Partly our responsibility too
The UNDP is correct to observe that dispite the different histories of developed and developing countries, we cannot
ignore the fact that it is still one planet.
Witness to a changing world
Akanksha Joshi's Earth Witness chronicles the changing world through the lives of age-old communities and the adaptations they
are forced into.
Are glaciers not melting?
A new study stirs up an old debate - whether the melting of the Himalayan glaciers is only evident at lower reaches, and the higher altitudes are in
fact adding snow.
Montreal: The unfinished agenda
The replacement of CFCs by more benign HCFCs and HFCs has removed the risks linked to ozone depletion, but these gases continue
to contribute to global warming.
SEA LEVEL RISE
Rising risks along the coast
A large number of existing and proposed investments along the Tamilnadu coast are at risk from likely changes to sea level in the
coming decades. Plans for the future must bear this risk in mind.
Capitulation at Cancun
The denouement at Cancun wasn't all that different from Copenhagen. India agreed to take on binding emission cuts,
while industrial countries did no more than make sympathetic noises.
How culture counts
The transformation from consumerism to sustainability depends critically on how we change our culture, scientists and philosophers at
an annual forum meeting in Italy agreed.
The vilification of Pachauri
The IPCC's working must be streamlined, but to call for Dr Rajendra Pachauri's removal as its head is plainly a vicious personal attack
FORCED TO MOVE
Preparing for a tsunami of migration
Adaptation measures in key sectors are needed to
improve resilience and reduce the pressure on migration from climate change.
Building green and thinking green
Beyond planting trees, consumers, citizens and businessmen need to be taking directions that lead to the
difference we seek in use and abuse of resources.
Climate sceptics get it wrong
Notwithstanding the IPCC's error about glacier melting, there is consensus among scientists that the earth is warming. Those who deny it should
offer proof, to the same standard that they demand of others.
India's missteps at Copenhagen
The contrast between the stand taken by India at Copenhagen and at the earlier UN Earth summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 couldn't have been
Blundering into a Himalayan mistake
Are glaciers in the Himalayas retreating? India depends greatly on these water sources, and we should therefore be more cautious in assessing this
Need to strengthen climate diplomacy
India is well on its way to a low-carbon economic future, but its global image suffers because we lack the public discourse to bolster our argument.
Emissions of the rich and famous
In discussions of the travails of the airline industry that have been taking place recently, its detrimental effect on
global warming has not come up.
GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER
Know-how at whose cost?
While the usual debate over responsibility for reducing carbon emissions continues globally, there is also a parallel argument over the need for
transfering clean technologies to the developing world.
GEO-POLITICS AND TRADE
The world, according to Tom Friedman
"Power to the people" will not be ushered in by the microchip or hydrogen battery, but by a redistribution of wealth.
The celebrated New York Times columnist may be misplacing his faith.
Missing the mountain for the snow
The climate system is a global, inter-locking one, and its many facets cannot be considered in isolation. However, this is precisely what the
National Action Plan on Climate Change has done, writes
ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT
France eyes India through environment lens
Lagging its northern European neighbours in environmentalism, France is seeking to reposition its strengths in nuclear energy and hydroelectricity, and
aid agency is using its grants to help other countries reduce their carbon footprints.
Furore over EU carbon tax plans
The European Union is determined that even as it makes plans to reduce its own carbon emissions, it must act to curb the polluting actions of other
countries too. Developing countries, however, see this as an indirect trade restriction, devoid of justice.
A club for change
US-based environmental group Sierra Club has decided to encourage organisations in India that promote
green livelihoods. Can this civil society
initiative help the country cut down on its carbon emissions?
Alert to the implications of climate change
Even as the IPCC's latest assessment speaks of the need for technocratic solutions to the challenge of global warming, the UN Security
Council has signalled that this will be an issue of importance to questions of political stability and peace too.
Pricing carbon correctly
Under the Kyoto Protocol, it is possible for developed countries to simply buy off the cost of their pollution from less developed economies that do
not put out their permitted quota of harmful substances into the atmosphere. This mechanism is fraught with both moral and practical difficulties,