Environment

In New Delhi, burning season makes the air even more dangerous. Can anything be done?

Coronavirus lockdown brought respite from the intense pollution, but it’s back with the winter smog, though stubble burning isn’t the whole problem.

Will COVID-19 inspire the world to provide poor people with clean water?

Handwashing can prevent many diseases, if you have easy access to soap and water. Some three billion people don’t.

Bookkeeper of nature’s services

The former banker’s environmental activism has been marked by transformative ideas combining economics, policy and a personal passion for sustainable development to make people, businesses and governments understand the worth of nature.

INVISIBLE GREEN WARRIORS

Despite global recognition of their efforts, India’s strict caste hierarchy places waste pickers at the absolute bottom. In 2016, Khokhan Hamid grabbed the United Nations Climate Solutions Award for his initiative in training waste pickers to safely collect and dispose of electronic waste. A year earlier, another Indian waste picker, Mansoor Ahmed, was chosen to speak at the United Nations Climate Change Conference. In India, they remain invisible and unheard.

SAVING THE SUNDARBANS

The Sundarbans, an island-dotted deltaic region of the River Ganges, is a confluence of an endangered mangrove ecosystem and human impoverishment. Last year it was struck by a double whammy – a deadly pandemic and natural disaster – and has been struggling since. In May 2020, Cyclone Amphan displaced 2.4 million people here and further afield, while the country was in the thick of a Covid-19 surge.

Q&A: ‘Bunker’ Roy aims to rethink development, solar power

Development and solar energy efforts conceived and implemented by the poor are an answer to climate change pressures, says the head of a pioneering college in Rajasthan

The women of India’s Barefoot College bring light to remote villages

Being trained as solar-power engineers enables women from rural India and Africa to introduce electricity in isolated areas