2020 is reckoned as a year of crises: a pandemic, economic turmoil. On retrospection, the year registers some phenomenal issues. Not just that there was comparatively clear water flow in the Yamuna or better air quality causing visibility of the Himalayas from Punjab.

India started 2020 by making 24°C mandatory as default setting from 1st January 2020 for all room air conditioners covered Read more


The name Slim Homes brings an immediate thought relating to minimalist group. Can you please enlighten our readers about Slim Homes?

On 1st September 2017, a large portion of the oldest landfill in Delhi, the Ghazipur landfill collapsed killing two people and washing away four vehicles. Somehow each one of us had a hand in that senseless tragedy. Thus was born the idea of “Slim Homes”, whereby, each individual could take credit for and have a hand in healing our environment. The recent fire at the Bandhwari landfill on 11th July 2021 is another case in point. The cornerstone of slim homes rests on (1) Residents are encouraged to de clutter Read more


“Let him who would move the world first move himself.”― Socrates. Not quite on this line, the European Commission (EC) and the United States have taken their moves on climate issues. The EC on Wednesday put forward plans for the world’s first carbon border tax, on imports of carbon-intensive steel, aluminium, cement, fertilisers and electricity, as part of a programme to meet its new climate target. Under the proposals, tighter emission limits will also make it impossible to sell petrol and diesel car sales in the EU by 2035. The border levy to be phased in from 2026. It is said to be designed to protect European industries from competitors abroad whose manufacturers can produce at lower cost because they are not charged for their carbon output. Under the proposal, a transitional phase from 2023–25. Read more


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Amidst the ravaging pandemic, aggravated with oxygen short supply, people are sharing messages about planting trees. At the same time, devastating forest fires make headlines with meek response from common mass.

Fire is said to be a good servant but a bad master. The same is true for forest fires. Controlled forest fire is essential for forest growth, but uncontrolled forest fire engulfs and destroys healthy, thick forest cover and wild lives in no time. Read more at site

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April 22 is celebrated as the Earth Day all over the world. The theme for 2021 is Restore our Earth.

Earth Day 2021 does not see many changes from what it was in the preceding year, except a few. One, the change in US leadership. This change has brought some energy in environmental activities.

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In order to monitor the rural drinking water supply systems in villages, the Ministry of Jal Shakti (MoJS) has initiated deployment of sensor-based Internet of Things (IoT) devices. This would help the Ministry to effectively monitor the implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) in more than six lakh villages. The IoT based remote monitoring shall provide near real-time information without any manual intervention by using sensors. This would not only allow effective monitoring and management on-ground, but also enable real-time visibility to State water supply agencies, and citizens. Read more


As the whole world is weighing out technologies to attain net zero carbon emission, environmentalist Jonathon Porritt writes “Don’t believe hydrogen and nuclear hype — they can’t get us to net zero carbon by 2050”. Jonathon Porritt is a Co-Founder of Forum for the Future, which was established in 1996. Besides, he is also… read more


Since over a decade, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has become a focal point, where people approach, with confidence, for Environmental Justice. Though, during January 2021, only 1% of NGT matters was related to e-wastes, it has wide implications. There was a time, India was not having adequately convincing data on e-waste generation and disposal. We relied mostly on data originating from far across the borders. India was reported to be 5th largest producer of e-waste. It was producing two million or 20 Lakh tonnes of e-waste in 2016. The largest e-waste generating cities are Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata. Growing activism, genuinely supported by NGT has triggered scientific studies in India. As per CPCB, the estimated generation of e-waste for financial year 2019–20 is 1,014,961.2 tonnes for 21 types of EEE. Read more

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