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Study Sees Potential Ways to Mitigate India’s Risk of Groundwater Depletion

Government-subsidized electricity has played a big role in pumping out groundwater for irrigation at an unsustainable rate. Changing the system could help, say researchers.

by |July 1, 2022
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Study Establishes Key Areas for Tiger Movement in Central India

By mapping out overlapping areas identified as tiger corridors in previous studies, researchers hope to send a clear and cohesive message on which areas are most important for conservation.

by |May 23, 2022
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Are You Feeling the Heat Yet?

Disadvantaged populations are hit hardest by climate change impacts. Let us practice climate justice by thinking of the unconscious injustices that we are a part of.

by Radhika Iyengar |May 3, 2022
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Faye McNeill Combats Air Pollution, From the Molecular to the Global Scale

The first woman to earn tenure in Columbia’s chemical engineering department, McNeill is working for cleaner air in developing countries.

by |March 8, 2022
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Data Scientist Garima Raheja Is Addressing the Environmental Justice Issues of Air Pollution

She’s using air quality sensors to measure how air pollution impacts disadvantaged people in the U.S. and sub-Saharan Africa.

by |October 19, 2021
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Climate Change Is Making Indian Monsoon Seasons More Chaotic

A new study finds that summer monsoon rainfall in India will become stronger and more erratic, posing a threat to the region’s agriculture and economy.

by |April 14, 2021
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TED Talk Proposes A Three-Step Plan for India’s Clean Energy Transition

Senior research scholar Varun Sivaram presented his ideas at the star-studded TED Countdown Global Launch, a global initiative to accelerate solutions to the climate crisis.

by |October 12, 2020
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What Superpower Conflicts Mean for Indigenous Peoples

Geopolitical tensions between China and India at their disputed Himalayan border have ecological and social consequences for local peoples.

by |June 16, 2020
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Nisarga Could Be the Strongest Storm to Hit Mumbai in 70 Years

Major cyclone landfalls in this region are rare, but they could become more common and more dangerous under climate change.

by |June 2, 2020
Tree toppled by Cyclone Amphan in Kolkata

Cyclone Amphan Reinforces Urgent Need for Climate Adaptation Planning

By building resilience into our infrastructure and communities, we can reduce the damages from natural disasters and recover from shocks more easily.

by |May 26, 2020