Notes of despair and hope from India’s numerous heatwaves

Heatwaves are only going to worsen, warn scientists. Are Indian cities prepared?

There is a good chance you would have experienced one or more of the regional heatwaves that started this spring and have already turned this summer into India’s hottest ever. And, if you are as unfortunate as me, you would have travelled a lot in the last two months, coinciding with peaks of local heatwaves. 

In March, I arrived in Mumbai on the day its temperature hit 40 degrees Celsius. Hot desert-like winds blew through a city whose signature is its marine humidity. There were wildfires on hillocks near the city’s suburb of Powai and chatter that day temperatures in …


Nihar Gokhale

Nihar Gokhale led the Chaos coverage at The Morning Context. Nihar wrote on the environment, the economy and resource conflicts in India. He has reported from across the country on everything from displacement, pollution and environmental violations to land regulation, corruption and human rights. He was earlier associate editor at Land Conflict Watch, and his work has appeared in Scroll, The Wire, IndiaSpend, The Caravan and Mongabay India.

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