Q&A: Land Degradation Could Force 135 Million to Migrate in Next 30 Years

NEW DELHI/BONN, Oct 18 2016 (IPS) – One of the critical challenges facing the world today is that emerging migration patterns are increasingly rooted in the depletion of natural resources. Entire populations are being...

India’s most flood-prone state Bihar aided by new satellite mapping

BHUBANESWAR, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Every year Bihar is deluged by floods that submerge roads, destroy homes and wash away crops, leaving the disaster management authority struggling to monitor and assess the damage,...

Microsensor-Fitted Locust Swarms? Sci-fi Meets Conservation

NEW DELHI, Sep 19 2016 (IPS) – Every November, India’s Gahirmatha beach in the Indian Ocean region develops a brownish-grey rash for 60 to 80 days. Half-a-million female Olive Ridley turtles emerge out of...

Water Scarcity Could Impact West Asian Credit Ratings

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 9 2016 (IPS) – Water scarcity, conflict and refugee exodus is the strongest megatrend in West Asia, indicating the status of current trends and how these factors may shape the future,...

Q&A: Crisis and Climate Change Driving Unprecedented Migration

Manipadma Jena interviews the director general of the International Organization for Migration, WILLIAM LACY SWING NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 6 2016 (IPS) – Climate change is now adding new layers of complexity to the nexus...

Climate warming increases aflatoxin levels in crops

Farmers in South Asia are largely unaware that aflatoxin, a liver cancer-causing agent produced by fungi, accumulates on crops like maize, sorghum, coffee and groundnut as a result of stress from prolonged...

U.N. expert calls for India to ramp up action to help slum dwellers

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – India’s ambitious target to build 20 million new homes for the nation’s poor is failing slum dwellers and those living on the city’s streets, Leilani Farha, the United...

Not So Smart Idea

BHUBANESWAR, India, Apr 14 2016 (IPS) – As Bhubaneswar experiences scorching heat of 43.2 degrees Celsius in early April, 5 degrees above normal, 44-year-old Prasanti Behera barely sleeps at night. Two summers ago, a...

Safe haven elusive for Africans fleeing conflict, climate stress

In West Africa, people are moving from one risky place to another, triggering new tensions and dangers ANKARA, Nov 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The growing flow of migrants into drought-prone Niger, whose own...

India’s Odisha readies pioneering plan to combat deadly heat

Heat action plan would stop work at brick kilns and construction sites on hot days – and even tigers get help. BHUBANESWAR, India, April 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – From stopping work at brick...