Articles by The Third Pole
May 10, 2019
Opium cultivation in Arunachal Pradesh: Tracing impact of tradition and traffickingThe first case against illegal opium cultivators in Arunachal Pradesh signals a new crackdown on the social evil that has destroyed vast areas of forest, and many lives, in this global biodiversity hotspot
Apr 26, 2019
In Varanasi and Kanpur, a polluted Ganga might have a part to play in 2019 poll resultsWater, air and soil are all polluted in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state; but no campaigner in this election season talks about it, and voters do only when reminded.
Apr 07, 2019
Atal Setu, a new bridge in Bihar over troubled Kosi, raises risk of higher flood surgesEngineers have channelled the Kosi over a long distance before building the Atal Setu in Bihar, raising the risk of higher flood surges
Mar 17, 2019
No water for a clean Ganga: River's reduced flow and declining health have caused much anguishThe numerous dams limiting the flow of the Ganga and its tributaries, as well as the massive extraction of water from the river, makes the aspiration of a free flowing river a distant dream.
Mar 15, 2019
Clean Kumbh, dirty Ganga: River's transformation during Mela was 'event management', not sustainable solutionAt the Kumbh Mela this year, the Ganga ran clean, but it was the result of temporary solution — not enough to keep the river basin pollution free, and one that only concealed the problem
Mar 08, 2019
Hindu Kush Himalayas witness growth in hydropower projects, despite climate change risksWith growing warnings of the cascading impacts of climate change in the Hindu Kush Himalayas, the region’s hydropower sector ought to take note
Mar 02, 2019
Communities in China and South Asia fight for greater say over river management, but will officials listen?By forming cross border networks, civil society groups in China and South Asia hope to exert greater influence over government decisions, but will officials listen?
Feb 28, 2019
Climate change poses risk to Hindu Kush Himalayas, but regional co-operation can offer hopeThe communities of the Hindu Kush Himalayas region are critically stressed, but their hope lies in each other, and a high degree of foresighted diplomacy
Feb 19, 2019
Water dangers loom for South Asia: Report suggests countries have to start cooperating, or pay a huge priceWith glacier retreat, permafrost melt, and extreme rainfall events, ICIMOD’s HIMAP report suggests that the countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayas have to start cooperating far more closely, or pay a huge price
Feb 12, 2019
In the Himalayas, women are left behind in climate change conversations, policiesWhen you look at climate change or disasters, the most affected are the poorest women in the Himalayas, because they don’t have access to resources, information, or the skills to adapt.