Bharati Chaturvedi is an environmentalist and writer. She is the founder and director of Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group.
Articles by Bharati Chaturvedi
- Increasingly, we read about city slickers beating a leopard to death. It’s a crime? That it was seen. We dump endless plastics in our rivers, regardless of how this impacts riverine life. We watch passively as trees are lopped.
Prior to this heatwave, several workers I spoke to asked why they couldn’t start working at 5 am and ending at 1 pm? Coupled with workplaces designed for frequent rest, shade and hydration, this could be a first step.
- Despite about 15 manufacturers in India, the quality of the batteries is unclear. Could some of them have been imported from outside, with no quality control, to meet the growing demand?
- The world is deeply interconnected. This is exhilarating, but it exacerbates our vulnerability, especially in the context of climate change.
- According to the National Statistical Office ‘s 2021 report on the elderly, India can expect a 41% increase in the population of those above 60 in a decade, by 2031. How can we increase their resilience to climate change?
- An avid birder in the Ottawa region mentioned to me how rare ravens were in the area till a decade ago. Now, they are plentiful.
- During the last few years, temperatures have started shifting from high to low rapidly, which forces the snow on top to melt and freeze back into ice.
- The environment cannot be governed with optimistic guesswork. Pollution control boards must urgently carry out rigorous studies and come up with guidelines, so the public can exercise informed options.
- The Cornell Ornithology Lab based ‘E-bird’ site allows birdwatchers to post their sightings almost anywhere in the world, with moderators for data oversight. India makes a rich contribution.
Dead bodies of animals in protected areas should follow the natural route-of being food and nutrients.
Just when we were told Omicron might be mild, the Florona combination emerged. While we collectively battle the Covid family, we must also battle the endless plastics from this pandemic.
Standardizing masks is key to public and environmental health, to saving lives. It is also key to using the appropriate resources in the most impactful manner.
- No matter how much change we plan, nobody can be prepared for the new era we are in.
A smog tower is an expensive device ( ₹20 crore) that sucks in air, then blows it out. In between, particulate matter is cleaned. When the air is let out, it mixes with outside air, turning polluted again.
- The last year and a half has forced many of us to reduce our travel, meet only selected people and step out only if we have to.
India’s 700 plus tribes, or indigenous people, have typically walked the earth with the lightest possible footprints, each distinct from the other.
- State governments must invest in science-based protocols that can be implemented by schools, illiterate parents and the children themselves.
- India has asked for climate finance to meet its own goals. We lose money every time we are hit by a climate event.
Many urban middle-class folks hope to own two homes. One to live, one as investment. As a result, the wealthy are expanding the housing footprint. This has severe consequences for climate change.
- While Indian legislation is cracking down on single use plastics, containers are a harder one.
A big gap is knowledge about climate change. It’s easy to blame it for every crisis and sit back because it’s a meta-catastrophe.
- Touted as wonder materials, they are now globally regulated, threatening to overwhelm life in our rivers and oceans.
- Science says there’s lots to love about Orcas. They are matriarchal, live in groups called pods and have their own private pod language.
Take the case of the waste-to-energy (WTE) plant in Gurugram’s Bhandwadi, in the ancient Aravalli forest... It is expected to handle waste from Gurugram and Faridabad.
- The hurricane has only one lesson: fight much harder against climate change, or hurricanes, droughts, floods, lightening-these will be part of whatever life is left.
- As we enter the era of environmental catastrophe, how we value species deserves a rethink.
From cooling spots to closing the underground metro, all kinds of ideas have been widely debated, but the point is to action them as if it were a disaster were to strike next month.
- In an era where countries all over the world are debating why infrastructure is more important than the wilderness, and where climate change is devastating habitats, this green list could play another role.
- Most people love to shop for clothes. I’m baffled. I mean what exactly have we worn in the last 15 months that we need to top up?
- Indian states can lead this transformation. Many have begun procuring electric buses.