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Energy transition crucial

This article orriginally appeared in Orrisa Post Odisha is known for coal. It is the second biggest coal-producing state, and by 2030, it will be the country’s top coal-producing state. So naturally, Odisha’s electricity production is heavily reliant on coal. Presently, more than 90% of electricity comes from coal-based power plants; renewable energy (RE) sources …

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A coal economy to a green economy

This article orriginally appeared in Financial Express Just energy transition’ must Shape net-zero pathways for fossil-fuel-dependent districts. In the last 18 months, several modelling studies have been published on the costs and benefits of net zero emissions in India. A few days back, another modelling study was published, which projected that India will require an …

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पर्यावरण पर कैसा है हमारा रिपोर्ट कार्ड !

This article originally appeared in Navbharat Times पर्यावरण पर कैसा है हमारा रिपोर्ट कार्ड, जानें मौजूदा कानूनों और संस्थानों में सुधार क्यों है जरूरी | साल 2022 पर्यावरण के लिए एक महत्वपूर्ण वर्ष है। संयोग से, आजादी के 25 साल पूरे होने के हफ्तेभर बाद, लोकसभा ने वन्यजीव (संरक्षण) विधेयक, 1972 पारित किया, जो स्वतंत्र …

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No piecemeal solutions, please!

This artical originally appeared in Deccan Herald The year 2022 is important. It not only marks the 75th anniversary of India’s independence, but it also marks the 50 years of institutional environmentalism in India. Coincidently, a week after we celebrated 25 years of Independence, the Lok Sabha Sabhapassed the Wildlife (Protection) Bill, 1972, making it …

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Plastic ban: The problem is not plastic, it’s single-use

This article originally appeared in The Times of India Multi-use products, not the material they are made of, are the key The nationwide ban on single-use plastic products (SUPs) that started yesterday comes on the heels of a two-decade-long effort. The first attempt was made in 1999 with the ban on thin polythene bags. Since …

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‘Made in India’ green rankings: India needs its own benchmark to track progress made on the environmental front

This article originally appeared in Financial Express GoI must support an independent benchmarking scheme to evaluate our environmental performance and track progress. Much debate has happened on the recently released Environmental Performance Index (EPI), in which India was ranked the worst country in the world. The Government of India (GoI) has rejected the ranking and …

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The risk of playing god in fighting climate change

This article originally appeared in Times of India New disasters can happen if countries decide to unilaterally try technological fixes to global Warming. With record-breaking heatwaves hitting many parts of the world over the last few months, scientific circles have been hotly debating whether countries should prepare to deploy geoengineering technologies to deal with such …

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क्या चारधाम यात्रा में भीड़ घटाई जानी चाहिए

This article originally appeared in NBT पिछले कुछ दिनों में सोशल मीडिया पर और खबरों में केदारनाथ में फैले प्लास्टिक प्रदूषण की काफी चर्चा हुई। जो तस्वीरें आईं, उनसे लगता है कि केदारनाथ जाने वाले श्रद्धालुओं ने काफी मात्रा में प्लास्टिक की बोतलें और चीजें वहां फेंकीं। सोनप्रयाग में कार पार्किंग की एक फोटो वायरल …

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Question of faith : Leverage power of religion to drive a unity of purpose to protect the planet

This article originally appeared in Financial Express Faith-based organisations can be strategic actors in supporting environmental action. The climate crisis demands collaboration between countries and communities We Indians love to speak about our religious and cultural heritage of protecting the environment. And, we do have a vast heritage to boast about. Our sacred texts are full …

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Coal consumption in India : We are already late on fair green transition

This article originally appeared in Financial Express There is no contradiction between increasing coal consumption in India and implementing a just transition in the coal districts and states. On March 28, 2022, an extremely important and unstarred question was asked by Priyanka Chaturvedi, member, Rajya Sabha, which was replied to by Pralhad Joshi, Union minister …

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