articles by Karthikeyan Hemalatha

India

Pandemics tied to fragmented forests, biodiversity loss? What science says, and India's response

Experts warn loss of ecology will lead to more pandemics, India uses lockdown to dilute environmental laws.

India

Indigenous and local communities are key players in preventing the sixth mass extinction

Local communities are an important part of preserve the country’s natural, ecological diversity.

India

SC order on evicting forest dwellers: Protecting indigenous communities’ rights is key in fight against climate change

Several tribal communities in India protect forests, based on their self-perception of these areas being under their custodianship. Community-led movements across the country make it clear that lawmakers, bureaucrats or governments are not the ones who are saving forests.

World

COP24: Civil society groups term Katowice draft 'weak'; developing nations demand more funds to fight climate change

Civil society organisations from India as well as other countries have dubbed the draft rulebook released at COP24, UN Conference on Climate Change, in Katowice, Poland, as weak and inadequate to fight the challenges that the world faces

World

Climate change talks: COP24 fails to adopt key report as US pitches fossil fuels, India and Australia keep mum

The US, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Russia tried to downplay the landmark IPCC report

science

UN COP24 climate talks hit slump after clash between developed, developing nations

Developing nations insist burden of climate change mitigation can't be equally placed on all countries.

India

Coal on its way out as rising costs make production unviable; renewable energy sources much better, cheaper option

Nearly a hundred years after the first coal-fired thermal power plant was installed in India, the outdated mode of generating electricity now seems to be on its way out as renewable sources are gaining ground as the preferred option.

science

Countries need to raise ambitions, curb emissions to still meet 2030 goals: UNEP

India has promised to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 33 percent to 35 percent of GDP by 2030.

India

John Allen Chau killed by Sentinelese tribe: No pressure from US to retrieve body as calls to stop search for American grow shriller

Chau, a 27-year-old American citizen had gone to the North Sentinel Island in an attempt to make contact with the protected community.

India

Electric buses are crucial for fighting pollution, but transition from traditional vehicles in India won't be easy

In the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, several bureaucrats of Indian cities proudly announced the number of electric buses their cities had.

India

India bans 18 pesticides after reviewing 66 out of 104 used in country, leaves out monocrotophos, glyphosate

While there are 104 pesticides that are used in India but are banned in other countries, the Central government’s is reviewing only 66 pesticides of them.

India

Suicides due to pesticide poisoning: Activists slam 'delaying tactics' as UK study stresses need to ban toxic chemicals

Late last year, the issue of pesticides took centre stage in the national conversation as at least 40 people had died after accidentally inhaling them.

India

12.8% landholding, 90% work: Tamil Nadu women battle patriarchy while shouldering dual burden of housework, farming

When women come together, it is not just about cropping or cropping patterns. “It is also a social approach to farming."

India

International Women's Day: Patriarchy, market-driven economy undermine crucial role of women in Indian agriculture

While roles are now changing, women have always played a significant and critical role in agriculture.

India

In beleaguered Yavatmal, one farmer's organic practice could provide a way forward for district

At this farm in Yavatmal, there are a variety of crops to be grown all year round, thus ensuring long-term employment for labourers | #FirstCulture

India

Yavatmal pesticide poisoning: Centre's review panel head Anupam Verma puts onus of safety on farmers

Firstpost spoke to Anupam Verma about the recent pesticides poisoning deaths and his opinions on the unfolding tragedy in Yavatmal.

India

Yavatmal farmer deaths Part 3: Data scarcity on pesticide poisoning major hurdle in finding corrective measures

Data on pesticide poisoning needs to be collected more diligently to ensure that corrective measures are employed to prevent another Yavatmal.

India

Yavatmal cotton farmer deaths Part 2: Educating farmers, controlled use of pesticides only way out, say activists

It has been a good year for rain in Yavatmal, and the crops seem to have thrived. But, beneath the veneer of lush green, lurks the shadow of death.

India

Yavatmal cotton farmer deaths Part 1: Blame games galore as toxic pesticides continue to claim lives

It is mostly landless labourers who put their lives at risk to earn anywhere between Rs 250 to Rs 500 a day.