Warming to a false dawn: It is time the world regulates the sector of solar geoengineering

Abstract of this article appeared in Financial Express Unfortunately, the Vienna Convention is toothless, and its provisions have been ignored. Therefore, rebooting the Vienna Convention to govern SRM research is essential. Solar radiation modification (SRM), a group of technologies to deliberately reflect sunlight into space to cool the planet, is now being seriously explored as […]

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सही तरीके से दूर हो सकती है पानी की कमी

Abstract of this article appeared in Navbharat Times भारत में पानी की कमी के साथ दूषित जल की भी समस्या है, जिसे हल करना बहुत मुश्किल नहीं

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Who’s to blame for the world’s most polluted capital?

Abstract of this article appeared in The Times of India Delhi’s pollution levels keep rising with rising GRAP restrictions. This plan is only spiking congestion and chaos. Eight years in, it needs replacing with something that actually works. Even as Delhi was enjoying a rare respite with cleaner air and sunny skies, dropped the news

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Skill India Mission: Short Courses, No Employable Skills and a Lack of Jobs

Abstract of the article appeared in The Wire The India Skills Report 2021 argues that nearly half of India’s graduates are unemployable. Open unemployment was barely 2.1% in 2012 and had already nearly tripled to 6.1% in 2018, the highest rate in 45 years of India’s labour force surveys. Ahead of the Lok Sabha election,

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Sunlight-Dimming Climate Schemes Need Worldwide Oversight

This article originally appeared in Scientific American As the climate crisis intensifies, experiments to “cool the planet” by reflecting solar radiation proliferate. Without proper global and national regulation, they will worsen the crisis. Deliberately reflecting sunlight into space to cool the planet—solar radiation modification (SRM)—is now under serious exploration/investigation as a solution to the climate

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A balanced consensus: Despite scepticism, UAE has delivered a balanced package on climate action at COP28

This article originally appeared in the Financial Express These countries have historically drawn a red line, refusing to recognize the necessity of phasing down oil and gas to address the climate crisis. It was perhaps preordained that an agreement on reducing fossil fuel production and consumption should have happened at the COP28 climate negotiations in

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COP28: A reality check

This article originally appeared in Heinrich Boll Stiftung The 28th conference is a milestone event where the international community must confront the harsh truths about our collective (and differentiated) efforts to combat climate emergency. There is always a hype built around the annual United Nations Climate Change Conference. Every Conference of the Parties (COP) to

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So, what can Dubai do?

This article originally appeared in The Times of India COP28 will really test rich nations’ commitment to climate finance. Big Oil & Big Gas will be under severe scrutiny. There is always a hype build around the annual United Nations Climate Change Conference. Every Conference of the Parties (COP) is projected as a do-or-die meeting.

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What pollutes India?: Biomass burning remains the biggest contributor, but its share is falling because of PMUY

This article originally appeared in Financial Express About 48% of these emissions come from the use of biomass, such as fuelwood and dung cakes, for cooking and heating. Air pollution is a pan-India problem. In 2022, the average PM2.5 levels across the country were 10.7 times higher than the WHO standard. This means that almost the

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