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Saturday, 9 December 2017

Enthusiasts and experts document biodiversity on a digital platform

There is an increasing enthusiasm among citizens to know more about our country's biological diversity. The India Biodiversity Portal brings together field enthusiasts and experts to create a digital platform to document this wealth. MORE ...

India unveils New Wildlife Action Plan

With its focus on landscape approach, climate change and reducing human-wildlife conflict, the New Wildlife Action Plan will impact 4.89% of the country's land area, its wildlife population and lives and livelihoods of millions living in and around forest areas. Even though this plan brings in additional elements, critics feel that it is good on intent but poor on details. MORE ... 

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Did Chennai learn anything from the 2015 flood?

The people of Chennai responded admirably to the climate crisis unleashed by the unprecedented rains of November-December 2015, but the city is yet to build upon the lessons it learnt. MORE ... 

The Pallikaranai Marsh is a natural sponge that has been clogged with garbage and encroached upon.

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.