Green = A divine rebirth

(Image courtesy: Flickr/Sandeep Achetan) (This effort was also carried by the Hindu: http://www.thehindu.com/society/when-your-actions-speak-how-much-you-love-your-city-and-care-for-the-environment/article19587578.ece) As a society, we equate size with quality. Bigger the better. This belief has even come to our faith and our festivals. Take the Ganesh Chaturthi. In countless households across India, families welcome Ganesh into their homes in the form of a clay [...]

Lessons from a River Reborn.

Summer is a supercharged time in the South. For one, its hot. The one degree of global warming is palpable in May, where the temperature often skips above 40°C. For another, it is dry. The past year has been one of the driest in the past hundred and forty years. In Madurai, we have our [...]

India. Water. Do we have a problem? Yes. Can we something? Yes.

Ground water levels have been falling continuously in many parts of the country. The first question to ask is are we taking water from the groundwater (aquifer) in a safe way — in a way that allows it to recharge. In many parts of the country, the answer is “No”. The second question is the groundwater levels [...]

Conclusion – Article Series Summary

All Good Things… We now come to the conclusion of the series - our exploration of what climate change is, what it will mean for India and importantly, what we can do. Climate change is much more than a 1°C increase in temperature. A consistently warmer temperature fundamentally alters the way air holds moisture: warmer [...]

Action on climate change: Building solar panels on canals

http://www.business-standard.com/article/reuters/india-builds-solar-plants-atop-canals-to-save-land-water-115011600609_1.html Sometimes solutions come along that are fiendishly clever in their elegance. This is one such. One of the big costs of implementing a solar power plant is the cost of land. This is particularly true in a country like india where land acquisition is fraught with politics and endless publicised fights between farmer, politician and [...]

Action on Climate Change – Water – Janicki Bioenergy

Few people are brave enough to sip water from a sewage tank. But the world's richest man did it. A few weeks ago, Bill Gates drank a glass of water that came directly from sewage fed into Janicki Bioenergy's Omniprocessor. "The water tasted as good as any I’ve had out of a bottle. And having [...]

Action on climate change: Jadav Payeng – the forest Man

there is so much each of us can do, and some of us swing far above our weight. one such is Jadav Payeng. He's a poor farmer. One of those who typically fall in the category of "to be helped"; of whom little is expected. But enterprise is agnostic. Mr. Payeng noticed dead snakes lying [...]