Fire in the forest

The head of a parliamentary standing committee on science and technology, environment and forests, Renuka Chowdhury has recently commented that the panel’s recommendations on forest fires are being ignored. The report titled ‘Forest fires and its effect on environment, forests, bio-diversity and wildlife and remedial/preventive measures’ presenting steps on mitigating forest fires had been submitted… Read More Fire in the forest

Flood forecasting full of lapses, says CAG report

In a scathing report, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has revealed major problems in the execution of flood management programmes in India. The report titled Schemes for flood control and flood forecasting submitted in July 2017 highlights that flood management was not taken up in an integrated manner, i.e., covering the entire river or… Read More Flood forecasting full of lapses, says CAG report

Indigenous communities forced to cede ground

Indigenous peoples are recognized and identified as distinct peoples in India through the constitution. Further, the indigenous tribal council is constitutionally recognized in India and there are specific state institutions established to deal with their rights and development. India is among the few countries where constitutional or statutory laws recognize indigenous peoples’ rights to land,… Read More Indigenous communities forced to cede ground

Grey water irrigation more profitable

Over the years the increasing population and urbanization has meant growing shortage of land for disposal of domestic grey water, indiscriminate cutting down of forests for biomass production and lesser availability of water irrigation. Indian researchers have found a one shot solution that can not only address all these three concerns but also generates more… Read More Grey water irrigation more profitable

Mangrove ecosystems should be better protected

A recent study reveals alarming rate of mangrove habitat loss in south-east Asia. The region contains the greatest proportion (33.8 per cent) of the global mangrove forest straddling across 1,34,257 sqkm. Mangroves are salt-tolerant evergreen forests that are found along coastlines, lagoons, rivers or deltas in tropical and subtropical countries and areas around the world,… Read More Mangrove ecosystems should be better protected

Indian scientists say don’t blame nitrogen fertilizer for global warming

In a twist to climate change debate, Indian scientists have shown that there is a need to take into account cooling effects of nitrogen used in agriculture while assessing its overall ‘temperature change potential’ and not just its warming effect. In a recent study published in journal Scientific Reports, scientists have reported that net global… Read More Indian scientists say don’t blame nitrogen fertilizer for global warming