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Proponents of the new laws claim they will help India’s agricultural sector, but small, rural farmers fear losing their livelihoods. AP Photo/Altaf Qadri

India’s farmers are right to protest against agricultural reforms

New agriculture laws in India could adversely impact the lives of millions of small farmers who struggle with low wages. Farmers are right to protest against laws that jeopardize their livelihoods.
Traders wait in line at the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) market, in Navi Mumbai on April 20, 2020. INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / AFP

Mapping the lockdown effects in India: how geographers can contribute to tackle Covid-19 diffusion

Preliminary results of new research show how using data from social networks such as Facebook may help us understand how the coronavirus spread on local and regional levels.
Severe air pollution can speed up neurodegeneration when the brain is at the peak of its development — during childhood. Pictured here, a child in Beijing. (Shutterstock)

Air pollution in global megacities linked to children’s cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s and death

Investigation of the brains of children and young adults who died suddenly in Mexico City revealed amyloid plaques similar to those found in the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease.
New Delhi’s pollution is among the worst in the world. Each autumn, when crops are burnt and wind speeds are low, it risks rising to crisis levels. Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Poirrier

As another smog season looms, India must act soon to keep Delhi from gasping

In November 2016, smog in New Delhi was 16 times above safe levels. An Indian researcher dug into the data to find out why, and how India can keep its capital breathing safely.
A boy jumps from a water pipe into a canal as temperatures soar in New Delhi. Access to clean and regular water remains a challenge for India’s capital. Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

New Delhi is running out of water

Access to clean and regular water remains a challenge for New Delhi, a city that could easily tackle its water crisis with greater effort.

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