Articles by Mridula Ramesh
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
May 23, 2018
In Portugal, like India, local factors combine with global climate change to worsen its impactSeeing the same pattern — drought and heatwaves combining with faulty societal decisions — wreaking havoc everywhere, from Portugal to India, brings home the message that we really are living in one world. The only world we have. And it is warming.
May 07, 2018
Heat waves in India: A scorching indication of where inaction on climate change crisis will leadIf temperatures continue to rise at the current rate, large parts of the Indian subcontinent will be become unfriendly to human life, at least during some parts of the year