Environment

Development and the Environment

The Making of Increasing Tiger Attacks in the Sundarbans: Common Forest Dependencies, No Compensation,...

In February 2022, West Bengal’s Forest Department entrusted the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) to look into the causes behind the surge in human-tiger conflict in the Sundarbans. The answer lies in the interplay between forest livelihoods, the pandemic, weak social security recourse post-attack, and the history of conservation in these mangroves.
Criminal Code Tribal

How Colonial Era Policing Impacts Communities Today

Hosted by Vaishnavi Rathore Edited by Manasi Nene This April, the Parliament passed the Criminal Procedure (Identification) Bill, 2022. The Act authorises taking fingerprints, handprints, footprints,...

Teach ‘Em Young: Appreciating Biodiversity Through Our Classrooms

There is a need to develop a language and vocabulary that communicates the essence of the natural world to young students. Citizen science interventions such as Nature Classrooms and Suttha Muttha are encouraging children to go beyond what's in their textbooks to observe, feel, and hear all that is around them.

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?

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...

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?