April 30, 2017

Indian Air Pollution A ‘National Crisis’

Pollution in New Delhi has emerged as a major problem. (Photo by Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Poirrier Follow, Creative Commons License)

India dominates list of world’s top polluted cities, new data from the WHO reveals, with cities in Pakistan and Bangladesh catching up fast. Read More »

Resilient Midwestern Cities Improving Equity in a Changing Climate

Chicago skyline from a green rooftop. (Photo by  Josh Koonce, Creative Commons License)

Faced with growing risks of flooding, heat-related deaths, and poor air and water quality; skyrocketing energy bills; and costly damage to homes and infrastructure, some Midwestern city officials and community advocates are taking steps to improve their cities’ resilience to the effects of climate change. Read More »

Pakistani Farmers Wait for Information on Groundwater Mapping

Pakistan is facing depleting water resources. (Photo by Jim C, Creative Commons License)

As water from tube-wells goes from sweet to salty, information on depth and quality of groundwater from an ambitious exercise to map the Upper Indus basin is yet to reach farmers in Pakistan. Read More »

What Does the Science Really Say About Sea-level Rise?

Rising sea levels will adversely impact countries like Maldives which face an existential threat from climate change.  (Photo by Ashwin Kumar, Creative Commons License)

Could sea levels really rise by several meters this century. Probably not, although this century's greenhouse emissions could potentially set the stage for large rises in centuries to come. Read More »

The Disappearing Morel Mushrooms of Pakistan

In the Hindu Kush Himalayas the mushroom is worth its weight in gold.(Image from Wikimedia)

Climate change and deforestation are wreaking havoc on the production of a rare mushroom species, impacting local communities and national exports. Read More »

The Hottest Year on Record Signals That Global Warming is Alive

Such parched lands are a common site in many parts of the world. (Photo by  Amri HMS, Creative Commons License)

Thanks to El Niño and climate change, last year broke temperature records – and reduces any importance attached to the global warming 'hiatus.' Read More »

Environmental Assessment for Kashmir Dam Breaks All Rules

The Baglihar dam has been built on river Chenab.  Photo by Surendra Pradhan  	  via ICIMOD]

A group of eminent people from across India have written of their concerns regarding the deeply flawed environmental impact assessment report for a new hydropower project in Jammu and Kashmir. Read More »

Five Things You Need to Know About the Paris Climate Deal

Paris was a high-stakes game of geopolitical poker.. (Photo by Takver, Creative Commons License)

COP21 ended with an agreement that is at once both historic, important – and inadequate. Read More »

Faith Groups in Unprecedented Push for Climate Action

EcoSikh climate march in Rome. (Photo via ecosikh.org)

Religious leaders put their spiritual weight behind climate change. Read More »

Keystone XL Debate is Over, but Infrastructure Needs are Not

(Photo by Light Brigading, Creative Commons License)

Climate advocates are cheering rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline, but both our fossil fuel and renewable energy infrastructure badly needs upgrading to tackle climate change. Read More »