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Backgrounders

India's culture of conservation

By Neema Pathak Broome

A brief history of conservation in India, from the administration of Emperor Ashoka to official policy and community conservation in contemporary India

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Analysis

TPP: Is big money set to trump democracy?

TPP: Is big money set to trump democracy?

Unhappy with the increasingly democratic nature of the WTO, the US is striking back with the Trans Pacific Partnership, which will enable powerful corporations to override the legal frameworks of nation-states, writes Suman Sahai

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Features

Inspiration from Burning Man

Inspiration from Burning Man

Rajni Bakshi

Take a break from your worries about the Indian economy and spare a moment for those who are worrying about civilisation itself, as at the Burning Man Festival

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Rethinking nuclear energy

Nuclear power: Myths, realities and FAQs

Nuclear power: Myths, realities and FAQs

Besides Koodankulam, local communities in Jaitapur, Maharashtra, and Gorakhpur, Haryana, are nixing nuclear power plants in their area. But government continues to maintain they are 100% safe, and that there is no alternative to nuclear energy. Nityanand Jayaraman and G Sundar Rajan dispel misconception...

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Politics of Biodiversity

No food security without ecological and livelihood security

No food security without ecological and livelihood security

Providing food for the poor is important, says Ashish Kothari , but the Food Security Bill must also create the conditions under which people can provide food for themselves, or have the means to buy it

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Eco-logic

Turning a blind eye to cell tower radiation risks

Turning a blind eye to cell tower radiation risks

By Darryl D'Monte

The Maharashtra government has finally accepted that nearly half of Mumbai’s cell towers are illegal. However, the government is still not admitting the health risks posed by these towers

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Changemakers

Green warriors of the Garo hills

By Teresa Rehman

Meghalaya’s South Garo Hills are under serious threat from illegal coal mining. The Garo Students Union, and its dynamic leader Prosper S Marak, have been battling to preserve the biodiversity of this region. Marak was declared Earth Hero for 2009 and also won the Young Natura...

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Books & Reports

Putting people before economies

Putting people before economies

By Ranjan K Panda

New research by Maplecroft discusses the economic cost of climate change and puts the focus on building flood defences and other infrastructural resilience. Surely the focus should be on rethinking big business’s destruction of local ecologies instead?

 

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Toxic Tours

Toxic Tours - XIX: Toxic Trespass

By Sharyle Patton

The right to bear a family and the right of all women to control all aspects of their health, particularly their own fertility, are being seriously compromised by exposure to toxic chemicals

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Stories of change

Agartala to become India's first 'green city'

By Teresa Rehman

All public and private vehicles in Agartala will switch to compressed natural gas by 2013. The city’s largest crematorium already supports three ovens run on CNG, while countless citizens use piped natural gas in their kitchens

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Bhopal Survivors' Movement

The Bhopal Movement as a school

Eurig Scandrett concludes our series on 25 years of the Bhopal gas survivors’ movement with a reflection on how poor and ignorant people learnt everyday forms of resilience in the face of oppression and how that resilience evolved into resistance and political protest

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Climate change

Introduction: Energy versus emissions: The big challenge of the new millennium

By Rakesh Kalshian

To maintain its economic growth rate of 8-10%, India needs all the energy it can get. But the momentum of economic growth overrides crucial environmental concerns. How can India sustain a high economic growth rate and leapfrog into a sustainable energy regime without irreparably h...

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Industrial pollution

Editorial:Wrong questions. Wrong answers

By Nityanand Jayaraman

The Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal had several lessons to teach. Unfortunately, very few of these lessons have been learnt. Why? Perhaps because of our propensity to ask the wrong questions. Questions such as: “What is the best place to dump toxic waste?” The righ...

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