Open Forum

Nepal Nama

Nepal has the world’s largest hydropower potential, second only to Brazil. Yet, the whole of Nepal consumes less electricity than Gurgaon alone, and still there’s a huge shortage; 10-12 hour daily power cuts are common. This small, poor country is heavily dependant on biomass.

Dead & Forgotten

If you happen to be one of those who pay attention to world health news, then Chagas disease must have caught your attention. And if it hasn’t, then, well, here’s why you can’t let it go unnoticed. Chagas, one of the most deadly parasitic diseases in the world, affects around 14 million people worldwide and kills about 15,000 a year.

Scrap Scare

Are nuclear deals just the business of world leaders? Ask the hapless scrap dealer and his men who earned their living from collecting waste in Mayapuri, New Delhi, Asia’s largest scarp market, and who have now been scarred...

Water Wisdom

Do you know the best way to escape from a problem? Solve it! This is what the people of Jharbeda, a small village in Sundergarh; the worst hit district in Orissa as far as water scarcity is concerned, recently proved.

Climate change

Listen to us, for we are more active than the activists, more negotiable than the negotiators. We have our own set of facts and figures for everything. And we are the ones who bring real change in the society.

Fun and Fest

Students gather in the lawns of India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, on a sunny winter afternoon.

The Gobar Times Festival is on. As Panditji grins from ear to ear, savouring the buzz.

The Road Ahead

Cities, towns and roads in India are teeming with cars. Many more are waiting in the wings. An impressive line up of autos was on display in the  recently staged Auto Expo, 2010, Delhi. Do we really need more of these fossilfuel guzzlers? Not really.

Fun Feast

Everywhere in the world harvest festivals have a common theme. Food. And in India, where agriculture defines the history, economy, and culture of the land, this season throws up a lavish feast. Every region turns festive in its own special way.

Silent night. Unholy night

Neither Union Carbide nor the later owner Dow Chemicals take responsibility for the world largest industrial disaster. While the Indian Government sued Union Carbide for US $3.3 billion, it settled for a measly US $470 mn in 1989.

Cop 15 fact sheet

In the run up to the Copenhagen Summit, we had narrated the history of Climate Change negotiations, we had presented the key players to you and we had described the agenda of this most-hyped, most anticipated event of the decade.