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Bhasker is a climate correspondent for the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in New Delhi, India, covering just transition and the political economy of climate change. An award-winning journalist, Bhasker has reported for several digital newsrooms in India for more than a decade.
January 25, 2024
When top-strength Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in September 2017, bringing a big storm surge, torrential rain and howling winds, roads, bridges and the power network were obliterated.
The U.S island territory - which was already suffering an economic recession - came to a standstill amid electricity outages, severe flooding, and food and water shortages.
January 15, 2024
When U.S. voters head to the polls in November to decide a likely showdown between President Joe Biden and Donald Trump, they will join the ranks of about two billion people voting worldwide this year.
In a record year for democracy, nations that are home to more than half the global population will have elections, including Indonesia in February, India by May and the United States and Britain later in the year.
December 22, 2023
The first-ever U.N. roadmap for cutting climate-heating emissions from the world's farming sector, unveiled at the COP28 U.N. climate summit this month, has stirred debate around how to share fairly the burden of shifting to greener ways.
Some agricultural experts are calling for fertilisers and other agro-chemicals - whose production relies heavily on fossil fuels - to be completely phased out, while others say poorer countries will continue to need them to improve low crop yields.
November 24, 2023
On a sunny afternoon last month, two dozen people gathered at the council office in a south Indian village to protest against a new ethanol plant they say is polluting their backyard.
Over a year ago, locals were alarmed when they saw construction begin on the government-sanctioned grain distillery on a vacant plot about a kilometre (0.62 miles) away from their homes.
November 23, 2023
Two decades ago, Damera Yakamma's husband, a cotton farmer in a southern Indian village, committed suicide by consuming pesticide because of his mounting debts, leaving his widow in charge of their two acres of land.
After that, the mother of four - then in her mid-twenties - decided she did not want any more chemicals entering her home.
November 21, 2023
Indian farmer Jitendra Singh proudly holds up a rice stem on his farm of lush green paddy. "Look at the height and health of this plant - the number of florets on it is amazing," he said.
Located in the northern state of Haryana, one of India’s main rice and wheat-growing regions, Singh's 80-acre (32.4-hectare) farm is part of a gradual shift in how Indians cultivate their staple crops, from a model that is fertiliser and water-intensive to more natural, climate-friendly ways.
November 14, 2023
As droughts and floods wreak havoc on harvests, small-scale farmers are spending billions of dollars of their own money each year to adapt to a changing climate, despite it being a problem they did not create, according to research released on Tuesday.
A survey of about 1,800 farmers by the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF), a funding platform supporting farmers, and the London-based International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) found that, on average, farming households each invest $838 per year to adapt to shifting weather patterns.
October 06, 2023
Philanthropists are stepping in to ensure vulnerable workers and their communities are not left behind when developing nations agree multi-billion-dollar climate deals to shutter fossil-fuel power plants and ramp up green energy investments.
Last year, Vietnam and Indonesia joined South Africa in clinching a "just energy transition partnership" (JETP) - a funding package from wealthy governments and banks to help emerging economies phase out coal while creating green jobs - followed by Senegal this June.
October 04, 2023
Climate-fuelled disasters are damaging roads, railways, power networks and other vital infrastructure worldwide to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars per year, said an alliance of more than 30 countries, urging better planning for more turbulent weather and rising seas as the planet warms.
Disasters are causing average losses of $732 billion-$845 billion each year to infrastructure and buildings, equal to 14% of growth in global gross domestic product in 2022, estimated the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI).
September 11, 2023
Amid warnings that the world is failing do enough to slow climate change, the Group of 20 big economies has set a goal of tripling renewable energy capacity but faced criticism for spurning bolder steps to halt the use of fossil fuels.
The G20 "New Delhi Leaders' Declaration", at a weekend summit in India, promised to reach net-zero emissions of climate-heating gases "by or around" mid-century to avert ever more damaging heatwaves, droughts, wildfires and rising seas.