Excess phosphorus is polluting our environment while, ironically, mineable resources of this essential nutrient are limited. James Elser and Elena Bennett argue that recycling programmes are urgently needed.

If there has been no outbreak of E.


The purpose of this study is to determine the impact of leachate recirculation on stabilisation of  municipal  solid  wastes.  The  study  was  carried  out  by  using  two  lab­  scale  landfill bioreactors  containing  approximately  10  kg  of  waste  each,  in  order 

Close to two-thirds of the world's poorest people live in rural areas. Eradication of rural poverty depends on increased access to goods, services, and information, targets detailed in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. However, alleviating poverty is hindered by two interlinked phenomena: lack of access to improved energy services and worsening environmental shocks due to climate change. Mitigating climate change, increasing energy access, and alleviating rural poverty can all be complementary, their overlap defining an energy-poverty-climate nexus.

The Green Revolution impacted livestock-rearing as well as agriculture. Farmers were encouraged to shift from low-input backyard systems to corporatised capital-intensive systems. As a result, write Nitya S Ghotge and Sagari R Ramdas, there was an artificial divide between livestock-rearing and agriculture, leading to the further crumbling of fragile livelihoods of small and landless farmers.

Coconut leaf vermiwash (CLV) was produced from actively vermicomposting coconut leaf litter + cow dung substrate (10 : 1 w/w basis) by Eudrilus sp. It significantly increased the seedling vigour index of cowpea and paddy at 1 : 10 and 1 : 15 dilutions in laboratory trials.

Sudha Nambudiri

KOCHI: Guruvayur Anakotta which houses more than 60 elephants has to deal with nine tonnes of elephant dung every day. It is with the help of a contractor that the authorities dispose off the dung by using it for land-filling or some other purpose.

Siddayya Hiremath, Gadag, Apr 11, DHNS:

Sheep penning is a time-tested practice in dry land farming, with flocks of sheep being herded in farms to enrich soil with the sheep droppings and urine.

Every morning and evening, millions of women in India spend an hour or two cooking their rice, dal, curry, and roti or other flat bread. Most will prepare their meals over a smoky, 3-stone open fire or a traditional clay or brick cook stove called a chulha.