Chandra Bhushan is the Deputy Director General of Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), one of India's leading environmental research and advocacy organizations. With an academic background in Engineering and Environmental Planning, he has been associated with CSE since 1997. He has a wide-ranging research and public policy interests. He heads the Industry, Pollution Monitoring Laboratory, Food Safety and Toxins, Energy, Climate Change, Waste Management and Environmental Governance teams at CSE. He is also a Consulting Editor for Down To Earth magazine, and columnist for the Financial Express. He has authored/ co-authored about 40 books and reports.
Bhushan advises a range of institutions as part of advocacy for environmental issues worldwide. He was the co-chair of the technical advisory committee, Global Reporting Initiative, USA/Netherlands till 2002. He is an expert member for the BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India, China) group of countries on Climate Change. He is also on the Board of Governors, National Accreditation Board for Education and Training (NABET). He was recently conferred with the Ozone Award (Partnership Award) by the United Nations for his contributions towards framing of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol.
Bhushan's current passion includes demonstrating on the ground a sustainable municipal waste management system and operationalizing District Mineral Foundation in the tribal districts of India. He and his team is currently working in Muzaffarpur, Bihar and in Zanzibar, Tanzania to demonstrate that a municipal waste management system based on 100% source segregation and decentralized processing is the most viable model in the economically backward regions of the world.
Fortnightly column: The Real Mainstream
Books and reports
We live in the age of climate change-heat waves, extreme weather events, increase in diseases induced by deforestation, floods and snowfall in deserts, unprecedented hurricanes, storms and drought conditions across the world.