Ecotourism: Boon or Bane
Mar08

Ecotourism: Boon or Bane

Ecotourism is often presented as the savior for wildlife and wild places, providing local communities with financial incentives to preserve nature while also reducing poaching and development pressure. But, lately, questions and concerns on whether rich Westerners jetting around the world really help at all?  Environment conservationists fear that it disturbs animals, create demands for new development and, only employ local people in...

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Mangroves Under Threat
Feb08

Mangroves Under Threat

Mangroves are the very lifeline of nature. Regrettably, these vital ecosystems are under threat of extinction with growing urbanisation, infrastructure development and human intrusion. Let us have a look at how mangrove forests are vital to human survival and the challenges they face of late. Mangroves are wetland ecosystems formed by the assemblage of specialised plants and animals adapted to semi-saline swamps along coasts. Mangrove...

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Climate Policy to Hit Energy Access to Millions
Feb08

Climate Policy to Hit Energy Access to Millions

Without new subsidies and policies to support increased energy access, new climate policies could push access to modern energy out of reach for millions in Asia, including India. With the commitments after the Paris agreement, India has to do a lot to make things easier. Stringent climate policies would increase the cost of fossil fuels, including those used for the cleaner burning stoves (such as kerosene, liquefied petroleum gas,...

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Rampant Hill-Cutting Needs Ban!
Jan02

Rampant Hill-Cutting Needs Ban!

Our earth is patterned in such-a- way so that the living organisms exist in it forever. Unfortunately, man does not realize this fact and keep on exploiting earth for his greedy interests. One of the serious destruction man does on earth is the destruction of hills.  Let us check into these prevailing acts of large-scale hill destruction and land exploitation in India. In recent years, the land resource has been subjected to a variety...

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Landmark Pact on Climate Change
Jan02

Landmark Pact on Climate Change

In all, 195 countries which are parties to the U N Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), reached a landmark agreement on December 12, 2015, in Paris, charting a fundamentally new course in the two-decade-old global climate effort. The Paris Agreement is widely recognised as launching one of the most significant transformations in human interaction, technology and landscape. India played a significant role in the process,...

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Chennai Floods: Price of Unchecked Expansion
Jan02

Chennai Floods: Price of Unchecked Expansion

In one of the most devastating floods in South India, the metropolis of Chennai had the worst shock of its life. Unbridled expansion of the city into areas vulnerable to floods is stated to be one reason. However, there is much beyond this, and there are lessons aplenty to be learnt for all the fast-expanding urban areas of India from the Chennai deluge. Flooding in urban areas can be caused by flash floods, coastal floods, or river...

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