How distressed rural migrants shelter in cities

Flood and drought often drive the rural poor to cities. Those who are landless often stay on. Risking lives under the open sky, they hope a city’s many work opportunities will help them survive...

With masks and flair, Indian dance aims to spur audiences to climate action

KOLKATA, India, November 1, 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Plenty of words have been written and spoken about climate change. But residents of Kolkata and other Indian cities are being given the opportunity to...

Climate-smart Pokkali farming needs machines

The revival of Pokkali, a traditional salt- and flood-resistant rice and fish farming system in Kerala, requires mechanisation to expand sustainably As farmers in many regions of India revert tentatively to traditional farm systems...

Armed with wet sacks, India’s poorest try to beat extreme heat

Facing worsening heatwaves – and with little access to power – India’s poor look for low-cost ways to stay cool BHUBANESWAR, India, Sept 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Kumari Behera carefully folds a set...

The Urbanization of Malnutrition

Not only will urban land area triple globally between 2000 to 2030, the projected expansion will take place on some of the world’s most productive croplands. NEW DELHI, India, Sep 25 2017 (IPS) –...

Are rising heat and humidity fuelling deaths by lightning?

Recent research suggests that extreme heat waves and high atmospheric humidity could be triggering increased lightning strikes in regions that are most vulnerable to climate change Dark clouds had formed, heading in their direction,...

Indian Journalist’s Murder: The Ultimate Form of Press Censorship?

Gauri Lankesh, photo source: Wikipedia “Gauri Lankesh’s death is another stark reminder of how violence is the new normal (in India).” –A senior journalist. BHUBANESWAR, India, Sep 7 2017 (IPS) – Dauntlessly crusading against...

One Earth: Why the World Needs Indigenous Communities to Steward Their Lands

Out of 370 million indigenous people spread across 70 countries worldwide, India holds as many as 700 different ethnic groups, adding up to 104 million people. BHUBANESWAR, India, Aug 7 2017 (IPS) – “Showing...

Millets travel from tribal farms to dinner tables

The indigenous Dongria Kondh community in Odisha is helping to restore the popularity of native varieties of millets that can grow in droughty weather conditions, even as millet products gain traction among affluent consumers...

Killer heatwaves set for dramatic rise, researchers warn

BHUBANESWAR, India Jun 19, 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Nearly one in three people around the world is already exposed to deadly heatwaves, and that will rise to nearly half of people by 2100...