Climate Change / Sustainable Development

Climate Change / Sustainable Development

India is paying a price for losing its grasslands

Wiry shrubs and clumps of brown-green fill the semi-arid landscape of Kutch in western India. Many of these patches have, over the years, made way for "more productive" agricultural land. This greening of "wasteland" is, however, degrading a precious and largely ignored ecosystem -- the grasslands. And, as a result, some species of animals that depend on grasslands are being pushed to the brink of extinction.

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Clean, healthy cooking: Needed new strategies, better funding

Last week, a forum on clean cooking was arranged in New Delhi. Funded by international organisations like the UN, the World Bank and USAID, among others, it attracted about 600 delegates from 50 countries. The three-day forum discussed various cooking energy strategies on how to mitigate the misery of poor households in rural areas.

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A vision to make India proud of its mountains: Can it be a policy influencer?

A unique and passionate gathering of acrophiles, or mountain lovers, took place in neat and picturesque Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram state in north-eastern India in September.

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South Asian youth link Smart Campus Cloud Network to SDGs

“Smart Campus Cloud Network (SCCN) is the gateway to digitally connect university and college campuses. It is timely and the smartest tool for enhancing connectivity among youth across South Asia and world-wide”, was the key takeaway from the Bhubaneswar Declaration of the first ever South Asian Youth Summit held in the eastern Indian city in Odisha state in  September 2017.

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Making India's mountain cities more liveable

Ruskin Bond’s first novel ‘Room on the Roof’ describes in vivid detail how life in the hills around Dehradun used to be. Bond, who is based in Landour, Mussoorie, since 1963, captured the imagination of countless readers as he painted a picture of an era gone by.

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India is paying a price for losing its grasslands

Wiry shrubs and clumps of brown-green fill the semi-arid landscape of Kutch in western India. Many of these patches have, over the years, made way for "more productive" agricultural land. This greening of "wasteland" is, however, degrading a precious and largely ignored ecosystem -- the grasslands. And, as a result,

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IMF expects India's role in Indo-Pacific region to expand

The International Monetary Fund expects India's role in the Indo-Pacific region's development to continue to expand because of its robust growth, but it has to carry out more trade refor...

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