A fortnight after the Bengaluru Floods. Will it happen again? Yes, most likely.

It's been about two weeks since million-dollar homes were flooded in Bengaluru. There has been reams of press on why it happened and what can it be done about it. Sadly, much of the analysis misses the deeper questions. If the answers were only "encroachments on storm drains, must clear" - "lets Noida-tower the apartment …

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Bengaluru Floods – Why? Why now? Why here?

Where has it flooded 2. Why has it flooded? Why here? Why now? a. Elevation The low-lying areas (green & blue) have flooded first. Source: https://en-gb.topographic-map.com/maps/lpj1/Bengaluru/; Flooded areas marked out in blue. Moreover, areas subject to the highest flooding were often the lowest lying within a vicinity. Naturally, water flowed into them. b. Land-use change …

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Resetting Our Relationship With Water: Times of India Column

Chennai's floods are like clapping hands: one palm is the changing climate bringing with it intense rainfall (2021 rainfall, the Commissioner told us, was nearly 50% above normal) while the other is our broken relationship with water. A resounding clap requires both palms moving together forcefully. We appear to have already passed certain climate thresholds, …

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Shifting India’s Water Ship Requires All Hands To Push.

India's water ship is a mammoth ship - nudging it towards friendlier waters is not going to be easy. We need the individual to change: to acknowledge water, and recognize what makes India's water truly unique. This excerpt from the book that The Print carried, shows what that might look like. This is my story, …

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Watershed is out!

When I ran out of home, I never thought that 9 years since, that not only would we become water-secure at home, but that I would have written two books and invested in over 15 climate-related start-ups. Thrilled to share that my second book, Watershed, is out! https://videopress.com/v/W5Bf0Khk?resizeToParent=true&cover=true&preloadContent=metadata The book unpacks India's changing relationship with …

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Keeladi – Life, Death and Water in Ancient India

Back to the Future: Keeladi and the centrality of water in an ancient Indian city. About 13 kilometres east of Madurai, on the spanking new Rameswaram highway, one turns right and heads through a sleepy village to a set of coconut farms. In between the coconut trees are patches of cleared ground with neat squares …

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Five Success Factors for conquering the Delhi Pollution Problem

If there is one question that Delhi residents ought to ask themselves it is this: What are the success factors for conquering the Delhi Air Pollution? Success Factor#1: The Need for Data Let’s consider the facts. Fact#1: Over a million Indians died in 2016 due to air pollution. Delhi is ranked as the most polluted …

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Quenching the fields – Exploring solutions rather than announcing bans could douse the fires

If we really want to solve a problem, we should define it carefully, and use data to guide our actions. If we want to reduce Delhi’s winter air pollution, then we need to address biomass burning. Yet, a recent TV clipping shows a farmer setting paddy straw ablaze on national TV. The voiceover says “These …

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Delhi Air Pollution – How is the way we think about it so so wrong?

(A version of this article appeared in Firstpost: http://www.firstpost.com/living/delhi-routinely-tops-global-air-pollution-rankings-how-we-can-seek-more-effective-solutions-4179921.html The prestigious medical journal, The Lancet recently reported that air pollution is associated with 6.5 million deaths annually, and as the Lancet rather poetically puts it, is a “killer indifferent to political agendas and that cannot be contained by borders”. Don’t we know it? Because pollution is …

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