The Farakka barrage has been blamed for worsening land erosion around the Ganga by failing to clear mounting sedimentation (Photo by Gurvinder Singh)

Multimedia: Sorry state of Ganga downstream of Farakka

The Ganga is facing constant exploitation in Murshidabad and Malda districts of West Bengal downstream of the Farakka barrage; it has put the river’s survival at stake

In the absence of any regulation, Indian farmers are over-irrigating their fields, resulting in a water crisis (Photo by Flickr)

Unwise use causes water famine in India

On World Water Day, there is need to consider anew how India can overcome the looming crisis of water scarcity through environmentally sound extraction practices and better awareness

Hydrofluorocarbons used in home air-conditioners are warming up the planet (Photo by Sławomir Kowalewski)

Buying a fridge? An AC? What’s the gas?

Cooling gases that are warming the world have to be phased out of India, but the industry is doing little about it in the absence of a long-term policy

Boats arrive by mid-morning at Vizhinjam fishing harbour, widely used by fishers from nearby villages during the monsoon season, when the sea is too rough to launch and land on local sandy beaches and estuaries. Fishers of Poonthura, 11 km north, dock their boats here and commute daily to fish (Photo by MM Paniyll)

Weathermen: Listen to the fishers, it works

A new system of marine forecasts is helping fishers in Kerala to better plan their fishing trips in the Arabian Sea, which has been witnessing unusually rough weather in recent years

Himalayan hydro developers wilfully ignore climate risks

Despite growing climate threats, politicians and developers are ignoring geological and environmental risks in a rush to make short-term profits by building hydroelectric dams in the Himalayas

Reports

India Solar Rooftop Map 2017

The latest edition of the report shows that India added 678 MW of rooftop solar capacity in the financial year ended March 31, growing at 81% year-on-year and reaching a total installed capacity of 1.4 GW. Strong market fundamentals including falling costs and improving debt financing mean that the segment will continue its strong growth trajectory…Read more

Brown to Green: the G20 Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy

G20 countries have stepped up green finance, but their investment in fossil fuels remains so high that the well below 2 degree warming limits set in the Paris Agreement will be missed by a wide margin, says the 2017 report. This third edition of the annual report provides a comprehensive overview of the G20 countries on how they are doing on the journey to transition to a low-carbon economy. It assesses the main trends for the G20 in emissions, climate policy performance, finance and decarbonisation…Read more

Policymaking

Unwise use causes water famine in India

On World Water Day, there is need to consider anew how India can overcome the looming crisis of water scarcity through environmentally sound extraction practices and better awareness

Free flowing Ganga to remain a dream

The Ganga won’t be revived until there are controls on the massive amount of water extracted from the river basin and till the time dams are decommissioned

Kumbh Mela clean up won’t save the Ganga

The Ganga was cleaned for the Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj, but keeping the river basin pollution free in the long run will require a complete overhaul of the governance system

Events

18-21 June: Adaptation Futures 2018

Venue: Cape Town, South Africa  Organiser: Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA)

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