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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Water is the language of climate change – Panel discussion with Prof J. Srinivasan, Erik Solheim, Mridula Ramesh and Marcus Moench

Climate speaks through water. As our climate changes, rising global temperatures are causing more intense storms; untimely and intense rainfall is leading to frequent floods and droughts, causing sea levels to rise and glaciers to melt. We face not only a rapidly careening climate crisis but also a brutal change in our water reality. We HAVE to adapt for the future NOW.

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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India@75: Tracing the colonial hand in evolving water tapestry

Photo by Ray Bilcliff on Pexels.com Many of the seeds of the our tangled thicket of a water crisis originate in colonial times - a penchant for growing crops unsuited to local climes, a centralized control-and-command approach to irrigation and water supply, and a certain disdain for traditional water technologies that 'get' India's water. We've …

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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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On Covid and Climate Change – thoughts.

Are they the same? Covid is fast, sometimes visually brutal, singular. It hurts people like us, now. Climate Change is slow, sometimes visually brutal, most times invisible, has many pieces and many villains. It hurt 'them', now and in the future. From my article: Size does not matter; Time does; Having a clear villain does; …

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