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Sustainable oil, less smoke: Singapore student fights haze threat

Jul 17 2019

SINGAPORE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Gauri Shukla, a 17-year-old high school student in Singapore, first witnessed a fire set to clear land for palm oil plantations while on a visit to Indonesia three years ago.

As tourists flock to Indian Himalayas, women lead plastics clean-up

Aug 15 2018

LEH, India, August 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tsering Chondol, 60, remembers a time when the water that flowed through the town of Leh, high in the Himalayas in India's far north, was pristine.

Despite state-level bans, plastic bags still suffocate India's cities

Feb 26 2018

SRINAGAR, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Half of India's states and union territories have introduced a blanket ban on plastic bags, and yet many shoppers remain wedded to the flimsy carrier bags while plastic waste still litters the streets of the South Asian nation.

As India’s capital struggles with smog, Kashmir bans burning of leaves

Dec 20 2017

SRINAGAR, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - With air pollution worsening in New Delhi and beyond, Indian-administered Kashmir has decided to step up efforts to combat its own worsening air quality.

Willow trees caught out as culprit for Kashmir lake's woes

Sep 28 2017

SRINAGAR, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than 2 million willow trees - once a key source of wood for cricket bats, fruit boxes and fires - will be cut down around Indian-administered Kashmir’s Wular Lake, as part of efforts to revive the region’s largest flood basin.

Srinagar city plan puts residents at risk of floods: officials

Aug 18 2017

SRINAGAR, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A plan for the development of Srinagar city to 2035, put together by the government of Indian-administered Kashmir, ignores lessons from the 2014 floods that hit Srinagar and southern Kashmir, disaster prevention officials have warned.

Tulips bloom in Kashmir as Indian farmers discover flower power

Jun 01 2017

SRINAGAR, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As soon as his son graduated from college, Ghulam Mohi-u-Din Dar asked him to take care of the family flower business in Kral Sangri, near Srinagar, the largest city in Indian-administered Kashmir.

As Indian Kashmir's lush valleys turn to concrete, fears of flooding rise

Apr 23 2017

SRINAGAR, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Until a few years ago, Mohammad Sultan Parray and his fellow villagers in Zainakote had no shortage of places to fish.

Young Indian farmers spice up market for organic Himalayan crops

Feb 13 2017

GANGTOK, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Decades after farmers on India's plains flocked to the “Green Revolution”, reliant on chemical fertilisers to drive agricultural growth, the northeast Himalayan state of Sikkim is trying its luck with organic farming – a pull for young, green-minded entrepreneurs who could help get the produce to market.

FEATURE-Young Indian farmers spice up market for organic Himalayan crops

Feb 13 2017

GANGTOK, India, Feb 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Decades after farmers on India's plains flocked to the “Green Revolution”, reliant on chemical fertilisers to drive agricultural growth, the northeast Himalayan state of Sikkim is trying its luck with organic farming – a pull for young, green-minded entrepreneurs who could help get the produce to market.

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