Climate Lens South Asia

Climate Lens South Asia

South Asian countries are heavily affected by the unfolding climate crisis. Populations, societies, and economies are affected by global warning and environmental degradation. At the same time, the region is part of the global solution to tackle the global climate crisis.

The Maldives has been at the forefront in raising awareness about ocean ecology and rising sea levels. India is promoting smart cities and solar energy at home. Globally, India promotes the expansion of solar energy through the International Solar Alliance and accelerates the industrial transition together with Sweden. Bangladesh was one of the first countries to abolish single use plastic and is set to develop a greener garment sector. Sweden is an active partner in the region’s climate action agenda, as is the EU. The South Asia Initiative’s special Climate Lens South Asia will connect European and South Asian climate conversations, and provide insights for the international partnerships developed to handle the crisis.

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South Asia’s water crisis

South Asia is suffering from drought, floods and polluted water bodies. Rivers have dried out and cyclones are coming more and more often. Thousands, if not millions of people, will see their homes disappear with rising water levels in the coming decades. What’s the way forward?

We’ve talked to Henrik Chetan Aspengren, acting head for the Asia program at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Phu Doma Lama researcher at the Division of Risk Management and Society Safety at Lund University and affiliated to SASNET – Swedish South Asian Studies Network, and Aditi Mukherji from the International Water Management Institute in New Delhi.

Towards a renewable energy boom in India?

India is one of the most populous countries in the world with a growing need for energy. More and more people are moving to big cities, earning more money and wanting to live comfortable lives. At the same time India has a historic opportunity to shift its fossil fuel economy and industrialize through – solar and wind energy.

South Asia Initiative’s special Climate Lens South Asia is discussing the clean energy boom with Ajay Mathur, director general for Teri, The Energy and resource Institute, Kanika Chawla director for Energy Finance at Council on Energy, Environment and Water and Axel Nordenstam, analyst at the Asia program at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs.

How can South Asia get cleaner air?

Many of the world’s most polluted cities are in South Asia. These countries have been trying to battle pollution for years, but yet failed to permanently improve the air quality.

South Asia Initiative’s special “Climate Lens South Asia” talked to Anumita Roychowdhury, executive director at Centre for Science in New Delhi, associate professor Petter Ljungman from Karolinska Institutet and Hanna Geschewski from SASNET, Swedish South Asian Studies Network, about the way forward.


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