June 29, 2017

Melting Glaciers May Impact Hydropower Plans

The Karakorum glaciers [image via thethirdpole.net, courtesy earthobservatory.nasa.gov]

The World Water Week has put the focus back into shrinking glaciers but the jury is still out on the impacts they will have on the flow in snow-fed rivers and hydropower generation. Read More »

The Little-Known Fund at the Heart of the Paris Climate Agreement

The Green Climate Fund’s activities include funding adaptation plans such as the one to protect coastlines in Tuvalu, a country that climate change threatens with extinction. (Photo by Joe Hitchcock, Creative Commons License)

The Green Climate Fund is supposed to finance the world's shift away from fossil fuels. But fossil fuel-funding banks are eager to get on board. Read More »

Coastal Flooding Threatens Cities Across World

Flood waters from swollen rivers in Kuakata in south eastern Bangladesh.  (Photo by  Joe Coyle, Creative Commons License)

According to projections for the year 2070, India’s Kolkata and Mumbai top the list of cities whose populations are most exposed to coastal flooding, with 14 million and 11.4 million respectively. The first seven cities on the list are from Asia, followed by Miami at number eight. Read More »

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 »