Climate Summit in US: A critical time for India in charting out its sustainable future

Letter by Shankar Sharma, Power & Climate Policy Analyst, to Members of the Union Cabinet, Govt. of India, on “Invitation for India for Climate Summit in the US  -- the need to target for net zero emissions by 2050”: May I draw your kind attention to the recent development that India is invited for a Climate Summit … Continue reading Climate Summit in US: A critical time for India in charting out its sustainable future

Need to contribute to Earth Hour campaign to save environment from Light Pollution

By Dr Gurinder Kaur* Earth Hour is observed on March’s last Saturday every year in almost all countries of the world to make people aware about natural disasters due to climate change and their prevention. Earth Hour, an international event, is an hour long “light off” event. Excessive and non-essential use of outdoor artificial light, … Continue reading Need to contribute to Earth Hour campaign to save environment from Light Pollution

Factors that worsen Uttarakhand disasters include development projects without adequate appraisals

By Himanshu Thakkar* Abstract: While Uttarakhand is vulnerable to disasters, climate change is increasing these vulnerabilities. Major human interventions like hydropower projects and highways implemented without an informed or democratic decision-making process act as force multipliers during such disasters. The violations of legal and other prudent norms in their implementation further increase the damages. The absence … Continue reading Factors that worsen Uttarakhand disasters include development projects without adequate appraisals

Forest Day: Forests can protect against the effects of climate change

By Dr Gurinder Kaur* The International Forest Day is celebrated on March 21 since 1971 when the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) decided to recognize the importance of forests for humans, animals and birds. Forests are a precious gift of nature. They are the natural asset of any country on the basis of which a … Continue reading Forest Day: Forests can protect against the effects of climate change

90 day action plan in response to UN red alert on global climate and ecological crisis

By Chandra Vikash*    We live in a globalized and dominantly urbanized society where 99% of all humans are both vulnerable and disadvantaged and 100% of them face extinction within 2-3 decades if the present self-destructive world order with fatal flaws, continues any further.  Few such are a. the mass private ownership of the automobile b. … Continue reading 90 day action plan in response to UN red alert on global climate and ecological crisis

Climate change, dams, roads worsened Himalayan flood impact manifold

Left: Undisturbed snow and ice on Jan 20, 2021 at original point; right: Origin point, direction of slide, and debris on Feb 21, 2021. Source: NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey and topographic data from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) By Joydeep Gupta* The February … Continue reading Climate change, dams, roads worsened Himalayan flood impact manifold

India’s needs create a holistic mitigation plan to achieve 2030 climate targets

By Simi Mehta, Ritika Gupta, Manoswini Sarkar Climate change is one of the most pressing issues that the world is collectively facing at the moment. It is contended that strengthening the global response is pertinent to combat the threat of climate change.1 The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) adopted in 1992 that … Continue reading India’s needs create a holistic mitigation plan to achieve 2030 climate targets