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Shailendra Yashwant

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Shailendra Yashwant is a senior advisor to Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA).

India@75: How India helped shape international climate policy

POLITICS

India@75: How India helped shape international climate policy

But it must do more to ensure that the principles of environmental justice it espouses are implemented at home too

Pollution | Is it the end of the ICE age?

BUSINESS

Pollution | Is it the end of the ICE age?

Union minister Nitin Gadkari has made the right statement —only his timelines may need to be revised

Air Pollution | Piecemeal interventions will not clear Delhi’s upcoming smog

BUSINESS

Air Pollution | Piecemeal interventions will not clear Delhi’s upcoming smog

If the Delhi government is serious about phasing out diesel-based vehicles, and the proposed four-month ban is the beginning of such a move, it must look at the Shanghai model to quell the unrest first by ensuring just transition 

Is Delhi’s coal ban more hot air?

BUSINESS

Is Delhi’s coal ban more hot air?

The latest directive from the Commission for Air Quality Management is a step in the right direction, but for it to be effective it cannot have double standards and give a free pass to thermal power plants

Climate Change | It is time to sue historical polluters

BUSINESS

Climate Change | It is time to sue historical polluters

Rich countries, including the United States, Canada, Japan and much of western Europe, that account for just 12 percent of the global population today are responsible for 50 percent of all the planet-warming greenhouse gases released from fossil fuels and industry over the past 170 years

World Water Day | Revive traditional water systems to avert a water crisis

BUSINESS

World Water Day | Revive traditional water systems to avert a water crisis

Nature-based solutions are a way of strengthening natural processes that aid water conservation. Manmade interventions can be used in conjunction with these natural processes to conserve water for use over time 

UN’s resolve to end plastic pollution cannot emulate its slow pace in fighting Climate Change

BUSINESS

UN’s resolve to end plastic pollution cannot emulate its slow pace in fighting Climate Change

For a world riddled with plastic waste in all its nooks and crevices, the plastic pollution treaty cannot afford to be too late, too little, and too vague like the Paris Agreement is in arresting runaway Climate Change 

Green hydrogen policy could become a game-changer for India’s energy security

BUSINESS

Green hydrogen policy could become a game-changer for India’s energy security

To unlock the full potential demand for hydrogen, India will have to invest in continuous innovation, by increasing R&D budgets, and support for demonstration projects to make sure key hydrogen technologies reach commercialisation as soon as possible 

How green is my Budget?

BUSINESS

How green is my Budget?

In what is being hailed as a ‘climate friendly budget’ the trick will be to accelerate the implementation projects while ensuring that further environmental destruction is halted by not wasting more money on ecologically-harmful projects such as the Ken-Betwa river-linking project 

How COP26 broke trust and downed global south

POLITICS

How COP26 broke trust and downed global south

India had suggested that it will address all fossil fuels in an equitable manner, but that would place most of the burden squarely on the US and rich countries.

COP26 | Climate talks at Glasgow still miss a key element: Fossil fuels

BUSINESS

COP26 | Climate talks at Glasgow still miss a key element: Fossil fuels

At half time of COP 26, it is increasingly doubtful that the ‘last chance for climate’ summit will deliver on the UK COP presidency’s ambition 

COP26 | Climate Justice is the bottom line for all climate action

BUSINESS

COP26 | Climate Justice is the bottom line for all climate action

Climate justice means that while all countries should participate in the drastic reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the industrialised nations, which historically and currently are most responsible for global warming, should lead this transformation

Net Zero By 2070 — India’s goal is more ambitious than that of China, European Union

WORLD

Net Zero By 2070 — India’s goal is more ambitious than that of China, European Union

Even if India’s Net Zero goal is a decade behind China and two decades behind the United States, if the emission reduction target covers all greenhouse gases, it will be compatible with what scientists say is needed to avoid catastrophic global warming

COP26 | Will climate finance be the deal breaker?

BUSINESS

COP26 | Will climate finance be the deal breaker?

Research has shown the most effective way to address Climate Change is to take investment dollars away from companies that harm our planet, and redirecting them to companies that actively promote adaptation and disaster risk reduction 

COP26 | Who will finance loss and damage?

BUSINESS

COP26 | Who will finance loss and damage?

The contentious issue of funding loss and damage is no longer on the official negotiating agenda for COP 26, but that has not deterred the group of 45 nations, including civil society, from renewing their call for funding for loss and damage at the summit 

COP26 | If not net-zero, then what?

BUSINESS

COP26 | If not net-zero, then what?

If the science says ‘global net-zero by mid-century’, there is a strong moral case for developed countries adopting an earlier date based on their historical emissions, instead of expecting developing countries (such as India) to make deep carbon-cuts in the same time frame 

Stubble Burning | How the Green Revolution has left behind grey skies

POLITICS

Stubble Burning | How the Green Revolution has left behind grey skies

Stubble-burning is an unintended consequence of the technology developed for the Green Revolution. Some estimates say farmers in northern India burn about 23 million tonnes of paddy stubble every year 

Explained | Hiding behind a smog tower

TRENDS

Explained | Hiding behind a smog tower

Like all end-of-pipe solutions, whether for effluents or for emissions, investments such as smog towers or effluent treatment plants have been established to be futile and economically unfeasible in the long run

Get serious on climate change, time is running out

BUSINESS

Get serious on climate change, time is running out

The IPCC report gives the most comprehensive and detailed picture yet of how climate change is altering the natural world. Many of the changes observed in the climate are unprecedented in thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of years 

30 years of economic reforms and environmental degradation

BUSINESS

30 years of economic reforms and environmental degradation

What began as a response to an economic crisis has led to an unprecedented environmental crisis that is set to reverse what little gains we made over the last three decades 

Remembering Sunderlal Bahuguna, one of the architects of the Chipko movement

TRENDS

Remembering Sunderlal Bahuguna, one of the architects of the Chipko movement

Padma Vibhushan Sunderlal Bahuguna began the Chipko Andolan with Chandi Prasad Bhatt and Gaura Devi in the 1970s. Twenty years later, he spearheaded the Anti-Tehri Dam movement.

Uttarakhand Floods | A disaster foretold

POLITICS

Uttarakhand Floods | A disaster foretold

International geologists and glaciologists studying satellite imagery say the cause of the flooding disaster to be a landslide and not a glacial outburst 

Budget 2021 could have gone ambitious with green initiatives

BUSINESS

Budget 2021 could have gone ambitious with green initiatives

At a time when countries including the United States and China are increasing their climate change ambitions ahead of COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow, sadly, there was no mention of ecosystem restoration, forest and wildlife protection, phaseout of coal, etc

Is India really a global climate leader?

BUSINESS

Is India really a global climate leader?

India ranks in several climate change performance studies, but that’s owing to its ambitious renewable energy and energy efficiency targets. It must recognise the role of nature-based solutions to adapt to climate change's adverse effects and foster climate resilience

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