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In India, every year, the summers are getting longer, the winters harsher and the downpours intense. Floods in Assam, droughts in Tamil Nadu and growing problem of water scarcity in many states are no longer an abnormality but the new reality!There is an urgency to solve the problems caused by human induced climate change and to understand and find solutions before it is late. This is Climate Emergency and we will bring to fore and discuss the growing impact of climate change. We will also highlight and celebrate climate champions- individuals and communities who are undoing the damage done so far

Climate Emergency Suno India

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In India, every year, the summers are getting longer, the winters harsher and the downpours intense. Floods in Assam, droughts in Tamil Nadu and growing problem of water scarcity in many states are no longer an abnormality but the new reality!There is an urgency to solve the problems caused by human induced climate change and to understand and find solutions before it is late. This is Climate Emergency and we will bring to fore and discuss the growing impact of climate change. We will also highlight and celebrate climate champions- individuals and communities who are undoing the damage done so far

    Ivory poaching - Investigation

    Ivory poaching - Investigation

    Elephants are among the endangered species in India. Over the years, with demand for ivory, tuskers have been particularly targeted and killed. Despite laws, and bans in place, ivory poaching still continues. When male tuskers are poached for the ivory trade, it also threatens the future population of elephants. 

    In 2015, an ivory kingpin was nabbed in New Delhi for procuring tusks and creating artefacts out of it, and exporting them discreetly. The massive effort by the name Operation Shikar was all in the media limelight. 

    For this story, Sharada Balasubramanian, an environment and development journalist, travelled to Trivandrum, Periyar Tiger Reserve in Kerala, Thekkady and spoke to Jose Louise, Director, Wildlife Trust of India, Dr Surendra Varma, Asian elephant scientist, Manu Sathyan who was the DFO at Periyar Tiger Reserve, and Sajesh Kumar, ACF, and part of Forest Intelligence Unit or FIC. The various sources in the story spoke extensively on various aspects of poaching and wildlife laws prevalent in the system.



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    Is clean tech the next frontier for innovation?

    Is clean tech the next frontier for innovation?

    In this episode, host Rakesh Kamal talks to Sidharth Singh and Simon Bennett who work at the International Energy Agency.  They are experts in Energy policy and have started a podcast recently called “Innovation Frontlines” dealing with the Clean energy innovation. They talk about their new podcast, the challenges innovators are facing in clean energy space and how important innovation is?



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    • 38 min
    Don’t step out in a heat wave? Workers have no choice

    Don’t step out in a heat wave? Workers have no choice

    According to the World Weather Attribution, the heatwave in India and Pakistan this year was a one-in-a-hundred-year occurrence. With global warming, things are only expected to get worse. Heatwave advisories ask people to not step out during extreme temperatures, but daily wage labourers have no choice. With unbearable working conditions, a 2021 study published in Nature Communications found that in India, the productivity lost per year due to heat is equivalent to 23 million jobs. 

    In this episode of Climate Emergency, host Suryatapa Mukherjee explores solutions with Dr. Dileep Mavalankar, the director at the Indian Institute of Public Health Gandhinagar who designed South Asia’s first heat action plan for the city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat; and Jagdish Patel, the Director of Peoples Training And Research Centre, who works on occupational health and safety rights. She also spoke to Arati Naskar and Sheela Chakraborty who work as sweepers with Kolkata Municipal Corporation, and Habibul who is contractually hired as a construction worker. 

    Stay Off Work In Afternoon, Labourers Told | Bhubaneswar News - Times of India 
    Kolkata heat rise worst in world, IPCC global warming report finds - Telegraph India 
    Disaster deaths, sinking: Unprepared Kolkata face multiple climate risks, warns IPCC report 
    Heat Exposure, Cardiovascular Stress and Work Productivity in Rice Harvesters in India: Implications for a Climate Change Future 
    Employee's State Insurance Corporation, Ministry of Labour & Employment, Government of India – ESIC Scheme |Coverage. 



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    • 36 min
    Why sustainable clothing matters?

    Why sustainable clothing matters?

    Historically India has been a handloom wearing country. Handlooms were not so easily available and would take time and were relatively expensive. But with changing times we have started to see the change. More and more clothes are now produced and more thrown away every year. We buy clothes for no reason. We buy what we feel like, we buy because there is a sale and not necessarily because we need it. We have a wardrobe full of clothes but still feel we don't have enough to wear. The number of times we wear the same clothes has come down and the number of clothes we throw away has increased. But what does buying clothes have to do with Climate change you may ask. To talk about this host Rakesh Kamal talks to Dr. Monika Gera, who is the Founder of One for Blue, a sustainable clothing company.



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    • 27 min
    How do you go Zero-waste?

    How do you go Zero-waste?

    The increasing threat of climate change and the contribution of waste to the emissions is something that needs to be taken seriously. And as individuals, by living sustainably each one of us can make an impact. But many of us are often stuck with questions like how do you begin this zero waste journey? where do you start?  and will it really make any difference?

    To know this and more in this episode host Rakesh Kamal talks to Srini Swaminathan and Shubashree, authors of the books (Im)perfectly Zero Waste: A No-Nonsense Guide to Living Sustainably in India and The Everyday Eco-Warrior: 110 Easy Tips for a Zero-Waste Life. Both these books are really interesting in understanding what Zero waste means in an Indian context and give really good examples of how to cut down your waste. 

    You can buy their physical copies of the book in a local book store near you or on Amazon. You can also buy it on Kindle and help save some emissions. 



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    Why the threatened marine ecosystem is at the centre of India-Sri Lanka fishing dispute

    Why the threatened marine ecosystem is at the centre of India-Sri Lanka fishing dispute

    To earn their daily bread, fishers from Tamil Nadu put their lives and property in peril while crossing the maritime boundary between India and Sri Lanka in the Palk Bay. The large trawlers they operate, however, wreak havoc on the shallow waters and destroy the marine ecosystem. This leaves precious little marine life for the fishers across the border. What are the roadblocks India has faced in solving this dispute, and what is the way forward? 

    For this episode of the Climate Emergency, independent journalist Hariprasad Radhakrishnan travels to Pudukottai. He also spoke with V Suryanarayanan, former director of the Centre for South and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Madras and Prabhakar Jayaprakash, a doctoral scholar at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences to understand the challenges faced by the fishing communities and get insights into possible solutions to the Indo-Sri Lankan fishing dispute. 

    Show notes

    T.N. fisherman drowns after boat rams Sri Lankan vessel
    Sri Lanka Navy



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Kunal Shankar ,

Much needed intervention

I am a journalist/climate reporter. I wanted to say that this series is a much needed intervention in the debate on climate change raging across the world, but more so in India, as the developing world faces a crisis much more pervasive than is being acknowledged.

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