Down To Earth

74 Added | 9 Magazines | 54 Followers | @downtoearth | Down To Earth magazine and website are products of our commitment to make changes in the way we manage our environment, protect health and secure livelihoods and economic security for all. We believe strongly that we can and must do things differently. The magazine was started by environmentalist Anil Agarwal, who had a dream and commitment to make us aware of our challenges and believed that we could be the change in the world.

Pulses, neglected for long

India has not been able see a net increase in land under pulses cultivation since the 1960s. Though land under pulses cultivation has seen an …

Flush with finance

WHEN BHANUMATHI'S son got married, she faced a strange situation, which threatened to divide her family. Her daughter-in-law left the house as she …

Earth Day 2016: Tree tale

Saturday 30 April 2016<p>X<p>The conflict between humans and trees has become starker. Since humans have pushed trees out of conducive habitats, trees can …

8 million deaths, economic losses amounting to $7 trillion due to disasters since 1900

Natural disasters since 1900 have resulted in more than 8 million deaths and economic losses amounting to over $7 trillion, according to researchers …

'Paris Agreement signing would mark critical global efforts to address climate change'

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary Christina Figueres has expressed delight at the record number of …

Even 0.5°C more global warming can have big climate impacts

Even as more than 150 countries prepare to sign the Paris Agreement, research published in journal Earth System Dynamics has shown that a global …

'Environment is not a matter of luxury; it is one of survival'

"As the world closes down on another Earth Day today, it is time we asked ourselves whether these ritualistic displays really mean anything. What is …

India, 170 other nations sign the Paris Agreement

India joined 170 other countries in signing the Paris Agreement on Climate change in New York on April 22. The agreement was the result of a …

Faecal sludge management gets world attention

With over half the world’s population now living in urban areas, the waste people produce has become a pressing problem, especially in developing …

The power of sewage

Maharashtra is planning to use treated sewage water for cooling steam in its coal-based thermal power stations. The idea will be implemented for the …

Focus on sewerage system won’t clean up cities and rivers, says expert

Experts attending the third Faecal Sludge Management Conference (FSM3) in Hanoi, Vietnam, said managing sewerage is still a low priority in cities …

Swachh Bharat Mission misses out on sludge management

India has got world attention for its Swachh Bharat Mission, which has set October 2, 2019 as the deadline for achieving universal sanitation …

Urban shit: where does it all go?

REPORTAGE | The 1.75-million-tonne question<p>Manoj Kumar should know the national capital’s dirty little secret: where does the excreta of its …

Basmati rice exporters demand government support to improve exports

With prices of grains and cereals plummeting worldwide, basmati rice exporters have urged the Union commerce ministry to include packaged basmati …

Bitter organic brew

P Nagaraj 's tryst with organic coffee happened in 2001. He was visiting a relative who served him a cup. Nagaraj instantly took a liking to the …

IPR claims by big companies; farmers' food security under threat

Agricultural corporations may be impacting the right to food of women by taking legal action against farmers for breaching patent laws, as per a new …

Resort to heritage

LAND IS an ephemeral presence here. In the low-lying wetlands of south-central Bangladesh surrounded by unstable rivers, vast swathes of land go …

Farmers demand better crop prices, loan waiver and relief

After last year’s protest over compensation for crop loss due to unseasonal rainfall, this year too, several farmers’ unions organised a kisan …

Will it rain?

Kalaswamy, 35, a marginal farmer from Antharasan village of Mysuru, is dialing Varun Mitra, a government call centre helpline which issues weather …

Farmers demand law for guaranteed income

The three-day long Kisan Swaraj Sammelan held in Hyderabad (April 1 to 3) urged for the enactment of a Farmers’ Income Guarantee Act to ensure …

Bombay High Court slams cricket associations on 'criminal waste of water' for IPL

The Bombay High Court has rapped the Mumbai and Maharashtra cricket associations for scheduling 19 of the 60 matches to be held during the Indian …

World Health Day: Diabetes, the modern killer

WHO report calls for reducing health inequities in urban areas<p>Health inequities, or unfair differences in health, still persist in urban areas …

HUL and mercury-exposed workers in Kodaikanal reach an out-of-court settlement

After a sustained campaign of 15 years, Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL), a subsidiary of UK-based Unilever, finally entered into a settlement to …

Leakage at Kakrapar could be large, warns expert

Though Central government agencies have underplayed the seriousness of the accident that happened at the Kakrapar Atomic Power Station on Friday …

Just what is heavy water?

The Kakrapar Atomic Power Station (KAPS), located near the town of Vyara in the Tapi district of Gujarat faced an emergency situation on Friday when …

Mumbai's burning question

IT HAS been almost a week. Vijaya Easwaramony, a 62-year-old retired school teacher, often leaves her chores mid-way and rushes to the kitchen. …

WHO comes out with framework to combat Zika virus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has come out with a global strategic response framework to combat the Zika virus which has wrought havoc in …

Railway budget focuses on capacity creation

The Union Railway Budget 2016-17 focused on capacity creation in the rail sector, with an increased outlay of about Rs. 1.21 lakh crore, and on …

Sunita's Bytes on Budget

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UP’s mini-grid policy tries to boost rural electrification

Following its move to allow a special status to mini-solar-grids, the Uttar Pradesh government released details on the mini-grid policy last week. …