Climate change

Air pollution needs smart responses, not gimmicks

Air pollution needs smart responses, not gimmicks

September 3, 2021

On September 1, the Energy Policy Institute of the University of Chicago published a study saying that up to 40 pc of Indians, or close to 550 million people, could see their life expectancy drop by as many as nine years due to air pollution levels. The study said that large part...

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Global warming goes way beyond carbon

Global warming goes way beyond carbon

September 3, 2021

With over 40 gigatonnes released in the atmosphere in the year 2020, which was supposed to be a low-activity year due to the lockdowns and travel restrictions across the globe, carbon dioxide is of course the most high-profile and most talked about reason behind the global warmin...

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Poor report card likely by India at IUCN World Conservation Congress

Poor report card likely by India at IUCN World Conservation Congress

August 28, 2021

When the Indian delegation reaches the historical port city of Marseille on the famed French riviera next week to participate in the IUCN World Conservation Congress, it would have little to be proud of and a lot to hide due to poor performance in conservation of the immense natu...

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Indian Smart Cities and urban planning drowns under repeated floods

Indian Smart Cities and urban planning drowns under repeated floods

August 9, 2021

India has been undergoing rapid urbanisation as millions of people continue to migrate to the nearest city in search of better opportunities. This has already pushed the ratio of urban population higher in the country. Studies estimate that between now and 2030, another 500 milli...

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Can India achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050?

Can India achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050?

July 17, 2021

If India commits to a net-zero goal, it will join countries like the UK and France, and possibly the USA under the Biden Administration, that have enacted laws to achieve this scenario by the middle of the century. In 2020, leading members of the Indian industry, such as Siemens ...

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UNSDGs: Sustainable development remains a goal too far

UNSDGs: Sustainable development remains a goal too far

July 13, 2021

In many ways it was heartening to see that the G7 Summit 2021, held in the United Kingdom on June 11-13, delved in detail on topics beyond business, trade, investment, strategy and power. For once, it took up issues that concern people and their well-being – health, poverty, ed...

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World Environment Day: Business of lip service to environment

World Environment Day: Business of lip service to environment

June 5, 2021

As you observe the World Environment Day, consider this. Each year, about 1.5 billion tyres are burnt around the world, leading to severe pollution. Nearly 91 pc of the 313 million tonnes of plastic produced in 2019 ended up in landfills or the ocean. In the same year, 53.6 milli...

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Race to Zero: Unique opportunity for G7 and Modi

Race to Zero: Unique opportunity for G7 and Modi

June 4, 2021

Modi’s image appears to be tarnished, mainly in the western media, that has found governance-gaps in his management of  second wave of COVID pandemic. On the other hand, the world’s seven rich countries have recognised  India’s emerging strategic role in economic, social ...

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Global forest cover losses rise despite lockdown

Global forest cover losses rise despite lockdown

April 8, 2021

The year 2020 saw a 12 pc rise in the area of tree cover lost which rose to 12.2 million hectares, says the Global Forest Watch in its report for the year. The report goes on to say that about 4.2 million hectares or a landmass equivalent to the Netherlands of virgin primary fore...

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Climate change in times of Covid

Climate change in times of Covid

December 28, 2020

According to a provisional report by the World Meteorological Organisation, published earlier this month, the year 2020 is set to be the among the three warmest on record. The State of the Global Climate report also goes on to say that the decade 2011-2020 would be the warmest e...

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Educational institutes pledge for carbon neutrality

Educational institutes pledge for carbon neutrality

December 21, 2020

To mark the 5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement on climate change, and in an effort to boost the global commitment to slow down global warming and arrest climate change, Climate Ambition Summit was hosted by United Nations, UK and France, in partnership with Chile and Italy....

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Carbon neutral economy can be historical ‘new normal’

Carbon neutral economy can be historical ‘new normal’

December 11, 2020

December 12, 2020, marks the 5th Anniversary of Paris Climate Agreement. The year 2020 is the only year since 1992 when the annual global meeting of United Nations Framework Conventions on Climate Change, UNFCCC, has not been held, due to COVID restrictions. Paradoxically, each y...

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