IPCC’s final warning; time to act on climate is now
At COP28, nations must come prepared as IPCC makes clear, to peak emissions before 2025 at the very latest, nearly halve emissions by 2030 and reach net-zero CO2 emissions around mid-century, while also ensuring a just and equitable transition. That is the only way the world can deliver on IPCC's agenda
Budget 2023: Green growth or green wash?
Green growth means fostering economic growth and development while ensuring that natural assets continue to provide the resources and environmental services on which our well-being relies
Economic Survey 2023: India calls on developed countries to support its climate actions
India wants developed countries to contribute “in the form of means of implementation, including finance, technology transfer, and capacity-building support,” said the Economic Survey 2023
Budget 2023: Loosen purse strings for MGNREGA. It aids in climate change adaptation
Extreme weather events are now a daily phenomenon and causing rampant destruction. So why are climate adaptation funds dwindling?
Time for a moratorium on dam building in the Himalayas?
Warnings that Joshimath was situated on an old landslide zone and could sink if development continued unabated were ignored. By 2013, 292 big hydro projects were under construction or planned for India’s Himalayan region, one every 10 kilometres or so
In 2023, let's prepare for the worst of climate, environmental shocks
In 2023, India will become the world's most populous country, and has to prepare for the worst of climate, environmental, and economic shocks by focusing on disaster risk reduction, Climate Change adaption, and building climate resilience
COP27 | Loss and Damage funding deal saves an otherwise forgettable climate summit
Sharm- El-Sheikh failed to address the main cause of Climate Change: the use of fossil fuels
COP27 | India’s LT-LEDS is a commendable start towards net-zero emissions
India’s long term decarbonisation strategy is in the right direction despite limitations and distractions
COP27 Snafu | No progress at Sharm El-Sheikh
Observers and negotiators from the global south have expressed concerns regarding the ability of the Egyptian COP presidency in ensuring real outcome in second week
It is time for South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation on Climate Change
With the growing realisation that Climate Change knows no borders, neither does air pollution nor ground water depletion, the call for SAARC’s revival for co-operation on climate action are not only timely but also critical for the survival of citizens in the region
COP27 | Debt-for-climate swaps in times of economic crisis
Developed economies could write off a developing economy’s debts, unburdening them of repayments and interest, allowing them to redirect the money towards supporting their own loss, and damage costs
COP27 | Will Sharm-el-Sheikh summit live up to expectations?
COP27 has been dubbed as an ‘African COP’ by some, and as an ‘Implementation COP’ by others, but it’s mainly going to be ‘Show me the money COP’
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?
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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