Environment

Development and the Environment

India’s Reported Heat Wave Deaths Are Just the Tip of the Iceberg

Between 1992 to 2015, heat waves caused between 400 to 3000 deaths per year. However, these death numbers are gravely underreported, something which has caught the eye of the government too. Why are heat-related illnesses and deaths under-reported, and what impact does this data gap have on preparing for this extreme weather event?
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Public Land Protection Cells: Securing Public Land for Public Good

How can Public Land Protection Cells help resolve conflicts over common land and help impacted communities?

Brewing in Uncertainty: The Lives and Livelihoods of North Bengal’s Tea Plantation Workers

Sakshi Lama*, a tea garden worker in West Bengal’s Alipurduar District, is relatively at peace since it is now the peak season for harvesting...
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Building Blockchain Solutions for Social Good

How can blockchain solutions be utilised for social impact projects?

The Russia-Ukraine Crisis Exposes India’s Vulnerable Position in the Global Oil Trade

For countries reliant on oil imports like India, how has the Russia-Ukraine war impacted local markets and the pockets of consumers? What does this go to show about India’s precarious geopolitical position in the global oil trade and the way forward?

Behind the Facade of Forest Conservation Lay One Lakh Displaced Residents of Khori Gaon

The abuse, mistreatment and erasure of the residents of Khori Gaon in the name of forest conservation is emblematic of the challenges that marginalised residents (being termed as ‘encroachers’) face across the country.

A Crisis is Brewing in Goa’s Booming Alcohol Industry

India’s 'party capital' is never short of a drink. With 92 registered distilleries, wineries, and breweries, Goa’s alcohol industry is a highly polluting and resource-intensive one. Could small-scale producers of local beverages like feni offer alternatives to the larger beer , gin, and whiskey industry?

Laws, Leases, and Land: The Story of Adivasis Resisting Bauxite Mining in Mali Hills

12,000 Adivasis have been impacted by the Hindalco mining lease in Odisha. How could the law have come to their rescue?

As Delhi’s Yamuna Reservoir Project Winds Up Its Pilot, Farmers Have Questions About Their...

While experts have called this project “largely successful,” farmers in the region have questions about how the pilot—and scaling it to other parts—might compromise their long-term farming productivity.

A Conservation of Convenience: The Politics of Exclusionary Conservation Models in Rajaji National Park

This article is the final instalment of our three-part series on how exclusionary colonial conservation plays out in Uttarakhand’s Rajaji Tiger Reserve. Click here...