Friday, 3 November 2017

Why Chennai's Velachery floods more but recovers faster than Mylapore

Even though the old locality of Mylapore suffered less than the new Velachery during Chennai floods of 2015, the new area had better social and economic resilience. MORE ... 

The narrow streets of Mylapore in Chennai were less affected during the 2015 floods but took relatively more time to recover.

Since Velachery, a newly developed area in Chennai, is constructed over a wetland, there’s water-logging even with mild rains.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Encroached wetlands, cut trees increase climate risks in Chennai

It is a network of blue and green, wet and dry that has been providing climate resilience to Chennai. It is under threat now, and in turn it is affecting the city's climate resilience. MORE ... 

[Maps courtesy Prem Vijayan of Care Earth Trust]

Friday, 29 September 2017

Kerala trains local leaders on climate change

Climate variability is something that elected representatives of panchayats are facing. Kerala is training them to adapt and mitigate climate change. MORE ...

Kerala panchayat representatives getting trained at KILA (Pic courtesy: KILA).

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Save shola forests to combat climate change

It is necessary to protect the native forest ecosystem of the Western Ghats so that they can continue to be the water tower of the peninsula. Planting forests at random along the banks of rivers - as being advocated today in the Rally for Rivers - could be counterproductive. MORE ...

The native shola-grassland ecosystem of the Nilgiris, where wattle has also been planted.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

A heart and head for conservation

At a time when the idea of a strong prime minister means a neglect of environmental concerns, Jairam Ramesh's biography of Indira Gandhi proves that a strong political leader could also have a strong heart and head for conservation. MORE ...

Picture published by Frontline. 

Extreme rainfall leaves cities floundering

Agartala, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru and Chandigarh are among the cities that received heavy, sharp rainfall over a few hours that left streets flooded and cars floating. The images reminded of the serious flooding in Chennai during November-December 2015. Research is now proving that such extreme rain events are becoming more frequent. Flooding is caused by the heavy rains and problems on the ground. How can India cities strengthen their climate resilience? MORE ...

With the Mumbai rains update, in India Spend ...

Mumbai flood picture published in India Spend.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

In a drought hit country, sacred groves are crucial for climate resilience

Facing the yin and yang of drought and flood years, sacred groves in the country can provide climate resilience. MORE ...

Even during the peak of summer in 2017, this stream inside a sacred grove in Kerala had water flowing in it.