Ecosystems play a vital role in maintaining biodiversity and provide such services as water and air filtration, pollination, and erosion prevention. But globally, ecosystems are being degraded by such human impacts as land development and pollution.
Urban activities — think construction, transportation, heating, cooling and more — are major sources of greenhouse-gas emissions. Today, a growing number of cities are striving to slash their emission to net zero — here’s what they need to do.
This story was originally published in our May/June 2022 issue as "Ahead of the Storm."
After the 2004 tsunami struck India, then-14-year-old Rohini Sampoornam Swaminathan visited several affected villages with her father.
She noticed a deafening silence and a sense of hopelessness in areas once abuzz with fishing activity. People had lost their homes and loved ones. Fishing boats, the sole income source for many, had washed away
The early onset of heatwaves this year has affected several parts of India just as citizens were getting back to normal life after the Omicron wave subsided. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) noted that “heatwave to severe heatwave conditions were observed” in several parts of the country, with tempera...
‘We Used to Have Everything’: Western Conservation Models Threaten Indigenous Rights, Says New Report
A report authored by more than 20 Asian #Indigenous organizations warn that Western conservation models governments and organizations worldwide have adopted threaten the rights of Indigenous communities and local people.
Climate change and increasing water demand are putting stress on water resources in India. The agricultural sector is particularly stressed, as 40% of agricultural villages have already overused groundwater. Village communities are using data to monitor groundwater and create water budgets to ensure better usage of groundwater.
Several million people depend on the Brahmaputra River for agriculture, fisheries and as a source of drinking water. But mounting scientific evidence shows that increasing sewage pollution from the cities it supports, particularly in Assam, is threatening the river’s health and the ecosystems that depend on it.
Sensors and software applications embedded in everyday objects—the Internet of things (IoT)—have brought tremendous benefits to rural villages and agriculture in India. But there are challenges in connectivity and infrastructure. Narrowband (NB)-IoT technology may help bridge the gap between inaccessible areas and the benefits of Internet...
Unprecedented heat waves swept through Canada, the United States, and northern India this year, claiming hundreds of lives. These heat waves are not new: In India, 17,000 deaths have occurred because of heat waves since the 1990s.
In April 2018, during a holiday trip to Kulu, a city in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, Abhijit Dhumal came across a tree unlike any he had seen before.
“The tree was full of flowers and had hardly any leaves,” says Dhumal, a sugarcane farmer from the western state of Maharashtra.
Once, the Asiatic black bear ranged as far west as Germany and France. Native to the hill forests of Asia, the bear’s range currently extends from Iran, through the Hindu Kush Himalayas, to Japan and the Russian Far East. But by 2100, researchers say, climate change will further change the distribution of the species.
A 1000 year old Indian temple had an early form of air conditioning
Nine members of Pankaj Rai’s family have died from cancer over the past 20 years. But the 25-year-old farmer from Bihar only found out their deaths were likely a result of arsenic poisoning when his father got sick.
Urban floods in India have caused fatalities, injuries, displacement, and enormous economic losses. Cities across the country are now investing in high-tech tools to better model and forecast these natural hazards.