The Public Newsense

A quarterly newsletter offering our readers insights and updates on a diverse range of topics; find news on consumer protection, electricity governance, environment and climate action, solid waste management, and sustainable transport, among others.
April - June 2021
Introduction The Stockholm Declaration in 1972 pushed India towards ensuring environmental protection by setting up an authority named National Council for Environmental Policy and Planning within the Department of Science and Technology that same…
April - June 2021
Doomsday movies invariably are set in barren landscapes where nothing grows with the sun beating down mercilessly. I wonder when we have our Apocalypse, whether it might not be closer to the truth that these future humans will be struggling through…
April - June 2021
There is something hopeful and inspirational about summer. It is that time of the year when nature is at its bountiful best with flowers blooming, birds singing, bees buzzing and the environment in general is more vibrant and colourful. However,…
April - June 2021
Across the world people are coming to realise that roads, especially in our cities, should not be about the metal monstrosities that we call vehicles, but should be about people. That people use these spaces, which are public spaces, for a variety…
April - June 2021
Have you ever spent your summer afternoons at home feeling the heat or wondering why your air conditioning is taking too long to kick in? Well, here is a simple solution that can save us from feeling the heat indoors whilst also making  energy and…
April - June 2021
Globally, unhealthy diets are the main reason for the increase in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like cardiovascular disease, obesity,  diabetes and the like, resulting in innumerable deaths year after year. Varieties of processed and ultra-…
Edition: January - April 2021
Electricity Consumers Cells (ECCs) is an initiative of CAG, started in November 2016 with the purpose of empowering consumers to improve their participation in the governance of the electricity sector in Tamil Nadu. So far, seven Electricity…
Edition: January - April 2021
Plastics are now entwined into our daily lives and this has been happening in a marked manner over the last few decades. The excessive use of plastics combined with poor management and disposal practices are a major contributor to the global…
Edition: January- March 2021
CAG analysed compliance with helmet and seat belt rules in Chennai city and found that since 2017 (when CAG carried out its first compliance study) more two-wheeler riders and car drivers were complying with the law. However, pillion and passenger…
Edition: January - March 2021
Since time immemorial, advertisements have misled humanity more often than not. Right from fairness creams which claim to magically transform a dusky complexioned girl into someone who has  flawless fair skin, to carbonated cool drinks which make…