Despite political turmoil, Tamil Nadu is cracking down hard on beach sand mining baron S. Vaikundarajan and others as a crucial hearing in the Madras high court nears.
While China is in the third year of a war on pollution aimed at reversing the damage done to its skies, soil and water after decades of untrammelled economic growth, measures taken so far have had little or no effect.
The migratory birds that each year flock to the Uchhali, Khabikki and Jahlar lakes in Pakistan for their winter sojourn are facing several anthropogenic challenges.
After sundown the team observed red lava fountains spewing from the crater into the atmosphere and hot lava flows streaming down the slopes of the volcano.
While international commitments to clean energy have been made, in the absence of a clear energy policy, estimates for increasing power capacity from coal continues to grow.
Winston Churchill allowed science to flourish. Without a similar attitude in today’s politics, we may hit a bottleneck for life that leaves a universe without a single human soul to enjoy it.
The BJP and its supporters, who sparked and sustained the pro-Jallikattu protests, do not seem to take the very real dangers associated with the sport seriously.
The surprising fossil discovery showed creatures flourishing in the aftermath of a mass extinction that erased 90% of species.
The documentary, Killing for Conservation, shows the consequences of Kaziranga’s conservation success and the impunity enjoyed by the forest guards.
Tamil Nadu continues to witness cycles of flood and drought annually. Mismanagement of traditional water management systems is one of the main reasons.
The newly discovered Ankarana or Sheth’s dwarf lemur is tiny and weighs just over 100 grams.
A DNA profiling tool developed in South Africa could help catch rhino poachers in India.
Vedanta CEO Tom Albanese said coal is still needed but can only be phased out when carbon capture technology is developed further.
How to measure the real impact of green bonds? As France is issuing its first green bonds, the market in the global south could expand fast this year
The interests of commercial tourist enterprises have overridden ecological concerns and the understanding of ecotourism is blatantly unsatisfactory.
Primate populations are declining around the world. The great apes are in danger of disappearing, and that bears a great risk for humanity itself.
Wetlands management is vital but sweeping statements about their universal value may do more harm than good.
A look at Kolkata’s wetlands, a unique ecosystem that serves as the mega city’s waste disposal network.
A programme to ‘recharge’ springs has ensured that parts of the state now get water all year round.
The young people of Shikdamakha in Assam didn’t wait for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan to set standards in sanitation. Today, the village is one of the cleanest in the country.
A journalist’s account of the perils of investigating illegal beach sand mining in Tamil Nadu.
S. Vaikundarajan has been accused of large-scale illegal mining, a charge he denies, though he admits to using all sorts of methods to tackle those who stand in his way.
Violations of regulations continued unchecked under both Jayalalithaa and Karunanidhi, while successive governments at the Centre chose not to act either.
The ocean can no longer be viewed as a limitless space for free access for all. It needs to be managed over its entirety.
The Madras high court is inching closer to a final verdict on allegations of large-scale loot, with official collusion, of precious minerals from the coast of Tamil Nadu
The mood is dark as Trump takes over the environmental agency he pledged to reduce to “little tidbits.”
Government initiatives to clean up the Ganga have failed to stop the dumping of toxic effluents and untreated sewage into the river at the industrial hub of Kanpur.
Sri Lanka is heading towards one of its worst droughts in 30 years, which in the long-term could lead to land degradation and seriously impact the country’s economy.
Imperceptible rise in sea levels and changes in weather patterns is making Mumbai and the west coast of India more vulnerable to severe cyclonic storms.
Facing incessant droughts due to climate change, many women in southern Africa are adopting alternate practices like goat herding to sustain their families.
Chennai’s Ennore Creek is still revivable and T.M. Krishna’s appeal through the ‘Poromboke’ song is doing its bit to create awareness.
The group of volunteers, who first came together during the 2015 Chennai floods, are committed to keeping the environment clean.
Instead of defying the Supreme Court, jallikattu supporters should turn their energies and passion to finding ways to bring bulls back into agriculture and educate our polity and society about the virtues of native genes in agriculture and animal husbandry.
World temperatures hit a record high for the third year in a row in 2016, creeping closer to a ceiling set by the Paris climate change deal.
Data compiled by the mines ministry notes several thousand hectares of mineable area has potentially been prevented from being auctioned, saving the companies that own them money and costing the exchequer in terms of revenue foregone.
Besides restrictions on vehicular traffic, the plan envisages many other emergency measures like the closure of schools and power plants, as well as advisories being issued asking people to avoid polluted areas and restrict outdoor movement.
The feminisation of environmental migration is already underway in South Asia but governments are slow to recognise the role of climate change and there’s no policy action
Independent and small beekeepers are uniting against adulterated and diluted honey sold in the domestic market by companies fighting a price war.
The massive amount of air pollution created by stone crushing machines is a major health hazard for mountain communities from where the stone is mined.
Fourteen members of a poaching gang, consisting of wealthy coffee estate owners, software engineers and environmental consultants, were arrested in Karnataka for shooting two Sambar deer around a tiger reserve.