Q&A: “What Price Do We Put on Our Oceans?”

IPS correspondent Manipadma Jena interviews the Executive Director of United Nations Environment ERIK SOLHEIM ahead of the Dec. 4-6 3rd UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, where 193 member states will discuss and make global...

Climate change could deal body blow to migratory birds

Warmer winters and fluctuating rainfall in Chilika Lake are proving to be major disruptors for the large population of migratory birds in this famous lagoon on India’s eastern coast. It is only February but...

Inventor aims for healthier Yemen by turning waste into clean fuel

NAIROBI, Jan 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Growing up in Al-Harrah, a small village in west-central Yemen, Omer Badokhon watched his mother cooking for hours at a time in a smoke-filled kitchen. Now the...

Poor air quality in India raises global concern

The growth story of India in recent decades has been marred by the steep rise in air pollution in most cities that calls for emergency measures. Nairobi/New Delhi, January 19,2018 – Air pollution in...

Climate change amplifies superbugs’ resistance to antibiotics

There is a less well-known but significant role of environmental factors in amplifying antibiotic resistance in India, which could increase as global warming picks up pace. Nairobi/New Delhi, Jauary 8, 2018 – Antibiotic resistance...

Extreme heat shaves billions off India’s GDP

Developing nations are demanding a financial mechanism to deal with climate disasters at the global summit in Bonn, even as heat waves start affecting millions of workers in countries like India and China Bhubaneswar,...

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...