Why world can’t protect climate without checking population growth?

By NS Venkataraman* A well-researched study has been conducted about the linkages between global population growth and climate hazard. The study has been conducted by Nandini Consultancy Centre, a firm of chemical engineers based at Chennai and Singapore. The study report urges the UNO to recognize the inadequacies of the decisions taken during the Paris … More Why world can’t protect climate without checking population growth?

Potential for reuse of waste water and treated sludge is not being exploited to the full in Jaipur

Excerpts from the study, “Wastewater Management in Jaipur: A City Level Sanitation Study”, published* by the National Institute of Urban Affairs, Delhi The Jaipur City Development Master Plan 2025 was adopted and notified in 2011 (JDA, 2011). The plan estimated the wastewater generation in 2025 to be 783 MLD. The plan divided the city into … More Potential for reuse of waste water and treated sludge is not being exploited to the full in Jaipur

N-power projects: Critical to undertake cost-benefit analysis, explore techno-economic viability options

By Shankar Sharma* India has embarked on plans for a massive addition to its nuclear power capacity.  The Parliament was informed by the concerned minister on 3rd January 2019 that 21 nuclear power reactors, with an installed capacity of 15,700 MW was under implementation, envisaged for progressive completion by the year 2031. Whereas it looks … More N-power projects: Critical to undertake cost-benefit analysis, explore techno-economic viability options

Women argue for prohibition because they bear the brunt of problems caused by sale of liquor

By Sheshu Babu* One of the most debated problems in the recent elections in Andhra Pradesh was the implementation of ‘ prohibition’. Struggle against liquor, that too state-sponsored liquor shops, has been going on for years, especially by women. Most Dalit and lower caste women in both Telengana and Andhra participated in exerting pressure on … More Women argue for prohibition because they bear the brunt of problems caused by sale of liquor

Despite Green Revolution success, rate of malnutrition in India remains stubbornly high

Excerpts from “Food and Nutrition Security Analysis, India, 2019”, jointly prepared by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation & The World Food Programme: The Green Revolution in India which took place in the 1960’s was responsible for increasing agricultural productivity and overall food production in the country. As a result, India had a surplus … More Despite Green Revolution success, rate of malnutrition in India remains stubbornly high

AIIMS redevelopment is the latest in the line of projects that grab the public lands of Delhi

By Manju Menon and Kanchi Kohli* On January 17, 2017, an MoU was signed between V. Srinivas, the deputy director of AIIMS, and the NBCC at an event called the “signing ceremony”. The then director of AIIMS, professor M.C. Misra, invited the AIIMS community to this event. Also present were Venkaiah Naidu (then Union urban development minister) … More AIIMS redevelopment is the latest in the line of projects that grab the public lands of Delhi

Prioritization of large dam projects typically occurs in centralized decision-making processes

A joint statement has been issued by over 250 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on the occasion of 2019 World Hydropower Congress, organised in Paris by the industrial lobby of the International Hydropower Association (IHA) in partnership with UNESCO. Titled “The False Promises of Hydropower: How dams fail to deliver the Paris Climate Agreement and the … More Prioritization of large dam projects typically occurs in centralized decision-making processes