Sunita Narain

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Every breath we take is poison

Every breath we take is poison

Rediff.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 India

Why vegetarianism is not all that great an idea for India

Rediff.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 crisis

How best to tackle India's water crisis

Rediff.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 change

The human price of climate change

Rediff.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 smog

Sorry, there are no quick fixes for Delhi's toxic smog

Rediff.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 garbage

A thousand mutinies over garbage

Rediff.com24 Sep 2017

What will Indian cities do about its growing mountains of waste?

How to make the people use toilets

How to make the people use toilets

Rediff.com18 Aug 2017

Lack of sanitation is leading to avoidable deaths of infants, and underweight and stunted children.

How NOT to celebrate Environment Day

How NOT to celebrate Environment Day

Rediff.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 market

Time has come to correct what's wrong in meat production market

Rediff.com29 May 2017

We need to clarify the rules for legal slaughterhouses and make sure that these can be enforced.

The truth about Swachh Bharat

The truth about Swachh Bharat

Rediff.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 meaningless

Why the fuss over BS-IV vehicles is quite meaningless

Rediff.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 meat

Why I would not support a ban on meat

Rediff.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' Delhi

Maybe we need to 'shut down' Delhi

Rediff.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' word

They still won't say the 'C' word

Rediff.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 breathe

Why we can't breathe

Rediff.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 food

We are products of the makers of designer food

Rediff.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 choice

Mr Gopichand's healthy choice

Rediff.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!

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 Brexit

What the world must learn from Brexit

Rediff.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 recycling

Garbage is all about recycling

Rediff.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 know

Swachh Bharat Mission: What the nation needs to know

Rediff.com11 Apr 2016

City governments must work out the treatment system for faecal sludge.

The art of gobbling up the Yamuna floodplain

The art of gobbling up the Yamuna floodplain

Rediff.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 not

Waste not, want not

Rediff.com9 Nov 2015

The problem of waste is not a problem of management alone.

An ideal mining policy & how it will impact the economy

An ideal mining policy & how it will impact the economy

Rediff.com20 Jul 2015

The new mining policy must be rock solid

Why saving the Taj is the most difficult battle for India

Why saving the Taj is the most difficult battle for India

Rediff.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 plants

It's high time to revamp India's inefficient power plants

Rediff.com16 Mar 2015

Green rating of thermal power plants are way behind the global best.

Decoding the Budget's 'carbon tax'

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 science

Real pride of ancient Indian science

Rediff.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?

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 economy

Change in the nature of monsoon and its effect on the economy

Rediff.com8 Sep 2014

Each year, economic damages increase -- and once again, development gains are lost in one season of flood or bad drought.