Most small and marginal farmers in Bihar cannot bear the additional cost of irrigating their fields (Photo by Santosh Singh)

Declining rainfall places farming at risk in Bihar

The economy of Bihar is in jeopardy as the number of no rainfall days due to climate change is showing an increasing trend in a state that depends heavily on rain-fed agriculture

Born in a simple peasant family, Simon was forced to dropout from school due to poverty. But his unique out-of-the-box thinking and great implementation transformed the area completely. He was elected as chief of the tribes in 1964

Photo feature: the waterman of Jharkhand

Simon Oraon Minj is a living legend in Jharkhand for his community driven initiatives to build wells, ponds and reservoirs that have transformed lives of thousands of villagers

Air pollution in New Delhi and other cities in India has become hazardous for human health (Photo by Wikimedia Commons)

Clean air plan short on specifics

India has launched a National Clean Air Programme that is dependent on many authorities, but has little teeth of its own

Nothing much remains of Manju Seth’s house after the extreme rainfall last July (Photo by Ranjan Panda)

Mismanagement can worsen Odisha extreme rainfall events

As climate change makes extreme rainfall events more frequent in the Mahanadi River basin in Odisha and Chhattisgarh, there is urgent need to better manage the river and its dams

Renewables can help reduce India’s water stress

Water scarcity has often impacted output in India’s power sector that depends overly on coal-fired plants requiring much cooling, but that can change with increasing use of renewable energy

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

Clean air plan short on specifics

India has launched a National Clean Air Programme that is dependent on many authorities, but has little teeth of its own

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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