The dangers of shifting sand

Sumaira Abdulali and her NGO, Awaaz Foundation, are known for activism on noise pollution. In a noisy city, she has been the go-to person for information and reactions, and her work is cited by experts. But for almost as long, she has been fighting for another cause: the environmental damage of rampant sand mining. Last […]


Sai’s Take: Masood over Maoism

‘As casualties go, Maoism has been exacting a heavy price, and with a sickening regularity.’‘Yet, it is the other threat that hog all the limelight, the headlines and the TV studio debates,’ says Saisuresh Sivaswamy. Prime Time news, or news that airs at 9 pm every night, can actually be reduced to a battle of […]


Million species at risk of wipeout: Draft UN study

Up to one million species face extinction due to human influence, according to a draft UN report obtained by AFP that painstakingly catalogues how humanity has undermined the natural resources upon which its very survival depends. The accelerating loss of clean air, drinkable water, CO2-absorbing forests, pollinating insects, protein-rich fish and storm-blocking mangroves — to […]


World agrees on first global commitment to curb single-use plastics

Nations have agreed to "significantly" curb items such as plastic bags and straws by 2030. Environmentalist groups warn the measures don't go far enough, with the US reportedly blocking efforts for more radical action. United Nations member states agreed on Friday to “significantly reduce” single-use plastics over the next decade. The pledge came after marathon […]