Pollution & Climate Change

Understanding the polar vortex fiasco | Climate change and extremely cold weather event

In January 2019, an unusual weather phenomenon hit the US midwest region, plunging temperatures to a record low, bringing day to day activities to a standstill. The harsh weather conditions were attributed to what was termed as the “Polar vortex phenomenon”. Meanwhile, President Trump took the twitter by storm, once again by a tweet which […]

NRRI released high-protein and climate-smart Rice varieties
News Nutrition & Health Pollution & Climate Change

First in world, NRRI released high-protein and climate-smart Rice varieties

Cuttack, 26 Feb 2019. Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singh praised the National Rice Research Institute (NRRI), for recently released two high-protein rice varieties (CR Dhan 310, CR Dhan 311) and two climate-smart varieties (CR Dhan 801 and CR Dhan 802), which are tolerant to both submergence and drought and […]

Success of plastic ban in tamilnadu
Op-ed Pollution & Climate Change

Plastic Ban : Will Tamil Nadu stand a chance ?

The most debatable global topics are incomplete without this inseparable, versatile yet menacing material “Plastic”. We (India), the global host nation of the world environment day,2018 on the theme “Beat Plastic Pollution” had taken an “unprecedented” pledge (as described by the UN) of eliminating all single-use plastics by 2022. Even economically developed giants like the […]

coral reefs
Biodiversity Pollution & Climate Change

Coral reefs can’t wait for world to take action, urges UN, as Biodiversity Conference gets underway

Sounding the alarm about the urgent need to protect coral reefs from extinction within decades, a new coalition of organizations, including the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), was launched on Wednesday in Egypt during the UN Biodiversity Conference, to galvanize global leadership before it is too late. It’s clear to anyone who puts their head below the waves that the […]

Op-ed Pollution & Climate Change

Green Diwali Ahead ! Balancing Customary Practices and Environmental Rights

Winter arrives hand-in-hand with air pollution in India and this winter is no exception. There are clamouring voices, particularly in the National Capital Region to take imminent measures to reduce and tackle air pollution. Few desperate measures such as penalising old vehicles, regulating unlawful construction measures and increased awareness and vigilance on stubble burning were […]

kerala flood 2k18
Environment Pollution & Climate Change

Prof Swaminathan calls for ‘Building a Climate Resilient Kerala’

Unusually high rainfall during this monsoon resulted the worst flooding in Kerala in nearly a century. In the backdrop of this recent Kerala floods, Prof Swaminathan has provided some suggestions about re-building a new Kerala.   “Now that the floods are receding, there is increasing interest in building a new Kerala characterised by climate resilience. The new […]

Agri Politics Horticulture Pollution & Climate Change

Kerala floods unmask perils of Climate change to Plantation sector | Editorial | The Agraria

Kerala is regarded as Plantation state of India which shares nearly 45 percentage of Plantation crops cultivated in India. Plantation crops also occupy 34 percentage of total cropped area of the State. The sector has been weighed down for too long due to various strains like high cost of production, unrealistic taxation laws, high workforce […]