Indian camel herders cash in with solar-powered coolers
The sun used to be a source of trouble for Indian camel herder Bhanwar Raika – but these days it is boosting his income, even as climate change brings ever hotter temperatures.
The pastoralist makes a living selling his herd’s milk but temperatures as high as 52 degrees Celsius (126 degrees Fahrenheit) regularly used to spoil it before he could sell it to the local dairy, about 80km from his home in western India’s Thar Desert.
But the 55-year-old’s fortunes changed last February when a solar-powered refrigeration system – called an instant milk chiller – was installed 2km away from Raika’s Nokh village in Rajasthan state.
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