Climate: Reality Check

This article originally appeared in the Times of India. Transition from fossil fuels in India is a matter of politics, communities, federalism & jobs The latest IPCC report paints a grim picture of the future if the world fails to eliminate the use of fossil fuels over the next three decades. India will be disproportionately …

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Just Transition in Coal: A Perspective from Jharkhand

This article originally appeared in Vol LVI No. 29 of the Economic & Political Weekly, published on 17 July 2021. The article discusses why it is an imperative for India to begin deliberation on a just transition from coal in light of some of the compelling factors. It then evaluates what a just transition in …

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Single-use-plastics bans have failed. Relying on command and control to fix environmental problems is taking us nowhere

The article originally appeared in The Times of India Exactly three years back, single-use plastics (SUPs) took centre stage in India when PM Modi, on June 5, 2018, announced that the country would completely phase out these products by 2022. Now, barely a year before the deadline, the Union environment ministry has issued a draft notification …

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कोयला खनन का ढाई सौ साल पुराना कारोबार बदल जाएगा, इसके लिए अभी से नीतियां बनानी होंगी

This article was originally published in Dainik Bhaskar इंटर गवर्नमेंटल पैनल ऑन क्लाइमेट चेंज (आईपीसीसी) की 2018 रिपोर्ट के अनुसार 2050 तक कोयला आधारित विद्युत उत्पादन लगभग बंद होना है। यह ग्लोबल वार्मिंग को दो डिग्री सेल्सियस के अंदर रखने के लिए आईपीसीसी द्वारा सुझाए गए महत्वपूर्ण उपायों में से एक है। इस तरह कोयला …

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The Glasgow Ambition Cycle — Domestic Considerations

This article was originally published in Oxford Climate Policy Blog Political Summary Two 5-year cycles currently drive the implementation of the Paris Agreement (PA): one of communicating national targets (“Nationally Determined Contributions” NDCs) and one of taking stock of global efforts. In order to complete the ambition mechanism of the PA, which is critical for its full operationalisation …

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Centre’s power on mining decisions increased under MMDR Amendment Bill 2021: What does it mean for DMF implementation?

The Government has introduced an amendment bill in the Lok Sabha on March 15, to further amend the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957.  Amendments have been proposed on a number of issues related to mining, including auctions, clearance and permit validity of mine leases, functioning of District Mineral Foundation (DMF) Trusts, among …

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Become climate champions: India’s top family conglomerates must play a leadership role in its fight against climate change

The article originally appeared in The Times of India The private sector in India has traditionally avoided engagement on climate issues publicly. But this seems to be changing. On November 5, 2020, 24 leading companies signed a ‘declaration of the private sector on climate change’ to tackle the climate crisis. This is an important beginning …

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Clean up Indian Railways: It must match its climate credentials with sound pollution and waste management

This article was originally published in The Times of India Railways fascinate me. Professionally, I advocate for a massive expansion of rail networks to address the air pollution and climate crisis. Rail transport is not only highly energy efficient compared to road and air transport, it can also completely shift to renewable energy. It will, …

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India’s Arctic policy must push Western countries to give up double standards

This article originally appeared in The Times of India ‘We need to act for the Amazon and act for our planet,’ said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when fires ravaged the Amazon rainforest in August 2019. He was joined by many Western countries in preaching the virtues of protecting the ‘global common’ for combating climate …

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