By Meera Subramanian
Crowded, scorching, topic to violent swings in weather, with a central authority not able or unwilling to stand the main important demanding situations, the wealthy and bad more and more residing in worlds aside; for many of the realm, this photograph is of a potential destiny. For India, it's the very actual present.
In this lyrical exploration of lifestyles, loss, and survival, Meera Subramanian travels looking for the standard humans and microenterprises decided to restore India’s ravaged flora and fauna: an engineer-turned-farmer brings natural foodstuff to Indian plates; villagers resuscitate a river run dry; cook dinner range designers persist at the quest for a smokeless hearth; biologists carry vultures again from the edge of extinction; and in Bihar, certainly one of India’s such a lot impoverished states, a daring younger girl teaches teenagers the basics of sexual healthiness. whereas investigating those 5 environmental demanding situations, Subramanian discovers the tales that renew desire for a kingdom with the aptitude to steer India and the planet right into a sustainable and filthy rich destiny.
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A River Runs Again: India's Natural World in Crisis, from the Barren Cliffs of Rajasthan to the Farmlands of Karnataka by Meera Subramanian