Author: S. Gopikrishna Warrier

Best of 2017: Did Chennai learn anything from the 2015 floods?

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

Indian cities are starting to look boringly similar on the ground. The roads look similar, and so do some of the malls, buildings, apartment complexes and shops. Watching a city while approaching it…Read More

Did Chennai learn anything from the 2015 floods?

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

Indian cities are starting to look boringly similar on the ground. The roads look similar, and so do some of the malls, buildings, apartment complexes and shops. Watching a city while approaching it…Read More

Encroached wetlands, cut trees increase climate risks in Chennai

Chennai has lost much of its climate resilience due the shrinking of its wetlands and forest patches, which has drastically reduced the city’s ability to soak up excess rainwater

It is the network of blue and green that provides climate resilience to Chennai — blue of its wetlands and green of its patches of vegetation. This protective combination is now under stress…Read More

Kerala trains local leaders on climate change

Kerala, which tops many development indicators in India, has broken new ground by training elected municipal and village leaders to tackle and mitigate challenges thrown up by climate change

Variability is the biggest issue in climate change that elected representatives at the local level have to face and the training will help them to lead the process of adaptation and mitigation…Read More