Crop residue burning in North India affects rest of India too: study

Crop residue burning in Punjab and Haryana is often blamed for worsening air quality in the Delhi National Capital Region. Now a new study by scientists working in the US and India has found that impact of crop residue burning in the Northwest region can spread as far as central and southern states – Maharashtra,… Read More Crop residue burning in North India affects rest of India too: study

Worsening worldwide land degradation now ‘critical’, undermining well-being of 3.2 billion people

Worsening land degradation caused by human activities is undermining the well-being of two fifths of humanity, driving species extinctions and intensifying climate change. It is also a major contributor to mass human migration and increased conflict, according to the world’s first comprehensive evidence-based assessment of land degradation and restoration. The dangers of land degradation, which… Read More Worsening worldwide land degradation now ‘critical’, undermining well-being of 3.2 billion people

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

ब्रह्मपुत्र कछार में आर्सेनिक, फ्लोराइड और यूरेनियम का खतरा

भारतीय भूवैज्ञानिकों ने एक ताजा अध्ययन के बाद ब्रह्मपुत्र नदी के तटीय मैदान में आर्सेनिक, फ्लोराइड और यूरेनियम पाए जाने की पुष्टि की है। अध्ययनकर्ताओं के अनुसार इन हानिकारक तत्वों का असर बच्चों के स्वास्थ पर सबसे अधिक पड़ रहा है। तेजपुर विश्वविद्यालय और गांधीनगर स्थित भारतीय प्रौद्योगिकी संस्थान के वैज्ञानिक ब्रह्मपुत्र नदी के कछार… Read More ब्रह्मपुत्र कछार में आर्सेनिक, फ्लोराइड और यूरेनियम का खतरा

Farmers shouldn’t have to die before the government addresses rampant pesticide misuse

A recent study in Jharkhand showed that farmers are unaware of how to correctly use different chemicals and do not use any protective gear during the process. The deaths and hospitalisation of farmers in Maharashtra raises to the forefront the question of state government culpability for its negligence in regulating the pesticide sector. The National Human Rights… Read More Farmers shouldn’t have to die before the government addresses rampant pesticide misuse