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
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?
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
Will China lead the global fight against climate change?
It is important to note that China’s efforts to cut emissions so far have been more about pragmatism than climate leadership. Pollution and other environmental threats are increasingly seen as threats to the communist party’s standing
Is corporate hypocrisy fuelling plastic waste crime?
Two recent reports paint a deadly picture of corporate irresponsibility on the one hand and illegal waste trade on the other that has allowed illegal recycling facilities to thrive, facilities that are profiting by circumventing costs linked to licence and environmentally sound treatment process
India’s first climate change report offers a stern warning
Though its findings echo similar climate change assessment reports, the ‘Assessment of Climate Change over the Indian Region’ is the first-ever indigenous attempt to document and assess climate change in different parts of India
Tourism | Bhutan puts ecology before the economy
A country that has a tourism sector that both cares about the sustainability of the environment and nurtures its places of natural beauty is going to attract discerning international and local visitors who are willing to pay the extra dollar.
Budget 2020 | On climate change, it was business as usual
Budget announcements on climate change are nothing but a lip service and the proposed incremental measures fall short in their intent to transform India into a sustainable, low-carbon, high-growth economy is disappointing.
Budget 2020 | To fight climate change, correct anomalies in fund allocation
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman must prioritise and scale up fiscal action to address the unfolding climate crisis and environmental emergency by bolstering allocations to the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC)
Climate Change | 2020 is the year of climate emergency
The scale and intensity of this year’s unfolding disasters, be it the Australian bushfires or the Indonesian flooding, unequivocally reiterate that the link between the current extremes and anthropogenic climate change is scientifically undisputable.
Climate Change | Sorry Greta Thunberg, the world is not ready to tackle the climate crisis
Instead of coming to the UN with concrete plans to cut emissions to net-zero, rich countries and large emitters such as the US, Australia, Saudi Arabia, and Brazil skipped the New York summit, while others practically came empty-handed to the table.
Plastic Ban | Single-use plastic has no place on this planet
Banning single-use plastic will hurt a large part of existing investments in machinery and impact jobs in the plastics industry, but future costs of removing all single-use plastics accumulating in the environment will most certainly be higher than the costs of allowing this polluting industry to grow today.