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The world could have 75 million metric tonnes of e-waste by 2030. Here’s how we can avoid it

E-waste tends to contain harmful chemicals that can leach onto the environment. Changing the way we consume is at the heart of the solution.

The world’s transition to net-zero emissions might be ‘disorderly’. It’s time to embrace it

A disorderly transition shouldn't be an excuse for slowing the journey to net-zero. Climate action failure is our biggest risk over the next decade.

India sees small rise in forest & tree cover, but 1,020 sq. km of deforestation in Northeast

India State of Forest Report released by central govt Thursday, shows trees and forests now cover 24.62% of the country’s geographical area. In 2019, India had a cover of 24.56%.

India’s deadly air pollution keeps getting worse not better

Over 90% of India’s population lives in areas where air quality is below WHO's standards, with coal-fired power plants, factories and vehicles among the major sources of pollution.

Marginal or no improvement in air pollution levels in 132 cities since 2019, says NCAP report

Varanasi achieved largest reduction in pollutant levels, but none of the cities was able to meet the goals fixed in 2019, when National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) was set up.

The global economy depends on the sustainable use of oceans. Transparency is key

Sharing data will help ocean industries not only increase operational accountability, but also public trust and profitability.

If this ‘doomsday’ glacier melts, there will be global floods and vanishing of islands

A sea level rise of several metres would inundate many of the world’s major cities – including Shanghai, New York, Miami, Tokyo and Mumbai.

This Tamil Nadu IFS officer saves environment by day, and draws what she protects by night

The 2013-batch officer — an ex-techie who’s working on tech-based initiatives to help the forest department — has just self-published a calendar with her own art.

Nature is more than a carbon sink. This Indonesian forest restoration project shows us

Indonesia's last intact peatland forests are also an example of successful integration of biodiversity, community and climate strategies and actions.

New rules on fly ash disposal a ‘positive step’, but experts say health, ecology risks remain

Fly ash is the residue of coal combustion, which, if disposed of improperly, is hazardous. New govt rules include a system of environmental compensation based on polluter-pays principle.

On Camera

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A view of the old city of Sana'a

Yemen’s ragtag rebels became a threat to world economy, showed military power has its limits

Iran and Saudi Arabia are talking—but it might be too late to put the war-making djinn back in the bottle. Power-brokers in Yemen depend on violence to secure influence.
Bottles of sunflower oil at a plant in Alekseyevka, Russia | Photo: Andrey Rudakov | Bloomberg

India to look at Brazil, Russia for sunflower oil as invasion threat looms over Ukraine

Ukraine is India's biggest supplier of sunflower oil. Any escalation in Russia-Ukraine tension is likely to hit edible oil prices in the country as 70% of its requirement is imported.

Defence

The photo of former PM Indira Gandhi with the three former service chiefs | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

‘Mystery’ brochure on 1971 War crops Indira Gandhi, Jagjivan Ram from images, courts controversy

Both images show the then service chiefs, but the former PM and defence minister is removed from them.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.
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