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Indian teen's solar iron smooths a pressing problem: forest loss

Nov 20 2020

BHUBANESWAR, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - On India's residential streets, amid the tea vendors and vegetable sellers, ironing "wallahs" press clothes each day for millions of Indians, smoothing out wrinkles with iron boxes packed with hot charcoal.

'A sly thief': Rising heat steals jobs and lives in eastern India

Nov 25 2019

BHUBANESWAR, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - "This extreme heat we now see is no less than a sly thief," said Murali Sahoo, a building painter in eastern India, as he washed his buckets and brushes at the end of another sweltering work day.

Beyond shelter in a storm, Odisha eyes sturdier homes, power and trees

Jun 16 2019

BHUBANESWAR, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Six weeks after India's eastern state of Odisha was battered by the strongest storm since 2013, officials are considering how to build back damaged homes and power networks to better withstand future wild weather, as well as protecting the coast with trees.

Where goats drink first: Women struggle as coastal India grows saltier

Oct 31 2018

GOSABA, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Dripping wet and looking exhausted, Shompa Pal winces as she walks into her home, holding tightly to a knot at the end of her saree.

As climate threats drive migration, Indian women find opportunities

Oct 18 2018

SONAGOAN, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In the last inhabited villages deep in the dense mangrove forests of India's Sundarbans region, rice harvests have fallen by half in the last decade.

As sand mining grows, Asia’s deltas are sinking, water experts warn

Sep 21 2018

STOCKHOLM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sand mining from rivers is depriving many low-lying Asian deltas of the sediment they need to maintain themselves, raising the risk of worsening land loss to sea level rise, researchers say.

As countries look inward, development cash falls short - UN deputy chief

Sep 06 2018

STOCKHOLM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Funding for international efforts to build resilience to climate change and meet other development goals is faltering, warns United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed.

FEATURE-As floods rise in Bangladesh, crab farming helps families tread water

Mar 18 2018

JOYMONI, Bangladesh, March 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Kishore Mondol, a farmer in the low-lying deltas of southern Bangladesh, points at the four-foot-high platform of grey clay he and his wife have just struggled to build.

Solar power push lights up options for India’s rural women

Feb 12 2018

KAMLAPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In her village of Komalia, the fog swirls so thick at 7 a.m. that Akansha Singh can see no more than 15 meters ahead. But the 20-year-old is already cycling to her workplace, nine kilometers away.

Inventor aims for healthier Yemen by turning waste into clean fuel

Jan 17 2018

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Growing up in Al-Harrah, a small village in west-central Yemen, Omer Badokhon watched his mother cooking for hours at a time in a smoke-filled kitchen.

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