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  • Are ACs Now A Human Right?

    PUBLISHED IN:
    The Times of India

    Soaring temperatures are here to stay & cooling has become a necessity. But it has to be done smartly. Not via ACs that guzzle electricity & worsen outdoor heat at a low-penetration level. Last Wednesday the automatic weather station sensor at Delhi’s Mungeshpur reported a record high temperature of 52.9°C. [...]

  • No, cloud seeding didn’t drown Dubai

    PUBLISHED IN:
    The Times of India

    A warming Arabian Sea means cities around it, Dubai to Mumbai, are vulnerable to extreme weather. But what’s more extreme is that govts and companies are trying to fix the weather using tech. The unprecedented flood in Dubai on April 19 has ignited much-needed discussion on weather modification and geo-engineering. [...]

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

    PUBLISHED 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 a solution to [...]

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

    PUBLISHED 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 of its being the world’s [...]

  • Sunlight-Dimming Climate Schemes Need Worldwide Oversight

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    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 crisis. In [...]

  • Switching to Green Power Justly

    PUBLISHED IN:
    Financial Express

    As can be seen from the case of Maharashtra, planning is essential for a just transition One only has to read the newspaper headlines to realise that climate change is no longer a distant threat. For instance, a headline from January this year announced, “Mumbai experiences its hottest January day [...]

  • Do buy what was said in Dubai

    PUBLISHED IN:
    The Times of India

    COP28 took a realistic approach to transitioning from fossil fuels. India’s argument that only coal can’t be a climate villain won. But the rich world still isn’t forking out enough cash. As the gavel struck, albeit a day later than the deadline, to mark the agreement at COP28, it signalled [...]

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

    PUBLISHED IN:
    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 Dubai, presided over [...]

  • COP28: A reality check

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    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 the United Nations [...]

  • Why Dubai COP28 is not just another gathering

    PUBLISHED IN:
    The Times of India

    So, what can Dubai do? COP28 will really test rich nations’ commitment to climate finance. Big Oil & Big Gas will be under severe scrutiny There is always a hype built around the annual United Nations Climate Change Conference. Every Conference of the Parties (COP) is projected as a do-or-die [...]

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

    PUBLISHED 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 entire country [...]

  • Clean air? Target cooking, not cars

    PUBLISHED IN:
    Times of India

    Dust aside, biomass burning contributes most to PM2.5-led air pollution countrywide. Households are bigger emitters than farmers. Industry emissions come next. Air pollution is a pervasive issue in India, with the Indo-Gangetic Plain suffering the most severe consequences. The severity of this problem is underscored by recent rankings that place [...]