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These saints put their lives at stake for Ganga and more are lined up

A list of activists who gave up food and water to ensure the river is clean

23 Apr 2019 4:45 pm
Is the ODF status for Kanpur a myth?

From shortage of toilets to age-old habits, Kanpur throws up a contradictory picture

23 Apr 2019 3:08 pm
Okhla waste-energy plant gets show cause notice

The Timarpur Okhla Waste Management Company has been given 15 days to respond why they defied the terms of the Environment Clearance

22 Apr 2019 6:16 pm
बच्चों को कुपोषण से बचा सकती है शिक्षित मां : शोध

एक नए अध्ययन में पता चला है कि बच्चों को पर्याप्त पोषण और विविधतापूर्ण आहार देने में शिक्षित मां की भूमिका परिवार की सामाजिक-आर्थिक स्थिति से अधिक महत्वपूर्ण हो सकती है

22 Apr 2019 4:00 pm
'Both, solid waste and faecal sludge must be tackled for clean cities'

The policy advocacy head of international non-profit WaterAid’s Bangladesh unit, Abdullah Al Muyeed talks to Rashmi Verma about how a small town, Sakhipur, around 60 kilometres from Dhaka, successfully manages its faecal sludge sucked out from septic tanks and solid waste simultaneously

22 Apr 2019 2:48 pm
सुंदरवन के पास वन कर्मचारियों पर हमला, चार घायल

वन कर्मचारियों पर हमला तब हुआ, जब वे बाघ की मौत के मामले में नामजद एक आरोपी को पकड़ने गए थे 

22 Apr 2019 2:05 pm
Forest officials attacked in the Sundarbans

A party of officials led by the Divisional Forest Officer in the South 24 Paraganas were attacked with sticks when they tried to arrest an accused in a suspected tiger poaching case

21 Apr 2019 7:07 pm
India Eco Watch: Major ecological happenings of the week (Apr 15-21)

Down To Earth brings you the top happenings in the world of Indian ecology, botany and zoology

21 Apr 2019 4:29 pm
Two female Great Indian Bustards satellite-tagged in Rajasthan

Scientists hope to get critical information on the birds through the satellite tags

20 Apr 2019 4:46 pm
Talcher's killer elephant detusked

The rogue elephant that killed five persons in Talcher was de-tusked

20 Apr 2019 3:48 pm
वन्य जीवों की मौत के कारण तलाशेगी कमेटी

वन्य जीवों की मौत के लिए जिम्मेवार अधिकारियों की भूमिका की भी जांच करेगी कमेटी, अधिकारियों पर शिकारियों से मिलीभगत का आरोप है

20 Apr 2019 11:53 am
Arunachal's pristine river Kameng turns into dumpyard

Dumping garbage into rivers has become a concern in ecologically-sensitive Arunachal Pradesh, to the extent that the Deputy Commissioner of East Kameng district issued a preventive order to the District Urban Development Agency  

19 Apr 2019 7:07 pm
Focus on climate change: Food majors to US government

Sustainable Food Policy Alliance pushes for carbon pricing system for industries 

19 Apr 2019 6:54 pm
Elephant kills five in Odisha

The victims were asleep on their verandahs when the tusker trampled them

19 Apr 2019 2:56 pm
Saurashtra woes: Policy change on check dams leads to water deficit

In the 1990s, non-profits and farmers themselves built check dams; today, the government does it, without proper research or site selection

19 Apr 2019 12:28 pm
India’s wildlife needs its people’s empathy, not just sympathy

The trend of shooting animals declared as ‘man eaters’ is taking a toll on our wildlife, our precious natural heritage

18 Apr 2019 6:40 pm
Bad news for grizzlies as berries ripening faster due to climate change

The bears need to feast on buffalo berries before they hibernate for the winter

18 Apr 2019 5:04 pm
Lactalis to milk more in India. Why that may worry some

French dairy giant has been in the news for allegedly cheating farmers back home, for its secretive business model and for the quality of its products

18 Apr 2019 3:15 pm
New cholesterol study may lead you to ask: Pass the eggs, or pass on the eggs?

A recent study examined the association between dietary cholesterol or egg consumption with cardiovascular disease and all causes of mortality

18 Apr 2019 2:53 pm
Bengal's tea belt: 3 lakh voters, but nobody cares about elections

Tea garden workers in Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri and North Dinajpur, which go to polls on April 18, depend on Bhutan more than India for employment and water

17 Apr 2019 6:36 pm
All that crap: How can faecal sludge be reused

If more people in India’s rural areas are building septic tanks, there must be effective ways of managing faecal sludge. Here are some ways to utilise it

17 Apr 2019 5:57 pm
Recycling of e-waste in India and its potential

Since India is highly deficient in precious mineral resources while untreated e-waste goes to landfill, there is need for a well designed, regulated e-waste recovery regime which would generate jobs as well as wealth

17 Apr 2019 4:20 pm
Political tension doesn’t leave any spotlight for green issues in J&K

Issues like shrinking of glaciers and rivers and water shortage are neither being addressed in election campaign, nor are they mentioned in routine political discourse

17 Apr 2019 3:18 pm
ओखला बर्ड सेंचुरी से गायब हुए पक्षी

ओखला बैराज के दरवाजों की मरम्मत के लिए इस अभयारण्य की नम भूमि को सुखा दिया गया है, जिससे पक्षी वहां से चले गए हैं 

17 Apr 2019 2:44 pm
Barrage repairs at Okhla park force birds out in breeding season

Irrigation officials dried up the wetland for 15 days for the task, but ecologists claim the repairs are not needed every year

17 Apr 2019 10:21 am
ग्रामीण इलाकों का पानी चूस रहे हैं शहर

38.3 करोड़ लोगों की आबादी वाले 69 शहरों को प्रति वर्ष लगभग 16 बिलियन क्यूबिक मीटर पानी ग्रामीण क्षेत्रों से प्राप्त होता है

16 Apr 2019 6:50 pm
क्या सूखी हुई झील को सीवर के पानी से भरना सही है?

कुछ जगह सीवर के उपचारित पानी से झीलों को दोबारा जीवन दिया गया है, लेकिन इसके लिए सतर्कता बरतनी जरूरी है 

16 Apr 2019 6:32 pm
A peek into the secret lives of Indian spiders

India is home to several unique species of spiders; some are known to science, while many others are yet to be discovered

16 Apr 2019 6:17 pm
Better manage e-waste, improve working conditions for recyclers: ILO

The UN agency has called for urgent steps to promote investments in the sector to create “decent” working conditions

16 Apr 2019 5:29 pm
There are 150 Bustards in the Desert National Park, claims report

Wildlife Institute of India pegged the species' total population for the whole country at 150 during 2018

16 Apr 2019 4:03 pm
How Google images helped us pin down the diet of Africa’s largest eagle

Declines in Martial eagles have been so steep that this species is now considered vulnerable to extinction

16 Apr 2019 3:46 pm
Scientific management of mangroves is need of the hour

40 per cent of mangrove forests in West Coast of India have been converted into farmlands and housing colonies over the last three decades

16 Apr 2019 2:45 pm
Another species extinct: This time the Yangtze giant soft shell turtle

The last surviving female dies in a Chinese zoo

16 Apr 2019 1:42 pm
वन्य जीव संरक्षण में गैर-संरक्षित क्षेत्र भी हो सकते हैं मददगार

एक ताजा अध्ययन में संरक्षित वन्यजीव क्षेत्रों के बाहर तेंदुए, भेड़िये और लकड़बग्घे जैसे जीवों में स्थानीय लोगों के साथ सह-अस्तित्व की संभावना देखी गई है

15 Apr 2019 6:24 pm
First leucistic five-striped palm squirrel found in North India

The individual was found in a human-made forest in eastern Uttar Pradesh’s Ghazipur district by an independent researcher

15 Apr 2019 6:16 pm
Trash-fired power plants wasted in India

Controversy mars India's ambitious target of generating 800 MW of energy by burning waste. Ironically, the country does not even generate appropriate waste to sustain these waste-to-energy plants

15 Apr 2019 2:44 pm
India Eco Watch: Major ecological happenings of the week (Apr 8-14)

Down To Earth brings you the top happenings in the world of Indian ecology, botany and zoology

15 Apr 2019 2:29 pm
Dirty Ganga: Funds down the drain in UP

Contrary to government claims, efforts to clean up the drains flowing into the Ganga have not borne results

15 Apr 2019 2:25 pm
दुधवा में एक और बाघ की मौत

20 दिनों के अंदर बाघ की यह दूसरी मौत है। पोस्टमार्टम के बाद पता चलेगी मौत की वजह 

15 Apr 2019 1:01 pm
Narmada has been killed in Gujarat, say activists

Members of Vadodara-based non-profit say the river downstream of Sardar Sarovar is now seasonal and carries only seawater and sewage

15 Apr 2019 10:26 am
Food India: Six recipes to beat the heat

DTE brings you some recipes from our foodbook; they are soothing for the summers, high on nutrition, even medicinal. Here's wishing you a summer to discover food as medicine.

13 Apr 2019 5:55 pm
How much evidence is enough to declare a new species of human from a Philippines cave site?

There is no reason to expect human evolution to have been any different to the evolution of other animals 

13 Apr 2019 2:20 pm
What happens to our shit once we are done with it?

SFD Week: From treatment technologies to the genetics of faecal sludge

12 Apr 2019 4:21 pm
Dietary supplements don’t reduce risk of death due to heart disease, cancer: study

Vitamins and minerals obtained directly from food are better than artificial supplements, it says

12 Apr 2019 1:33 pm
FSSAI rules for organic farmers ‘pushing them out of business’

Farmer organisations, companies say concerns not addressed

12 Apr 2019 12:21 pm
Female turtle returns to Maldivian atoll to lay eggs, finds runway instead

The turtle laid her eggs on the runway of Maafaru airport itself, on Noonu Atoll

11 Apr 2019 7:19 pm
Astro-ecology: Counting orangutans using star-spotting technology

A new collaboration between astrophysicists, conservationists and ecologists is aiming to save rare and endangered animals such as the Great Apes of Asia

9 Apr 2019 8:08 pm
Open defecation in an ODF district in Rajasthan

Here's a travelogue to five tribal villages in Rajasthan's Sirohi district, which has been declared open-defecation free; but there are barely any toilets constructed or used

9 Apr 2019 6:32 pm