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 [...]

Two glaring symptoms of global warming: Drought & Heatwaves

(Image from thehindu.com) Time to spend money and attention on adaptation Price water. Please. We do not have the luxury to waste water on growing low-yielding rice varieties and sustaining 300 million cows & buffaloes. However, the current machinery extracts significant rent from crises. Emergencies give procedural checks and balances a go-bye making an already leaky [...]

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 [...]

Milk and Water

The role of milk and its corollary, beef in the demand of water in India. There have been beef bans across the country in India. However, the appreciation of the fact that beef remains a natural corollary of milk is not forthcoming. Further, the pernicious role played by livestock in depleting groundwater resources in India [...]

Food and Climate Change

While we hear so much about governmental policy action and technology in solving the climate change issue, we fail to appreciate the critical role played by our choices. Simple choices like what to eat, how to travel etc. This is particularly pertinent in developed countries where transportation and food habits contribute substantially to emissions 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 [...]

Cities and Climate Change

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 [...]

Today’s reading list

the business of water: http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/8e42bdc8-0838-11e4-9afc-00144feab7de.html#slide0 Some quotes from the article: Since 2011 companies have spent more than $84bn worldwide to improve the way they conserve, manage or obtain water, according to data from Global Water Intelligence, regulatory disclosures and executive interviews with the Financial Times. The $550bn global water market – which covers everything from water [...]