For the last three years, the months of October and November see extensive coverage of how bad the air in Delhi is. Winters in the capital are a time of excruciating discomfort and irritation in various forms; delayed flights, extreme traffic, low visibility, inability to breathe and irritation in all kinds of body parts. I’ve […]Read More Graded Response Action Plan: How Delhi plans to combat severe air pollution
In a widely popular decision among environmental groups and scientists, the EU voted last week to ban all outdoor use of one of the world’s most popular insecticide-“neonics” or neonicotinoids. These compounds have been suspected to have a very negative impact on the health of the honeybees and wild bees around the world, especially in […]Read More From Europe: Bee harming insecticide now banned!
The Amazon rainforest is one of the first major natural landmarks ever introduced to a child. The sheer vastness of it, the fact that it is considered the “lungs of the world” and produces close to 30% of the total oxygen production of the world is something no child forgets easily. The rainforest, though, is […]Read More Politics threatening the Amazon rainforest of Brazil
When India was a newly formed country, just free from the clutches of the British Raj, decisions had to be made about what animals would be the symbol of our country. The Great Indian Bustard (Ardeotis nigriceps) was a strong contender for being claimed as the National Bird of India. But, considering a possible national embarrassment […]Read More Great Indian Bustard: The bird that “almost” became our national bird
In a world that has been highly reliant on coal and petroleum for centuries, is it difficult to imagine that soon, we shall reach a point where it is no longer economically advisable to do so? Well, believe it or not, that time is soon coming (or is already here). Scientists and industry experts all […]Read More Renewable tipping point: Revolutionizing the global energy market
You only need to step into any major market in the country to find yourself staring at huge, relentless suggestions and titles and images of all the shops vying for your attention. While the psychological impacts of banners and advertising are significant, that’s not what I’m covering today. It’s the very medium/material that is used […]Read More Flex boards and the problem of “poison plastic”
Donald Trump emerged victorious in the recent US elections despite mass propaganda against him by media and celebrities alike. He plans to make “America great again”. Unfortunately, he doesn’t seem to see the environment and ecology of the continent part of the America that needs to rise to greatness. He has made his perspective perfectly […]Read More Donald Trump and the environment: Are we heading towards disaster? Not quite.
In the latest news from Delhi’s crazy haze, schools have decided to close for the next three days because of the unbearable smog. The situation remains critical, with many people complaining of burning eyes and retching tastes when they step outside. Kids can celebrate their extra holidays by staying put inside their houses. This is […]Read More Delhi air: So bad kids can’t go to school anymore!
Click here, and here to make a change in Delhi’s air (but go ahead, read the post too). Diwali is a time of jubilation. It is a time when we run around the place in new clothes, boggling sweets and putting on weight. There’s smiles, laughter and if your Diwali is anything like it is […]Read More Clean air: Something Delhi hasn’t seen in a while
Hydrogen has been a common fuel for rockets. It’s a clean fuel that burns completely and releases only water vapor as a byproduct. However, the gas as a fuel was too expensive to be put to use for day-to-day activities. Neither did it have the technologies to compete with the existing and cheap technologies of […]Read More World’s first hydrogen powered passenger train will debut in Germany