This is the fourth Annual report from Down To Earth. Each chapter has relevant articles that deal with current developments and related archival material from CSE’s more than 30 years of research. This makes each article/analysis wholesome as it gives one a true sense of history of the development, and a rounded view overall.

Scientific evidence has established that climate change is accelerating the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events like droughts, floods, unseasonal rainfall and extreme temperatures.

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), has reviewed the performance of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the end of its two years in office on measures of environmental governance, particularly as undertaken by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC).

The CSE has urged the government to ban the use of toxic chemicals in bakery products

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has been entrusted with preserving and improving the forest wealth of the country in the interest of its citizens and national ecological security.

Delhi – and many other cities across India – need to plan differently to be able to beat the menace of air pollution. They cannot depend on a single solution, and need a basket of measures – this is what came out from the deliberations on the first day of the international conclave and public meeting on air pollution, organised here by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE). The public meeting was addressed by Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and CSE director general Sunita Narain.

Pune: Echelon Cooperative Housing Society on Baner-Pashan Link Road gets its water from a tanker supplier who has doubled the charges at the start of summer.

This winter has witnessed extremely high level of pollution. Typical winter conditions --cold temperature, lower mixing height of air, calm and no-wind conditions trap air and pollution. As a result, pollution builds up very quickly and peaks. This is why winter months require tougher emergency action to reduce pollution.

CSE has analysed air quality data from real-time monitoring of Delhi Pollution Control Board for the entire winter – November 2015 to January 2016 – to assess the benefits of the odd and even scheme and the loss of air quality gains after the completion of the scheme. It has found that the odd and even scheme, although limited in scope and ambit, could still slow down the peaking of pollution even when weather was hostile – no wind, lower temperature and western disturbance in the northern region.

The 5-day session in Bonn was spent in restoring a sense of balance in the draft agreement and not excluding the voice of developing countries. CSE warns that much time has been lost in the process and this is going to make arriving at a Global Climate Change Agreement in Paris even more challenging. Essential that mitigation efforts are distributed equitably and global carbon budget is not exceeded