FSSAI, constituted under the food safety law in India, is responsible for formulating and enforcing safety standards for our food. The Act, however, governs only manufacturers and processed food, even as we find increasing contamination in primary and raw produce. What could be the way out?
Environment has been a part of manifestos of the major national parties over the last few years. But will the growing pressure from young voters and the urban middle class finally force them to go beyond lip service to issues like pollution, tree cutting and waste?
Ceropegias are known as “deceptive flowers,” that allow themselves to be pollinated by the insects they attract without rewarding them with food. This month’s nature column reveals yet another natural wonder of the world we live in.
As in many other cities in India, extreme weather events such as heavy rainfall and intolerable temperatures are becoming an annual event in Bhubaneswar too. One can no longer ignore the urgent need for climate-smart urban planning.
Heard of Advanced Locality Management (ALM) in Mumbai? It is a programme under which citizens of a locality can get involved and work with the municipality to ensure resolution of civic issues. Can ALMs not work towards solving the city’s annual monsoon misery, one locality at a time?
To protest potholes, axe-wielding men of the Maharashtra Navanirman Sena (MNS) dig up a well-laid footpath. Government authorities evict vendors from station premises and allow car parking in the space. Who cares for the pedestrian in Mumbai?
Ably guided by an aware and responsible citizen, a group of kids from a Kolkata apartment complex undertook a novel summer project — educating themselves and elders in the community about saving water, energy and the environment in general.
Delhi supplies the cheapest electricity compared to most other mega cities. That, combined with badly designed buildings and poor AC standards, is leading to a whopping, unsustainable consumption of energy, finds a CSE analysis.
Upgrading the port city’s western waterways and canals can have a positive impact on not just transportation, but also the city’s economics and culture, finds new research at ICRIER. But what are the challenges to look out for?