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Illustrated: Message in a (plastic) bottle
Words: Devayani Khare,
Illustrations: Sumita Nanda
The Ganges is among the top contributors of land-based plastic pollution into global oceans – the river serves as a conduit for terrestrial waste ending up in marine ecosystems. Here's an illustrated look at the river pollution along the sacred Ganges.
How do we recycle plastic?
Plastics were once considered a revolutionary material that would replace natural, scarce products. The very advantages of plastic have made it difficult to recycle plastics today. Here's what works, what doesn't work in recycling.
PlastiCities: the role of grassroots initiatives in waste management
Grassroots organisations that work at the intersection between the formal and informal sectors are important. Here are some lessons we can learn for a decentralised, cost-efficient blueprint for waste management in India.
Turning the tide: plastic pollution & climate change
Plastic pollution plays a significant role in global greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. As India’s petrochemical industry expands, experts question how the 2070 net-zero target would be met?
Pipe Dreams: stories of Bengaluru's water supply
Can a pipeline that runs through an urban landscape weave narratives of water usage through space and time? Read more about the urban and rural divide, the urban sprawl, the pre-colonial water management & the scarcity faced today.
What is the effect of plastic on ecosystems?
This article covers how plastics are poised to be the most perceivable, persistent, and pervasive indicators of the Anthropocene, and how it affects ecosystems.
The Migratory Routes of Plastic
This article delves into the disproportionate effect of plastic pollution on migratory species, and how plastics travel up the trophic chains.
Can rolling stones gather landslide data?
This summary looks at a pilot study done on the Nepal-China highway to understand how technology can help in the early detection of landslides.
Tracing early human migrations into Asia
When did Homo sapiens disperse from Africa across India, into Asia? Can stone tools spanning the Toba eruption ~74,000 years ago, hold clues to human migration & early settlements?
Corals & the Indian monsoons
If corals provide clues to their physical and chemical environment, can they be used to study paleoclimate? Can Indian Ocean corals be proxies for past Indian monsoons?
Where rivers flow: India's catchment crisis
How exactly can rivers meet ecological & human needs? This article talks about the eco-hydrological footprint of 4 rivers of Uttara Kannada, South India, and how an integrated river basin management programme can help mitigate water crises across India.
Rivers of Memory: India
Ever wondered if rivers have memories? In geomorphology, rivers are considered to bear an imprint of the past, still discernible in the landscape. This article talks about six types of river basin in India, and the clues they offer to the past, and present.
To divide or not to divide: that is the question.
Based on a study published by a theoretical physicist and an experimental biologist - this article explores how cells divide, and the communication that occurs within cells to do so.
The North-Western Ghats as a research niche
The lesser-studied, yet biogeographically significant portion of the Western Ghats hotspot—the northern Western Ghats have been throwing up a fair few surprises for researchers. This article focuses on the discoveries and efforts, and future research potential of the region.