Monthly Archives: June 29, 2012

  • Guwahati’s black carbon accelerates glacier melt

    June 29, 2012

    High levels of black carbon pollution in the north-eastern Indian city of Guwahati is responsible for accelerating glacier melt in the Himalayas, according to new research by scientists.

  • Gilgit Baltisan glacier

    Soot settles over the Himalayas

    June 29, 2012

    Black carbon is major health risk in the Himalayas and a key source of global warming. So why aren’t policymakers doing more to combat this dangerous pollutant, asks Joydeep Gupta

  • The hard climb continues

    June 22, 2012

    Most observers have been disappointed by Rio+20 and rightly so. But the conference has kept the door open for some constructive work – in mountain conservation, for instance, writes Joydeep Gupta.

  • As Indian policymakers join Rio+20, anti dam activists arrested

    June 21, 2012

    While policy makers, experts, and activists meet for the UN conference Rio + 20 this week, thousands of miles away in north-east India’s Assam state, 22 farmers are languishing in the Lakhimpur jail for taking up cudgels to protect the environment.

  • Diplomacy beats sustainability at Rio+20

    June 19, 2012

    Over 100 heads of state and government will most probably sign later this week an agreement that was supposed to take the world on a more sustainable and equitable development path, but which is now so full of compromises that it is mostly meaningless.

  • Weak agreement expected at Rio+20

    June 18, 2012

    A political resolution to be signed by over 100 heads of government neared completion in Rio de Janeiro on Monday. But the agreement that was supposed to chart the course of the earth will fail to do so in many significant respects, unless there is a change of heart at the last moment.

  • Unquiet flows the Ganga

    June 15, 2012

    The Ganga is India’s holiest river but also one of its dirtiest. Now 70 planned hydro projects on the river’s upper reaches have provoked yet more confrontation between environmentalists and a power-hungry India. Joydeep Gupta reports.

  • Exploring the third pole

    June 15, 2012’s first reader presents highlights from our published articles by journalists and experts from Tibet to Bangladesh. Important articles are classified by theme and this reader is free to download