Articles by Mridula Ramesh
Jan 03, 2019
Data, democracy and decision making: A look at climate change and India through the prism of past, present, futureIn this column, Mridula Ramesh considers the past, through five pieces of data, the present political context, and three important events in the coming year that are central to climate change and India.
Nov 29, 2018
Lessons from Madhya Pradesh, Telangana elections on what works, what doesn't in solving India's water crisisCan India’s water crisis be conquered? Yes, it can. Israel, that receives far less rain than we do, grows mangoes in its desert, showing water supply is clearly not the problem. Lack of water management is.
Nov 01, 2018
Delhi air pollution: Not bans, solutions must be explored to end practice of stubble burning by farmersIf we want to reduce Delhi’s air pollution in winter, then we need to address biomass burning
Oct 23, 2018
#MeToo must address the power imbalance that hurts women — which climate change could worsenThe #MeToo movement is a protest against a specific manifestation (harassment) of gender inequality and power imbalance. There are few forces as powerful as climate change in exacerbating that inequality and tilting the power balance away from women, which makes it imperative to ask how a warming climate will affect women.
Oct 21, 2018
Amid India's intensifying crisis, why voters don't care about water management — and how that can changeWe are a raucous democracy — every day there are protests — large and small. So why are we not protesting the lack of management (not provision) of our common goods, such as water?
Sep 17, 2018
India's water future threatened by the combined effect of climate change and rising demandGiven India’s rising population, wealth and accordingly, water use per capita, by 2030, India’s overall water use could easily double.
Aug 22, 2018
India's water crisis: Lessons from Madurai, a city that adopted tanks and suffered after abandoning themUnderstanding why Madurai, like every other city in India, has built over its water bodies like tanks and canals illuminates how we got to the mess we are in
Aug 06, 2018
India's water crisis: Tracing the country's history of water management and crucial, destructive shifts in policyA report by the Niti Aayog states, ‘India is suffering from the worst water crisis in its history and millions of lives and livelihoods are under threat.’
Jul 06, 2018
World Bank study enumerates climate change consequences for South Asia: Will India act in time?The World Bank study suggests that transitioning farmers to non-agricultural jobs, providing additional schooling and reducing water stress could reduce the climate change hit on India’s GDP from 2.8 percent to 2.4 percent. But is this feasible, and, pertinently, who should initiate action?
Jun 05, 2018
World Environment Day 2018: Management and segregation is way forward, not ban on plasticAs long as the cost of plastic remains negligible and the cost of segregating and managing it is burdensome, no plastic ban will have any bite