Bhadra Mahapatra
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In a recent study done by researchers from Saint Louis University, elephants play a key role in creating forests that store more atmospheric carbon and maintain the biodiversity of forests in Africa.  As per the study, if the already critically endangered elephants become extinct, the rainforest of central and west Africa, the second largest rainforest […]
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The relationship between forests and water is a critical issue that must be accorded high priority. Forest management measures can increase water yield, regulate water flow, and reduce drought stress for a forest. Forests influence the amount of water available from groundwater, surface watercourses, and water bodies in various ways. It includes intercepting precipitation, evaporating […]
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In October 2022, a group of citizens from Chennai including students, academia, and professionals got together for ‘City Sessions: The Future’ to brainstorm about the climate issues of the city. Organised by LetMeBreathe and Climate Trends, the 50-odd participants divided into five groups with an assigned mentor each, looked at the possible solutions that can […]
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India’s national capital remains at the top when it comes to polluted cities in 2022, as per a report released by the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP). Based on an analysis of air quality monitoring data, the national capital of Delhi ranked the most polluted in 2022, with an annual average PM 2.5 concentration of […]
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The Indian state, of Uttarakhand, became the hotbed of yet another man-induced climate crisis as several buildings in the hilly town of Joshimath, situated in the Chamoli district, started developing cracks. Joshimath, a town of 20,000 people, which has both a religious and tourist attraction, is sinking.  Officials and locals maintain that cracks have developed […]
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According to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the poorest and most powerless in Bangladesh, especially women are the most vulnerable to climate change. They are also more vulnerable to child marriage and trafficking. In this episode, we get to know more about how women are affected disproportionately due to climate change from […]
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In a bid to make India energy-independent and decarbonise major sectors, the country has approved an incentive plan of $2.11 billion to promote green hydrogen. It is the country’s big announcement this year in a bid to cut emissions and become a major exporter in the field.  The Union Cabinet on January 4 approved the […]
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Ambient air pollution is a public health crisis for South Asia, not only imposing high economic costs but also causing an estimated two million premature deaths each year, according to the World Bank report. The report released last week cites how nine out of ten most polluted cities are from South Asia.  Countries like India, […]
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In 2020, Sai Karthik Sunkara, a student of NIT- Srinagar, started working with the Ocean Engineering Department of IIT-Madras, as the institution was researching the same idea of generating electricity from sea waves. Together they developed a device called, ‘Ocean Wave Energy Converter’, or Sindhuja-1, to generate power from the waves. In November 2022, they […]
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The Indian state of Tamil Nadu is well on its way to become a climate smart state. On Thursday,  Chief Minister MK Stalin inaugurated a two-day Climate Change Summit in Chennai and laid down the roadmap on how he intends to turn the state into a ‘climate smart state’ in the coming years.  The flagship […]
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