Bharati Chaturvedi

Bharati Chaturvedi

Bharati Chaturvedi is an environmentalist and writer. She is the founder and director of Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group.

Articles by Bharati Chaturvedi
The Centre also failed to come up with a sound explanation for the scrapping of CAQM and its plans to tackle air pollution, even as new data released by a Swiss organisation, IQAir, said that 22 of the 30 most polluted cities in the world are in India. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
The Centre also failed to come up with a sound explanation for the scrapping of CAQM and its plans to tackle air pollution, even as new data released by a Swiss organisation, IQAir, said that 22 of the 30 most polluted cities in the world are in India. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Air pollution and Covid-19

By Bharati Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON APR 19, 2021 08:50 AM IST
Covid is the new air pollution in disguise. It is a murderous contaminant. A few lessons are in order for the months after this is over.
The lack of precipitation and intense heat-an outcome of climate change-is an exacerbating factor for forest fires.
The lack of precipitation and intense heat-an outcome of climate change-is an exacerbating factor for forest fires.

Join the dots: The long-lasting impact of forest fires across India

By Bharati Chaturvedi, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON APR 12, 2021 01:47 AM IST
  • Join the dots to read the message. It’s clear climate change has an important role to play in forest fires.
Heat stress will require cooling, which is impossible without using more energy.(HT Photo | Representational image)
Heat stress will require cooling, which is impossible without using more energy.(HT Photo | Representational image)

Soon, heat stress to throw life out of gear

By Bharati Chaturvedi, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 29, 2021 04:47 AM IST
Heat stress is known to kill at worst, but reduce a person’s ability to work by exhaustion and heat strokes.
India must rapidly build and nurture grassroots-based habitat monitoring and governance.(Representational Photo/HT File)
India must rapidly build and nurture grassroots-based habitat monitoring and governance.(Representational Photo/HT File)

India must strive to catch the ecological bus

By Bharati Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2021 06:02 AM IST
  • A re-invigorated biodiversity management policy is India’s survival strategy. At this point in our development trajectory, we don’t pay any heed to either biodiversity or landscape conservation.
In our intensely polluted, heart-and-lung-disease causing air, large swathes of Indians qualify as potential victims.(Arvind Yadav/HT file photo)
In our intensely polluted, heart-and-lung-disease causing air, large swathes of Indians qualify as potential victims.(Arvind Yadav/HT file photo)

Don’t ignore climate change in North India

By Bharati Chaturvedi, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 05:19 AM IST
In both North India and Texas, climate change is causing sudden temperature changes that people cannot cope with.
An electrical substation is seen after winter weather caused electricity blackouts in Houston, Texas, US.(File Photo / REUTERS)
An electrical substation is seen after winter weather caused electricity blackouts in Houston, Texas, US.(File Photo / REUTERS)

Middle class must curb electricity consumption

By Bharati Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2021 07:31 AM IST
A research conducted by Prayas, an organisation working on energy, reveals that residential consumption is increasing inequitably.
After the Baghjan blow-up, investigators also found that four of nine calves born to domestic cows in neighbouring villages perished; of the four, two were still-born.(ANI)
After the Baghjan blow-up, investigators also found that four of nine calves born to domestic cows in neighbouring villages perished; of the four, two were still-born.(ANI)

Is compensation enough for man-made disasters?

PUBLISHED ON FEB 15, 2021 01:29 AM IST
On May 27th last year, following a leak, a terrifying blowout all but annihilated the area. Images of giant flames and intense smoke haunted India.
Syringe management is not new to the Health Ministry, which has enormous experience in vaccinations.(Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)
Syringe management is not new to the Health Ministry, which has enormous experience in vaccinations.(Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)

Let’s handle the Covid-19 vaccination waste too

UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2021 05:32 AM IST
Already, estimates are the pandemic may have resulted in a monthly global waste of 129 billion face masks and 65 billion gloves. These are part of the ecosystem, even if they are first upcycled. Let’s prevent that polluting pathway for our syringes.
Goa’s collective decision not to build the Indian Institute of Technology bears a profound lesson for the world.(Unsplash)
Goa’s collective decision not to build the Indian Institute of Technology bears a profound lesson for the world.(Unsplash)

Has Goa become moral compass for the world?

By Bharati Chaturvedi, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 04:51 AM IST
The local people of Melauli village don’t want potentially well-paying jobs working at IIT, they don’t want to leave agriculture. They want to nurture the land. They want to continue belonging to the land, the water, the forests. They are asking to live a low carbon footprint.
The paper examines 203,313 households in 623 districts of India.(HT file photo)
The paper examines 203,313 households in 623 districts of India.(HT file photo)

Green activists must work on reducing Carbon footprint

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bharati Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 03:08 AM IST
Research by Jemyung Lee and others, and the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Japan, published, in the Journal for Environmental Change suggests middle class environmentalism will serve the planet best by reducing its own carbon footprint.
The Bengal government’s decision on cycles was partly possible because the middle class historically doesn’t support the hard measures required for green shifts.(Rahul Raut/HT file photo. Representative image)
The Bengal government’s decision on cycles was partly possible because the middle class historically doesn’t support the hard measures required for green shifts.(Rahul Raut/HT file photo. Representative image)

Time to seek solutions for cities, not individuals

PUBLISHED ON DEC 21, 2020 06:31 AM IST
India has demonstrated extraordinary exclusion of non-motorised forms of transport for several years. Most significant is our love for flyovers. Apart from the argument that these don’t reduce congestion, the reality few ever discuss is that cyclists and cycle rickshaws find it enormously challenging to navigate flyovers.
Vehicular traffic seen amid heavy fog on NH9 road in Dasna, Ghaziabad.(Sakib Ali/Hindustan Times)
Vehicular traffic seen amid heavy fog on NH9 road in Dasna, Ghaziabad.(Sakib Ali/Hindustan Times)

How chronic air pollution may trigger more Covid deaths in the country

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bharati Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 05:12 AM IST
India must rejig our cities for more public transport and make it easier to use non-motorised transport.
Bird feeding must be phased out, just like petting zoos are mostly done.(Sonu Mehta/HT file photo)
Bird feeding must be phased out, just like petting zoos are mostly done.(Sonu Mehta/HT file photo)

Why bird feeding should stop

PUBLISHED ON DEC 07, 2020 07:04 AM IST
We fed bread corners to sparrows ourselves, dismayed when crows snatched them instead. In many mandirs, feeding birds is what people do. People over-feed pigeons all over Indian cities.
Intense awareness about Glyphosate in local languages is key(AFP (Representative Image))
Intense awareness about Glyphosate in local languages is key(AFP (Representative Image))

Clamping down on Glyphosate availability first step to curb use

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bharati Chaturvedi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 30, 2020 03:45 AM IST
Meanwhile, the US Environmental Protection Agency, in a draft biological evaluation, says Glyphosate is likely to cause harm to or kill 93% of endangered species there.
Young woman cleaning microplastics from sand on the beach.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Young woman cleaning microplastics from sand on the beach.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

India must draft long-term plan for disposal of microplastics

Hindustan Times | By Bharati Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2020 06:33 AM IST
First of all, this is terrible news by itself. People have left no spot safe from plastics-the pollution is universal. Second, it is possible, although not entirely confirmed, that microplastics could accelerate the snow melt.
People burning firecrackers on Diwali in Pandav Nagar in New Delhi.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
People burning firecrackers on Diwali in Pandav Nagar in New Delhi.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Strong political will, more public participation needed to enact firecracker ban

UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2020 07:29 AM IST
While some sections of the society are offended that fireworks are banned, I believe that it has also been particularly poorly handled by state governments.
A layer of smog envelops the skyline as residential buildings are decorated with colorful lights during Diwali, November 14, 2020(AP)
A layer of smog envelops the skyline as residential buildings are decorated with colorful lights during Diwali, November 14, 2020(AP)

Delhi can’t fight pollution with the current institutional apparatus

PUBLISHED ON NOV 15, 2020 08:55 PM IST
The problem is that DPCC can’t do so because its team of environmental engineers and scientists are hugely overworked and the organisation is collapsing due to decades of poor management. This is not unique to Delhi — many state pollution control boards (SPCBs) face a similar crisis.
Biden-Harris should address ecological collapse. The 46th President of the US can-and must-steer the world towards a place where reducing consumption, not increasing green consumption, is the way ahead.(REUTERS)
Biden-Harris should address ecological collapse. The 46th President of the US can-and must-steer the world towards a place where reducing consumption, not increasing green consumption, is the way ahead.(REUTERS)

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris should address ecological collapse now

PUBLISHED ON NOV 09, 2020 07:01 AM IST
Internally, Biden-Harris have committed to fighting extinction by protecting significant parts of America and restoring protection to critical habitat Trump cancelled.
Morning walkers at India Gate despite rising air pollution in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, October 29, 2020.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Morning walkers at India Gate despite rising air pollution in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, October 29, 2020.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

Green piece: States need to fight bad air menace together

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bharati Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2020 05:21 AM IST
State governments are not treating air pollution as India’s top enemy. We haven’t heard from West Bengal, or Bihar and Delhi can’t find common ground with Punjab and Haryana. As a consequence, India’s economy will suffer even more.
Studies suggest only half use Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG).(Arvind Gupta / Hindustan Times)
Studies suggest only half use Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG).(Arvind Gupta / Hindustan Times)

To fight pollution, expand Ujjwala to urban, industrial India

By Bharati Chaturvedi and Aman Luthra
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2020 09:04 PM IST
If the poor were to shift to a clean fuel like LPG, would air pollution reduce?
Scientists at the Case Western Reserve University are concerned that if just one Lowland Gorilla in Uganda were to be Covid-19 positive, an event as catastrophic as an extinction of the species is possible.
Scientists at the Case Western Reserve University are concerned that if just one Lowland Gorilla in Uganda were to be Covid-19 positive, an event as catastrophic as an extinction of the species is possible.

World needs to take steps to protect wildlife

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bharati Chaturvedi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2020 03:57 AM IST
Summarising their own paper, “all old-world primates and great apes” were very highly susceptible. Next on their list were 28 species “classified as having a high propensity.” These included some whales and dolphins, rodents, deer, lemurs, and even the Angola colobus, a type of monkey. This is why the focus on two species.
A man with his pet dog walk next to a tree at Carter Road, Bandra in Mumbai.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
A man with his pet dog walk next to a tree at Carter Road, Bandra in Mumbai.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)

The govt’s Tree Transplantation Policy will damage ecology and our city

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bharati Chaturvedi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 12, 2020 05:42 AM IST
Red alerts about the likely failure of this plan are abundant and are common knowledge . We hear about the impossibility of transplanting old trees, a hallmark of the capital and its climate warriors. The plan’s 80% survival target has been called out as something designed to fail.
Globally, indigenous people are fighting back by wearing masks, isolating, spreading awareness. But they are vulnerable. Most of them don’t have the immunity against infectious diseases.(File photo for representation)
Globally, indigenous people are fighting back by wearing masks, isolating, spreading awareness. But they are vulnerable. Most of them don’t have the immunity against infectious diseases.(File photo for representation)

What green future without the Adivasis?

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bharati Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON OCT 05, 2020 05:24 AM IST
Even as the world is debating how to reopen schools and conduct examinations amid a global pandemic, Covid-19 is also claiming the lives of the rarest knowledge-bearers like the indigenous people.
Landscapes from Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Landscapes from Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Greenpiece: Covid tourism lessons from Canada’s Banff national park

UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2020 05:12 AM IST
Fewer tourists should become the post-pandemic norm, because tourism otherwise forces loss of habitat, a key reason for species decline.
Democratic presidential candidate and former vice president Joe Biden at a campaign event in Wilmington, Delaware, US on August 12, 2020.(Reuters File Photo)
Democratic presidential candidate and former vice president Joe Biden at a campaign event in Wilmington, Delaware, US on August 12, 2020.(Reuters File Photo)

How will Joe Biden’s plan on climate crisis impact India?

New Delhi | By Bharati Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2020 12:46 AM IST
For India — and other developing countries — the question is about what America will do about its historic emissions
In India, chemicals are handled both formally and informally, even the most toxic of them. For example, people come in contact with mercury and pesticides.(HT file photo)
In India, chemicals are handled both formally and informally, even the most toxic of them. For example, people come in contact with mercury and pesticides.(HT file photo)

India must take steps to prevent a chemical catastrophe

UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2020 10:01 AM IST
Chemicals are complex creatures. Ammonium nitrate, for example, is used for fertilisers, although it is being phased out in some countries.
An iPhone is seen on display at a kiosk at an Apple reseller store.(REUTERS)
An iPhone is seen on display at a kiosk at an Apple reseller store.(REUTERS)

Apple’s move to Tamil Nadu brings hope for better recycling of electronic waste

PUBLISHED ON JUL 27, 2020 08:34 AM IST
With Apple shifting to Chennai, India and Apple both have a great opportunity to re-make the future.
A worker pours molten iron from a ladle to make automobile spare parts inside an iron casting factory in Ahmedabad, India.(REUTERS)
A worker pours molten iron from a ladle to make automobile spare parts inside an iron casting factory in Ahmedabad, India.(REUTERS)

India must share its good green tech with other developing nations

UPDATED ON JUL 20, 2020 06:57 AM IST
The bad news is not only that people were poisoned, but that this was the subsidiary of an Indian company. In photos, the former factory looked like an unsafe, crude, medieval operation.
Face masks are seen hanging on the branches of a tree in the backdrop of people exercising at Nehru Park in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)
Face masks are seen hanging on the branches of a tree in the backdrop of people exercising at Nehru Park in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)

Indians deserve more greenery, cities must change

New Delhi | By Bharati Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON JUL 13, 2020 02:18 AM IST
The fundamental human need for proximity to nature is undeniable, and cities must figure out how to provide it to everyone, rich or poor, writes Bharati Chaturvedi, founder and director of the Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group
The space given to public opinion will also serve as an incentive for the PCBs to improve public engagement and respond to complaints.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
The space given to public opinion will also serve as an incentive for the PCBs to improve public engagement and respond to complaints.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Pollution control boards must intensify actions

UPDATED ON JUN 22, 2020 06:26 AM IST
The Pollution Control Boards should be similarly ranked, with modifications. Public participation should be given more weightage.
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