Farmers’ Conclave: Sustainable Livelihoods in Dryland Regions

Dear Friend, Greetings from Pipal Tree, Bangalore! Pipal Tree, in collaboration with Sahaja Samrudha, is hosting a get-together of farmers from the dry-land regions of India from 18-20 December 2017 at Fireflies Intercultural Centre, Bangalore. This get-together of farmers is aimed at sharing best innovative and traditional practices in dry-land farming and allied activities, identifying issues and challenges…

As India’s Climate Changes, Farmers In The North Experiment With New Crops

India’s capital city New Delhi and much of northern India are routinely shrouded in man-made pollutants. In fact, Delhi vies with Beijing for the dirtiest air in the world. Many of India’s 1.3 billion people — a fifth of the world’s population — face pollution that is cutting short lives, stunting children’s cognitive development and…

Mountain Men And Women Adapting To Climate Change – A Photo Story From Nepal

Climate change is taking place at a rapid pace, exacerbating pressures on fragile ecosystems and human well-being. Ecosystems of the Himalayas like in the Hindu-Kush and communities dependent on them for a livelihood and other services are highly vulnerable to climate related risks. Traditionally local communities have been adjusting to climatic and environmental changes and therefore…

Climate Crisis: Extreme Warming Can Present A Number Of Difficulties To Communities In Mountainous Areas

Nepal is an agrarian mountainous country situated in the central Himalayas, with an altitude ranging from 60m to 8848m. Within this climatic range, the mountain ecosystem of Nepal nurtures around 118 ecosystems, 75 types of vegetation and 35 types of forest. Nepal also has 3,252 glaciers that encompass an area of 5323sq km. However, the…

How The Tiny, Poor Country Of Bhutan Became One Of The Most Sustainable Countries On Earth

Bhutan–a poor, isolated country sandwiched between India and China measures Gross National Happiness as its main economic indicator. It became the first country to commit to being carbon neutral in perpetuity in 2009,by which time it had already become carbon negative: Its forests absorb three times more CO2 than the whole country emits. Bhutan has…

WWF Helps A Mountain Community Protect Forests And Adapt To Climate Change

In the outermost hills of the Himalayas in Nepal, WWF recently concluded a project that worked closely with local communities to reduce land degradation, forest loss, and climate change vulnerability. The Churia range is a fragile ecosystem critical to recharging ground water, supporting agricultural production, reducing erosion, and stabilizing steep slopes during the monsoon season.…

Climate Change Brings An Uncertain Future To One Of The World’s Finest Teas

Average temperatures in Sri Lanka have risen nearly 1 degree Celsius during the last century and are expected to keep rising. Higher temperatures are a curse for tea growers who work from the coastline to 4,000 feet above sea-level, as those places will soon become too hot to grow the finest tea.  The highlands will gradually lose…