Unabated climate change would bring devastating consequences to countries in Asia and the Pacific, which could severely affect their future growth, reverse current development gains, and degrade quality of life, according to a report produced by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). Under a business-as-usual scenario, a…
Odisha is pioneering early warning systems to warn seacoast residents of impending disasters. It will be the first Indian state to develop and implement a public address system that warns residents of impending natural disasters as part of a state disaster reduction plan. The Early Warning Dissemination System (EWDS) consists of a single button located in…
The land transformation journey of Forest First Samithi by conserving biodiversity, planting 100 endemic tree species of Western Ghats, restoring its ecology, harvesting rainwater and converting a degraded land invaded by Lantana. Read More
Almost 750 million people in South Asia were affected by floods, droughts, extreme rainfall, heat waves and sea-level rise — all impacts of climate change or worsened by it — in the first decade of this millennium, according to new research by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). Read the full story on the India Climate Dialogue website.
The story of a village in Gondpipri taluka of the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra whose claim to Community Forest Rights (CFR) was recognised and title given in the year 2012. The forest is used for harvesting bamboo, as grazing land for livestock and for extracting wood for fuel and farming purposes. Read More
In a hamlet at Kovilmattam, near Kotagiri, in the Nilgiris in Tamil Nadu, a group of Kurumbar tribesmen prepare for anarduous trek to collect honey — a tradition honed into a livelihood by generations — deep inside the dense Shola forests. Read more
Water for the Kaveri and bees for pollinating coffee plantations, the ecosystem services of 1,214 sacred groves of Kodagu is immense. Even though Kodagu groves are protected forests under the Indian Forest Act, they also face pressures similar to the other forest patches in other parts of the country. Read more
Indigenous traditions around the world have been mindful of the need to care for the environment in order to ensure the continuation of life on our planet. Their cultural beliefs and practices can often be found emphasising on a way of life that premises itself on the idea of co-existence. These are of great importance…
We are addicted to convenience, and it’s a fatal attraction both for us and the planet. Ready-made meals, motorised transport, smartphones make our lives a lot easier, but at what cost?
In this deeply insightful book, the author, S. Ignacimuthu, a Jesuit priest and academic, seeks to argue that environmental spirituality is the antidote to the global ecological crisis. Writes Roshan Shah.