Loating islands on Bengaluru’s lakes, a cottonlike substance that can absorb oil, fighting violence against women, an 11yearold climate activist from Germany and wild leopards in Mumbai.
Growing crops in greenhouses, indoor vertical farming in Germany and saving baby elephants in Assam. All this and more in the latest episode.
Zero waste management in Mysuru, a recycled plastic floating park in the Netherlands, innovative wooden stove technology, a matriarchal society in India and protecting coastlines with artificial seagrass.
Mumbais street dogs, the wild boars of Berlin, paying the price for Indias appetite for coal, Malaysias campaign to save energy, and raising awareness of air pollution and climate change with masks.
The woman building toilets for slums, Mumbai’s tree man, curbing bear bile farming in Laos, using big data to predict changes in ecosystems, and innovative water wheels with handles.
A man on a mission to fill potholes in Mumbai, how to recycle old wind turbines and vegan leather made from pineapples.
Recycling flowers offered in Indian temples, restoring moorlands and reviving a traditional handicraft.
How to get edible fish from dirty water, underwater gardening in the Mediterranean, a new air pollution forecasting tool, ebike taxis and a female Indian comedian.
The snake rescuer tackling the humanwildlife conflict, environment lessons in schools and sharing solar power in Bangladesh
Turning crop stubble into plates, luxury sustainable tourism and adding environmental matters to school curricula.
The selftaught bird surgeons of Delhi, plants from paper and pencils and Rajasthans sheep herders.
Trying to revive the dirtiest river in India, traditional wells may save Bengaluru and flamingos campaign for the environment in Ibiza, Spain.
The impact of new alternatives to plastic, cleaner cities through digitization and empowerment for Indian women entrepreneurs.
Permaculture in India helps regions threatened by water scarcity, bread for the poor of Mumbai, a family experiment to reduce CO2, Germany’s wood detectives, and new hope for Indian child brides.
Scuba diving for ghost nets, how grass protects against landslides in Nepal, how sanitary pads can improve women’s lives, and how World Cleanup Day became a worldwide movement.
Building community with Ultimate Frisbee in Chennai, a German classroom goes green, feeding thousands of kids in India’s largest school kitchen and taking a German village off the grid.
From burning to composting: the potential of dried leaves for gardeners, clean and costeffective: a German startup is making wind energy cheaper and hiphop for change: youngsters in Mumbai uplift their community through hiphop.
How to live happily without electricity for decades tide power for clean energy and financial independence empowering female artisans in Rajasthan.
On this weeks Eco India we celebrate Womens Day and bring you stories about villagers who plant trees to honor and defend the value of girls lives, a group of women organizing mangrove safaris and female role models from Germany and India.
The world population is nearly eight billion and rising, and we all need to eat. Farmers have to make agricultural production more efficient and adapt to changing conditions while ensuring their livelihoods. Eco India showcases some pioneering projects.
How can we make buildings more sustainable An Indian organization shows how to use regional building materials and, in Germany, a team of researchers studies how concrete house facades can generate energy.
This weeks show is a sustainability special, featuring the environmentallyfriendly tradition of dyeing fabric, smartphones made from ethical and sustainable materials, and the transformation of barren land in Karnataka into lush green forest.
Water, the basis of life: how oyster farming can provide a sustainable livelihood and purify water bodies, how an environmentalist is restoring India’s lakes and how the philosophy of Jugaad is spreading across France.
Training women as solar engineers, why spiders are important for the environment and supporting smallhold farmers in Indonesia.
This week we look at protecting the unique Kharai camels of Gujarat, how an Indian man is building hundreds of thousands of public toilets and an app developer who is making cities safer for women.
This week we look at waste and what to do with it. We show inspiring stories from India and Europe about people upcycling, recycling and reusing what others define as trash.
This time, we train the spotlight on changemakers, among them a marine conservationist saving Goas dolphins, a founder cleaning up the tanning industry and city planners who are turning a port into an ecodistrict.
Eco India meets people trying to make a difference: A woman who makes nutritious cookies with help from local farmers and rural women a developer of greenhouses for Indian farmers and Indians studying ecology in Germany.
This week we look at how food is produced sustainably in Berlin, why birds are important for the ecosystems in cities and hear from a pioneering architect in India .
This week with a focus on upcycling. A designer is ensuring that heirloom saris don’t lose their essence, a German company is rescuing wornout sneakers and a Greek city is pioneering the art of printing public seating.
Exploring the extraordinary impact otters have on their ecosystem. Also on the show: a Spanish response to climate change and an artist who transforms old jeans into highend pieces of art.
Green energy for mobility, heating and electricity. Renting electric scooters in Kolkata, tapping geothermal energy to heat a German town, and championing solar energy in the Philippines.
We visit farmers in India using solar power to water their fields, consider the transition to renewable energy, present an innovative method for cleaning up waste water, and demonstrate how to build your own windmill.
How Delhi’s residents are getting more involved with their environment, how mobile veterinarians are helping remote areas, and what solutions climate change requires in a game and in reality.
Village in Rajasthan which plants 111 trees every time a girl is born. Also: we see how ecotourism can protect a forest from mining companies, and take a look at some sculptures made of leaves.
Track the path of a plastic spoon in the world showcase compostable organic film as an alternative to plastic film and we meet the women who hold the reins of power in Sumatra.
The food we grow comes from the 2.5 billion farmers around the world who brave droughts and floods, depleting arable land, and unequal land distribution. Today, lets look at why the practice of farming today, and of the future needs a serious rethink.
In Mumbai extremely hot summers, and aggressive monsoons and the floods that accompany it bring life to a halt on many occasions. But this coastal metropolis now has another massive problem to deal with Rising Sea Levels. Climate change is making the already vulnerable city, more vulnerable.
We’ve often shown you stories of changemakers inspiring the people around them to be the change they want to see in the world. They’ve made a difference for the better to the everyday lives of people, and to the environment. Today on Eco India, we’ll dig deeper into how movements come together, and why big change occurs when the power is in the hands of the people
Every minute, we produce and process huge amounts of food around the planet. And to make sure it reaches you this produce is transported by ships and trucks from one part of the world to the other. But nearly a billion people go hungry every night. Food waste is one of the most important reasons for the hunger in the world.
The world’s growing population uses more and more resources everyday and our lifestyles are becoming costly for the environment we live in. What does it mean to live sustainably in such a scenario does it mean living a life of lack Well, it’s actually the opposite.
Water is a basic human need but with potable water depleting every day, it is also becoming a part of big business. Bottled water, chemical filters, water purifiers are a part of every jargon in many parts of the world. How can we take care of water better, and use it sustainably so that generations to come don’t lose access to it
Plastic is everywhere in our water bottles, lunch boxes, in makeup tubes and our favourite sneakers. And all of it turns to garbage faster than you’d imagine. According to the latest numbers, 360 miliion tonnes of plastic was produced in 2018. That number is growing every year and most of it is not recycled.
Forests are the lungs of the earth we can’t really afford to live life without healthy forests. But every year, 8.8 million hectares of forests are being destroyed making way for every imaginable human activity from palm oil plantations and soy fields, to roads, to amusement parks, to parking lots.
The world generates more than two billion tonnes of garbage annually. According to the World Bank, at least 33 of this is not managed in an environmentallysafe manner. And these growing piles of garbage not only pose a serious threat to the environment, but endanger human health worldwide.
Plants. And how they can be reused to offset the effects of harmful materials on our
Half of the oxygen on earth is produced by trees. They use energy from sunlight to make glucose from carbon dioxide and water.
Our love for the fish on our plate, and other seafood is causing great harm and an imbalance to the marine ecosystem worldwide. How can we preserve our oceans and, even our rivers so that they continue to remain a living space
The forgotten power of traditional knowledge. Take traditional farming practices, for example they promoted biodiversity and defied climate change for hundreds of years.
Some of the most fragile ecosystems around the world are found where the ocean meets the land. And no matter how fast the world manages to curb its carbon emissions, sealevels are going to rise and 300 million people will be at risk of flooding by 2050.
Many discussions take place at different levels of the society to address exactly this high level meetings and international climate conferences are held every year with representatives from most countries.
Life itself arose from water It is where the essential building blocks were formed over millennia. It took thousands of years for aquatic animals and plants to make the transition onto land.
A habitat in the middle of an unliveable place. Whether it is a green lush oasis in the desert or the idea of a human settlement on the cold, dry, red Mars. Humans always try to transform inhospitable lansdcapes into vivid places.
Sustainable Consumption can be the solution. But how does that work We show you some examples.
Nutrient rich soil, plentiful sun and water and many weeks or even months of careful work. A lot is needed to grow corn, rice.
Unspoilt world in the middle of the Amazon rainforest
A special episode of Eco India to mark Womens Day March 8. Throughout history, the central role of women in society has ensured its stability, progress and longterm development of nations. But their own needs are not always met.
Wild animals and humans: it can be a symbiotic relationship. But during the coronavirus pandemic weve also learned that being close to each other can be dangerous.
Forests rich with trees, large swamplands, and the expansive sea bed are all, believe it or not, the biggest repositories of carbon dioxide on our planet.
An increasing number of young people are trying to live in a more sustainable and environmentally friendly way.
Rrapid urbanization comes with serious challenges. The demand for jobs, food, housing or education facilities will increase significantly resulting in a growing need to optimise the use of available space in cities and to find ecofriendly construction options.
In many societies, hightech is replacing industrialization as a driver of change. Can it reverse the negative effects of modern living on our planet and help us to a more sustainable way of life Change through technology, our focus this week.
Can economic progress happen in harmony with the environment Perhaps they dont have to be enemies after all. This week Eco India looks at green solutions for progress.
The pandemic has changed the world as we know it. Will we be more conscious about our environment and the way we use resources now
Waste is everywhere in our world. Plastic bottles end up in landfills or in our oceans and can take hundreds of years to decompose. How can we change this What are the alternatives and solutions to this huge problem
The motto of this weeks Eco India is good conscience: how we pursue sustainable living as a conscious decision by using solar energy or celebrating in an ecofriendly manner. Also looking after orangutans in a jungle school.
Swaraj is a traditional Indian philosophy of responsible selfgovernance and collective decisionmaking. EcoSwaraj is a new environmental movement based on these principles. It encourages people to live more socially and sustainably.
All over the world, women continue to fight for gender equality and also for climate justice. Women are more impacted by climate change and so there is a greater connection to the environment. We meet the women fighting the good fight.
Burning fossil fuels generates carbon dioxide and the other heat trapping gases causing the climate crisis. So why do we continue to do it One answer is: energy. But there are innovations that provide an alternative.
There are about 7.8 billion people on Earth, and they all need food. But food production is responsible for many environmental problems. How can we feed the world in a sustainable way
Human behaviour in our industrialized world often causes a lot of noise, garbage and other kinds of pollution. But what can we do to avoid pollution and its negative effects on environment and on ourselves
Global hunger for energy is increasing with every passing year. Unless we make the switch to renewables, we will soon end up in climate disaster. But renewable energy also comes at a cost. This week, we take a more critical look at this alternative.
For many women worldwide, climate change and environmental destruction are very real, and often threaten their livelihoods. Which paths are they taking to protect the climate and have sustainable and successful lives
A fast, fuelguzzling car, a trendy new outfit every few weeks – not long ago, those were a primary aims for many of us. But things are changing. Now, we want ecars and sustainable clothing. Were changing our lifestyle. So, is it for the better
Recycling, riding a bike instead of driving, protesting for change despite all our efforts to help the environment, sometimes it feels like were fighting an uphill battle. But small, individual actions can make a difference. We meet people working against all odds to make a change
Balance of Nature and Human Impact Our ecosystem hangs in a fragile balance. When a species is gone, or the climate has changed, or a landscape is destroyed it will always have consequences for all of us. We need the right balance between human beings and everything else. Can humans balance their needs with those of the environment
Eco India The Environment Magazine Trees provide essential services shade, food, habitats and they are the lungs of the Earth. But they are disappearing at an alarming rate. There are people trying to save them. We meet these tree guardians in this weeks Eco India.Every tree counts in Delhi Scroll, neu Its not uncommon for trees to simply disappear in Delhi. Activists, there, are turning to censuses in a bid to save them. They provide a map of the trees and proof of their existence. Mining Europes lithium Nicole Ris, neu Mining Europes second biggest lithium deposit would give the entire continent the ability to power its own ecars and other electronic devices. But the Span
Environmental justice : Clean air and water, a healthy ecosystem we all have a natural right to access these resources. But for many, its a distant dream. Is that fair How can we ensure environmental justice is served to those who most need it
In this edition of Eco India we show some examples of the circular economy concept: producing with recycled resources and reusing products so we can finally reduce waste to a minimum and protect the environment. Sustainable fashion in Delhi Scroll, neu An entrepreneur in Delhi is giving the traditional handloom industry a new lease of life, by upcycling textile fabric waste into yarn for making new garments. A sustainable solution that also provides employment for traditional weavers. Explainer: Circular economy Aditi Rajagopal, neu What does circular economy really mean Conceptually, it’s about making sure that what we have and create causes the least possible harm to the environment, to our society and our businesses, while wasting as few resources as possible. From fast fashion to a circular model Wiederholung Global 10.05.21 Fast fashion has made buying clothes cheaper and easier. Its terrible for the environment because a lot of garments end up in the trash. But businesses are looking for ways to move towards a circular model in fashion. Making paper out of Rhino dung Wiederholung Scroll 15.01.21 An organization in the Indian state of Assam is implementing the circular economy in a unique way: by making paper from Rhino dung. And this project has also eased the humanwildlife coexistence in that region. Circular economy concept of Amsterdam Wiederholung Global 24.08.20 The city of Amsterdam has ambitious plans to switch to a circular economy by 2050. Waste and was
Food is the fuel of our existence. But the industrial production we use to get food has a severely negative impact on the environment. How can we change course so that future generations dont go hungry Find out in this weeks Eco India. Food nurseries help Indian women out of poverty Scroll, Neu Guava, lemon, coconut, mango growing these fruits could help rural women in West Bengal find a way out of poverty. An organization is giving them a helping hand, empowering women to set up their own nurseries. Explainer: Saving the worlds seeds Cornelia Boorrmann, Global 3000, Wdh 30.04.2021 Its risky to rely on a few varieties of crops. Climate change and disease pose threats that could one day wipe out any. Seed banks preserve as many strains of crop plants as they can. Some older strains are more resilient than current ones. Can we feed our population without chemical pesticides Aditi Rajagopal, Planet A Pesticides have been instrumental in feeding growing populations throughout history. But critics say they have also brought about poor health and the decimation of biodiversity. So can we do without them Keeping Indias traditional spices on the menu Scroll, Wdh. 31.12.2020 The globalized food industry has led to a shift away from traditional spices and greens. Few farmers now cultivate them. Through the revival project Sarjapura Curries, farmers and urban gardeners are learning to grow their own spices again.
Where you find water, trees, minerals, you often find people. Some communities have more access and this can be a boon and a curse. We meet the communities most impacted by our increasing hunger for natural resources. The true costs of coal mining in India Aditi Rajagopal, Planet A Mining coal is detrimental to the environment. But while policymakers and activists debate the development versus environment protection, communities who live close to mines face some devastating consequences. Explainer: The history of coal Ajit Niranjan, Planet A Growth in the West was largely powered by coal. But if we want to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we have to ditch fossil fuels. Asia is now the biggest consumer of coal — how can it quit its new addiction Bringing communities together with radio in India Scroll, Neu Uttarakhand is a state prone to catastrophic flooding and forest fires. Its hard for communities. But Kumaon Vani radio station connects people, helping them tackle environmental problems in the region.
Water is fundamental to life. Despite this basic need, almost half of the worlds population experience water shortages or drought. We look at ideas to use water sustainably. Restoring ancient water tanks to deal with drought Scroll, Neu Water tanks have historically been a way to deal with water shortages in parts of Indias Tamil Nadu state. But rapid urbanization has destroyed some. An organization is working with residents to restore and maintain the ancient tanks. Solving our plastic bottle problem Aditi Rajagopal, Planet A Around the world, approximately one million plastic bottles are bought every minute. Disposing of them is one of the biggest environmental challenges humans face. But has Germany found a sustainable solution Caring for Berlins city trees Julia Henrichmann, Wdhl. 27.11.2020 City trees lower temperatures and improve air quality. But climate change poses a threat to them. A project at Berlins CityLab has created a website showing residents which trees need water so they can help. From toilet to tap Scroll, Wdhl. 18.10.2019 Fresh, clean water from the tap is far from the norm in many countries. In India, many residents rely on water tanks for their daily needs. A company in Delhi is converting sewage water into drinking water. But barriers to acceptance are high
Nothing on our planet can survive without water. Yet in most parts of the world, it’s scarce. The global water crisis is threatening millions of people and their livelihoods. But there are ways to combat water scarcity.
The world produces 2 billion tons of garbage every year. Almost half is disposed of unsustainably. Fed up with mismanaged waste, people in India are taking the fight against trash into their own hands.
Whether it’s from the sun in the sky or the waste on our land, energy generated from renewable sources is already shaping the sustainable energy systems of tomorrow. On this edition of Eco India, we explore some gamechanging technologies.
A simple plastic bag is used for only 15 minutes on average but it can last in a waste pile without decomposing for over a millennium. Think about that. Our world produces 300 million tonnes of plastic every year and it’s found everywhere in cities, in towns and in villages. It pollutes our land and our oceans. What can we do to eradicate our dependence on plastic
We are nearly 8 billion people here on earth. And we all need food grains, vegetables, fruits and meat. But most of the food we cultivate and most of the meat we eat creates a huge imbalance in our environment. Is environmentally friendly food for all a distant dream Are food substitutes sustainable and safe Can humans unlearn old food habits to adopt new ones which could help our planet thrive
Climate change is threatening many fragile ecosystems around the world. From international scientists to local NGOs, we meet people working to save precious resources and protect our endangered landscapes.
Food, water, climate regulation and flood management: The ecosystems that span our planet offer a wealth of services that sustain and support us. But human activity is undermining their ability to provide those benefits. On this edition of Eco India, we discover how preserving and restoring our natural lands can help us mitigate the impacts of climate change.
Biodiversity is a key element keeping the Earths entire ecosystem in balance. Its essential to preserve the habitats of rare and threatened species and enable humans and animals to coexist.
For millennia, people preserved the ecosystems that sustained them. Today, ancient practices are key to conserving our natural resources, but science too offers exciting innovations to promote environmental protection.
Cities are home to more than half of the people living on our planet today. These urban centers face a host of pressures: from the demands on infrastructure by growing populations, to the risks of climate change. On this episode of Eco India, we discover solutions to enhance the quality of life in our changing cities.
Everyone should have access to adequate amounts of healthy, affordable food. But more than 800 million people go to bed hungry each night and 2 billion are malnourished worldwide. How can we achieve food security for all
The Earth’s vital natural ecosystems are under threat. Urbanization and agricultural expansion is largely to blame, as is humanmade climate change. But sometimes we’re given a second chance to restore what we’ve destroyed.
Natural drought cycles and human activity have led to a rise in massive wildfires in recent years. Forest fires in Siberia, the US and Canada, and the Mediterranean are also caused by climate change. We look for solutions.
Rediscovering what our ancestors already knew. When looking for sustainable and ecofriendly solutions, we often find that there are perfect solutions in nature. They are part of natures gift.
Our planet sustains life thanks to a delicate balance of nature maintained by all living organisms. But human activity is pushing many species to the brink of extinction. Scientists and volunteers are racing to halt the trend.
By safeguarding their ancestral lands for centuries, indignous peoples have protected our planets biodiversity. Often marginalized, these communities play a key role in caring for the Earth and its diminishing resources.
Floods, droughts and extreme weather events are not new to the world – but climate change has increased their frequency and intensity. Scientists warn that the window to avoid a climate catastrophe is closing. There’s a lot at stake for countries around the world – including India
Housing is one of the most basic human needs, and a fundamental human right. But more and more homes are under threat from global warming. How can lives and structures be protected from the impacts of climate change
Farmers everywhere face increasingly volatile weather, making it harder for them to produce the food we eat. Some have found traditional or experimental methods can help them withstand the pressures of climate change.
Women bear a disproportionate burden of the climate crisis. Gender inequalities are largely to blame. We meet women tackling both the root causes and the effects of the crisis.
75 of the worlds population will live in cities by 2050. But that isnt a guarantee of survival for all existing cities. The more attractive, sustainable and environmentally friendly they are, the better their chances for prosperity. What needs to be done today to ensure that cities of the future are environmentally sustainable
Our earth is bountiful: her forests, soil and seas provide us with food and the natural capital our economies are built on. But everincreasing production, consumption and the relentless use of resources are fueling our biggest environmental problems. How can we balance the needs of society, our economy, and ecology
Were always on the move usually by car. But cars clog public space, emit greenhouse gases and cause noise pollution. On Eco India today, we explore alternative mobility concepts that could steer us toward more sustainable transport.
The UN is calling plastic pollution an ‘epidemic’ and there’s no question that it’s impacting our health and ecosystems. While nations seek a global cure, there are people already implementing remedies of their own.
The challenges of climate change seem to be having an ever more urgent impact on this planet and us humans. How can we tackle this by changing our behavior and our consumption Synching back with nature is how we could solve this. That’s the topic of this episode of Eco India.
Plastic waste is everywhere, not only in landfills. It is also found in remote areas, and in oceans. But are there natural substitutes Can nature help us to get rid of plastic waste Our topic on this edition of Eco India.
In the name of convenience and comfort, a lot of what we do in our everyday life harms nature. Be it transport, fashion or food our choices are leading us to be more and more out of sync with our ecosystem and our planet. How can we course correct On this Eco India show we look at a few ideas to do just that.
Water, it would appear, is nature’s most renewable resource – raining down on us from the sky to replenish reservoirs above and below ground. But more and more places on our planet face serious shortages. On Eco India, we look at efforts to secure supplies that sustain life on Earth.
In the drive for development, humans have asserted their authority over nature, encroaching on wild animals’ habitats, or settling in areas prone to geological hazards. Eco India explores how we can live in greater harmony with the natural world.
Urban migration is speeding up as people seek jobs and opportunities in our evergrowing cities. The challenges in making these urban centers sustainable continue to mount. So what can we do to make life in cities better for everyone
A child’s surroundings should be clean and safe. But both inside and outside their homes, childrens exposure to plastic poses a clear danger to their health and environment. On this episode, we meet youngsters taking action to protect their peers and the future of the planet.
Scientists say this spring’s scorching heat wave in South Asia was made more likely by climate change – and offered the region a taste of whats to come. How can the world prepare for a future of intense heat
It’s easy to feel powerless against the humaninduced threats to our air, water and earth. But Everyday objects can be reimagined to serve the environment that we live in. Every small action takes us towards a planet where we can continue to thrive for generations.
Lithiumion batteries are central to the green energy revolution and will help wean the world off fossil fuels. But there are still drawbacks. Eco India explores ways to make the most of their shelf life.
About a third of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide are linked to the global food system which involves livestock farming, food transport and refrigeration, or deforestation. Can we find alternatives
Water scarcity is a problem in many regions of the world. To curb it, we need to curb climate change and be more careful with water. On this episode of Eco India we look at sewage water plants, watersaving rice cultivation and rainwatermanagement.
The choice to abandon one’s home is painfully difficult – but it’s one that growing numbers face as extreme weather renders entire regions unlivable. Most migrants head to cities already buckling under the strain of exponential growth. On Eco India today, we look at ways to ease the pressure.
We live in a world with finite resources – and yet we’re still pillaging the planet like there’s no tomorrow. Coming up, Eco India discovers the dangers of stealing capital from nature, as well as alternatives to manage the assets on which all our lives depend.
Humanity marked a milestone recently – when the global population hit 8 billion. But the presence of evermore people on earth is a strain on nature, as communities compete with WILDLIFE for food, water and space. Today, we consider the advantages of conserving animal habitats, and the dangers we face if we don’t.
The scale of change needed to tackle global environmental issues can feel overwhelming. But by coming together, local communities are finding effective ways to deal with the threats on their doorstep. On Eco India, we explore collaborative projects that prove: sharing – is caring
Plants are essential to life on earth, in rain forests, in arid regions, in the underwater world, also in cities. How can we give them more space on this planet, even in places where they’re difficult to grow
Oceans are one of the most important and an elementary part of life on Earth. They stabilize our climate system and store 50 times more greenhouse gases than the atmosphere. They are also home to hundreds of thousands of marine species whose survival is crucial to our life on earth. This week on eco India, we look at what’s being done to take care of our oceans.
Shop till you drop…While retailers feed the world’s fashion addiction – the garment industry is under pressure to curb its environmental and social impact. On Eco India, we uncover ways to move forward, from fast – to forever fashion
The cosmetics industry is worth hundreds of billions of dollars. But the production process places a heavy burden on the environment. The demand for sustainable cosmetics is growing. We explore how this can be achieved.
People and products are constantly on the move. To get around town or ship goods across the globe, we rely on transportation modes that may be convenient but damage the environment. Eco India looks at ways to make mobility more sustainable.
A daily commute which involves being stuck in bumpertobumper traffic is a way of life for many urban Indians. Traffic is not only a cause of frustration, but is also responsible for more than a quarter of all carbon dioxide emissions worldwide. What alternatives could mitigate the impact of traffic, and what obstacles must we cross to get there
We need nature for our nutrition, health and business. Nature often also offers solutions to environmental and other problems caused by humans. We only have to understand them and to learn. That’s the topic of this episode of Eco India.
For thousands of years, we humans have made a living from what we cultivate on our fields, and what we harvest on our fruit and vegetable plantations. However, intensive agricultural use has negative consequences for the climate: overfertilization of the soil, greenhouse emissions, reduced biodiversity. How can we advance regenerative farming
New buildings have long been a symbol of progress and economic prosperity. But construction is a key source of waste and pollution. In a resourcestrapped world, should we really start every new project from scratch
The planet is not just for humans animals, birds and plants share the Earth. But many species are now on the brink of extinction, much of it driven by people. What can we do to save the planets rich diversity
Can you picture a wastefree world A world that uses its resources efficiently, and recycles materials indefinitely On Eco India, we look at how that vision is inspiring entrepreneurs to explore new, sustainable avenues.
Toxic chemicals, hazardous substances, poisons: harmful pollutants are everywhere, and can cause problems for the health of people and the planet. Luckily, there are actions we can take to reduce this pollution.
From the gardens of ancient Mesopotamia to the fields of modernday industrial farms: We’ve been producing food for millennia. But today’s patterns of consumption and production are harming people and the planet. On this edition of Eco India, we explore efforts underway to help fix our broken food system.
Mobility is a fundamental part of our life. Traveling to work or to school, going to get basic necessities these things are essential. But at the same time, there are immense costs for the environment. A large part of the pollutant emissions worldwide are caused by traffic and transport. What solutions are there to make mobility more environmentally friendly, that is the topic of this weeks episode of Eco India.
Whether its leftover food, plastic packaging or broken appliances our waste is piling up. Disposing of it properly is often a problem. However, its our responsibility to keep the Earth clean. There are different ways to do that.
Our cities are growing, but as new buildings rise into the sky, so too do emissions, pollution, and waste. Because construction is one of the least sustainable industries on the planet. And yet there are lots of ways to build better. We’ll look at some today.
Every creature has a place in nature be it a predator in the jungle, an insect in the air, or plankton in the depths of the ocean. Each one is an important part of the food chain and contributes to the ecological diversity on Earth. What can we do to preserve our biodiversity
Around the world, the race is on to transition from fossil fuels to clean energy. Even small steps can help us reach the finish line.
Old habits die hard. But the world’s most pressing problems – from global heating to pollution and biodiversity loss – all demand that we change our ways
The world population is growing, and more and more people are living in metropolitan areas around the globe – where there is a great need to create living space and build houses. But with consequences for the environment: more than a third of the CO2 emissions worldwide are caused by the building and construction sector. What steps can be taken to create a more sustainable construction industry
Nature is under threat from pollution, habitat loss, overexploitation and climate change. Conservation efforts face many challenges and sometimes all we can do is adapt, but it pays to be creative.
Solar power is clean, flexible and increasingly affordable. Technological advances are fueling demand and growth in a range of applications that could help countries like India meet their renewables targets.
There is an incredible amount of water. But appearances are deceptive, because 97 per cent of it is salt water and only 3 per cent is drinkable water. Conserving this water and finding ways of reusing and recycling it is the need of the hour. A promising initiative in Bengaluru is already working on this.
A lot of water, energy and raw materials go into producing items for everyday consumption. To protect the Earths limited resources, we need to use more sustainable substitutes and more recycled materials.
Human inventions have transformed the world – but many harm the environment, demanding a change in our ways. We’ve proved it’s possible…after global action, the Earth’s ozone layer is now recovering. On Eco India, we look at other damaging habits – and ways to kick them.
This week we look at projects big and small that improve the way we produce and consume food. We visit an organic farmer using technology to make his work more sustainable and discover how unsold produce can be processed to combat agricultural waste.
Humans are dependent on energy – whether its to heat our homes, cook our food or travel to work. But this dependency – fuelled by Earths limited resources has led to a crisis that threatens the world as we know it. Humanitys only hope is to change the way we think about energy and where we get it from.
This week on Eco India, we explore a brick with the potential to alleviate air pollution in the Indian capital, plus we unlock traditional building secrets passed down for generations in Tamil Nadu.
On this edition of Eco India, we explore how biodiversity underpins daily life –from the ingredients in cosmetics and medicines, to the pockets of nature struggling to survive in our concrete jungles.
Plastic waste in the Himalayas or on the streets of Chennai a problem for both the environment and our health. Volunteers are taking action. Companies are promising to reduce their plastic use. Is it only greenwashing
This week’s Eco India shows how innovative ideas and empowered communities can help preserve cultural heritage, promote sustainable progress, and protect the environment.
In this weeks episode, Eco India explores some of the pros and cons of mining, and ways to cut carbon emissions – from tapping into India’s geothermal potential, to the benefits of biochar.
Around the world, livelihoods in both rural and urban communities are being impacted by the effects of climate change, pollution, or the availability of nutritious food. Eco India explores some of the areas affected and what people are doing to cope.
In this episode of Eco India we look at how agriculture can be made more sustainable – with the help of agroforestry, natural farming or alternative water sources. Can we find a better way than conventional agriculture with its pesticideridden produce from highyield seeds
The construction industry is booming and sand is being extracted faster than it can be replenished. In this episode of Eco India: Alternatives to sand, plantations against illegal sandmining, and how to stop coastal sand erosion.
The UN says electricity supply from clean energy sources must double by 2030 to limit global temperature increase and reign in climate change. Eco India explores projects that are making strides in the right direction.
Water is an important resource and water availability will be one of the crucial issues of the future. While some regions are struggling with drought, elsewhere there is wastage from poor water management. This weeks Eco India is looking at the sustainable use of water.
From the clothes we wear to the food we eat and even the plate we use, almost everything we do impacts the environment. This weeks Eco India looks at how we can choose to live more sustainably.
Often environmental issues go unnoticed until they pop up on our social media feeds, alerting us to problems we may never otherwise have noticed. Raising awareness about local problems is a key step toward finding solutions that can benefit us all.
Coexisting with various animal species has helped us humans not only survive but thrive in our natural environment. This episode of Eco India is all about those who are trying to save biodiversity on this planet.
Food, Nature, Environment