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February 15, 2020

The Wetlands Day should be celebrated every day as the future of wetlands in India is uncertain

There are still lakhs of wetlands in India but they are disappearing. The banks of the river Yamuna, for instance, were dotted with wetlands which are now getting tapped, dried or filled up

Neha Sinha
February 8, 2020

The broiler is selling cheaply these days. That’s bad news for small and independent farmers

The cost of production at broiler farms has shot up steeply in the past two years. In 2017-18, it was due to the high rise in chick prices and in 2018-19 it was due to high prices of both chicks and the feed

Ibne Ali
January 29, 2020

Despite a plethora of government schemes, many villagers are still spending huge sums for treatment

The 6,500-odd residents of Adbar village in Haryana say they would love to have a doctor round the clock, child delivery facilities and a wider range of medicines. This is the story of many villages in India

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January 22, 2020

The forest floor is a laboratory for species, growing, pushing, competing, nurturing …

We often use metaphors from nature to justify our worst impulses. ‘Rat race’ and ‘dog eats dog’ refer to cut-throat competition. It is true that species do compete. But they also collaborate

Neha Sinha
January 8, 2020

A tale of two sisters: One is allowed to study, the other has to fetch water

The tale of two sisters of Adbar shows that access to water also plays its part in determining who goes to school and who does not. Young girls should not have to miss school to fetch water

Patralekha Chatterjee
January 8, 2020

The ‘nip in the air’ is now a bite into the lungs

Looking at Nature with intricate, living detail can help us through the Anthropocene’s sicknesses

Gaon Connection
January 8, 2020

When life-giving rivers become lifeless …

Fishes are very sensitive to changes in water quality. When rivers get dry or become fragmented into isolated pools, what happens to fishes and turtles?

Gaon Connection
December 30, 2019

Southwest monsoon 2019 took everyone by surprise and proved it is the master

The southwest monsoon 2019 would be remembered for the twists and turns and the numerous rainfall records it broke, despite a late onset and 33 per cent deficient rainfall until June end

Gaon Connection
December 30, 2019

Several tourist places in India have exceeded their carrying capacity

Tourism is a significant contributor to global warming. While many tourist hotspots have managed to keep pollution and resource degradation within check, most are struggling and getting polluted and degraded

Chandra Bhushan
December 30, 2019

Many “city diseases” are spreading across villages. This will have a long-term impact

Hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure, is no longer confined to the rich or city-dwellers. It is spreading in rural India, which has fewer doctors, worse health facilities

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