Environment

Dam it, Nature is a Real Rascal: Gods Own Country Goes Underwater

Reading Time: 3 minutesIt’s the speed of the water that’s worrying. One road was washed away. The waters will have to recede to get a correct estimate of the human toll. Kochi faced a Friday evening high-tide threat. Some 10,000 people were in relief camps. The Arabian Sea waited with open mouth. But even an ocean can swallow […]

Melting Glaciers, Climate, and Water Quality: Are We Heeding to the Environmental Warnings?

Reading Time: 8 minutesThe link between climate and water quality is perhaps most poignantly illustrated through the lens of coastal and freshwater eutrophication: the delivery of excessive nutrients–nitrogen and phosphorus are typically the most concerning– to water bodies from agricultural production as well as from urbanisation and other human activity. The effects of eutrophication are many, but some […]

How to Setup an Energy-Efficient Work Space?

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe way we running out of natural resources, energy conservation is the foremost step we need to take to Save Earth. Mahima shares tips on how by simple measures you might ensure that you conserve energy in your office, in the weekly column. A Different Truths exclusive. There is so much talk about nature conservation, […]

A Major Victory for Environmentalists in Kerala

Reading Time: 2 minutesA study made by a research officer of the Union Ministry for Environment and Forests suggested that the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) must make all efforts to protect the ecologically sensitive site. The study was conducted following a complaint filed by the Vayalkkilikal. A report, for Different Truths. It is a significant victory […]

The Wood Wide Web: Why we need a Mowgli in us!

Reading Time: 4 minutesMowgli’s woody world is full of deep love for the jungle and animals of all shapes and sizes, within it. Rudyard Kipling’s story is laced with moral lessons to respect Nature and greenery. Mamta tells us how Joginath Sahoo’s green brigade in Odisha, and P.T. Shinde, a school teacher, near Pune, helped reforestation. Also, the […]

Impact of Climate Change on Health: Urgent Need for Steps to Limit Risks

Reading Time: 4 minutesClimate and weather have always had a powerful impact on human health and well-being. Global climate change is a newer challenge to ongoing efforts to protect human health. In the past few years, there has been an increased incidence of mosquitoes breeding Malaria, Dengue and Yellow Fever. Increase in temperature by 2-3º C would increase […]

Revisiting the Idea of School Education of Rabindranath Tagore

Reading Time: 4 minutesTagore wanted to defend freedom he enjoyed in his family, for all humanity. He remained firmly opposed to colonial education that aimed at material prosperity. He believed that only education could promote freedom of humans and made real effort to carry out his educational mission almost unaided and alone. He was fully conscious of child […]

Nature and Environment as seen by Rabindranath Tagore

Reading Time: 6 minutesTagore’s love of Nature was extremely subtle. For him the wide-open skies, spaciousness, and tranquillity of the countryside symbolised freedom.  His numerous writings reveal the intensity of his relationship with nature wherein Nature in her various moods has been the inspiration. Tapati explores Tagore’s love for Nature and environment, in the Special Feature, exclusively for Different […]

Musings of Tagore on Love and Mysticism

Reading Time: 5 minutesA relentlessly seeking, sensitive, intellectual soul, Tagore wanted to drink the elixir of life to the dregs. He found beauty in everything around him. Even the minuscule objects of daily life filled him with delight. The Sufi minstrel within him, seeks the Divine amidst nature, opines Ruchira, in the Special Feature. A Different Truths exclusive.   Tagore was […]

Drowning under Waste

Reading Time: 3 minutesHong Kong faces a huge waste disposal problem. Hidden under many of its beautiful parks, golf courses and sports grounds are millions of tons of garbage. Only three of their 13 landfill sites are still open which will soon overflow given the rate at which they are filling up. The situation is only going to […]