Author: T.V. Padma

Cities flooded as climate change leads to short bursts of intense rain

The travails of city dwellers in India due to flooding and waterlogging will only increase unless town planners account for climate change effects while designing storm water drains

In a typically Indian paradox, large parts of the country remain water-stressed for a greater part of the year, but reel under devastating floods or severe waterlogging after heavy downpours…Read More

Climate lens must for disaster management

There has to be closer integration between climate adaptation plans and management of disaster risks that also engages local communities deeply, new research shows

Although climate change would lead to more natural disasters such as cyclones, droughts and floods, the linkages between adaptation plans and disaster risk management are weak in India…Read More

Drier wells in Deccan Plateau would deepen farm distress

As the climate changes for the worse over much of the semi-arid regions of India, the increasing demand for irrigation could lead to dry wells even if there is better groundwater recharge

Under changed climatic conditions, an expansion of irrigated agriculture in the Deccan Plateau would negate any gains in groundwater recharge due to increased rainfall, new research shows…Read More

Climate variability affects mental health among rural poor

New research linking climate variability and mental distress among India’s rural poor wades into a hotly debated topic

Climate variability affects the psychological well-being of adults, especially the rural poor, reports new research on India, rekindling the debate over the complex interplay of factors that could trigger mental distress in people…Read More