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Bhasker Tripathi

Climate Correspondent

Thomson Reuters Foundation

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.

Yesterday

When all else fails, Satveer Singh knows his family will manage if they have a sack of wheat flour in the kitchen to make rotis. Served hot and stuffed with sliced raw onion, the simple meal of Indian flatbreads keeps hunger at bay.

For now, the family can just about cover their needs - thanks in part to the ration they receive from a government programme that distributes food to 800 million people across India.

June 05, 2024

I was outside a polling station in northern India when my body and phones gave up, succumbing to the crushing heat that beat down on voters' heads during India's mammoth six-week election.

Sweating and weak, I stumbled to a small mud hut nearby where I found a group of election workers huddled together among sacks of grain, desperate for the meagre shelter offered by the thatched roof.

May 24, 2024

At home in one of India's poorest districts, 35-year-old Vandana has been trying to come up with new ways to cook potatoes - the only food she has been able to buy for months as pulses and vegetables become an occasional luxury.

Vandana's husband, who works as a construction labourer in Delhi, used to be able to send her 3,000-4,000 rupees ($36-$48) each month, but that has been much harder over the last five years, she said.

May 10, 2024

Lakshmi Narayan was one of the first to see the light: in 2020 the engineer put solar panels on his roof in India's Bhopal city, becoming a clean energy pioneer because of his desire to help his country move away from planet-heating fossil fuels. 

"I understand the importance of renewable energy and thought that everyone should adopt it," said Narayan, 60, whose action inspired many others to do the same in the capital of Madhya Pradesh state in central India. 

April 25, 2024

Finding a decent job was 23-year-old Shikher's only goal when he left his village in northern India for the capital two years ago, but things did not go exactly as planned.

At first, he worked in a factory making cellphone chargers for just 8,000 rupees ($96) a month. Exhausted by the 12-hour shifts, he turned to gig work as a delivery rider for an online grocery platform - still his job today.

April 19, 2024

Campaign rallies under a blazing sun, long treks to rural polling stations - as Indians prepare to vote, forecasts for extreme heat could add to the challenges of holding the world's biggest election.

With voting starting on Friday, parties and authorities are being urged to do more to keep voters, candidates and polling station staff safe following heat warnings by the nation's meteorological service for the six-week election period.

March 07, 2024

Drought is driving poor Indian women into exploitative sugarcane work in the central state of Maharashtra, with many of the migrant labourers opting to undergo unnecessary hysterectomies to work even harder, research showed on Thursday.

Years of failed monsoons, extreme heat and droughts have led residents of Beed, a district in the top sugar-producing state to leave and become day labourers on sugar plantations, said the report by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), a London-based think-tank.

February 29, 2024

When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi showcased the country's Green Credit Programme at COP28 in Dubai, he billed it as a new tool in the fight against climate change that "goes beyond the commercial mindset associated with carbon credits".

But as officials hone the methodology for awarding tradeable credits for green actions - initially just planting trees and water conservation - environmental campaigners say the initiative could end up profiting businesses responsible for deforestation.

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.