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Twenty firms responsible for over half of all global single-use plastic waste

New research has revealed for the first time that just twenty companies are responsible for producing more than half of all the single-use plastic waste in the world. This marks an enormous contribution to the vast majority of the plastics pollutants in landfills, oceans, and the environment in general. The comprehensive new analysis published by […]

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Environmentalism in a time of COVID

Last year, Time magazine named Greta Thunberg their Person of the Year. The now-seventeen-year-old climate activist from Sweden has inspired a global movement, assuming the role of a bastion for environmentalism. Across the world, young people have protested for their future, for the future of their environment, and their planet – including in India.  Thunberg

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President Kovind praises Ayushman Bharat

President Ram Nath Kovind has praised the Centre’s flagship health insurance initiative Ayushman Bharat, touting the number of people who have availed the benefits of the scheme thus far. During an address before a joint parliamentary session, President Kovind said the scheme had made a significant contribution to reducing the catastrophic out-of-pocket spending on health

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60,000 tonnes of waste: The Kumbh Mela effect

When 240 million people took a dip in the mighty Ganga river during in Prayag between January 4th and March 14th this year, it should have been a clean exercise if officials were to be believed. With a whopping budget of Rs 4,200 crore allocated to organising the festival, the BJP government claimed that it

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India’s water woes are bigger than you think

It is not even summer season and great swathes of India’s land are suffering from drought, recently published data reveals. This is according to an IndiaSpend analysis of figures from the Drought Early Warning System (DEWS), which contains dire implications for an enormous number of Indians and a sizeable proportion of the country’s land. At

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The Mahatma’s health and the legacy of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi – widely honoured as the Father of the Nation – is often thought of in almost mythic terms: a figure of near universal reverence, internationally celebrated for his dogged struggle for Indian independence; his stand against colonialism; his embrace of pacifism; and denunciation of violence. In recent weeks, details have come to

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#HealthForPolls: Did Modi keep his promises to Goddess Ganga?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had vowed from the banks of the mighty River Ganga, “It’s my destiny to serve Maa Ganga,” when he was elected in May 2014. But after five years Goddess Ganga may not be too impressed. The Government’s target to clean the holy river by 2020 is far from being met. To

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Indian rivers too polluted to sustain life

Many segments of the River Ganga could well become nothing but desolate stretches of waste should pollution continue. India’s most holy river is simultaneously regarded with the utmost reverence and treated with complete neglect. Huge amounts of sewage and industrial waste spewed into the river have led some studies to suggest that the river will

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You kill for cow, but don’t care for Mother Ganga?

Hindu tradition has it that if you bathe in the waters of the River Ganga, your sins get washed away. Every year, seventy million visit the river to do just that. But now the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has compared a dip in the holy river to being as ‘injurious to health’ as a packet

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