Forest people across India are being denied their legitimate right to collect and trade in minor forest produce. Down To Earth correspondents travelled to Jharkhand, Chhatisgarh, MP, AP, Maharashtra & Orrisa to unravel the conspiracy.

People in Indore and the adjoining Pithampur industrial area in Madhya Pradesh are protesting the incineration of Bhopal’s toxic waste near their homes. The waste disposal facility in Pithampur in Dhar district was completed recently. On March 18, the Madhya Pradesh state pollution control board allowed Ramky Enviro, the private company operating the facility, to start trial runs.

Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh is one of the few cities in India where horse-drawn carriages or tongas form a part of the public transport system. They ply on fixed routes. Many residents see them as part of the city

Be it crop residue or unintended green cover, biomass has several uses in India. It is being promoted for power generation. This is increasing fodder prices. Read this special report by Down To Earth on the biomass economy.

Biomass power generation started with a bang 10 years ago. Surya Chambal entered a growing sector. Use of biomass as fuel has gained wide acceptance recently. Earned money from carbon credits, under the UN

Sahyadris have been documenting the changing climate for 40 years. They planned farm activities around the timetable of the stars. But now things have changed. Mahadeo Koli tribals living in the Bhimashankar area of Maharashtra

In a letter to state chief minister Ashok Chavan dated September 8. Union minister of state, Jairam Ramesh, categorically said no mining activities would be allowed near Tadoba. The letter asked the chief minister to review the dam project on river Human (pronounced Hooman) in Chandrapur district that would submerge forestland near Tadoba.

TWO months ago, a fleet of hydraulic trucks of a private company started collecting garbage from homes in many areas of Nagpur. The trucks transport the garbage directly to the landfill site managed by another private company. This privatization of garbage collection has alarmed some 5,000 ragpickers who earn their living by rummaging through the city

Maharashtra is the first to recognize their rights over forests two villages in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra have become the first in the country to win community rights over forests under the Scheduled Tribes and Other Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006. On August 15, Ramesh Bang, the state food and civil supplies minister, said the claims of Mendha

Chhattisgarh asks business houses to acquire own land the Chhattisgarh government is planning to allow new industries in the state provided companies acquire land on their own from farmers. Executive director of the Chhattisgarh State Industrial Development Corporation, Avinash Bhatnagar, said over a dozen investors including the gmr group are awaiting land allotments for the