Mala Balaji, Researcher - Environment and Climate Action

Harnessing indigenous wisdom for climate resilience: Insights from Indian communities

Tue, 20/02/2024 - 17:19

In the intricate tapestry of India's diverse landscapes, indigenous communities emerge as custodians of an invaluable heritage. Rooted deeply in their natural surroundings, these communities have cultivated profound insights through generations of coexistence with nature. This time-honoured wisdom, passed on by word of mouth across generations, forms a complex web of knowledge encompassing the local environment, weather intricacies and the behaviours of flora and fauna.

Decoding COP 28 - Breaking ground or broken promises?

Wed, 17/01/2024 - 16:19

The scorching sands of Dubai experienced a slight respite as the all-important climate summit that defines the future of our planet came to a close, leaving behind a mixed bag of accomplishments and unmet pledges. Did we witness a watershed moment in the fight against climate change or was it just another hesitant circumnavigation of the emissions crossroads is a question of debate that needs to be delved into. 

The maladaptation paradox: unintended consequences of climate solutions

Wed, 29/11/2023 - 15:31

In the grand theatre of Earth's ever-evolving climate drama, the protagonists are undoubtedly the adaptable ones.  They are expected to be chameleons who skillfully adjust their hues to harmonise with the ever-shifting backdrop. As our planet undergoes a dramatic climatic makeover, adaptation is the name of the game, the key to thriving in a world of climate chaos.

Climate change and cuisine: navigating food choices for a sustainable future

Wed, 20/09/2023 - 14:18

In recent times, the global conversation surrounding climate change has intensified, highlighting the urgency to address the environmental challenges we face. One crucial aspect often overlooked in this discourse is the significant role of cuisine and food choices in contributing to climate change. With India, being renowned for its rich culinary heritage, it is imperative that we acknowledge the significant role our food choices play in shaping the future of our planet.

Impact assessment report on Climate Change curriculum

This Impact Assessment Report highlights how the pilot phase of 'FOCUS' - the climate change curriculum textbook developed by CAG - was introduced in select schools in Chennai. It measures project outcomes, analysing positive shifts in both students and teachers. The report provides concrete evidence of heightened student awareness, engagement, and empowerment, as well as innovative teaching methods and renewed enthusiasm among educators.

Climate-induced displacement: A new normal for India's vulnerable communities

Tue, 04/07/2023 - 09:57

Climate change is uprooting lives and communities in India, leaving behind a trail of destruction that is hard to ignore. The lush terrain that once sustained millions is now turning into barren wastelands, as climate change continues to ravage the country. The scorching heat waves, erratic rainfall patterns, and devastating floods are leaving no stone unturned in upending the lives of millions of people, particularly those in rural areas.

The role of AI in tackling climate change - A double-edged sword

Mon, 22/05/2023 - 11:42

As humanity grapples with the urgent threat of climate change, there is a growing reliance on finding new and innovative solutions to tackle this existential crisis. Among the many available tools at our disposal, perhaps none holds as much promise as artificial intelligence (AI). With its remarkable ability to analyze vast amounts of data, identify patterns, and make predictions, AI is quickly emerging as a vital tool in the fight against climate change.

Melting wallets: The economic toll of climate change in India

Mon, 27/03/2023 - 12:11

Climate change is a global phenomenon that is affecting every aspect of our lives. As we bear witness to its unprecedented and devastating impacts day in and day out, we must also grapple with the reality that our global economy is not immune to its effects. Inflation, the persistent increase in prices of goods and services over time, is an economic phenomenon that has long been studied and debated by economists and policymakers alike.