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  • Clean Drinking Water Just One Benefit Of Better Toilets [Video]

    If you ran across someone defecating in the street, you’d probably call the police (and get a response from them). In India, however, this is a very common practice in rural areas: according to Joe Madiath of non-governmental organization Gram Vikas, 70% of Indians take care of “#2” right out in the open. This leads […] More

  • Solar News Roundup

    News of recent solar business expansions and installations around the world… More

  • Oil Pulling: All-Natural Healing Therapy or Another Health Craze?

    Writer’s Note: Please consult your healthcare provider before attempting oil pulling therapy to ensure it’s safe for you. The other day a friend asked if I’d given the latest trend of “oil pulling” a try. I smiled and said no, but I was really thinking, “What in world is she talking about?” After scouring the […] More

  • US – India: Dealing With Monsoon Failure

    By Lester R. Brown The scene plays out in India. At a reception, I met the head of Indian operations for Esso (now ExxonMobil). When I asked him how business was, he said it was great. In particular, diesel sales to fuel irrigation pumps were nearly double the previous year’s level. Why? Because farmers were […] More

  • Many Countries Reaching Diminishing Returns in Fertilizer Use

    By Lester R. Brown When German chemist Justus von Liebig demonstrated in 1847 that the major nutrients that plants removed from the soil could be applied in mineral form, he set the stage for the development of the fertilizer industry and a huge jump in world food production a century later. Growth in food production […] More

  • India's Dangerous 'Food Bubble'

    India is now the world’s third-largest grain producer after China and the United States. The adoption of higher-yielding crop varieties and the spread of irrigation have led to this remarkable tripling of output since the early 1960s. Unfortunately, a growing share of the water that irrigates three-fifths of India’s grain harvest is coming from wells that are starting to go dry. This sets the stage for a major disruption in food supplies for India’s growing population. More

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    Five Environmental Lessons We Can Learn from Buddhist Monks

    My friend Julia recently visited Buddhist monasteries in Nepal and India and was deeply touched by the Tibetan Monks there. Living on less than a dollar a day, the monks she met were models of spiritual humility, happiness and simplicity. She came back from Nepal and the monastery full of life, and more dedicated than ever to service, simplicity, and meditation. In our discussions afterward, we reflected on the following 5 eco-themed lessons we could learn from the Buddhist monks. More

  • ATM for Drinking Water in India

    Entrepreneurs in India have come up with a way to provide clean drinking water in rural or underserved communities. Sarvajal is setting up locally-run water purification system franchises. More

  • On the Environmental Frontlines: Waste Pickers

    Over the last 20 years, waste pickers— workers in the informal economy who recover recyclable materials from trash—in Pune, a city in the state of Maharashtra, India have transformed both their city’s municipal waste management system and their own lives. More

  • Beyond Recycling: On the Road to Zero Waste

    Zero waste strategies help societies to produce and consume goods while respecting ecological limits and the rights of communities. The strategies ensure that all discarded materials are safely and sustainably returned to nature or to manufacturing in place of raw materials. In a zero waste approach, waste management is not left only to politicians and technical experts; rather, everyone impacted—from residents of wealthy neighborhoods to the public, private, and informal sector workers who handle waste—has a voice. More

  • India’s National Water Policy

    India released the third draft of its National Water Policy after the first two attempts in January and May met with protests from the states. The latest draft is meant as an umbrella statement focusing on the need for “…a broad overarching national legal framework of general principles on water to lead the way for essential legislation on water governance in every state,” according to the water resources ministry. More

  • Water Equity in Tourism

    A report from Tourism Concern shows a disproportionate use of water by tourists in the developing world. The difference between daily water use by locals and that by tourists can be as much as 3100 liters (about 820 gallons) per person. More

  • New Delhi Denied Water by Neighboring State

    Last week, New Delhi and other major cities faced water shortages when they were denied water by a neighboring state. New Delhi purchases water from nearby states, but Haryana cut off the water supply on Friday. More

  • Fukushima Meltdown Hastens Decline of Nuclear Power

    With the world’s fleet of reactors aging, and with new plants suffering construction delays and cost increases, it is possible that world nuclear electricity generation has peaked and begun a long-term decline. More

  • Global Wind Power Climbs to New Record in 2011

    Wind energy developers installed a record 41,000 megawatts of electricity-generating capacity in 2011, bringing the world total to 238,000 megawatts. With more than 80 countries now harnessing the wind, there is enough installed wind power capacity worldwide to meet the residential electricity needs of 380 million people at the European level of consumption. More

  • Tea for Good: The Learning Tea

    Katrell Christie owns Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party, a tea shop in Atlanta, Georgia. The decor is eclectic, the tea and coffee are delicious, and thanks to her project The Learning Tea, you get so much more than just a hot drink with every cup that you buy there! More

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