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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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How India could soon have days so hot it will impact work

This article originally appeared in TOI We have entered a new age of heat extremes. Concrete and glass-heavy urban buildings are a major hazard India is searing. Large parts of the country are in the grips of unbearable heat and heatwaves. March this year was the hottest March on record, and March-April has witnessed a …

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Ukraine war is terrible news for the fight against climate change

This article originally appeared in TOI Another arms race will divert resources Another arms race will divert resources from poverty, pandemic and environment crisis. In response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently called on the US to increase its domestic oil and gas production to cut-off imports from Russia. While new …

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The Real Mainstream: IPCC’s climate-speak is all Greek to the masses

This article originally appeared in Financial Express The climate watcher has produced nothing for the general public, except for a press release and a set of headlines. Scientists are good at science but bad at communicating it to the masses. This is precisely why the gap between the scientific understanding of the climate crisis and policy …

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