Bharati Chaturvedi is an environmentalist and writer. She is the founder and director of Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group.
Articles by Bharati Chaturvedi
Many are doing important things to get off this list with Lucknow managing road dust with paving and Ghaziabad monitoring road repairs
From Ayodhya to Rameshwaram, via endless places in Central-Western India, there isn’t no vast expanse of forest. One can’t even thrive on river water these days
Air pollution hits them the hardest. Policies need to be tweaked to protect their health
For those of us in India, even the rest of the developing world, the path is clear : we cannot afford to stop speaking out loud and clear so the most vulnerable among us can fight back climate change with optimism and resources
While India has developed some of the most ambitious solar plans, the average Indian hasn’t made solar power a part of their lifestyle as much as we should.
If the project is feasible, then scientists who understand leopards, the Aravalli ecology and the local topography and hydrology, must be key advisors.
The older generation of Indians who protected forests and wildlife as part of their every culture, are declining.
While in the past, developing the Himalayas became a project on a war-footing, saving the region will also have to be undertaken on a war-footing. Plans must be modified. Not all plans have to be stopped, but they must all be re-examined.
The well-known research of Dr. Shanna Swan in 2017, says by 2045, most people will rely on assisted reproduction, for environmental toxins, such as additives like phthalates from plastics, are disrupting the human endocrine system and are reducing fertility.
The solutions to reducing air pollution are well known: Shift the poor from biomass for cooking to clean fuels, push cleaner construction, reduce landfill fires, and increase reliable public transportation — for the most part. But each of these must be systemic, not piecemeal
The incumbent, Jair Bolsonaro, is guilty of unprecedented destruction of the one of the world’s great carbon sinks — the Amazon Rainforest. With the narrow victory of Lula da Silva, hope for recovery brightens.
Birds are often unable to migrate when confronted with light pollution, because they get disoriented, fall prey to predators and travel the wrong way, among other things. This should worry us, because India offers important pathways for migrating birds.
Like other parts of the Global South, our region has also been left to its own devices in the face of climate calamities. This is evident in the uneasy global silence around climate finance
We are not toiling farmers, but urbanites. We should adapt. Why can’t the local MLA hold a common fireworks display after 8, when Diwali pooja is done, or a bonfire? Solutions exist.
Last year, at COP 26 in Glasgow, Scotland, PM Modi introduced the idea of LIFE, or ‘Lifestyles for Environment’.
The government, especially the Bureau of Indian Standards, must set minimum standards to ensure alternatives can be reused and contain zero-toxicity, keeping the circular economy principles in mind
Today, wildlife-renewable conflict is a global challenge. India is no exception.
In this era of the 6th extinction, unless it’s a conservation programme, should we still invest in zoos? What are the options?
Water evaporation and shortage apart, such long days of intense heat change how crops grow, their ability to absorb nutrients. In some cases, they burn off the plant itself.
Most middle class Indians have grown up being told not to waste food because it’s in short supply for the poor. Yet, the world wastes up to 30% of all food, increasing greenhouse gas emissions.
The problem, scientists pointed out, was that humans were feeding coyotes so they could draw them out for photographs. Consequently, the animals lost their fear of humans over time and chased, bit and scratched them.
Increasingly, we read about city slickers beating a leopard to death. It’s a crime? That it was seen. We dump endless plastics in our rivers, regardless of how this impacts riverine life. We watch passively as trees are lopped.
Prior to this heatwave, several workers I spoke to asked why they couldn’t start working at 5 am and ending at 1 pm? Coupled with workplaces designed for frequent rest, shade and hydration, this could be a first step.
Despite about 15 manufacturers in India, the quality of the batteries is unclear. Could some of them have been imported from outside, with no quality control, to meet the growing demand?
The world is deeply interconnected. This is exhilarating, but it exacerbates our vulnerability, especially in the context of climate change.
According to the National Statistical Office ‘s 2021 report on the elderly, India can expect a 41% increase in the population of those above 60 in a decade, by 2031. How can we increase their resilience to climate change?
An avid birder in the Ottawa region mentioned to me how rare ravens were in the area till a decade ago. Now, they are plentiful.
During the last few years, temperatures have started shifting from high to low rapidly, which forces the snow on top to melt and freeze back into ice.
The environment cannot be governed with optimistic guesswork. Pollution control boards must urgently carry out rigorous studies and come up with guidelines, so the public can exercise informed options.
The Cornell Ornithology Lab based ‘E-bird’ site allows birdwatchers to post their sightings almost anywhere in the world, with moderators for data oversight. India makes a rich contribution.