An overview of nuclear power policy for India in the context of additional capacity to Kaiga NPP

By Shankar Sharma* The decision by the government of India in May 2017 to commission ten nuclear power reactors of the type PHWR of 700 MW capacity each in different parts of the country, and the proposal to add four more reactors of the type VVER of 1,000 MW capacity each at Kudankulam Nuclear Power … More An overview of nuclear power policy for India in the context of additional capacity to Kaiga NPP

Four years of contentious coastal regulation ‘reform’ in India: What is the debate?

A blog by researchers of the the Centre for Policy Research (CPR)-Namati Environmental Justice Programme: In June 2014, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) constituted the Shailesh Nayak (SN) Committee to review the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Notification 2011. While it was reportedly done in response to state governments’ concerns regarding coastal … More Four years of contentious coastal regulation ‘reform’ in India: What is the debate?

Helping create positive environment for ecological farming in Bihar’s Ganga Organic Corridor

Recently, Greenpeace activists undertook Bihar Living Soils Yatra, a journey of  1500 kilometers covering 9 districts, 16 villages across the state’s Ganga Organic Corridor and connecting with over 800 farmers in 10 day period. The team travelled across Nalanda, Lakhisarai, Munger, Bhagalpur, Begusarai, Samastipur, Vaishali, Bhojpur and Patna to assess local farmer’s understanding of the … More Helping create positive environment for ecological farming in Bihar’s Ganga Organic Corridor

Industrial revolution caused biodiversity crisis due to irreversible loss of large number of species

Speaking at the 42nd Annual Conference of the Ethological Society of India (ESI), held at the University of Calicut, ESI president Dr S Faizi said, “We need to think beyond the human barriers, reform our assumptions, methodologies and protocols so that we make new strides in understanding the complex world of animal behaviour, and communicate our … More Industrial revolution caused biodiversity crisis due to irreversible loss of large number of species

Solar pumps can quickly expand quality irrigation to the poor at affordable cost in Ganga basin

Excerpts from the paper “Promoting Solar Irrigation Service Providers in Ganga Basin: Jobs, Affordable Irrigation and Accelerated Green Revolution”, by Tushaar Shah, Gyan Prakash Rai, Shilp Verma and Neha Durga, presented at the international conference on Building Climate Resilience for Doubling Farmers’ Incomes: Innovations in Water, Land, Energy and Ecosystems, organized by the International Water … More Solar pumps can quickly expand quality irrigation to the poor at affordable cost in Ganga basin

Bhopal tragedy: Futile to expect govts can deal with such emergencies with any measure of efficiency

It was on the night of December 2, 1984, when Bhopal died a million deaths. The chemical, methyl isocyanate (MIC), that spilled out from Union Carbide India Ltd’s (UCIL’s) pesticide factory turned the city into a vast gas chamber. People ran on the streets, vomiting and dying. The city ran out of cremation grounds. It … More Bhopal tragedy: Futile to expect govts can deal with such emergencies with any measure of efficiency

Why degrading female members of someone’s family is considered the highest form of insult

By Sheshu Babu* One of the best forms of effective and precise communication   is language. It not only exposes one’s mood and state of mind but also ability to choose words for expressing the intended meaning. While there are many effective ‘good’ words to indicate happiness and joy, there are few words which hurt certain … More Why degrading female members of someone’s family is considered the highest form of insult