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Garbage seen on Sunkalpet Main Road, near KR Market in Bangalore

Bangaloreans segregate waste to save their city

|By Mari Marcel Thekaekara|New Internationalist| There’s plenty to moan about, for sure. But after endless rape and other horror stories, I decided I’d like to focus on some stories of hope; more so during this season of good cheer. When I opened my favourite newspaper, The Hindu, this morning, there was a news item that made me sit up with a ...

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Dharhara’s eco-feminism spreads its wings across Bihar

|By Sanjay Pandey| Dharhara : The tradition of planting saplings to celebrate the birth of a girl child struck deep roots in Dharhara centuries ago. But the eco-feminism model has started transcending the borders of the Bhagalpur village only recently. The noble practice that serves a twin purpose – that of environmental conservation as well as stopping female foeticide – ...

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A tailing pond at Jadugoda; refuse material from the mines are pumped into the pond | Photo: Ashish Birulee

India’s nuclear dream ‘nukes’ lives in Jadugoda

|By Sanjay Pandey| Jadugoda: India stormed into the Privy League of nuclear-powered countries three decades ago with a controlled explosion in Pokhran. But in the pursuit to collect raw material, to fuel its nuclear dreams, the government has ended up exposing around 50,000 people of Jadugoda, to radioactive pollution – a slow poison that kills over generations.  Jadugoda, a small township in Jharkhand, ...

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A gentleman in the wild

By Narendra Kaushik | Kokrajhar This is one langur no old world monkey is scared of. The rare Golden Langur, found only along the Indo-Bhutan border and parts of Western Assam, rather lives in perfect harmony with the regular monkey also known as rhesus macaque in scientific terms. In fact, the golden haired, cat-eyed langur, which mythology aligns with monkey-king Sugriva ...

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Translocation of Asiatic Lions out of Gujarat

Subramanya Chandrashekar takes a look in to why the Supreme court’s decision to review the April 2013 judgment ordering translocation of Asiatic lions out of Gujarat is a welcome step in the history of Lion conservation in India. The primary motive of this article is to challenge the ever increasing demand for Lion translocation and substantiate that the current research and investigations are ...

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The Pharaoh's Chicken or the Egyptian Vulture, Hesarghatta, Bangalore

Indian Vultures and their Last Crusade

By Subramanya Chandrashekar In the early 1980′s, there were approximately 40 million vultures in India. Now there are only 60,000 of these scavengers left. Watching them glide majestically through the skies, is becoming a rare sight. The masters of the skies, today stand critically endangered and it would be foolish to push this aside as a mere story or undermine ...

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Green Certifications – A marketing gimmick

By Divya Aslesha , A PointBlank 7 exclusive Experts have questioned the validity of green certifications by rating agencies, being awarded to commercial and residential structures, which has cast doubt over how ‘green’ these buildings really are. Buildings may have themselves assessed under various criteria laid down by agencies such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Green ...

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