BLOG: Is climate change responsible for the early blooming of the Himalayan Rhododendron?
The impact of climate change and overall warming up of the planet does not require any special theorem. It is happening rapidly in our surrounding environment. The Himalayan region, especially the states of Himachal and Uttrakhand, that used to have a long spell of winters from November to March, is witnessing a dramatic change in the temperatures and seasons. The winters have shrunk and there is a decrease in snowfall according to Dr. Manmohan...[more]

BLOG: It’s time to bring the green machine back
Delhi, one of the most populous cities in India, has a major problem of transport. Cross-section of people live in the city, and commuting is an essential element to earn the livelihood. The basic services to the city’s population is being provided by the working class who are responsible for water, sanitation, housekeeping, construction etc. The major forms of transport include metro, buses, taxis, private cars, pedestrians and the 200-year-old...[more]

BLOG: Sustainable development goals: a long way to go
The resilient cities Asia Pacific Congress (RCAP), jointly organised by the Ministry of Planning and Investment, Vietnam, ICLEI South Asia and Asia LEDs partnership, finished off successfully in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam in the first week of December. [more]

BLOG: South Asian and South East Asian Cities at crossroads: Role in International Climate Change Efforts

Rapid urbanisation brings new and substantial challenges, ranging from governance and citizenship to infrastructure, housing, and the environment.

BLOG: Rising temperatures and social unrest
Quite often climate change and catastrophes relating to health, disasters are linked with it. However, there is another domain that needs to be thoroughly peeped into and that is the impact of climate change on social unrest. In his novel, the ‘Drowned World’, JG Ballard conjured up melting ice caps, English capital submerged under the tropical marshes and population fleeing the unbearable heat toward polar redoubts 1...[more]

BLOG: Let us remember that life cycle and water cycle are one
The 8th world water forum will be held in March 2018 in Brazil. The mission statement speaks about promoting awareness, building political commitments followed by actions to facilitate efficient conservation, management and use of water on environmentally sustainable basis. This happens to be a laudable goal. But is it just a utopian target or will the world community, especially the people in South Asia, reach anywhere near...

BLOG: Where are we headed this Diwali
I remember attending a workshop on water, in Gurgaon, where the mere collection of clouds in the sky scared the residents of water clogging. As we all know, rains in our country become an actual disaster. Akin to that the nearing of Diwali shivers the residents of Delhi, and the national capital region with the air they are going to breathe. During this time, when only 10 days are left for the festival, the air pollution in the...


BLOG: Ghazipur, a reminder of the state in which we are

If this picture of Ghazipur seems like an isolated gory tale then hey, caution it is not! This is a reality with many such cities in India who are screaming at various levels to meet their solid waste management demands. Just a cursory look at the CPCB data reveals that over 150000 metric tonnes of municipal solid waste is generated in the country every day. However, just 12 % of it is treated. The rest is either dumped on some of such sites, or...


BLOG: Cities and Resilience Strategies

Today, while travelling in a cab in Delhi, ‘Surender Rawat’ the driver of the taxi made an interesting comment that ‘Delhi’ has not just changed but the city shows many surprises with respect to the changes in climate and weather, which affects the poor more but still there is something in the city because of which it still moves on. Was he speaking about the weakness or the strength of the city, I wondered. I guess both.[more]



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