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Author: S. Gopikrishna Warrier

Save shola forests to combat climate change

The native ecosystem of shola forests and grasslands in the Western Ghats, which is known as the water tower of peninsular India, keeps the streams and rivers healthy

The health of the forests of the Western Ghats contributes to the perennial flow in the streams and rivers originating from the mountains, latest scientific research shows…Read More

Extreme rainfall leaves cities floundering

Sharp, heavy cloudbursts that inundate cities across India are occurring with increasing frequency, testing the country’s urban resilience

Independence Day was unusually wet and waterlogged for residents of Bengaluru in Karnataka. Heavy rains started around midnight when they were asleep, and by the morning, it had poured as much as 128 mm…Read More

Changing climate inflicts drought on Tamil Nadu

A discernible trend of increasing temperatures and declining rainfall, coupled with more intense cyclones and floods, is disrupting life across Tamil Nadu, which is currently battling a drought

For a few months after the November-December 2015 floods that submerged Chennai and adjoining districts in Tamil Nadu, people of the city were wary about rain forecasts. About a year later…Read More

Best of 2016: Honey with coffee reinforces climate resilience

The famed Kodagu coffee estates are experimenting with bee farms to add to incomes so that the forested landscape of this biodiversity hotspot is better able to sequester carbon

While honey can sweeten coffee for the drinker, coffee farmers of Kodagu district of Karnataka are realising that raising bees for honey in the farms can sweeten their economic returns…Read More

Best of 2016: Climate change measured in coffee rain

As Karnataka roils over the Kaveri water dispute, the underlying cause is lowered climate resilience of the agro-forestry ecosystem in Kodagu’s coffee plantations

Coffee planters in the hill district of Kodagu in Karnataka are meticulous in keeping rainfall records in their estates. For some, the data goes back for decades. Their numbers tell the story…Read More