Written by Tania Goklany and Sonia Bhaskar on October 1, 2015 | Features
Given how much pollution coal-fired thermal power plants cause, solar energy may be the perfectly sustainable alternative to generate electricity. India receives abundant sunshine and should capitalise on the same.
Written by Tania Goklany on September 28, 2015 | Features
Getting your home white-washed or jazzing up a particular wall with a more vibrant colour? Be wary of the quality of the paint you are using as it may cause dizziness, nausea and headaches. The long-term impact paints may have on your health aren’t great either. Some of the pollutants it emits are suspected to cause loss of coordination, damage the liver and other parts of body.
Written by Tania Goklany on September 23, 2015 | Features
What do you think lies ahead for the old QWERTY mobile phone lying in your drawer, that you’d recently replaced with a new, glossy touch phone? It’s perhaps an electronic outcast for you, but can fulfill somebody else’s need for a mobile phone.
Written by Tania Goklany on September 9, 2015 | Features
Having plants around you is probably one of the easiest ways to clean up the air you breathe. However, is believed that soil can cause indoor pollution. Soil is known to emit radon and heavy metals that cause severe health problems ranging from headaches, dizziness to lung and stomach cancer. But there is now a hassle-free, aesthetic and an eco-friendly alternative to soil that will nurture the plants – plant gel.
Written by Tania Goklany on September 3, 2015 | Features
What do you think of a transparent canopy that covers your building, office or the neighbourhood park and ensures the circulation of clean air within? Called Bubbles, since you are literally living in a bubble, this architectural concept might seem more like a sci-fi project, but its designers believe it’s the need of the hour.
Written by Tania Goklany on August 31, 2015 | Features
The smoke that rises from chulhas deteriorates the quality of air and affects the health of the people. Enactus, a group of 47 members from IIT, have come up with an alternative – a low-smoke chulha, that is affordable and reduces pollution.