The decision to have a child is primarily an emotional one and often in India, a cultural pressure to which most people succumb. But as resources are being stretched to breaking point, it is evident that the uncomfortable truth associated with overpopulation is crossing people’s minds and motivating some to not contribute further to the problems. A study published in Environmental Research Letters equates the impact of having one fewer child to reducing 58 metric tonnes of CO2 for each year of the parent’s life. Other helpful ways to reduce one’s carbon footprint pale in comparison. Going car-free saves emissions by 2.4 metric tonnes and eating a plant-based diet 0.82 metric tonnes.
Study indicates that India may be world’s top sulfur dioxide emitter.
The personal information of more than a billion Indians stored in the world’s largest biometric database can be bought online for less than £6, according to an investigation by an Indian newspaper.
The way to scam Indians at such a scale, apparently, is to promise them jobs – the fulfilment of their most cherished dream. At least some of those responding to ads promising mass openings and unlimited incentives will end up landing a job – even if that job is just to scam other jobseekers.
As well as environmental degradation, soaring sand prices encourage corruption and spark conflicts within villages.
India’s top court has ruled that individual privacy is a fundamental right, a verdict that could derail the world’s largest biometric ID card programme now under way.
India’s population of 1.3bn is still growing, and as it does it is increasingly encroaching into the country’s traditional wild spaces and animal sanctuaries, where people compete with wildlife for food and other resources.
Growth in employment is close to zero and India’s impressive GDP growth figure is meaningless to people in the hinterland.
Rising temperatures and the resultant stress on India’s agricultural sector may have contributed to increase in suicides over the past 30 years, research shows.
Global Voices research findings suggest that most of the content offered via Free Basics will not meet the most pressing needs of those who are not online, and that the data and content limitations built into Free Basics are largely artificial and primarily aimed at collecting profitable data from users.
Calico—a bright kind of cotton cloth—was ripped off from Indian weavers, and once it began to be produced in Britain it “sparked a fashion craze.”
India’s toxic air is now contributing to nearly 1.1 million deaths a year, and the country is on its way toward standing alone as the site of the deadliest air pollution problem on the planet.
A south Indian newspaper has offered its readers “scientifically proven” advice on how to conceive a boy, including eating plenty of mutton, never skipping breakfast and always sleeping with your face turned leftwards. The advice highlights the deep-rooted and often deadly preference for male children that persists in Indian culture. A preference for boys is deeply ingrained in many of India’s cultures, and tens of thousands of girls are thought to be aborted each year. The result is a heavily distorted gender ratio.
Indian women are supposed to be treated as daughters in their husbands’ homes, but in reality many are forced into a life of near slavery.
Where Zuckerberg saw the endless promise of a digital future, Indians came to see something more sinister.
Young Indians are paying for complex, painful procedures despite the absence of medical oversight in the race to improve career and marriage prospects.
With Facebook’s Free Basics out of the way, Google has a free hand at capturing personal data from Indians who aren’t on the internet.
As Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government seeks to accelerate development on the Andaman and Nicobar islands to promote its military, trade and tourism, preserving the pristine environment and handful of unique tribes is likely to get harder.
Dhaka struggles to provide enough drinking water for its people despite the fact that it sits on or near four major rivers in a wide delta region. There is plenty of blame to go around for this paradox. But one of the key culprits is the 1,700 factories producing fabric for Bangladesh’s booming textile industry.