In South India, the conversation seems to always turn to Dengue. The neighbourhood hospitals are overflowing with dengue cases, and sachets of Nila Vembu Kashayam (a herbal remedy against fevers) are being sent home, as per government instructions, in my 5-year-old’s homework diary. Offices and factories are reeling under a wave of absenteeism as workers [...]
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 [...]
Short summary: It is bad. And it's going to get a LOT worse.
Coping with climate change - urban edition. More and more people are moving to cities. (www.un.org) They come seeking their fortunes - hoping for better lives - be it better education for their children, higher paying jobs, better healthcare etc. For the first time in history, the world became majority urban. So, its a good [...]