police Arrests Activists Protesting The Green Highway Project

As you might be aware, the affected people of TN led by farmers are opposing forcible acquisition of their lands for the proposed Green Highway between Chennai and Salem. There is strong resistance to the project in the districts of Salem, Dharmpuri, Thiruvannamalai and Kancheepuram. People have a right to question, debate and dissent government policies that affect them adversely[Read More…]

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Fallacy of Vancouver’s Unsustainable “Making Room” Urban Density Plan

The fate of Vancouver’s survival and that of other world’s cities in the 21st century is a universal story of how to continually “Make Room” for the constant explosions of endless waves of humans to arrive upon its shores as native-born infants or as emigrants, migrants and refugees. The age-old philosophical arguments and debates waged over what to do with[Read More…]

Lessons for the environmental movement from Gandhi

Lessons for the environmental movement from Gandhi

Gandhi is not well-known for his views on the environment. Indeed, in his vast output, there is little explicit mention of the environment. Yet, in Gandhi’s views, one finds a lot that is relevant to environmentalism. Like most great thinkers, Gandhi’s views are flawed; however we learn a lot by studying his views critically. Let us begin by examining Gandhi’s[Read More…]

Ecology: The Keystone Science

Ecology: The Keystone Science

A missing piece from most critiques of modern capitalism revolves around the misunderstanding of ecology. To put it bluntly, there will be no squaring the circle of mass industrial civilization and an inhabitable Earth. There is no way for energy and resource use, along with all the strife, warfare, and poverty that comes along with it, to continue under the[Read More…]

 GMO Agriculture and the Narrative of Choice

 GMO Agriculture and the Narrative of Choice

The pro-GMO lobby claim critics of the technology ‘deny farmers choice’. They say that farmers should have access to a range of tools and technologies. It is all about maximising choice and options. Taken at face value, who would want to deny choice? At the same time, however, we do not want to end up offering a false choice (rolling[Read More…]

GM Crops in India: Approval by Contamination?

GM Crops in India: Approval by Contamination?

The regulatory system for GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in India is in tatters. So said the Coalition for a GMFree India (CGMFI) in 2017 after media reports about the illegal cultivation of GM soybean in the country. In India, five high-level reports have already advised against the adoption of GM crops: The ‘Jairam Ramesh Report’, imposing an indefinite moratorium on Bt Brinjal [Feb 2010]; The ‘Sopory[Read More…]

Nature retention, not just protection, crucial to maintaining biodiversity and ecosystems: Scientists

Nature retention, not just protection, crucial to maintaining biodiversity and ecosystems: Scientists

In a paper published last week in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, a team of Australian researchers argue that we need to shift conservation goals to focus on diverse and ambitious “nature retention targets” if we’re to truly safeguard the environment, biodiversity, and humanity. The researchers, who are affiliated with Australia’s University of Queensland (UQ) and the Wildlife Conservation[Read More…]

Protect Sompeta Wetland

Protect Sompeta Wetland

The Human Rights Forum (HRF) demands that the government initiate steps immediately to ensure that the Sompeta wetland (known locally as the beela) in Srikakulam district is not vandalised further by the Nagarjuna Construction Company (NCC). All attempts by the NCC to set up an “industrial park” must be disallowedsince it will devastate the lives of thousands of farmers and[Read More…]

India’s Arid Land, Thirsty Crops

India’s Arid Land, Thirsty Crops

We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one -Jacques Cousteau While the world has significantly improved food security, it is now faced with a mounting challenge on a more major front: water insecurity. Water has been crucial to all civilizations. In India, however, it is of much more importance as over 600 million people get their[Read More…]

Near Malaysian border, total destruction

 Borneo – Not Just Nature, But Also Great Ancient Culture Has Been Destroyed

Text and Photos: Andre Vltchek and Mira Lubis Would you ever think of the third largest island on Earth – Borneo (known as Kalimantan in Indonesia) – as one of the cradles of the world’s democracy? Perhaps you wouldn’t, but you should. While Europe was engaged in myriads of internal as well as expansionist wars, in the once lush, tropical[Read More…]

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Goodbye, Vaquitas…

Goodbye, Vaquitas…

By Diego, Marigona, Danny, Alice, Patri and the rest of the Avaaz team There’s only 12 vaquitas left, down from 30 last year! But it’s not just the vaquitas we’re losing — we’re seeing a sixth mass extinction, and it’s human made. Top scientists are backing an ambitious plan to put half of the earth under protection, so nature and species can recover but we[Read More…]

Beluga whales have small external	ear openings, located a	few inches	behind each eye. All work conducted under NMFS permit	no. 14245.	Photo by Alaska	Department

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