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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…]

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

Has increased traffic in the Arctic Ocean, impacted the Beluga whale’s hearing?

Those of us interested in the mammals of the sea have definitely enjoyed the pictures and videos on the internet of Belugas. The Beluga, or white whale, is one of the smallest species of whale. Their distinctive colour and prominent foreheads make them easily identifiable. Calves are born gray or even brown and only fade to white as they become[Read More…]

Release Piyush Manush, Mansoor Ali Khan, Valarmathi And Others

Release Piyush Manush, Mansoor Ali Khan, Valarmathi And Others

We strongly condemn the late night arrest (on 18th June 2018) by the Tamil Nadu police of Piyush Manush Sethia of Salem Citizens’ Forum, Mansoor Ali Khan, an actor and Valarmathi, a student activist, and possibly others, who have been engaged in opposing a range of socially and environmentally destructive projects. Piyush is a widely respected social and environmental activist[Read More…]

Pro-GMO Activism And Smears Masquerade As Journalism: From Seralini To Jairam Ramesh, Aruna Rodrigues Puts The Record Straight

Pro-GMO Activism And Smears Masquerade As Journalism: From Seralini To Jairam Ramesh, Aruna Rodrigues Puts The Record Straight

The Print is a Delhi-based, online news magazine that began operations in August 2017. On 9 June, it published a short article by Sandhya Ramesh under the title ‘EU study trashes anti-GM paper by French expert who Jairam Ramesh cited to ban Bt Brinjal’. Sandhya Ramesh is a senior assistant editor (science) at The Print. Preceding the piece was the headline: ‘EU[Read More…]

 Our Biosphere Problem

 Our Biosphere Problem

Over the next 50/150 years our Biosphere will undergo drastic temperature change. That change may bring about our extinction. Unlike past extinctions, this one will not be brought on by a random meteorite/asteroid or natural planetary happening. It will be self-inflicted by Homo sapiens. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Over the next 50/150 years our Biosphere will undergo drastic temperature change. That change may[Read More…]

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Join Me in the Center’s Fight to Save Oceans

Join Me in the Center’s Fight to Save Oceans

  I’ve always had a special love for the ocean and the whales, dolphins and other animals that call it home. But our oceans are at a critical moment — besieged by oil and gas drilling, pollution, overfishing and other mounting threats. If we don’t fight back now, we risk profound changes for our oceans for centuries to come. That’s[Read More…]

Will you stand with us against the dangerous Keystone XL pipeline?

Will you stand with us against the dangerous Keystone XL pipeline?

  The Trump administration is at it again — this time trying to skirt key environmental analysis that protects our waterways and communities from the threat of the Keystone XL pipeline. The Trump administration approved the Keystone XL pipeline in early 2017 and thought it was a done deal. We were fighting then and we’re fighting now. The administration is at[Read More…]

Sea birds, one with a piece of plastic fishing net stuck around its neck. 20 miles off the coast of Mauritania.
Greenpeace is campaigning in West Africa for the establishment of a sustainable, low impact fisheries policy that takes into account the needs and interests of small-scale fishermen and the local communities that depend on healthy oceans.

The Plight of Birds And The Human Hand in The Sixth Extinction

As birds become fewer, wildflowers vanish, butterflies disappear, and animals in the wild are threatened, extinction and a grim future haunts.  How often does Rumi write about birdsong … there is a reason.  Nature revives the spirit. World Environment Day has come and gone.  It was June 5th.  A UN outreach program hosted by a different country each year, it[Read More…]

India’s Water Woes

India’s Water Woes

 Water is the driving force of all nature. – Leonardo Da Vinci India has long undervalued one of its most precious resources—water. The country’s chronic mismanagement of water is staring at it now. Over 600 million Indians rely on the monsoon to replenish their water sources and the unpredictable nature of rain leaves them vulnerable. The country breaks out in[Read More…]

Greenpeace activists delivered a mattress to the Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters with a message reading "Take Your Used Trump Hotel Mattress and Resign Already.” The delivery was in response to the revelation that EPA administrator Scott Pruitt asked a top aide to find him a used Trump Hotel mattress, and comes at a time when Pruitt faces intense criticism over misuses of his office as EPA administrator and his deep conflicts of interest with the fossil fuel industry., 8.18.46.EPA Mattress Delivery

We knew Pruitt was in bed with energy lobbyists, but…

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has gotten himself into so many scandals that I wouldn’t blame you for sleeping through another. But one of this week’s woke me right up: we found out that Pruitt asked an aide to help him acquire a used mattress from the Trump hotel. You might ask, “why on Earth would he want that?” But I[Read More…]

The internet is proving a boon to Southeast Asia’s illegal pet Otter trade

The internet is proving a boon to Southeast Asia’s illegal pet Otter trade

The cute little Panda from China, the cuddly Koala bear from Australia and now the Otter cub have become the fascinating new pet, which pet lovers especially in South East Asia, have begun to crave for. Sadly it is their cute looks as pups which draw the avid pet lover to acquire them. Today with vast online possibilities which are[Read More…]

Anti-Coal Mine Activist Suresh Oraon Shot Dead In Jharkhand

Anti-Coal Mine Activist Suresh Oraon Shot Dead In Jharkhand

Suresh Oraon (27) of Purnadih Chatra Jharkhand was shot dead this morning. Suresh and his people were the owners of the land on which the state owned Central Coalfields Limited (CCL) built their Purnadih coal mines. Suresh kept fighting CCL and their mafia against land grabbing. When CCL bulldozed the resistance Suresh and community started fighting for jobs and compensation.[Read More…]

Plastic Is Not So Fantastic !

Plastic Is Not So Fantastic !

      This year the World Environment day was celebrated with the theme ‘’Beat the Plastic Pollution’’-The pollution about which we have been less concerned, so far. Regarding the theme of WED, it is indicative of consciousness of Environmental Crusaders, because Plastic poses a serious threat to our planet. This beautiful Blue Marble- Earth (as it appears from outer[Read More…]

People’s Inquest into Thoothukudi Firings: INTERIM OBSERVATIONS

People’s Inquest into Thoothukudi Firings: INTERIM OBSERVATIONS

We share with you the Interim Report of the People’s Inquest into the circumstances leading to Tamilnadu Police opening fire on protestor’s demanding closure of Vedanta Group’s Sterlite Copper smelter at Thoothukudi (Tuticorin). The protests had been intensified over the past four months, as twenty years of struggle to demand closure of the highly polluting copper smelter had failed. 15[Read More…]

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Conflict Theory and Biosphere Annihilation

In a recent article titled ‘Challenges for Resolving Complex Conflicts’, I pointed out that existing conflict theory pays little attention to the extinction-causing conflict being ongoingly generated by human over-consumption in the finite planetary biosphere (and, among other outcomes, currently resulting in 200 species extinctions daily). I also mentioned that this conflict is sometimes inadequately identified as a conflict caused[Read More…]

That Peace Train Track

That Peace Train Track

Something good has begun Oh, I’ve been smiling lately — Cat Stevens There is environmental degradation under Trump, for sure. However, it would be a major mistake to think that things were better under previous administrations on that score. Matters were sufficiently horrible under ALL administrations (through Clinton, Bush, Obama and Trump) to demand the most severe condemnation. And NEW EFFECTIVE ACTION — designed[Read More…]

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A Litany for the Rains

A Litany for the Rains

there’s crazy music that rains down every nook and corner of the universe there’s crazy music that shoots up along arteries on both sides of the skull it is like vines of dark time it is like the darkest flames from the darkest chambers did the newspapers not tell you this? soon, it will be numbers – 9, 11, whatever[Read More…]

One More Shot Dead In Tuticorin; Death Toll 13

One More Shot Dead In Tuticorin; Death Toll 13

 Today on May 23, 2018 fresh violence was unleashed on the family of those who were killed in the police atrocities yesterday in Tuticorin. They had gathered in the Tuticorin government hospital and opposed the attempt by the government to cover-up the cold blooded murder by conducting autopsy without any witness. The police took control of the hospitals and autopsy[Read More…]

Tamil Nadu’s General Dyer Moment

Tamil Nadu’s General Dyer Moment

Protests against the proposed expansion of Sterlite copper smelting plant, a subsidiary of Vedanta has been happening for the past 100 days in Tuticorin. The people in the surrounding locality have been protesting against the plant’s operations after severe land, water and air pollution caused by the operations of the plant as well as numerous regulation violations by the plant.[Read More…]

State Masscre In Tuticorin To Protect Corporate Mafias

State Masscre In Tuticorin To Protect Corporate Mafias

What happened in Tuticorin is nothing but protecting the corporate mafias in close connivance of the state power. Let us not forget how Vedanta attempted to destroy Odisha and its great Adivasi heritage. If you see how the police and the political establishment tackled this issue, then you must remember that these things are going to happen. The police and[Read More…]

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Cold Blooded Masscre of  People of Tuticorin

Cold Blooded Masscre of  People of Tuticorin

       Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisation (CDRO) condemns strongly the cold blooded masscre of 11 and injuring more than 30 peaceful protesters against the Sterlite Smelter plant of Tuticorin, Tamil nadu. They have been protesting against the project for past several years over the pollution caused by the plant. The plant had earlier been ordered to be closed[Read More…]

Sterlite Kills

Sterlite Kills

Nine people were killed as police opened fire on protesters who were protesting, demanding closure of a copper smelting plant in Tamil Nadu’s port city of Tuticorin. The protesters were leading a procession towards the collectorate defying prohibitory orders. Angela Ferrao  is a cartoonist

Nine People Protesting Against Copper Smelting Plant Shot Dead In Tamil Nadu

Nine People Protesting Against Copper Smelting Plant Shot Dead In Tamil Nadu

Nine people were killed as police opened fire on protesters who were protesting, demanding closure of a copper smelting plant in Tamil Nadu’s port city of Tuticorin. The protesters were leading a procession towards the collectorate defying prohibitory orders. About 20,000 people gathered at the protest site today and stormed the district collector’s office. Thousands of local residents have been[Read More…]

WHY A SINGLE TREE, that too a TAMARIND TREE?

WHY A SINGLE TREE, that too a TAMARIND TREE?

Little Aami held tight to her mother’s hands as she rushed to get the bus that would take them to the city. From the excitement of the children of the Vacation camp her mother was coordinating she knew that they were going to witness some event that would be unusual.Aami was game for any fun as long as it was[Read More…]

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As It Turns Out, Environmentally ‘Protected’ Lands Really Aren’t

As It Turns Out, Environmentally ‘Protected’ Lands Really Aren’t

Good news: About fifteen percent of the planet’s landmass is designated as a protected area where threatened wildlife should be able to live free of disruption. Bad news: Humanity seems to have missed the memo. Over a third of the land officially designated as protected is facing “intensive human activity,” according to research published today in Science. That means that[Read More…]

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Dangerous Liaison: Industrial Agriculture and the Reductionist Mindset

Food and agriculture across the world is in crisis. Food is becoming denutrified and unhealthy and diets less diverse. There is a loss of biodiversity, which threatens food security, soils are being degraded, water sources polluted and depleted and smallholder farmers, so vital to global food production, are being squeezed off their land and out of farming. A minority of the global population has access to so much food than it[Read More…]

Caring Means To Work

Caring Means To Work

He came with a lizard in his beak. A choice tidbit, most appreciated. But only if you’re a Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill (Ocyceros gingalensis). The female lays up to four white eggs in a tree hole blocked off during incubation with a cement made of mud, droppings and fruit pulp. There is only one narrow aperture, barely wide enough for[Read More…]

 Helpful Hard Truths for Big Easy Education: The Sound of Silence

 Helpful Hard Truths for Big Easy Education: The Sound of Silence

  “And no one dared Disturb the sound of silence” — from The Sound of Silence New Orleans is known, in great part, for its music. Perhaps that “truth” in its blood and bones will enable residents there to tune into what I have to say here. The Agriculture Street Super Fund Site in New Orleans (70126 zip code) is “considered[Read More…]

Aamir Khan Shepherds New Water Revolution

Aamir Khan Shepherds New Water Revolution

  Historians will tell you that an explosion of creativity occurs the moment the world starts complaining that there is nothing left to invent, or that the search for solutions has come to an end. This explosion is fate’s way of reminding us that there is always something just over the horizon of knowledge. Social entrepreneurs are now using their talent to[Read More…]

What Did You See? Nothing!

What Did You See? Nothing!

Kabini River Resort on the bank of the Kabini Reservior, bordering Nagarhole Tiger Reserve. I am in the Gol Ghar (which is actually rectangular) at tea and snack time after the afternoon safari. “What did you see?” asked an American who had come to Kabini for the first time. “Nothing. Totally dry. Five safaris and we saw nothing,” said an[Read More…]

Monazite: The Enemy Is Within

Monazite: The Enemy Is Within

In 2017, reports appeared in local and national media on the outbreak of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in a cluster of villages in Chhatrapur block of Ganjam district in Odisha. ​According to reports,almost 200 cases of kidney disease had been diagnosed and over 50 people had died from kidney failure since 2010. These villages are in the close vicinity of a[Read More…]

What Cannot Be Done With Logic, Correct Grammar and Politically Correct Statements

What Cannot Be Done With Logic, Correct Grammar and Politically Correct Statements

“The health of local waterways — these days — cannot be separated from the health of international rivers.” — Richard Martin Oxman In a local college publication, a well-meaning and hardworking student — obviously quite intelligent — reported on dangerous chemicals in nearby California waters, focusing primarily on pharmaceuticals and personal care products. It spoke of “potential” risks to the[Read More…]

People in India’s Silicon Valley and America’s Silicon Valley Can’t Afford To Be Silly Any Longer

People in India’s Silicon Valley and America’s Silicon Valley Can’t Afford To Be Silly Any Longer

“I feel silly but I don’t know anything about Bangalore or Flint, Michigan.” — one of the graduates of a local institution of higher education who the author interviewed yesterday The water pollution in Bangalore, India poses a serious threat to residents’ health and creates a chronic shortage of clean water for people to use. All in all, experts predict a[Read More…]

Agrochemicals and Institutional Corruption: Pleading with the Slave Master Will Not Set You Free

Agrochemicals and Institutional Corruption: Pleading with the Slave Master Will Not Set You Free

Environmental campaigner Dr Rosemary Mason has just written to President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, Vice President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans and Health Commissioner Vytenis Andruikaitis. As set out below, she asks these top officials some very pertinent questions about the EU’s collusion with the agrochemical corporations. 1) In authorising glyphosate on behalf of the Glyphosate Task Force[Read More…]

Draft Forest Policy: Animals and Human Rights

Draft Forest Policy: Animals and Human Rights

A few days ago one saw animal rights activists rejoicing that a film actor was convicted of killing a protected species. The punishment accorded to such a prominent person showed them that none is above the law. This stand is fully understandable and acceptable. But what irked one was the fact that most people protecting wildlife and rejoicing at this punishment were[Read More…]

Big Issues We Ignore at Our Peril

Big Issues We Ignore at Our Peril

Environment, Overpopulation, Fantasy Economics, a Resource Crisis Our leaders display little or no strategic vision in a world dominated by corporate power, ignorance, denial, faith and greed. At this crucial time in human history, politics could not be in worse hands. The sheer ignorance and innumeracy of so many powerful people who should know better is astounding.    (Abridged, Dr J[Read More…]

HSBC To Stop Tar Sands Funding. Who’s Next?

HSBC To Stop Tar Sands Funding. Who’s Next?

We need to seize this momentum right now! The movement is working! Last week, banking giant HSBC, the seventh largest bank in the world, announced it will no longer provide finance for new tar sands projects, including financing for the Keystone XL and Line 3 Expansion pipelines. This is a huge step towards stopping this disastrous pipeline for good! This[Read More…]

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A Sampling of 16 Earthen Dam Failures

A Sampling of 16 Earthen Dam Failures

(Not Mentioning the Hundreds of Leaky Tailings Dams or the Potential Catastrophic Breaches that will Likely Occur if Copper/Nickel/Sulfide Mining is Allowed in Northern Minnesota) The following group of 5 photographs were taken after the catastrophic Teton River (Idaho) Dam failure that occurred on June 5, 1976. The earthen dam was 305 feet high and held back a 17 mile-long[Read More…]

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The road to the Seneca Cliff is paved with evil intentions. How to destroy the world’s forests

The road to the Seneca Cliff is paved with evil intentions. How to destroy the world’s forests

The oldest stories of human lore have to do with cutting trees and with the disasters that followed as a consequence. Above, Legendary Sumerian heroes Gilgamesh and Enkidu kill the guardian of the trees, Huwawa (image source). Several thousand years afterward, we don’t seem to have learned much about how to manage our natural resources. I expected this to happen, perhaps not[Read More…]

Once Upon A Biome

Once Upon A Biome

The world in which each of us lives does not necessarily yield the world in which we all live together. Where does your world end and mine begin? I live in a world grown from tall trees, tiny tender plants and a scintillating diversity of creatures, which is covered in cloud and drenched in rain for a greater part of[Read More…]

Earth Day: Conflict Over The Future Of The Planet

Earth Day: Conflict Over The Future Of The Planet

Co-Written by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers  On this Earth Day, it is difficult to look at the state of the planet and the current political leadership and see much hope. In “Junk Planet”, Robert Burrowes writes a comprehensive description of the degradation of the atmosphere, oceans, waterways, groundwater, and soil as well as the modern pollution of antibiotic waste, genetic engineering, nanowaste,[Read More…]

Two Worthy Questions for Earth Day

Two Worthy Questions for Earth Day

  “…if every aspect of the non-military sector instantly stopped generating greenhouse gases, the military’s carbon footprint alone will propel the world toward catastrophe.” — Barry Sanders When Jimmy Carter occupied the White House, sun panels were installed. They were promptly removed when Ronald Reagan took over the executive office. That was slightly over a decade had passed since the first Earth[Read More…]

 Call Me Vincent, Call Yourself Vincent

 Call Me Vincent, Call Yourself Vincent

  “O bailan todos o no baile nadie.” — the Tupamaros The Universe is a poem without foreign words. My loved ones laugh at me when they hear I’ve been listening to John Denver. They’re sweet souls, but when they do that they’re doing — essentially — the same thing Hillary Clinton did when she invoked the image of “deploreables” on her[Read More…]

Are Harmful Ultraviolet C and Increased Amounts of Ultraviolet B Reaching Earth’s Surface?

Are Harmful Ultraviolet C and Increased Amounts of Ultraviolet B Reaching Earth’s Surface?

Ultraviolet C (UV-C) is the most dangerous part of the Ultraviolet spectrum, A, B, and C. UV-C coming from the sun has hitherto been declared by science as not damaging to life on earth due to its being entirely absorbed by the atmosphere. Most UV-B, which is also a hazard but less so than UV-C, was also deemed to be[Read More…]

Stop this pipeline

Stop this pipeline

  The rights of Tribal Sovereign Nations and our shared climate and environment are in jeopardy today because of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau—and I’m asking you to join me in taking a stand. When President Donald Trump was elected, the world looked to Trudeau to be a strong progressive voice and leader. Instead, he’s close to selling out our[Read More…]

Human Footprint Devastating Wildlife – An Article For Earth Day

Human Footprint Devastating Wildlife – An Article For Earth Day

Animals can be beautiful; they can be sleek, graceful, powerful, or just plain adorable, even cuddly.   A field of wild flowers chanced upon can take your breath away.  Wordsworth so moved by ‘a host of golden daffodils’ put pen to paper, and we are richer for his poem.  And tourists in their thousands visit coral reefs for their stunning beauty[Read More…]

Abolish the Ministry and the Departments of Forestry

Abolish the Ministry and the Departments of Forestry

  Once the Brits came and imposed their capitalism in India the upper castes and the Brits took the common property resources and shared them out by privatising them. Everyone got to do what the hell they wanted and the poor lost everything. Now the end of capitalism is happening because the commons are getting wiped out. Now if anything[Read More…]

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How Dead Fish Float

My knowledgeable colleague has written about the deadly blows that Bechtel delivers to the residents of California and elsewhere courtesy of Stanford University previously, but I believe the latest scandal connected to that unconscionable corporation in Washington State deserves special attention right now, since there are many (Hanford) counterparts in the Golden State that beg for our focus immediately. I’m talking[Read More…]

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Being Wary And Waking Up Environnmentally

Being Wary And Waking Up Environnmentally

The US Department of Defense is one of the world’s worst polluters. Its footprint dwarfs that of any corporation: 4,127 installations spread across 19 million acres of American soil. The Pentagon, presently, is trying to deal with well over 39,000 contaminated sites. This is old news for many, but it’s particularly germane for my purposes as I gear up to[Read More…]

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Justified Slaughters: The Kangaroo Industry Debate

Justified Slaughters: The Kangaroo Industry Debate

Mass killings, massacres and general culling; butchering made normal, sanctified by State practice, and the scientific establishment.  This is the killing of Australia’s national symbol, reviled and idealised in various measures, but generally considered, from those away from urban centres, a remote if attractive oddity.  Barry Humphries, arguably Australia’s greatest comedic export, did not see his first kangaroo till he[Read More…]

 Getting the Military’s Carbon Footprint Alone….

 Getting the Military’s Carbon Footprint Alone….

“This book describes a world peopled with young folk who have bypassed reading and writing and who thus have been forced to fabricate a life without the benefit of that innermost, intimate guide, the self. It does not take a powerful imagination to describe such a world. The details can be found in the morning newspaper. It is a world[Read More…]

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Air pollution is an invisible killer: Denial will cost lives!

Air pollution is an invisible killer: Denial will cost lives!

Co-Written Shobha Shukla and Bobby Ramakant World Health Day 2018 special A senior editor in Thailand is being victimized for putting spotlight on an issue that the World Health Organization (WHO) refers to as “invisible killer” of over 6.5 million people globally every year. Air pollution warrants much more urgency to save lives and help people breathe life, and not[Read More…]

Nuclear Wastes, Sellafield U.K.

 By Any Standards Whatsoever

“One in ten Americans live within ten miles of highly radioactive Superfund and other sites.” — Richard Martin Oxman You can’t arm the world — like Obama and Trump — and claim that you care about school massacres. Neither can common citizens (who support our unconscionable geopolitical madness, proactively, silently and/or ignorantly) think there’s any chance whatsoever of addressing school[Read More…]

Too Few See….

Too Few See….

“Let’s take Africa as an example. Whereas there’s no question that it’s admirable, important and the spiritually-correct thing to help immiserated people to self-educate and act responsibly respecting the relationship of hygiene to diarrhea, there needs to be a simultaneous ‘immersion’ in the water-related dynamics stirred up by select corporations and AFRICOM.” — Richard Martin Oxman Greed and appropriation of other[Read More…]

Thousands March Against Sterlite Plant In Tuticorin

Thousands March Against Sterlite Plant In Tuticorin

The Proposed expansion of the Sterlite copper smelting plant in Tamil Nadu has renewed protests among the people of Tuticorin district. Protests are continuing for over 45 days, till date in the district demanding an immediate closure of the copper plant. On March 24, 2018, thousands of people marched against the decision to expand the plant which has been causing[Read More…]

NAPM Supports The Struggle of Keezhattoor Vayalakilikal For Protecting Life, Livelihood And Precious Natural Resources

NAPM Supports The Struggle of Keezhattoor Vayalakilikal For Protecting Life, Livelihood And Precious Natural Resources

  New Delhi, March 24 : Keezhattoor Vayalakilikal’s Struggle has been going for more than a year now to protect their Paddy fields and precious drinking water, in a state where fertile land is fast declining due to rapid urbanization and infrastructure development. They have been protesting acquisition of fertile paddy fields for National Highway 66. The struggle has remained[Read More…]

Good Sick Jokes or Drugs?

Good Sick Jokes or Drugs?

Twenty years ago, geologist Mark Crawford came out with his Toxic Waste Sites: An Encyclopedia of Endangered America, listing the 1300 Superfund sites that — as the worst pollution locations in the U.S.A. — collectively form the National Priorities List (NPL). Created by the Comprehensive Environmental Response and Liability Act, the NPL has not been addressed adequately to date, to[Read More…]

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Women And Water Conservation

Women And Water Conservation

  ” Water, water, every where And all the boards did shrink Water, water, every where Nor any drop to drink. …” The Rime of the Ancient Mariner By Samuel Taylor Coleridge Since the start of celebration of World Water Day in 1993, very little has changed in respect of protecting fresh water resources and sustainable water management. The water[Read More…]

India Needs To Fix Its Water Woes- World Water Day -22 March 2018

India Needs To Fix Its Water Woes- World Water Day -22 March 2018

  India has long undervalued one of its most precious resources—water. The country’s chronic mismanagement of water is staring at it now. Over 600 million Indians rely on the monsoon to replenish their water sources and the unpredictable nature of rain leaves them vulnerable. The country breaks out in a cold sweat every time the monsoon is delayed. Despite these alarming signals[Read More…]

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Burn Wood! Reduce Pollution!!

Burn Wood! Reduce Pollution!!

Does burning wood helps reduce pollution? Well, a school goer who has to read environmental studies these days would yell a resounding ‘no’. If one wants to go deeper, one can come across guidelines issued by the central pollution control board itself to avoid wood burning. Just a while back, when there was a dip in the air quality of[Read More…]

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The unaltered stomach contents of a dead albatross chick photographed on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in the Pacific in September 2009 include plastic marine debris fed the chick by its parents.

The Story’s Not Being Told About Recycling

  “When will they finally see that it was never really worth it? When will this charade end?” — Bre Payton The general public in each and every country on earth — especially those with the greatest environmental footprints — need to radically review their recycling practices. As per a recent study from the UK, we’re — collectively — in[Read More…]

No Developer Is Complete Without His Excavator

No Developer Is Complete Without His Excavator

  Since Narendra Modi came to power in India in 2014 a few hundred thousand upper caste Indians not only acquire Audis, Ferraris and Mercedes Benz vehicles to prove that the loans for their real estate businesses translate into private luxury. No developer in India is complete without a picture of himself next to an excavator these days. Whilst the[Read More…]

State-Responsibilities, Religious Pilgrimages & Eco-Concerns

State-Responsibilities, Religious Pilgrimages & Eco-Concerns

State-interests run supreme: India is in essence a unitary State where apart from three basics of defense, communication & foreign affairs, overwhelming items of legislative competence have been constitutionally vested in the central government, albeit “few” federal features also exist in its constitutional scheme. Despite being a predominantly unitary system, it can’t be lost sight of that the State governments[Read More…]

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Offshoring Indian Agriculture: Is India Becoming a GMO Trash Can?

Offshoring Indian Agriculture: Is India Becoming a GMO Trash Can?

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…]

On Being Too Busy For Others To Question Your Sources

On Being Too Busy For Others To Question Your Sources

  I met with five administrators of schools in San Joaquin County, California this week, and those principals and vice-principals of public and private educational institutions in the Golden State had one thing in common. They didn’t believe that the oceans were dying. One said he thought that “the oceans are big and can regenerate easily enough over time.” Another[Read More…]

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Exciting discovery: “Supercolony” of Adelie Penguins Discovered in remote islands off Antarctica

Like all other flora and fauna of our planet, what we have considered the most common, have steadily declined, due to various reasons. So it is exciting to find a population of a declining species, which was considered common earlier, in a remote, undocumented area.   For the past 40 years, the total number of Adélie Penguins, one of the[Read More…]

Should We Have Zoos and Aquariums Or Not?

Should We Have Zoos and Aquariums Or Not?

It may be tragic to think this way, but sometimes I consider that zoos and aquariums are part of the solution to keep certain species alive. It is because our species is directly and indirectly involved in killing perhaps the majority of all living things across the world. Then we are breeding out of control to take over their former[Read More…]

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Air Pollution In Delhi And Our Right to Breathe

Air Pollution In Delhi And Our Right to Breathe

I) Current situation According to the World Health Organizations WHO (2013) air pollution is the fifth largest killer in India. 13 out of the 20 most polluted cities in the world are in India with Delhi being at the forefront. The air pollution in Delhi is caused by different sources, with emissions from Diesel vehicles being one of the main[Read More…]

Zoo in Corbett – Really?

Zoo in Corbett – Really?

Let me introduce you to the tiger. He is not an animal. He is not a spectacle. He does not exist for your pleasure or like all politicians, for photo ops. He is not living in your land, you are encroaching on his. The tiger (gender neutral term as it refers to the species, and not to the male alone)[Read More…]

South East Asia Getting Killed By Logging And Mining

South East Asia Getting Killed By Logging And Mining

When an airplane is approaching Singapore Changi Airport, it makesthe final approach either from the direction of Peninsular Malaysia, or from theIndonesian island of Batam. Either way, the scope for natural disaster under the wings is of monumental proportions. All the primary forest ofthe Malaysian state bordering Singapore –Johor – is now gone and the tremendous sprawl of scarred land,[Read More…]

Ecuador Endangered

Ecuador Endangered

The tropical Andes of Ecuador are at the top of the world list of biodiversity hotspots in terms of vertebrate species, endemic vertebrates, and endemic plants. Ecuador has more orchid and hummingbird species than Brazil, which is 32 times larger, and more diversity than the entire USA. In the last year, the Ecuadorean government has quietly granted mining concessions to[Read More…]

Junk Planet: Is Earth the Largest Garbage Dump in the Universe?

Junk Planet: Is Earth the Largest Garbage Dump in the Universe?

Is Earth the largest garbage dump in the Universe? I don’t know. But it’s a safe bet that Earth would be a contender were such a competition to be held. Let me explain why. To start, just listing the types of rubbish generated by humans or the locations into which each of these is dumped is a staggering task beyond[Read More…]

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 Sickening Relations: The Royal Society and the GMO-Agrochemical Sector

 Sickening Relations: The Royal Society and the GMO-Agrochemical Sector

The Royal Society in the UK is a self-governing fellowship of distinguished scientists. Its purpose is reflected in its founding charters of the 1660s: to recognise, promote and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity. Its motto, nullius in verba, is taken to mean ‘take nobody’s word for it’. It is[Read More…]

Heritage & West Connex Meet Head-On in Sydney’s Suburbs

Rose Bay: Is It Another Barangaroo Point or West Connex of The Future?

  Andrew Taylor, a columnist with the Sydney Morning Herald, recently raised some pressing issues about out-of-control development in Sydney’s suburbs that should at once give everyone in the modern world cause to pause and reflect upon, because the problem of traffic gridlock and lack of parking could be said to be the flash point Achilles Heels of modern society’s[Read More…]

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Don’t You Know What Happened?

Don’t You Know What Happened?

  “In less than ten years, two-thirds of the world’s population could be living under water stressed conditions.” — one of the last lines of the documentary spotlighted in this article “[It is] the most pervasive, most severe, and most invisible dimension of the ecological devastation of the earth.” — Vandana Shiva commenting on the worldwide water crisis in her Water[Read More…]

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The Line Is Hot And You’re On The Spot

The Line Is Hot And You’re On The Spot

  There are three poisonous elements in the Apple iPhone I’d like to spotlight here to put you on the spot. There are many more horrific aspects to the high tech gadget — relating to the product itself and how it manages to get produced — but I don’t want to overload you at present. Right now… I just want[Read More…]

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On Our Arthritic Snail’s Pace

On Our Arthritic Snail’s Pace

 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) is a process by a United States government commission to increase United States Defense Department efficiency by planning the end of the Cold War realignment and closure of military installations. More than 350 installations have been closed in five BRAC rounds: 1988, 1991, 1993, 1995, and 2005, but we have to question what’s been involved in those closures environmentally… because, as we know, the U.S. military is,[Read More…]

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Fabricated Reality: Lobbying For GMO Agriculture In India

Fabricated Reality: Lobbying For GMO Agriculture In India

Richard John Roberts is a prominent biochemist and molecular biologist. On his recent visits to India, he has talked about the supposed virtues of genetically modified (GM) food and crops, while attacking people who have valid concerns about the technology. In 2015, while in Mysore, he implied the denial of GM food to people in developing nations is a crime against[Read More…]

What’s My Crime?

What’s My Crime?

The killing shot is just behind the shoulder. Aim for the spot behind the elbow and your bullet will tear through skin and muscle, enter the rib cage and pulverize the heart. If it gets deflected by a rib it will still go through the lungs and graze the heart enough to cause massive bleeding. But it is not a[Read More…]

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Jhalana, Jaipur’s Secret Paradise

Jhalana, Jaipur’s Secret Paradise

The Blue Bull had been killed by hyenas. The Striped Hyena pack, led by the matriarch had lived in this forest for generations beyond number. Their ancestors lived off the kills of tigers, until the last of those great hunters fell to the guns of men. Men, forever on their quest to kill, burn and destroy and call it conquest.[Read More…]

Tearing Down The Facade of Legitimacy: Industrial Agriculture And The Agrochemical Industry 

Tearing Down The Facade of Legitimacy: Industrial Agriculture And The Agrochemical Industry 

The chemical-intensive industrial model of agriculture has secured the status of ‘thick legitimacy’. This status stems from on an intricate web of processes successfully spun in the scientific, policy and political arenas. It status allows the model to persist and appear  normal and necessary. This perceived legitimacy derives from the lobbying, financial clout and political power of agribusiness conglomerates which, throughout[Read More…]

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Majuli-World’s Largest Riverine Island Facing Extinction Threat

Majuli- a picturesque island nestled amidst the mighty Brahmaputra river traversing through the sate of Assam, is proudly holding the tag of being world’s largest freshwater river island. Apart from natural beauty, the island is a home to rare species of flora and fauna making it a biodiversity hotspot and an offbeat tourist destination. It specifically attracts birding aficionados as[Read More…]

 Resisting Tyranny: Struggling For Seed Sovereignty In Latin America

 Resisting Tyranny: Struggling For Seed Sovereignty In Latin America

The Latin America Seeds Collective has just released a 40-minute film (‘Seeds: Common or Corporate Property?) which documents the resistance of peasant farmers to the corporate takeover of their agriculture. The film describes how seed has been central to agriculture for 10,000 years. Farmers have been saving, exchanging and developing seeds for millennia. Seeds have been handed down from generation to[Read More…]

We Need Renewed Supporters To Be Along Side of Us And Stop These Atrocities!

We Need Renewed Supporters To Be Along Side of Us And Stop These Atrocities!

I’m sure you remember the oil spill from the Keystone XL pipeline last November. Did you think it was an isolated incident? Think again. In the past ten years, more than 34 million gallons of hazardous liquids have spilled from pipelines into the soil and water — and that’s just in the U.S. And the oil industry wants to construct hundreds[Read More…]

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