AKVO AWGs have been a revelation in how water is tapped for drinking purposes in our country. However, the journey has not been smooth and is by no means over. Mr. Bagga, the main man behind this organization and idea, is continuously working tirelessly to realize his dream of providing water to the people of […]Read More From the founder: AKVO and it’s journey so far…
In light of recent alarming trends in air quality of India, I felt that it is a good idea to revisit one of the most important environmental legislation to have come into effect in India, and to see what the government had in mind when it came out with this Act. The Air (Prevention and […]Read More India’s Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981
I’m on a study tour through South India, visiting different National Parks and scientific institutes. Today was my first day, and already, the lectures we had were extremely interesting… One of the lectures I really found fascinating was given by Amit Jose Kurian, a research scholar at the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and […]Read More Why is shifting cultivation being blamed for land degradation?
If you are keeping up with the recent developments in the lines of COP 22, you’ll know that the countries that signed it, along with the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate change, have been in a conference in Morocco, discussing the role of education in achieving mass momentum to tackle climate change. This is vital if […]Read More Environmental education: Aiding conservation and restoration
Mining has been an done on Earth since humans realized the potential of metals and non-metals in improving the quality of their lives. However, mining has taken humongous proportions since the industrial age. The uses of mined materials, ranging from metals to radioactive elements to coal and petroleum, has expanded into fields that were previously […]Read More Mining: Environmental degradation caused by improper practices
Checklists. Something that we all have made for a variety of reasons. Things you need to buy in the market? Checklist. Things you need to study the night before an exam? Checklist. Things you need to finish during a workout? Checklist. The concept is nothing new (and I kind of feel silly writing a whole […]Read More Checklists in Environmental Impact Assessment
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.
Before you start something new, what is the first thing that you do? Most people take an inventory; what are the things they have and what are the things they will need. What are the things that are likely to change over the course of “this activity” and how to prepare for it. For example, […]Read More Environmental Impact Assessment-Baseline study
Forests are invaluable to humans, both for us to life and to keep our economy going. Look around your room. I bet you can name more than 10 things in your room that is directly, or indirectly obtained from a forest. But here’s the paradox: while we need standing forests to live, we need to […]Read More Land degradation: Role of deforestation
A background to this problem Grazing is an activity that has been part of the environment long before humans came into the picture. Many of the grazers today; horses, cows, buffaloes, bisons, have ancestors who were also grazers. They survived in the grasslands that were extensive in the Miocene epoch in Earth’s history. It is a […]Read More Land degradation: Role of Overgrazing