Get real

24 Apr 2017 | Ms Raina Singh | Financial Chronicle

Incessant rain and untimely snowfall that led to flood-like situations and brought life to a standstill in Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir Valley last week, was a grim reminder of the devastation caused by the deluge in 2014.

Looking at recent data, one will find that Srinagar is not the only city that is facing recurring climate related disasters. Mumbai, Chennai, Visakhapatnam, Surat, Bhopal, Gurugram and many other cities are facing flood-like situations year after year due to very high rainfall, cyclones and storm surges.

Set up wetlands to cure wastewater

21 Apr 2017 | Ms Sonia Grover | Deccan Herald

India generates 61,754 million litres per day (MLD) of sewage, but only 38% of it is treated, and the rest goes untreated into water bodies.

As per the estimates given by the Central Pollution Control Board, 38,791 MLD of wastewater finds its way into waterbodies, out of which 10,000 MLD alone comes from industrial sources. Because of untreated sewage discharge into waterbodies, the quality of the water is deteriorating while affecting aquatic ecosystems.

Sharing the Teesta

04 Apr 2017 | | The Statesman

One of the main issues likely to be discussed during the Bangladesh Prime Minister's impending visit to India is the sharing of the Teesta river water. The issue has repeatedly featured in previous talks, but without any concrete results. This time, can one expect any forward movement?

Reviving traditional water bodies is essential for smart cities

31 Mar 2017 | Ms Sonia Grover | DailyO

Most of the cities in India are grappling with the issue of demand and supply gap, with their administrations going beyond the city boundaries to lift water from distant sources to meet the rising demand.

On the other hand, these cities experience the problem of urban flooding during the monsoon. Even one intense shower can lead to water-logging, as was seen in Gurugram city last year.

The 2015 floods in Chennai are also an example of rampant development encroaching upon traditional water bodies.

Learning the art of architecture

30 Mar 2017 | | The Pioneer

Architects play a key role in determining the sustainability of a project. They must, therefore, utilise technology to enhance their designs instead of letting technologies govern their designs. A right combination of passive and active design strategies will minimise resource use.

Does India need a new forest policy?

21 Mar 2017 | Dr Pia Sethi | The Hindustan Times

India's forest policy recently came into the spotlight when a report by an institution was erroneously projected as a draft of the new forest policy. The resulting discussion it fuelled flagged some important issues including the need for a new forest policy, and the extent to which its objectives and emphasis ought to deviate from the previous one.

The 1988 National Forest Policy (NFP) was visionary in its scope and ambition, where precedence was given to maintaining the "ecological balance of the nation as vital for sustenance of all lifeforms."

Even Waste Water Shouldn't Be Wasted

18 Mar 2017 | | The Hindu Business Line

On March 22, we will celebrate the 24th World Water Day. The theme this year is 'Waste Water'. This day is generally observed to spread awareness among the general public and focus on its importance in sustainable development.

In any discourse about water, waste water is less talked about as against normal water supply. But waste water is a resource in a circular economy, and its safe management is an efficient investment in human health and the ecosystem. Although waste water is water that's generally wasted, in reality it is a resource.

Digitising payments via the sun

20 Feb 2017 | | The Financial Express

Since demonetisation the whole concept of cashless society has been attracting a lot of attention. Thus, the current thinking is that as soon as possible, the country must move away from cash payments to those that are digital. Indeed, the government has taken a number of steps to push digital payments. The idea is to wean all strata of populace away from exchange of physical form of currency and move them to digital ones through online payments, credit/debit cards, and mobile-based apps.

Pollution in cities: remedial action must

15 Feb 2017 | Mr Sumit Sharma | Deccan Herald

The unacceptable air quality in our cities is a major challenge for the country. Almost 80% of the cities violate the standards prescribed by the Central Pollution Control Board. A recent study by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) showed that the whole Indo-Gangetic plain is severely polluted on account of particulate matter.

The situation would relentlessly worsen and spread to other parts of the country if remedial actions are not taken immediately. The transport sector is one of the reasons behind high levels of pollutants in cities.

Invasive species: Its adaptability and harmful effects

12 Feb 2017 | | The Goan


The introduced species which are new to the environment can cause serious problems to the native biota. They can be severely damaging to the local flora and fauna through their over competitive nature. There are over 18 different species of plants and animals that are reported along the Indian coastline that might have got invaded and established 1, 2. This article highlights some of the well-known invasive species in the marine environment, its harmful effects, and points out the adaptability needed in an organism to succeed in a new environment.