As seas rise, saltwater plants offer hope farms will survive

VEDARANYAM, India (AP) — On a sun-scorched wasteland near India's southern tip, an unlikely garden filled with spiky shrubs and spindly greens is growing, seemingly against all odds.

The plants are living on saltwater, coping with drought and possibly offering viable farming alternatives for a future in which rising seas have inundated countless coastal farmlands.

Ex-UN climate panel head accused of stalking loses India job

NEW DELHI (AP) — The former chairman of the U.N. climate panel has been removed from his job as head of a top energy institute in India following allegations of sexual harassment.

The governing council of The Energy and Resources Institute announced late Thursday that Rajendra Pachauri would be replaced as director-general of the renowned environment think-tank by Arun Mathur, an energy efficiency expert.

India, China need cleaner air just to keep death rate steady

NEW DELHI (AP) — Never mind lowering the rate of death from air pollution in India and China. Just keeping those rates steady will demand urgent action to clear the skies, according to a report published Tuesday.

The findings — gleaned from a new global model for how changes in outdoor air pollution could translate into changes in disease rates — highlight a demographic quirk of Asia's two fastest-growing economies, where young populations have so far kept pollution-related mortality relatively low even amid breakneck economic development at steep environmental cost.

India's heat wave tests water supply; death toll over 1,800

HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Dizzying temperatures killed hundreds more Indians over the past day, causing water shortages in thousands of villages and driving the death toll from a weeks-long heat wave to at least 1,826 by Friday.

Meteorological officials called the heat wave "severe" and warned that it would continue for at least two days across a huge swathe of the South Asian country from Tamil Nadu in the south to the Himalayan foothill state of Himachal Pradesh.

Indians crowd rivers, shady trees as heat toll passes 1,400

HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Eating onions, lying in the shade and splashing into rivers, Indians were doing whatever they could Thursday to stay cool during a brutal heat wave that has killed more than 1,400 in the past month.

Meteorological officials said the heat would likely last several more days — scorching crops, killing wildlife and endangering anyone laboring outdoors.

Modi vows cleaner India, but no clear path to get there

NEW DELHI (AP) — Four months after becoming prime minister, Narendra Modi stunned Indians by picking up a crude straw broom and, holding it like a dance partner, gently sweeping at a small pile of green leaves on a New Delhi street.

Modi, ever the darling of photo ops and grinning selfies, seemed to be calling for a cultural revolution, defying centuries-old hierarchies that make the idea of an official cleaning a street anathema in Indian society. By leading a new campaign called "Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan" or "Clean India Mission," Modi challenged those divisions while dignifying labor and elevating cleanliness as a nationwide goal.

India, China pressure West to honor climate change promises

The Guardian

A rare joint statement from India and China on climate change calls on wealthier countries to cut their carbon output even more and to honor their $100 billion commitment to help developing nations reduce emissions, The Guardian reports.

Personal diplomacy marks Modi's China trip amid warming ties

BEIJING (AP) — They are the strongest leaders to emerge in years from the world's two most populous nations — and appear to be trying to forge a strong working relationship.

In a rare personal touch, Chinese President Xi Jinping will host the Indian prime minister in his hometown of Xi'an for Thursday's start of Narendra's Modi's three-day visit, highlighting warming ties between the Asian giants despite their continued rivalry and contrasting political systems.

India, Russia discuss nuclear power cooperation

India Today

India President Pranab Mukherjee plans to discuss civilian nuclear power cooperation when he meets his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during a five-day visit to Moscow that began Friday, India Today reports.

India increases renewable energy output by 13 percent

Clean Technica

India's renewable energy market is on the rebound, with installed capacity rising 13 percent over the last year, Clean Technica reports.


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