Charting a Future for People and Nature in Post-COVID India

Charting a Future for People and Nature in Post-COVID India

The group maintains that science and technology can provide important strategies to address these challenges, but they must be implemented in ways that foster human, social and ecological resilience.

Backyard Birding in Central India to Beat Lockdown

Backyard Birding in Central India to Beat Lockdown

© Ashok Biswal The Nature Conservancy in India has been engaging with the local communities and working closely with state government authorities since 2017 to undertake and facilitate cost-effective and pragmatic riparian restoration activities in the selected patches of Narmada riverbank.

President Trump Just Suspended the Tech Industry's Favorite Visa

President Trump Just Suspended the Tech Industry's Favorite Visa

The executive order also suspends for the rest of the year most J-1 visas, designed for research scholars and professors participating in cultural exchange programs; H-2B visas for seasonal nonagricultural workers; and L-1 visas, which companies use to transfer existing employees to offices in the US.

The Rise of a Hindu Vigilante in the Age of WhatsApp and Modi

The Rise of a Hindu Vigilante in the Age of WhatsApp and Modi

It didn’t take long for people to realize that the new law, combined with a national citizens register, could easily provide a mechanism for stripping Indian Muslims of their citizenship.

Dolphins Are Still Accidental Casualties of Tuna Fishing

Dolphins Are Still Accidental Casualties of Tuna Fishing

Dolphin numbers in the Indian Ocean may have dropped by more than 80 percent in recent decades, with an estimated 4 million small cetaceans caught as “by-catch” in commercial tuna-fishing nets since 1950, according to a study.

India's Data Protection Bill Threatens Global Cybersecurity

India's Data Protection Bill Threatens Global Cybersecurity

It is in the clear interest of policymakers, organizations, and the public to receive feedback from security researchers directly, instead of risking the information reaching other potentially malicious parties.

Children’s Book Review: Wake Up, Woods

Children’s Book Review: Wake Up, Woods

The best children’s nature books are not only a pleasure to read, but also ignite curiosity and encourage kids to get out and explore the world around them.Wake Up, Woods is produced by the Indiana Native Plant Society, but this is not just a book for the Hoosier State.

A Moon Landing Goes Awry, Apple Opens Up on iOS Hacks, and More News

A Moon Landing Goes Awry, Apple Opens Up on iOS Hacks, and More News

India has lost contact with its lunar lander, Apple finally speaks out after an iPhone hack, and an electric dump truck has taken over the internet.Want to receive this two-minute roundup as an email every weekday?

India’s Anti-Satellite Test Wasn’t Really About Satellites

India’s Anti-Satellite Test Wasn’t Really About Satellites

For this reason, Narang says that the anti-satellite test was more a demonstration of India’s ballistic missile defense system, rather than its ability to challenge its adversaries in space.

India: How to help communities break the vicious "disaster-poverty" cycle

India: How to help communities break the vicious "disaster-poverty" cycle

India: How to help communities break the vicious "disaster-poverty" cycle Disasters caused by natural hazards push the near poor to below the poverty line and contribute to more persistent and severe poverty, creating poverty traps.

While You Were Offline: The North Korea Summit Goes South

While You Were Offline: The North Korea Summit Goes South

What Not to Say in Your Outside Voice What Happened: You'd think that an attorney would know better than to attempt to intimidate a witness via social media, considering how much trouble it could get everyone in. And one that got a lot of people's attention, not least of the media , because of course .

Nearly 50% of Transportation Pollution Deaths Linked to Diesel: Study

Nearly 50% of Transportation Pollution Deaths Linked to Diesel: Study

Some 385,000 people worldwide died prematurely in 2015 from air pollution caused by vehicle exhaust emissions, a study found on Feb. 27. The authors cautioned that their estimates were "conservative" as their study did not take into account all types of harmful emissions or pollution-linked diseases.

India Is Cracking Down on Ecommerce and Free Speech

India Is Cracking Down on Ecommerce and Free Speech

Since December, Indian policymakers have taken a page from China’s playbook, enacting sweeping restrictions in an attempt to curtail the power of ecommerce behemoths like Amazon, and pushing proposals that would require internet companies to censor “unlawful” content, break user encryption, and forbid Indian data from being stored on foreign soil.

What’s keeping India in the dark?

What’s keeping India in the dark?

To boost and sustain its energy supply, India needs urgent investments and reforms to fix the inefficiencies that plague its entire electricity supply chain. To boost and sustain its energy supply, India needs urgent investments and reforms to fix the inefficiencies that plague its entire electricity supply chain.

The Future of Crime-Fighting Is Family Tree Forensics

The Future of Crime-Fighting Is Family Tree Forensics

The month before, the genetic genealogist had been hired by a forensic DNA company in Virginia called Parabon, to lead its new division devoted to long-range familial searching.

How WhatsApp Fuels Fake News and Violence in India

How WhatsApp Fuels Fake News and Violence in India

New research shows that WhatsApp usage can exacerbate groupthink, sometimes mobilizing groups into acts of violence.Starting last spring, the platform began being linked to incidents of mob killings, most of which fit a similar pattern: People deemed to be “outsiders” were targeted by large mobs accusing them of being child kidnappers after rumors to be on the lookout circulated on WhatsApp. Some of these false rumors appeared in the form of highly convincing doctored bulletins from local police; others used the photos from Syria and manipulated videos.Killings occurred in May and June, but the high death toll in the Dhule incident marked a tipping point for the government.

Reclaiming India's wastelands to fight climate change

Reclaiming India's wastelands to fight climate change

Reclaiming and bringing into production some of India’s wastelands could partially offset some of the projected crop production declines expected because of climate change.

Bridging the skills gap is key for energy access, new jobs

Bridging the skills gap is key for energy access, new jobs

Despite growing demand for home solar systems and other off-grid renewable energy solutions in Africa and Asia, there is a growing shortage of job-ready talent to finance, develop, install, operate and manage these systems.

Alaka Holla

Alaka Holla

Alaka Holla Profile Latest Posts EconomistAlaka Holla is an Economist in the Office of the Chief Economist of the Human Development Network. Blogging on: Governance for Development Seeking nimble plumbers Got syringes?Blogging on: Governance for Development

Kerala’s monsoon: lessons from recent floods in India

Kerala’s monsoon: lessons from recent floods in India

The expert report urged a number of states, including Karnataka and Kerala, to adopt an approach of thoughtful conservation, limiting activities such as quarrying, dams and construction near protected forests in hilly areas.