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  • 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 [...]

  • G20 – What it means for global diplomacy

    PUBLISHED IN:
    Deccan Herald

    In a world marked by the rivalries of great powers and the urgent need for collaborative action, the G20 has become a stage where realpolitik unfolds in real time. And yet, this forum—which accounts for 85 per cent of global GDP, 75 per cent of trade and an overwhelming majority [...]

  • Chandra Bhushan’s Radio Show with All India Radio (AIR) on Green Growth and Green Jobs.

    PUBLISHED IN:
    All India Radio

    Chandra Bhushan’s Radio Show with All India Radio (AIR) on Green Growth and Green Jobs.

  • It’s them or us, not all of us: Ukraine war showed rich countries can find…

    PUBLISHED IN:
    Times of India

    It’s them or us, not all of us: Ukraine war showed rich countries can find money for diversifying their own energy supply but not for global climate finance. It also showed how fossil fuel companies exploited governments’ energy security concerns   The war in Ukraine has killed thousands, displaced millions [...]

  • Why India’s hills must stop copying the plains

    PUBLISHED IN:
    Times of India

    Joshimath is a symptom, the disease is the uncontrolled growth model. What is unfolding in Joshimath is a tragedy. But this tragedy is not due to climate change; climate change-linked extreme events may have exacerbated the situation, but the sinking of Joshimath is our doing. The fact is this disaster [...]

  • Clean up Indian Railways

    PUBLISHED IN:
    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, therefore, play a significant role [...]

  • We have been barking up the wrong tree on air pollution

    PUBLISHED IN:
    Times of India

    On its 46th foundation day, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) released two reports that should force us to re-examine our approach towards controlling air pollution. The first report is the ‘National Ambient Air Quality Status & Trends 2019’, which contains air quality data for 344 cities/ towns from 28 [...]

  • Rebuilding a sustainable economy post COVID-19

    PUBLISHED IN:
    Times of India

    The global economy is in recession, and it is predicted to be more destructive than the Great Depression of 1929 and the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) of 2007. India too has been hit hard – tens of millions have lost their jobs, and the economy is projected to shrink by [...]

  • Breaking the lockdown chakravyuh

    PUBLISHED IN:
    Times of India

    Set realistic health goals and use latest scientific data to reopen the country, save lives and the economy One of the most endearing episodes of Mahabharta is that of Abhimanyu and his heroic battle to break the chakravyuh. While we celebrate his valour, we mostly ignore a fundamental lesson of [...]

  • The clean environment we’re enjoying currently will only be short term, without fundamental changes

    PUBLISHED IN:
    Times of India

    Pandemics and environment have a close relation. Throughout history epidemics have caused large scale deaths, reducing human influence on the environment. Europe’s Black Death, which killed about 20 million people during 1347-1351, led to a drastic reduction in toxic lead pollution in the air for the first time in over [...]

  • India must change its testing strategy

    PUBLISHED IN:
    Financial Express

    In a war, you don’t only use your best weapons, you use everything in your arsenal. This has to be the maxim in our fight against Covid-19.

  • Zoonotic diseases are rife this century

    PUBLISHED IN:
    Times of India

    A crisis does not emerge out of thin air; it has underlying causes. And most of the underlying causes, if not all, are in front of our eyes; it’s just that we refuse to see and act on them. The coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) crisis is not a black swan; [...]