Green house

Kolkata-based architect Laurent Fournier’s green flat in Kolkata has bunk beds, and handcrafted false ceiling made of bamboo mesh, smudged with a paste of lime and rice husk, says Sayantan Bera

Hill conservation

Tourism in Yuksom in Skikkim threatened to wreak havoc on locals. Shailendra Yashwant reports on how Khangchendzonga Conservation Committee has stepped in to save the hill from disaster

Tribal wisdom

Garnering the ethnic knowledge of Kani tribes, an institute in Kerala is formulating medicines, besides identifying hitherto unknown plants and herbs that are used as food, says K R Ranjith

Bean revolution

Prosperity has suddenly visited the once poor farmers of Goduwali dhani village in Rajasthan after they started cultivating a lesser known bean, guar. Ankur Paliwal and Jyothika Sood report

Return of the birds

Ornithologists and bird lovers in Odisha have reasons to cheer as at least 30 nests of weaver birds have been sighted at Dangamala Crocodile Research Centre in Bhitarkanika National Park

All for Organic

Going organic has not been a path strewn with roses for those who ventured into it. But many of them have managed to pull it up giving farmers good prices and consumers chemical-free eatables

 
Beating Bt

Farmers in Vidarbha are going back to their roots, turning away from Bt cotton, with the help of Central Institute for Cotton Research. Latha Jishnu reports on the latest trend to go ‘desi’
 

Nest for sparrows

Businessman Rajeev Gupta from Agra is on a mission to save sparrows from extinction. In a bid to increase their numbers, he is distributing specially designed nests made of mud clay

Reduce carbon

Going Green is not about making sacrifices and going back to live in the stone ages. It’s about making smart choices to reduce our carbon footprint, says Aparajithan Narasimhan

Forest maker

Mulai Kothoni is a 550 hectare dense forest created by Jadav Payeng on what was a sandbar in the middle of Brahmaputra. Hemanta Phukan visits the place that is home to wild animals and birds
 

Shoot the poacher

Tigers have found a new saviour in Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray, who has announced a reward of Rs.500,000 to any forest official who shoots a poacher found killing tigers

A dash of lime

A PET bottle, 15 ml of lime juice and 30 minutes of bright sun light is all that you need to disinfect a litre of water. As Swetha Manian says you will need six hours of sun without the lime