About Climate Emergency
In the lead-up to COP28, the call for increased youth engagement in climate negotiations resonates more powerfully than ever. As the world gears up for another critical COP session, the question looms: to what extent will global leaders heed the diverse experiences and perspectives of a generation least accountable for climate change but most susceptible to its repercussions? For this pre-COP episode of Climate Emergency, host Sneha Richhariya and Editor Rakesh Kamal spoke to Heeta Lakhani and Aditya Mukarji, two of the 17 UN-recognized young climate leaders, about what they think of climate negotiations. See sunoindia.in/privacy-policy for privacy information.
There are videos on social media suggesting that an artificial rain experiment by IIT Kanpur can tackle air pollution and drought and that this artificially induced rainfall is likely to have “no negative consequences on the environment”. Videos on social media claim this as a “sustainable solution”. However, this isn't the first time that cloud seeding has been suggested as a possible solution for air pollution in Delhi. Some experts say that it is complicated, an expensive exercise whose efficacy in battling pollution is not completely proven, and that more research is needed to understand its long-term environmental impact. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur has proposed this idea to reduce pollution levels in the national capital. This project has been in development since 2018. To understand this further, Climate Emergency host Sneha Richhariya speaks to Professor Maninder Agarwal, who is a professor at IIT Kanpur and is the scientist who's leading this project on artificial rainfall. See sunoindia.in/privacy-policy for privacy information.
India lost one of its most renowned agricultural scientists, MS Swaminathan, on September 28th, 2023. He not just spearheaded the green revolution and pulled the South Asian masses out of a famine, but also contributed immensely to this field by engaging in solution-oriented deliberations and discussions with various stakeholders. He involved farmers into his mission. He involved politicians in his mission, and the global scientists too. In this episode, Sharada Balasubramanian talks to R Ramkumar, agricultural economist from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Ramkumar talks about various unknown aspects of the green revolution and the contribution of Swaminathan not just to India, but to the world’s agriculture. See sunoindia.in/privacy-policy for privacy information.
Solar energy has been an important player in India’s energy transition. But how does the growth of solar align with the global targets of reducing emissions and alleviating energy poverty? How do we see the world's transition towards clean energy? How do we eliminate disparities in energy access? How do we make sure that renewables are cost-effective? To delve into this further, Suno India’s Sneha Richhariya talked to Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) and discussed a range of issues, from current challenges to the solar industry to ISA’s journey so far and the expectations at the climate change conference this year. See sunoindia.in/privacy-policy for privacy information.
On October 4th, a glacial lake outburst event struck North Sikkim, sending shockwaves across the northeastern state. This event unfolded at Lhonak Lake in North Sikkim, causing an abrupt and alarming surge in the water level of the Teesta River. The floodwaters reached the Teesta III Dam in Chungthang around midnight, resulting in the dam's destruction within mere minutes. While initial reports suggested that a cloudburst may have triggered the glacial lake outburst, scientific investigations are ongoing to uncover the true underlying causes of this phenomenon. In this episode of Climate Emergency, reporter Sneha Richhariya talks to local residents to understand the situation on ground and speaks to Prof. Vimal Khawas from the Special Centre for the Study of North East India at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi about the factors driving this event, with an emphasis on how climate change has exacerbated it. See sunoindia.in/privacy-policy for privacy information.
Bengaluru is currently experiencing significant and diverse forms of urban growth. Numerous environmental studies have consistently highlighted the adverse impact of intense urbanization on the city's environment. However, the city is now also gaining attention in discussions about its susceptibility to climate change. Unfortunately, the most severe consequences of this situation are affecting those residing in informal settlements throughout Bengaluru. Due to the lack of resources, the priorities of these residents in these settlements do not include climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies. Then how do we make these residents an active participant in the agenda of climate change? In this episode of Climate Emergency, host Sneha Richhariya talks to Bijal Brahmbhatt, who is the executive director of Mahila Housing Trust, which is a grassroots organization that works to strengthen women in the urban informal sector. MHT is also a part of Ellara Bengaluru, which is a union of NGOs, academia, civic society authorities to jointly work on building a climate-change resilient Bengaluru. See sunoindia.in/privacy-policy for privacy information.
Bundelkhand region in Central India is infamous for its frequent droughts. The lack of water in the region.Farmers in this region have been either aligning their farming with seasonal rainfall patterns or are dependent on diesel or electricity operated pumps for irrigation. But the erratic rainfall, prolonged droughts and poor electricity supply have disrupted farming practices, making them riskier. Pumping ground water using solar energy is now seen as the solution to these water woes. The Central government started the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha Evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (PM-Kusum) scheme in 2019 to overcome challenges of irrigation supply. Through this scheme the government subsidises these solar pumps for the farmers. However, solar water pumps rely on existing or available groundwater, which is already scarce in the region. In this episode, Suno India’s Sneha Richhariya travels in three districts of Bundelkhand to understand if solar water pumps can solve the issue of irrigation for the farmers of this region and figure if it possesses a threat to its groundwater levels. Note: This report was produced with the support of Internews’ Earth Journalism Network. It was originally published by Suno India on 28 September 2023. See sunoindia.in/privacy-policy for privacy information.
In this episode of the Climate Emergency podcast, Editor and host for this episode Rakesh Kamal speaks with Aditi Tandon, a production editor with Mongabay India and a fact-checking trainer with the Google News Initiative India Training Network. They discuss greenwashing and its role in climate misinformation. Greenwashing is the practice of making misleading or deceptive claims about the environmental benefits of a product or service. This can make it more difficult for consumers to make informed choices about the products they buy, and it can also give companies a free pass to pollute the environment. In this episode, Aditi and Rakesh explore the different ways that greenwashing is used, and they discuss the challenges of detecting and preventing it. They also talk about the role that consumers can play in holding companies accountable for their environmental claims. This episode is a must-listen for anyone who is concerned about climate change and the spread of misinformation. It provides important insights into how greenwashing can be used to deceive consumers and undermine efforts to address the climate crisis. *Call to Action:* If you are concerned about greenwashing, there are a few things you can do: * Be aware of the signs of greenwashing. * Do your research before you buy a product or service. * Contact companies that you believe are engaging in greenwashing. * Support organizations that are working to combat greenwashing. Together, we can make a difference in the fight against climate change. See sunoindia.in/privacy-policy for privacy information.
In this episode of the Climate Emergency podcast, host Rakesh Kamal talks to independent journalist and trainer Mayank aggarwal about the importance of climate literacy and the need to train media organizations and journalists in fighting climate misinformation. They explore the role of journalists and media organizations in combating this growing problem and discuss the importance of responsible reporting in shaping public opinion and driving meaningful action. Join us as we uncover the challenges faced by reporters in an era of misinformation, and discover ways we can collectively address this urgent issue for a sustainable future. *Episode highlights:* * The rise of climate misinformation and its impact on public opinion * The role of journalists and media organizations in combating climate misinformation * The importance of responsible reporting in shaping public opinion * Ways to address climate misinformation and build a more sustainable future *Listen now to learn more about this important issue!* See sunoindia.in/privacy-policy for privacy information.
Join Rakesh Kamal, Editor of Climate Emergency Podcast, in this episode as he delves deep into the intricate matter of climate misinformation and its far-reaching consequences for the global north and south. He speaks with Aditi Tandon, production editor with Mongabay India, and a fact-checking trainer with the Google News Initiative India Training Network. She discusses the significance of narratives in climate negotiations to the detrimental effects of misinformation and the vital role of accurate information in tackling the urgent climate crisis. Tune in now to gain valuable insights into this pressing issue. See sunoindia.in/privacy-policy for privacy information.
In India, we witness misinformation rampantly on social media platforms. Edited video clips and photographs of politicians/ celebrities without context are unfortunately quite common. During the peak of the COVID pandemic, health misinformation was rampant. And we saw how misinformation spread faster and is very harmful especially during situations of panic when people are willing to believe anything. And that is what climate change does, it creates those emergency situations because of extreme weather events which are on the rise. Introducing "Climate Check," our new podcast mini-series on Climate misinformation in India. In the upcoming 3 episodes, we'll focus on the spread and impact of climate misinformation, the importance of climate literacy, and the need for collective action. We'll address misleading claims that confuse and disrupt real climate action. Climate misinformation involves disseminating false or misleading information about climate change, its causes, impacts, and solutions. It distorts facts, cherry-picks data, and manipulates evidence to deny or downplay the reality and seriousness of climate change. Discussing it is crucial because misinformation confuses people, hampers decision-making, and delays necessary actions. To protect the environment and make informed choices, accurate information is vital. Our mini-series will explore these issues and more, ensuring accurate information prevails and empowering individuals. Stay tuned for our three enlightening episodes on climate misinformation. In the first episode, Rakesh Kamal, Editor of the Climate Emergency podcast and co-founder of Suno India talks to Rakesh Reddy Dubbudu, Founder of Factly about the spread of misinformation and introduces Climate misinformation. This mini-series is supported by Check Global Independent Media Response Fund. Additional material https://soundcloud.com/dhirendra-rai-745607051/suresh-audio-on-keral-flood https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oy0E7h-_Ic8&ab_channel=IndianNationalCongress https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6C1p4HUHlfE&ab_channel=Sadhguru See sunoindia.in/privacy-policy for privacy information.
The peril of climate change is not new to Sundarbans. But in recent years, climate disasters, mostly in the form of cyclones, are occurring all too frequently. What are the reasons for worsening climate change? How does this affect daily life? Must people brace themselves for future disasters? In this episode, Urvashi Sarkar spoke with Pintu Das who shares a first-person account of the 2009 Aila cyclone, and Prof. Sugata Hazra of Jadavpur University, Kolkata who studies climate change and rising sea levels in Sundarbans. See sunoindia.in/privacy-policy for privacy information.
Since time immemorial, tigers have killed hundreds of fisherfolk and honey collectors who roam the forests of Sundarbans for a living. While hunting for fish and crabs, fisherfolk often wander into government protected areas for tigers, also known as the core area. No human entry or activity is permitted in these areas. Yet, fisherfolk continue to frequent these areas – for them it is less about daring and more about earning a livelihood in order to feed their families. When a fisherfolk or honey collector is killed by a tiger, government authorities usually refuse compensation to families, asking instead why the person was in the protected area to begin with. What follows is a cycle of trauma, deprivation and stigma for the families. In this episode, Urvashi Sarkar, reports if human-wildlife confrontation has increased in recent times and the reasons for it. This episode looks at the close link between the government’s failure to create employment in Sundarbans and the desperation which drives generations of families to the forests for a livelihood. For this Urvashi speaks to Pradeep Chatterjee, convenor of the national platform for small-scale fish workers, and Pushpa Mondal’s husband Arjun Mondal, who was a fisherman. See sunoindia.in/privacy-policy for privacy information.
In the public imagination, Sundarbans conjures visions of tigers, dense forests and tourism. But not many know, or perhaps care, that this region spread out in West Bengal and adjacent Bangladesh, is home to over 50 lakh people on the Indian side alone and has its unique history and politics. In this three-part series on the Indian Sundarbans, we look at various factors that are of consequence to this region- recurring climate disasters, human-wildlife conflict and the role of development. In the first episode of this series, reporter Urvashi Sarkar talks with Annu Jalais about the geographic, historical and social processes which make up the Sundarbans. We explore myth and legend, the inescapable role of tigers and the fragile ecological balance of this region. See sunoindia.in/privacy-policy for privacy information.
We all have seen big empty fields with lush green grasses. Those fields are actually called grasslands and they make up a huge chunk of India. Grassland conservation in India is facing a governance crisis due to the lack of proper policies and regulations. The Indian government has not included grasslands in any of its forest policies, and there is no dedicated policy for the management of grasslands. This has resulted in a bias towards forest-centric conservation strategies and a lack of attention towards the ecological and socio-economic importance of grasslands. But why do grasslands need attention? Who owns these grasslands? What's their deal? Why do they matter? How are they different from forests? And why are they being left out? In this episode, host Sneha Richhariya speaks to Dr. G.D. Muratkar, who's like the "Grass Man of India". He's a botany professor from Maharashtra who's come up with a technique for planting grass and making long fields, or meadows. References: Cabinet approves India’s Updated Nationally Determined Contribution to be communicated to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change ‘Foresting’ the grassland: Historical management legacies in forest-grassland mosaics in southern India, and lessons for the conservation of tropical grassy biomes Mapping the distribution and extent of India’s semi-arid open natural ecosystems Grassland Habitat in India NATIONAL FOREST POLICY 1988 Draft National Policy National Forest Policy Draft 2018 Takes One Step Forward, Two Steps Back Grasslands and desserts NATIONAL MISSION FOR A GREEN INDIA Proposal to involve private sector in increasing India’s green cover has environmentalists worried See sunoindia.in/privacy-policy for privacy information.
Coral reefs are complex ecosystems made up of tiny coral polyps that provide shelter, food, and breeding grounds for a wide variety of marine life. They are incredibly diverse ecosystems, home to an estimated 25% of all marine species, and are essential for human well-being. However, coral reefs are under threat from human activities such as overfishing, pollution, and climate change. In this explainer, host Rakesh Kamal talks about Coral reefs, the impact of climate change on them, and the need to protect them. See sunoindia.in/privacy-policy for privacy information.
Betel Leaf or “Paan” has been seen across all streets in contemporary India. Paan consumption has continued to be a post-meal ritual for several centuries. Mahoba in Uttar Pradesh is known for cultivating a unique variety of pan called “Desawari”. But extreme weather conditions induced by climate change and rising input costs are making betel cultivation unviable in Mahoba. In this episode, Sneha Richhariya travels to Mahoba, a city in Uttar Pradesh, known for Desi Pan cultivation, to know why the city which once had a flourishing trade of pan, is now struggling to keep the paan legacy alive. In 2021, Mahoba’s Desawari pan variety was awarded a Geographical Indication (GI) tag, but farmers now fear its extinction. Why? Listen to know more. See sunoindia.in/privacy-policy for privacy information.
April is when we start to be serious about heat waves in India. But did you know that some sub-nationals like cities, districts and states in India have heat action plans which detail the actions that have to be taken during a heat wave? To talk more about how heat action plans help and about a report that a Delhi-based think tank CPR has produced on heat action plans we talk to Aditya, Associate fellow at CPR and who is one of the authors of the report "How Is India Adapting to Heatwaves?: An Assessment of Heat Action Plans With Insights for Transformative Climate Action" See sunoindia.in/privacy-policy for privacy information.
Around the world, the impact of climate change – rising temperatures, shifting patterns of rainfall, more frequent and intense extreme weather, and rising sea levels – will affect all types of infrastructure. Ensuring the climate change resilience of infrastructure will help to protect lives and livelihoods. The government is taking numerous measures like heat action plans to tackle impacts of heat waves but are they inclusive? In this episode, Sneha Richhariya reports on how residents of informal settlements in Delhi are tackling heat waves. We explore how heat waves hit one section of the society more severely, we track who are the most vulnerable and how it impacts the way they live and work and in what ways they seek relief. We answer why does India need to climate-proof its infrastructure? We also look into the human and economic toll of climate related damage due to poorly built infrastructure and finally at the need for accurate climate data. See sunoindia.in/privacy-policy for privacy information.
We live in a world of food abundance, yet there is widespread food insecurity. The government policies focus on the production side to increase the physical availability of food. However, the patterns of household consumption and the drivers behind them have been poorly understood. In this episode, host Sneha Richhariya speaks to “India’s Rice Warrior”, Dr. Debal Deb, a renowned scientist, ecologist and conservationist, on why we need to protect crop diversity and how monoculture in agriculture can affect India’s food security. See sunoindia.in/privacy-policy for privacy information.
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