Nuclear weapons hazard greater than in cold war, says ex-Pentagon chief

William Perry listings a series of factors that he says mean the chance of a cataclysm is higher today than in the 1970 s and 80 s The risks of a nuclear catastrophe in a regional war, terrorist attack, by accident or miscalculation is greater than it was during the cold war and rising, a…

300 million children are exhaling dangerously polluted air, UNICEF reports

Cyclists ride amidst morning smog in New Delhi, India, Jan. 5, 2016. Image: AP photo/ manish swarup Dharmendra rarely steps out into New Delhi’s thick, smoggy air anymore. The 18 -year-old says she feels safer indoors, protected from the toxic air pollution clouding India’s capital city. “My eyes are irritated, I’m coughing and I find…

A NASA satellite shows the thick blanket of smog smothering India

Zoomed out image showing the smog in northern India, delineated by blue arrows .Image: nasa worldview The smog smothering millions in the Indian capital of New Delhi is so thick, it’s plainly visible from space, indicating up as a milky blanked covering northern India. Visible satellite imagery posted by NASA’s Worldview tool shows persistent smog…

How low-cost technology going to be able to India monitor the air it inhales

A live pollution meter installed by the Delhi government to monitor the pollution on first day of the odd-even traffic regulations in the city on January 1, 2016. Image: Ramesh Pathania/ Mint/ Getty Images India has some of the most unhealthy air in the world, but the wake up bellow came in 2014, when its…

Air Pollution Thought To Kill 5.5 Million People Every Year

Last year it was reported that over threemillion people a year succumb prematurely due to air pollution. But new research has found that this is in fact an underestimate, and that the real figure is somewhere in the region of 5.5 million. From this, they found that more than half of these premature deaths occurred…

Pollution-hit Delhi to ban drivers on alternating days

Indian capital devises controversial measures in bid to to tackle worlds worst air quality The Delhi government has announced a plan to curb its choking pollution levels, among the worst in the world, by limiting drivers to alternative days beginning next month. From 1 January, residents in Indias capital city, which had been suffocating under…

‘But what about the railways …? ‘ The myth of Britain’s gifts to India

Apologists for empire like to claim that the British brought republic, the rule of law and trains to India. Isnt it a bit rich to oppress, torturing and jail a people for 200 years, then take credit for benefits that were entirely accidental? Many modern apologists for British colonial rule in India no longer contest…

Indian women still unprotected five years after gang-rape that rocked nation

Report detects willingness to report sexual offences has grown but women often harassed by police or bullied into silence Complaining to police about her gang-rape was the beginning of a new nightmare for Kajal. Officers incarcerated the young woman from Madhya Pradesh state in central India. They beat her with a stick, she says, until…

Indian carmaker Tata to change Zica car name after Zika virus spread

Name change of Tatas heavily promoted zippy auto Zica comes too late for Auto Expo in New Delhi The Indian carmaker Tata Motors has decided to change the name of its heavily promoted new vehicle, the Zica, to avoid association with alarm about the spread of the Zika virus. Tata announced it would choose a…