Pages

Friday, 22 July 2016

Paradigm shift

In the 25 years since economic reforms was launched in India, the urban middle class has found a new economic and political voice. Environmental movements in which poor communities pitted their moral strength against the combined strength of the State and the industry got sidelined in the national mind space. As a result the iron triangle got stronger. MORE …

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Changing climate threatens sacred groves

The sacred groves in the eastern coast of south India are a unique ecosystem. They represent tropical dry evergreen forests. Over the years the tree population in these forests have decreased by 30% and liana (woody climbers) have increased by 30%. While this could be an indication of climate change, it also indicates a decline in the ecosystem’s climate resilience. MORE … 

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Puducherry leads in LED lighting revolution

Two years ago a programme for promoting LED bulbs for lighting launched in the tiny Puducherry (Pondicherry) has now grown into a national programme, with impact on energy savings and greenhouse gas emission reduction. MORE …

Monday, 20 June 2016

Keeping the woods lovely, dark and deep

The National Biodiversity Targets are an effective instrument for mainstreaming the concerns of biodiversity conservation into national policy and action. It can also help strengthen the economic wellbeing of the communities living in and around forests. MORE …

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

More smoke, less fire

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi has become the official icon for the official environmental initiatives in India in the past two years. But is the assimilation of Gandhi complete? MORE … 

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Cyclone saves corals, for now

This year coral bleaching in the Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve was severe and started early. Even the young corals were affected, which was a bad indication. The rains associated with Cyclone Roanu helped cool down the temperature - temporarily. With northeast monsoon months away, will the corals survive destruction? MORE … 

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Endemic trees in Western Ghats show climate resilience

The Western Ghats is the overhead water tank for peninsular India. The health of the forests in the mountains can help preserve the water flow in the peninsular rivers. The current drought and the drying up of even the mighty Godavari and Krishna showed that this relationship was fragile. A recent study shows that the forest ecosystems with endemic tree species of the Western Ghats have remained stable overall for the past 150,000 years. Thus, those habitats if preserved have chances of improving the climate resilience of the mountains and also the rivers flowing into peninsular India. Unfortunately, only a third of these stable environments are covered by the protected area network, and thus are prone to much man-made degradation. MORE …