All stories by Sunita Narain
Every breath we take is poisonRediff.com15 Nov 2019
'And for the developing lungs of our children, this should not be tolerated. Not at all,' says Sunita Narain.
Why vegetarianism is not all that great an idea for IndiaRediff.com26 Jan 2019
Indian farmers practise an agro-silvo-pastoral system and that livestock is a crucial part of their economy. Taking away the meat would demonetise their assets. It would kill their income, says Sunita Narain.
How best to tackle India's water crisisRediff.com13 Jul 2018
The tragedy is not the inevitable drought or the inevitable flood. It is our inevitable lack of ability to push and get done what needs to be done, says Sunita Narain.
The human price of climate changeRediff.com14 May 2018
What are the most worrisome aspects of climate change for India? Can they be solved?
Sorry, there are no quick fixes for Delhi's toxic smogRediff.com13 Nov 2017
The air pollution problem in the national capital won't go away till we take action -- such as ban the use of dirty fuels, ramp up public transport and oversee crop burning, says Sunita Narain.
A thousand mutinies over garbageRediff.com24 Sep 2017
What will Indian cities do about its growing mountains of waste?
How to make the people use toiletsRediff.com18 Aug 2017
Lack of sanitation is leading to avoidable deaths of infants, and underweight and stunted children.
How NOT to celebrate Environment DayRediff.com12 Jun 2017
Growing and harvesting trees for productive and economic uses are once again dead in the water, says Sunita Narain.
Time has come to correct what's wrong in meat production marketRediff.com29 May 2017
We need to clarify the rules for legal slaughterhouses and make sure that these can be enforced.
The truth about Swachh BharatRediff.com5 May 2017
Building toilets, however essential, must not be confused with sanitation and the crying need for a revamp of India's sewage systems.
Why the fuss over BS-IV vehicles is quite meaninglessRediff.com17 Apr 2017
The fact is that BS-IV vehicles, particularly diesel trucks, are much less polluting than BS-III ones, says Sunita Narain.
Why I would not support a ban on meatRediff.com4 Apr 2017
Banning meat is cruel demonetisation. It is stealing from the poor, nothing less, writes Sunita Narain.
Maybe we need to 'shut down' DelhiRediff.com26 Dec 2016
'It is clear that nature is not in a mood to give us leeway to be lazy, inefficient or just do business as usual.' 'It is telling us that we have no time to get things wrong. We need to take drastic actions - now
They still won't say the 'C' wordRediff.com16 Dec 2016
Donald Trump denied it. Hillary Clinton avoided saying it. But the Climate Change crisis is frighteningly real, says Sunita Narain.
Why we can't breatheRediff.com28 Nov 2016
We need to know that the sources of pollution and the action to be taken are known. But what is needed is to act. Plain and simple. So, focus, on each source and each action; who has to do what and by when
We are products of the makers of designer foodRediff.com2 Nov 2016
Now we need to fight back to reclaim our food and our habits. The only way to do so is to rediscover food as pleasure and be thrilled, not just by its smells and tastes, but also by the knowledge it embodies, says Sunita Narain.
Mr Gopichand's healthy choiceRediff.com3 Oct 2016
Brand ambassadors and their lackeys are busy opposing the idea of being held accountable, even though they are ready to take all the money, says Sunita Narain.
ACs, among India's top environment criminals!Rediff.com24 Aug 2016
When Bureau of Energy Efficiency certifies that an AC is star-rated, it does this based on the manufacturer's self or third party efficiency report, points out Sunita Narain.
What the world must learn from BrexitRediff.com11 Jul 2016
It is clear that the world desperately needs a globalisation model that will work for all and not just some, says Sunita Narain.
Garbage is all about recyclingRediff.com26 May 2016
New ventures are emerging to take the stigma out of this garbage sorting business.
Swachh Bharat Mission: What the nation needs to knowRediff.com11 Apr 2016
City governments must work out the treatment system for faecal sludge.
The art of gobbling up the Yamuna floodplainRediff.com14 Mar 2016
The disagreements over what needs to be done on floodplains allows for illegal takeover by land mafia till nothing is left, observes Sunita Narain
Waste not, want notRediff.com9 Nov 2015
The problem of waste is not a problem of management alone.
An ideal mining policy & how it will impact the economyRediff.com20 Jul 2015
The new mining policy must be rock solid
Why saving the Taj is the most difficult battle for IndiaRediff.com11 May 2015
The Supreme Court has directed a series of actions to clean the Taj, including bringing in compressed natural gas (CNG) to replace dirty coal.
It's high time to revamp India's inefficient power plantsRediff.com16 Mar 2015
Green rating of thermal power plants are way behind the global best.
Decoding the Budget's 'carbon tax'Rediff.com2 Mar 2015
In Budget 2015, the finance minister has opted to take the slow road and has doubled the cess on coal to "balance the need to tax pollution and the price of power" in his words.
Real pride of ancient Indian scienceRediff.com19 Jan 2015
Whether we flew aircraft or mastered plastic surgery is immaterial for modern India, what matters is if ancient Indians understood the science and art of settlement planning, architecture and governance of natural resources. This is the history we need to learn, says Sunita Narain
Global climate deal: How far have India, China moved?Rediff.com22 Dec 2014
India is actively involved in reducing carbon emissions.
Change in the nature of monsoon and its effect on the economyRediff.com8 Sep 2014
Each year, economic damages increase -- and once again, development gains are lost in one season of flood or bad drought.