Climate Emergency

In India, every year, the summers are getting longer, the winters harsher and the downpours intense. With Assam floods and Tamil Nadu drought, the growing problem of water scarcity in many states are no longer an abnormality, but the new reality! There is an urgency to solve the problems caused by human-induced climate change and to understand and find solutions before it is late. This is Climate Emergency, and we will bring to the fore and discuss the growing impact of climate change. We will highlight and celebrate climate champions- individuals and communities who are undoing the damage done so far.

Show Host: Rakesh Kamal

Podcast Episodes

COP26: One that failed to deliver what the moment needs

COP26: One that failed to deliver what the moment needs

Global temperatures are already 1.2 deg C higher than pre-industrial era. As the UN’s annual climate conference COP26 drew to…

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Does a firework ban solve everyone’s problems?

Does a firework ban solve everyone’s problems?

Are green crackers, the proclaimed panacea to the problem of air pollution caused due to firecrackers, solving the problem of…

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Disha Ravi on youth climate activism, dissent and role of the global south

Disha Ravi on youth climate activism, dissent and role of the global south

Almost every year since 1995, politicians and representatives from all over the world have been meeting in the UNFCCC Conference…

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The future is ecological and biodiverse farming

The future is ecological and biodiverse farming

In September 2020, India passed the Farm Laws without any multi-stakeholder, multi-disciplinary consultations or parliamentary debates. There were sweeping protests…

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Researchers debunk 185-year old name mix-ups in snake species

Researchers debunk 185-year old name mix-ups in snake species

While scientists discovered a new snake species in the southern Indian state of Tamilnadu, little did they know that this…

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Making environment political: The Save Mollem movement

Making environment political: The Save Mollem movement

In April 2020 India’s environment ministry gave wildlife clearance to two infrastructure projects waiting for approval in Goa. This was…

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Generating clean energy from vegetable waste

Generating clean energy from vegetable waste

If you ever visit a vegetable market late in the day you will see mostly rotten vegetables and leftovers thrown…

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When the Ice Melts Part 2: Climate change impact on Dokriani glacier alters river seasonality

When the Ice Melts Part 2: Climate change impact on Dokriani glacier alters river seasonality

In a recent paper published in the Journal of Hydrology, scientists looked at climate change and their impact on river…

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When the Ice Melts Part 1: Longest field data analyses regional climate change in Chhota Sigri glacier of the Himalaya

When the Ice Melts Part 1: Longest field data analyses regional climate change in Chhota Sigri glacier of the Himalaya

In a recent paper published in the Journal of Glaciology, scientists have reported their findings from the longest ever field…

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Save Mollem campaign – Goan Youth speak

Save Mollem campaign – Goan Youth speak

During the COVID lockdown, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate change gave many virtual environmental clearances with little or…

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Mitigating carbon emissions with fans

Mitigating carbon emissions with fans

Fans, one of the most used electrical appliances in India, has the potential to reduce energy demand and carbon emissions.…

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Why this judgement against Vedanta matters?

Why this judgement against Vedanta matters?

In August this year, the Madras High Court delivered a rare, but decisive victory to the people of Thoothukudi in…

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Thoothukudi’s long fight against Vedanta

Thoothukudi’s long fight against Vedanta

In August this year, the Madras High Court delivered a rare, but decisive victory to the people of Thoothukudi in…

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Conundrums of the forest owlet

Conundrums of the forest owlet

Forest owlets are one of the most endangered and cryptic bird species in India. These birds are found only in…

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Govt blocks and unblocks website for campaigning against draft environmental law

Govt blocks and unblocks website for campaigning against draft environmental law

At a time when the voices of youth are growing louder in the climate change campaigns because it concerns their…

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‘Fluoride Warriors’ use science to fight water contamination in Madhya Pradesh

‘Fluoride Warriors’ use science to fight water contamination in Madhya Pradesh

Students in Madhya Pradesh are documenting excess fluoride in groundwater through a citizen science project that uses smartphones and portable…

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Tales From The Coast Part 3 – Post Thane Cyclone, Cuddalore farmers shift to climate-friendly Vettiver plants

Tales From The Coast Part 3 – Post Thane Cyclone, Cuddalore farmers shift to climate-friendly Vettiver plants

In 2011, Cyclone Thane had a serious impact on the livelihood of farmers in Cuddalore, the eastern coast of Tamilnadu.…

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Tales From The Coast Part 2 – As sea turtles decline, fishermen turn conservationists

Tales From The Coast Part 2 – As sea turtles decline, fishermen turn conservationists

In this episode, Sharada Balasubramanian set off to Vanagiri, a small fishing village, in the Nagapattinam district of Tamilnadu. Every year, Olive…

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Tales from the Coast part 1: With rising sea level and overfishing, coastal communities in Tamilnadu switch to integrated fish farming

Tales from the Coast part 1: With rising sea level and overfishing, coastal communities in Tamilnadu switch to integrated fish farming

Poompuhar, a quaint, ancient, port town is in the Nagapattinam district of Tamilnadu. The land has a history of a…

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Australian Bushfires – The role of climate change

Australian Bushfires – The role of climate change

The videos of Kangaroos and koala bears being rescued in bushfires in Australia have made it headlines all over the…

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Climate resilient natural farming

Climate resilient natural farming

Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) methods are said to be more resilient to climatic changes and have more nutritious yields.…

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Dilution of FRA violates our rights, says women forest dwellers

Dilution of FRA violates our rights, says women forest dwellers

Women forest dwellers struggle to defend their rights to the forests in the wake of the Supreme Court judgement in…

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Let’s talk climate, equity and individual responsibility

Let’s talk climate, equity and individual responsibility

Every country agrees that we need to fight Climate change but no one agrees who has to pay for it.…

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How does air pollution impact children?

How does air pollution impact children?

On World Pneumonia Day, we bring this special episode which looks at the impact of air pollution on our health…

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Where is Delhi going wrong in fighting air pollution?

Where is Delhi going wrong in fighting air pollution?

Every winter Delhi turns into a gas chamber with air pollution causing severe health effects making the city go standstill.…

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Farmers battle extreme weather in Andaman islands

Farmers battle extreme weather in Andaman islands

With over 500 islands, the Andaman and Nicobar islands, with its turquoise beaches and tropical forests has been facing extreme…

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Reason behind Indian Government’s ban of single-use plastic

Reason behind Indian Government’s ban of single-use plastic

On 15th August, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, announced that India will ban single use plastic from October 2nd of this…

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Meet Ridhima Pandey – The 11-year-old Climate Activist from Uttarakhand

Meet Ridhima Pandey – The 11-year-old Climate Activist from Uttarakhand

Over 4.2 million people from over 170 countries, old and young participated in the Climate March held last Friday. This…

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Escaping the hungry tide

Escaping the hungry tide

Sagar Island is one of the 102 Islands in the Indian Sundarban. Surrounded by Bay of Bengal on one side,…

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Desertification hits the poor hardest

Desertification hits the poor hardest

Desertification and land use has been in the news recently a lot more than it usually is mainly because of…

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Annual Assam Floods – Climate Change or Embankment Politics?

Annual Assam Floods – Climate Change or Embankment Politics?

We hear of floods in the northeastern state of Assam almost every year, sometimes multiple times in the same year!…

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Forested common lands along the Aravali under siege

Forested common lands along the Aravali under siege

In this episode of climate emergency, we discuss how the lungs of Delhi, the Aravali hills, are being encroached using…

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Chennai Water Crisis

Chennai Water Crisis

Home to over 10 million people, Chennai is witnessing dried lakes & reservoirs. There is very limited availability of potable…

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