Climate Change Denial Is a War on Humanity

February 13, 2018

The Trump administration's rollbacks on environmental policies are a crime against future generations.  There was no doubt that America would regress on multiple issues when it elected Donald Trump as its 45th president. While opinion is divided on his intellectual capacity and mental...

Is Iceland’s Tallest Volcano Awakening?

The saga of Öræfajökull suggests we should take small earthquakes in the region seriously. "Two women and a boy took refuge on the roof … but it was carried away by the deluge of water, and as far as the eye could reach, the three unfortunate persons were seen clinging to the roof. One of...

How Safe Are Workers at India’s Industrial Plants?

November 13, 2017

An accident at the Unchahar plant in Uttar Pradesh raises questions about safety and competence of India's National Thermal Power Corporation. In December 1984, some 40 tons of lethal methyl isocyanate gas leaked from a production plant owned by Union Carbide Corporation (UCC), a US-based...

The Caribbean Needs Better Access to Information to Get Ahead of Climate Change

October 06, 2017

Many Caribbean nations lack the proper information infrastructure to help them weather natural disasters. In September, Hurricane Irma devastated the Caribbean and Florida, killing at least 82, leaving thousands homeless and millions without power. Irma was one of the most powerful hurricanes...

Destroying One of Europe’s Last Ancient Forests

August 31, 2017

One of Europe’s last primeval forests is on the brink of extinction, and Poland’s commercial logging could push it over the edge. Long gone are the days when Europe was covered in virgin woodlands. Poland’s Bialowieza Forest, on the border with Belarus, is one of the last remaining...

Leading India Toward a Clean Energy Revolution

August 26, 2017

India is currently in the midst of the world’s largest renewable energy expansion program. India is the world’s fourth fastest growing economy. It has also undertaken a gamut of policies for the development of the country. In a rapidly changing world, industrialization and climate change...

An Elegy for the Arctic

August 26, 2017

A beautiful piece of music is drawing attention to global warming. Climate change is something that affects the entire planet and all its inhabitants, but nowhere is global warming happening faster and more dramatically than in the Arctic. Snow and ice stored in its vast glaciers are responsible...

The Fable of Anti-Politics

July 20, 2017

In this fairy tale from 2050, the invisible monster of climate change continues to ravage the land. Once upon a time, long, long ago, I testified before the great assembly of our land. When I describe this event to children today, it really does sound to them like a fairy tale. Once upon a...

Cauvery: India’s Unwinnable Water War

July 07, 2017

T.R. Vivek travels upstream of Cauvery in search of a solution to India’s oldest and most bitter water dispute. At slightly under 800 kilometers, the Cauvery is the smallest of India’s major rivers. But it is the subject of the oldest and the most bitter water dispute in the country. Two...

Beer Can Be a Win-Win for Jobs and Water in Sub-Saharan Africa

May 24, 2017

If early investments are made in industrial water efficiency, beer can be a win-win for jobs and water sustainability in sub-Saharan Africa. The beer industry in sub-Saharan Africa has brought an influx of desperately needed jobs and capital to the region. This private investment and market...

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