Why should Indians worry about glyphosate?

Indians are under great danger from the ill effects of Glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide,manufactured largely by the agrochemical seed corporation Monsanto under the trade name Roundup – said Santanu (better known as Tony) Mitra at an event organised by Bhoomi Ka at Gandhi Peace Foundation, New Delhi, on 10th May. The speaker is… Read More Why should Indians worry about glyphosate?

Environment justice stories

The CPR-Namati Environmental Justice Program has recently come up with a compilation of articles written by barefoot advocates, also called as “Enviro-legal Coordinators”, about the cases they have worked on with affected communities. The publication titled ‘Making the law count: Ten environment justice stories by community paralegals in India’ chronicles its conviction that putting law… Read More Environment justice stories

Monsoon modeling is not like the ‘blind men and elephant’ story

In a few weeks from now monsoon forecasts will begin. These forecasts are based on calculations made by computer modeling. The amazing advances in modeling of weather and climate is evident in the fact that given energy from the sun arriving at the top of the atmosphere, a model’s mathematical representation of the atmosphere, ocean… Read More Monsoon modeling is not like the ‘blind men and elephant’ story

2018 Environmental Performance Index: India falls to the bottom tier

The 2018 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) finds that air quality is the leading environmental threat to public health. Now in its twentieth year, the biennial report is produced by researchers at Yale and Columbia Universities in collaboration with the World Economic Forum. The tenth EPI report ranks 180 countries on 24 performance indicators across 10 issue categories covering… Read More 2018 Environmental Performance Index: India falls to the bottom tier

Environmental benefits accrued by MGNREGA

A recent study in SPWD’s project location in south Rajasthan looks at the environmental benefits accrued by MGNREGA works. MGNREGA, one of the world’s largest acts for employment generation also facilitates generation of sustainable assets for the environment. SPWD’s work in the study area focuses on the environment benefits of MGNREGA and was initiated to… Read More Environmental benefits accrued by MGNREGA