INDIA: Climate Change Fuels Rural Out-Migration, Rising Farm Debt

BHUBANESWAR, India, Nov 30 2009 (IPS) – Under a shed made of bamboo and corrugated sheet metal, Purusottam Sur feeds his two bullocks and a cow with a bundle each of dry paddy plant. A...

INDIA: ‘Seed-Mothers’ Confront Climate Insecurity

BHUBANESWAR, India, Jul 1 2011 (IPS) – In eastern Orissa state’s tribal hinterlands about 200 ‘seed-mothers’ are on mission mode – identifying, collecting and conserving traditional seed varieties and motivating farming families to use them....

Tribal Farming Beats Climate Change

RAYAGADA, India, Apr 27 2012 (IPS) – Tribal farmer Harish Saraka has rediscovered the key to sustainable farming in this rain-dependent hinterland of eastern Odisha state – mixed cropping. Saraka, 38, is careful not to...

Climate Change Threatens the Poor in Cities

BANGKOK, Mar 27 2012 (IPS) – India, like other Asian countries, has focused its climate change adaptation strategies on rural and urban areas while neglecting the urban fringes, say experts. Peri-urban areas are characterised by...

Land ownership boosts climate resilience in India

GANJAM, India (AlertNet) – Efforts to secure land ownership for tribal people in one of India’s poorest states are bolstering their economic security in the face of climate-induced hardships, and helping conserve farmland and...

Can ‘Blue Forests’ Mitigate Climate Change?

YEOSU, South Korea, May 21 2012 (IPS) – Fifty-five percent of global atmospheric carbon captured by living organisms happens in the ocean. Between 50-71 percent of this is captured by the ocean’s vegetated “blue carbon”...

India’s diesel subsidies stoke emissions, choke clean alternatives

BHUBANESWAR, India (AlertNet) – India’s high subsidies for polluting fuels like diesel and kerosene place a heavy burden on public finances and are compromising investment in clean energy alternatives, while removing them would hurt...

India deploys coastal tube defense against tidal surges

PENTHA, India (AlertNet) – The blackened wood stumps of a breakwater stand forlornly on Pentha beach, symbols of failed attempts to lessen the effects of high tides and storm surges. In the past two...

China Puts Up a Green Shield Against Sandstorms

CHIFENG, Inner Mongolia, China, Sep 11 2012 (IPS) – The setting sun is still streaming in through the poplars along the shelter belts, but Horquin Lianjun is done with farm work for the day. The...