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‘My eyes are burning’: Delhi holds half marathon despite pollution warning

participants make their way along rajpath during the delhi half marathon
Participants make their way along Rajpath during the Delhi half marathon Photograph: Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

Around 35,000 brave runners registered for the race after more than a week of hazardous pollution levels

November 19, 2017 — Tens of thousands of runners Sunday choked through smog for the Delhi half marathon, ignoring dire health warnings from doctors who fought for the controversial race in the heavily polluted capital to be postponed. Continue reading ‘My eyes are burning’: Delhi holds half marathon despite pollution warning

Delhi doctors declare pollution emergency as smog chokes city

a family in Delhi ride through the thick smog
A family in Delhi ride through the thick smog. Photograph: Harish Tyagi/EPA

Levels of airborne pollutants are off the scale in parts of India’s capital with effects likened to smoking 50 cigarettes a day

November 7, 2017 — A public health emergency has been declared by doctors in Delhi as air quality in the world’s most polluted capital city plunged to levels likened to smoking at least 50 cigarettes in a single day. Continue reading Delhi doctors declare pollution emergency as smog chokes city

UN report details brutal Myanmar effort to drive out half a million Rohingya

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An eight-year-old Rohingya girl inside a refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The report is based on 65 interviews with Rohingya who recently arrived in Bangladesh. Photograph: Jorge Silva/Reuters

Region’s head of human rights calls on Aung San Suu Kyi to stop violence as report says ‘clearance operations’ include killings, torture and rape

October 11, 2017 — Myanmar security forces have driven out half a million Muslim Rohingya from northern Rakhine state, torching their homes, crops and villages to prevent them from returning, the UN human rights office said on Wednesday. Continue reading UN report details brutal Myanmar effort to drive out half a million Rohingya

Hindu festival chokes Indian waterways with flowers and idol debris

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Indian workers remove religious offerings from the Yamuna river in Delhi. Photograph: Money Sharma/AFP/Getty

Environmentalists say holy ceremonies such as 10-day Durga Puja overwhelming already polluted Yamuna river

October 3, 2017 — Sections of a major river in Delhi are choking with plastic, flowers and debris after an annual Hindu festival in which hundreds of idols were immersed in Indian waterways. Continue reading Hindu festival chokes Indian waterways with flowers and idol debris

South Asia floods kill 1,200 and shut 1.8 million children out of school

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A passenger bus moves through a waterlogged road in Mumbai. Photograph: Shailesh Andrade

Hundreds dead in India, Nepal and Bangladesh, while millions have been forced from their homes and 18,000 schools shut down across the region

August 31, 2017 — Heavy monsoon rains have brought Mumbai to a halt for a second day as the worst floods to strike south Asia in years continued to exact a deadly toll. Continue reading South Asia floods kill 1,200 and shut 1.8 million children out of school

Climate change to cause humid heatwaves that will kill even healthy people

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‘Unfair’: poor farmers are most at risk from future humid heatwaves but have contributed little to the emissions that drive climate change. Photograph: NurPhoto/via Getty Images

If warming is not tackled, levels of humid heat that can kill within hours will affect millions across south Asia within decades, analysis finds

August 2, 2017 — Extreme heatwaves that kill even healthy people within hours will strike parts of the Indian subcontinent unless global carbon emissions are cut sharply and soon, according to new research. Continue reading Climate change to cause humid heatwaves that will kill even healthy people

More than 1,000 people killed in India as human and wildlife habitats collide

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Villagers watch as a herd of wild elephants walks towards them looking for food in Kurkuria, about 45km east of Gauhati, India. Photograph: Anupam Nath/AP

Elephant and tiger territories are shrinking as India’s growing population encroaches on wild spaces causing an increase in fatalities

August 1, 2017 — A deadly conflict is under way between India’s growing population and its wildlife confined to ever-shrinking forests and grasslands. Data shows that about one person has been killed on average every day for the past three years by roaming tigers or rampaging elephants. Continue reading More than 1,000 people killed in India as human and wildlife habitats collide

Polluted Indian river reported dead despite ‘living entity’ status

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A man looks for recyclable items on the banks of the Yamuna, on the outskirts of New Delhi. Photograph: Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images

After the Yamuna river, a tributary to the Ganges, was granted the accolade, it made sense for activists to tell police that somebody had killed it

July 7, 2017 — One morning in late March, Brij Khandelwal called the Agra police to report an attempted murder. Continue reading Polluted Indian river reported dead despite ‘living entity’ status

Radio Monsoon aims to ensure safety reigns among fishermen in south India

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In Chethy harbour, Kerala, fishermen carry their catch to the beach front in baskets. Photograph: Kaveh Kazemi/Getty Images

With the rainy season approaching in Kerala state, a radio station is providing a low-tech forecast service to encourage 30,000 families to fish more safely

April 24, 2017 — For the fisherfolk of India’s southern state of Kerala, risking life and limb is part of everyday life. Continue reading Radio Monsoon aims to ensure safety reigns among fishermen in south India

Bangladesh struggles to turn the tide on climate change as sea levels rise

women work at a dry fish yard in the bangladeshi coastal resort
Women work at a dry fish yard in the Bangladeshi coastal resort of Cox’s Bazar. Changing weather conditions have hit the business hard. Photograph: Noor Alam/Majority World for the Guardian

From incessant rains to flooded rice fields, the economic impact of global warming has been keenly felt in the coastal town of Cox’s Bazar

January 21, 2017 — Bangladesh is already one of the most climate vulnerable nations in the world, and global warming will bring more floods, stronger cyclones. At the dry fish yards, close to the airport Continue reading Bangladesh struggles to turn the tide on climate change as sea levels rise