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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

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