As India Warms, Farm-Suicide ‘Epidemic’ Will Worsen: US Scientist Advises ‘Urgent’ Action

  Every one-degree-celsius rise in temperature beyond 20°C (degrees Celsius) during the growing season on India’s farms causes 67 suicides, with 59,300 suicides since 1980 attributable to climate change, according to a new study by Tamma Carleton, a doctoral student in agricultural and resource economics at the University of California-Berkeley, USA.   Crop losses and … Continued

Vaccination Failures, ‘Mediocre’ BRD Hospital, Claim Lives Of Eastern UP’s Children

Children admitted at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. Patients of Japanese encephalitis, the viral brain infection that killed many of over 70 children in BRD Medical College hospital, cannot survive longer than 15 to 20 minutes without oxygen. A leading Indian virologist tells us what’s going wrong in eastern … Continued

‘Casteism Will Not Allow Swacch Bharat Abhiyan To Succeed’

American scholars Dean Spears and Diane Coffey, co-founders of the Research Institute for Compassionate Economics   Why are children in India shorter than children from other countries even those poorer than India? It was the urge to solve some of India’s development puzzles like this one that drew American scholars Dean Spears and Diane Coffey … Continued

Current Situation ‘Unsatisfactory’: India’s Top Doc Lays Out New Vision For Health, Research

  As many as 332 (57.3%) medical colleges in India did not have a single research publication between 2005 and 2014, according to a 2016 analysis. In comparison, the annual research output of the Massachusetts General Hospital was 4,600 and the Mayo Clinic 3,700, the paper said.   “The current state of affairs is far … Continued ...

‘Indian Poultry Farms Use Antibiotics To Replace Nutrition, Hygiene; Endanger Human Lives’

Twelve of 18 poultry farms surveyed reported using antibiotics to boost growth of chickens. Among the antibiotics used were tetracyclines and fluoroquinolones, popular medicines used to treat humans. This rampant misuse increases the chances of bacteria developing resistance to antibiotics, paving the way for human infections that are harder or impossible to treat.   Antibiotics … Continued

‘Leaders Treat Environment Like Indian Gods, Do Puja And Aarti, Pay Lip Service’

  Jairam Ramesh, 63, has been a member of the Rajya Sabha since 2004 and held several portfolios, including rural development and drinking water and sanitation, during the second term of the UPA regime from 2009-14. But he is best-known, and still remembered, for his stint as environment minister.   He now says it was … Continued

How India’s Sunny, Solar Forecast Could Become Reality

  On May 12, 2017, India recorded its lowest-ever solar tariff of Rs 2.44/unit of electricity. That is a 73% fall since 2010, and compares favourably with India’s cheapest power source–coal, electricity from which now ranges between Rs 3/unit and Rs 5/unit.   The new low solar cost was announced at a reverse auction–in which … Continued

Overworked, Underpaid, Abused: Inside The World Of India’s Domestic Workers

  In the decade after liberalisation, there was a nearly 120% rise in the number of domestic workers in India from 7.4 lakh in 1991 to 16.2 lakh workers by 2001, says author Tripti Lahiri quoting census data in her recently released book, Maid In India. Women constitute over two-thirds of the workforce in this … Continued

‘Diabetes Epidemic Shifting To Urban Poor, India Needs Urgent Prevention, Screening’

  Diabetes, once a disease of the affluent, is now rampant among India’s urban poor too and preventive measures and free screening services are urgently required to control its impact: this is the recommendation of V Mohan, one of India’s pioneering diabetologists.   V Mohan, one of India’s pioneering diabetologists who heads the Chennai-based Dr … Continued ...

India’s Wildlife Crisis, And Why Hope Is So Important

  “A great silence is spreading over the natural world even as the sound of man is becoming deafening,” Prerna Singh Bindra, 45, a wildlife journalist, quotes Bernie Krause, who recorded the sounds of over 15,000 species, as she writes about the constant threat to India’s wildlife in her book The Vanishing: India’s Wildlife Crisis. … Continued