The Basel Convention

Introduction The 1980s witnessed a tremendous leap in the global commitments toward environmental protection. One such initiative to counter the problem of environmental dumping, countries adopted the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Waste and their Disposal in 1989, under the mandate of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) (Basel Convention,Continue reading “The Basel Convention”

Wangari Maathai: Environmental Conservation, Women’s Rights and World Peace

Throughout history, women have taken up prominent roles in spearheading environmental activism. Led by Amrita Devi, 363 people lost their lives saving Khejri trees by hugging them. It was their form of peaceful protest against the king’s men who were ordered to axe down the Khejri trees. In central India, Medha Patkar headed the NarmadhaContinue reading “Wangari Maathai: Environmental Conservation, Women’s Rights and World Peace”

The Brainy Octopus is a Quick Adapter to Climate Change, But the News is Not as Good as You May Think

Did you know that an octopus has 3 hearts and 9 brains? These mollusks have complex cardiovascular and nervous systems. Two hearts regulate blood to the gills, and the other pumps blood to the rest of its body. One brain is located in the organism’s head, and the others are distributed across its eight arms.Continue reading “The Brainy Octopus is a Quick Adapter to Climate Change, But the News is Not as Good as You May Think”

Mother Nature’s Locus standi Recognised by Madras High Court

Only when there is a right, can one seek remedy. The Latin maxim “ubi jus ibi remedium” is a principle that means that the law provides one remedy when there is a violation of a right. However, the question of whether the environment can have the status of personhood to seek remedy when its rightsContinue reading “Mother Nature’s Locus standi Recognised by Madras High Court”

How can Biodiversity Parks help in Urban Green Recovery?

With cities ever-expanding, rivers, lakes, and floodplains within urban stretches are encroached upon leading to the destruction of the water body and its biodiversity. This is a growing concern and in order to rehabilitate and restore such regions, biodiversity parks can be established to bring a balance between economic development and environmental conservation.  Conceptualizing aContinue reading “How can Biodiversity Parks help in Urban Green Recovery?”

The Science of Biomimicry

India enters summer and has been recording one of the highest temperatures in decades across cities. Whether ice-creams are part of the day or not, air conditioners have become indispensable. Sadly, air conditioners are one of the most unsustainable innovations of humankind for they emit ozone-depleting substances into the atmosphere. Though air conditioners may temporarilyContinue reading “The Science of Biomimicry”

Adaptive Reuse: A Path to Sustainability

It is possible that we might have heard engineers suggest refurbishing a shelf in a room using discarded wood from other furniture. It essentially promotes the idea of recycling. But this very same technique can be extended to the field of architecture wherein buildings can be entirely transformed from one purpose to another with minimalContinue reading “Adaptive Reuse: A Path to Sustainability”

Cloud Seeding: Seeding New Hope for Positive Environmental Action

In our favorite superhero universes, the capacity to control nature is an overpowering theme. Marvel character Storm was powerful enough to conjure fogs, tornadoes, and even mighty foods. The Varuna Yajna is a popularly performed ritual in India to appease the Rain Gods during extreme conditions of famine or drought. Rishis and priests immersed themselvesContinue reading “Cloud Seeding: Seeding New Hope for Positive Environmental Action”

The Worrying Space Case: How is Space Junk affecting us?

We no longer only litter and pollute our land, water, and air. The human way of exploiting our surroundings has reached a new height, literally, as we have transcended beyond earthly boundaries and are invading Space itself. Launched in 1957 by the Soviet Union, Sputnik 1 was the first successful artificial satellite to orbit aroundContinue reading “The Worrying Space Case: How is Space Junk affecting us?”

Green Weddings: The Zero-Waste Trend that Couples Need to Hop on

As a country known for its elaborate festivities and celebrations, India’s obsession with big, fat, and extravagant weddings does not come as a surprise. The Bollywood union of Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor has flooded social media platforms and will continue to be romanticized until the next big thing. With wedding planners and consultancy firmsContinue reading “Green Weddings: The Zero-Waste Trend that Couples Need to Hop on”