India’s air pollution crisis

      Context: A new report from the World Health Organisation highlights not only how widespread air pollution is in urban India, but also how deficient air quality monitoring is. Pollution is the largest environmental cause of disease and premature death in the world today. Last year, the Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health, attributed… Continue reading India’s air pollution crisis

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We need Aadhaar, not just for phones

  Background: India’s Unique Identification project is the world’s largest biometrics-based identity programme.Initially, the project had a limited aim – to stop theft and pilferage from India’s social welfare programmes by correctly identifying the beneficiaries using their biometrics. But now, the use of Aadhaar is expanding into newer areas, including business applications. From food rations… Continue reading We need Aadhaar, not just for phones


Trees and Woods

Context: Forest Survey of India, an organization under Ministry of Environment Forests & Climate Change recently published ‘India State of Forest Report 2017’ based on satellite imagery. The report presented a net positive balance in the form of 24.4% of India’s land under some form of forest cover. India State of Forest Report 2017 India… Continue reading Trees and Woods


Nitrogen Overload

  Summary: During the past century, the global consumption of nitrogen has seen a steady increase. In 1980, developed countries accounted for 70% of the world’s total nitrogen consumption. By 2010, it was the developing countries which accounted for 70% of the global nitrogen consumption. India is no exception to this. India is the second-highest… Continue reading Nitrogen Overload


Rooftop energy

In Bengaluru, the Laser Mapping Technology — light detection and ranging (LiDAR) — is being used for mapping its potential to generate rooftop solar energy. Over the fortnight, a helicopter armed with LiDAR system will fly across the city. It will cover an approximate area of 1,100 sq. km, generating high resolution images of rooftops… Continue reading Rooftop energy