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Bharati Chaturvedi is an environmentalist and writer. She is the founder and director of Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group.

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Green piece: National clean air plan lists 131 cities struggling to meet norms

Many are doing important things to get off this list with Lucknow managing road dust with paving and Ghaziabad monitoring road repairs

Delhi, the world’s most polluted city, has just announced it will set up 100 construction and demolition waste (malba) plants across the city. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 05, 2024 07:52 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Green Piece: The depleting forest cover across country

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

with the depliting forest cover in the country, it is impossible today to go into the kind of vanwas, or the arduous 14-year exile, that Lord Ram himself took. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 22, 2024 07:26 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Saving the Capital’s outdoor workers

Air pollution hits them the hardest. Policies need to be tweaked to protect their health

Commuters out at NH 24 near Akshardham Temple on a smoggy morning amid rising air pollution levels Delhi NCR. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times)(Hindustan Times)
Published on Jan 08, 2024 06:45 PM IST

Green Piece: Concerns persist around Loss and Damage Fund’s implementation

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

Concerns remain over the implementation of the Loss and Damage Fund even after being approved after negotiations at COP28. (AP)
Updated on Dec 11, 2023 07:28 AM IST

Green Piece: Indians need more push to tap into the solar energy

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.

To solarise our everyday lives, we need both a top down and bottom up approach. (AP)
Updated on Nov 20, 2023 01:29 AM IST

Leopard park likely to be built in Aravallis near Gurugram

If the project is feasible, then scientists who understand leopards, the Aravalli ecology and the local topography and hydrology, must be key advisors.

A new leopard park is likely to come up in the Aravallis, says Gurgaon Metropolitan Development Authority. (HT Archive)
Updated on Nov 06, 2023 01:17 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Green piece: A look at eco-tourism as a means to fight climate crisis

The older generation of Indians who protected forests and wildlife as part of their every culture, are declining.

Ecotourism, if done well, will pay for conservation and the enormous efforts that it needs. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 22, 2023 12:23 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Greenpiece: All across Himalayas, India needs to rethink

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.

Cracks appear at houses in Joshimath in Chamoli district, Sunday, January 8, 2023. (PTI Photo)
Published on Jan 09, 2023 06:10 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Greenpiece: A Failure to stop the chemicals comes full circle

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.

Bhopal gas tragedy victims stage demonstration outside a court. (Mujeeb Faruqui/HT File Photo)
Published on Dec 05, 2022 02:35 AM IST

Reducing air pollution needs systemic changes

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

Commuters in Anand Vihar walk through a dense blanket of smog, October 30, 2022 (Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 18, 2022 07:09 PM IST

Greenpiece: Brazil’s Prez elections key to climate policies in coming years

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.

The entrance to the COP27 climate conference in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, on Sunday, November 6, 2022. (Photographer: Islam Safwat/Bloomberg)
Published on Nov 07, 2022 03:57 AM IST

Greenpiece: ‘Light pollution’ is an issue for avian visitors

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.

India needs lucid norms to cut down night lighting. (PTI)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Oct 10, 2022 06:41 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Collaborate to build up climate resilience

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

Three flood victims float their belongings on an upturned table, Jafferabad District, Pakistan, September 5, 2022 (REUTERS)
Updated on Sep 10, 2022 07:37 PM IST

Adapting celebrations for today’s festivals

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.

People burst fire crackers on Diwali in New Delhi. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Published on Aug 08, 2022 01:44 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Let planning reflect the PM’s LIFE mantra

Last year, at COP 26 in Glasgow, Scotland, PM Modi introduced the idea of LIFE, or ‘Lifestyles for Environment’.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (PTI)
Published on Jul 18, 2022 04:47 AM IST

Single-use plastics: The next five steps

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

People collecting plastic waste during the Bengaluru Plog Run, October 2, 2018 (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 16, 2022 07:24 PM IST

Need to Prevent conflict between renewable energy and biodiversity

Today, wildlife-renewable conflict is a global challenge. India is no exception.

(Representative image)
Published on Jul 11, 2022 05:55 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Why not lead the world in phasing out zoos?

In this era of the 6th extinction, unless it’s a conservation programme, should we still invest in zoos? What are the options?

Royal Bengal tigers in a playful mood at Chhatbir Zoo, Chandigarh.
Published on Jul 04, 2022 03:50 AM IST
By, New Delhi

A climate shield for India’s small farmers

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.

Farmers at a paddy field. (Image for representational purpose)
Published on Jun 20, 2022 06:43 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Greenpiece: need to create law to reduce food waste

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.

Food waste is both an environmental and a moral hazard.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Jun 13, 2022 07:07 AM IST

Need to create better ecosystem for animals

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.

From co-existence, people globally have slid into a cruel confrontation with the natural world. (HT file photo)(HT_PRINT)
Published on May 30, 2022 04:48 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Infusing green tradition in our cities

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.

or lasting change, Indian cities need regulation, shifts in education and transformations in planning and running cities.
Published on May 23, 2022 12:28 AM IST

To survive heatwaves, we need a moratorium on cutting down trees

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.

About 80% of the workforce in urban India is informal (90% in rural India). We know them as cobblers, workers in construction and waste, and street vendors, among other people who make cities liveable. They are vulnerable to the heat; their work requires them to be on the streets, facing the elements, for the most part, without any cooling comfort. (AFP)
Updated on May 17, 2022 09:24 PM IST

Rising electric scooter fires need a closer look

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?

Representational image
Published on Apr 25, 2022 06:02 AM IST

Need to take lessons from Sri Lanka crisis

The world is deeply interconnected. This is exhilarating, but it exacerbates our vulnerability, especially in the context of climate change.

Sri Lankan demonstrators holding placards attend a protest to demand justice.(REUTERS)
Published on Apr 18, 2022 05:07 AM IST

Elderly losing out to climate change talk

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?

The study addresses a key question from the 2019 National Geographic and Rolex Perpetual Planet Everest Expedition on whether glaciers at the highest point on earth are experiencing the impacts of climate change.
Published on Apr 11, 2022 07:06 AM IST
By, New Delhi

India must eliminate toxins from the system

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.

Ravens roam in the grounds after being fed at the Tower of London in central London. (Representational image)
Updated on Mar 28, 2022 05:58 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Mix modern science, indigenous wisdom to mitigate climate crisis

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.

Activists with placards take part in a protest against climate change outside the Ministry of Environment in New Delhi earlier. (Amal KS/HT PHOTO.)
Published on Mar 14, 2022 06:41 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Eco solutions must not lead to unintended consequences

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.

rk. Pollution control boards must urgently carry out rigorous studies and come up with guidelines, so the public can exercise informed options.(AFP)
Published on Feb 28, 2022 05:59 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Citizens’ science could come to forest dept aid

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.

Key shifts are important to successfully tap into this valuable human resource. (HT archive)
Published on Feb 07, 2022 08:08 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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