At COP28, nations must come prepared as IPCC makes clear, to peak emissions before 2025 at the very latest, nearly halve emissions by 2030 and reach net-zero CO2 emissions around mid-century, while also ensuring a just and equitable transition. That is the only way the world can deliver on IPCC's agenda
False narratives about a real catastrophe can also weaken public demand for mitigation and adaptation measures, notes the IPCC’s sixth assessment report
India has pledged to create enough forest and tree cover to absorb 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2030. It has also pledged to restore 26 million hectares of degraded forests by the same year — promises that are unlikely to be fulfilled.
Cheers and groans greeted the February 9 announcement by the Geological Survey of India that it has discovered 5.9 million tonnes of lithium reserves at Salal-Haimana in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K)’s Reasi district during a preliminary exploration stage.
The fact is that recycling or downcycling can never prevent end-of-life disposal; it can merely delay it until it is rendered completely useless for recycling. After that, in most cases, it winds up in a landfill, where it slowly breaks down into microplastics and emits methane
In a belated but welcome move, on February 1 Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a special scheme called Amrit Dharohar for protecting India's wetlands in the UNion Budget 2023.
Green growth means fostering economic growth and development while ensuring that natural assets continue to provide the resources and environmental services on which our well-being relies
India wants developed countries to contribute “in the form of means of implementation, including finance, technology transfer, and capacity-building support,” said the Economic Survey 2023
Extreme weather events are now a daily phenomenon and causing rampant destruction. So why are climate adaptation funds dwindling?
The preservation of biodiversity is crucial for India's ecosystems and is directly linked with providing livelihoods.
मेरा मानना है 2023 ऐसा वर्ष है,जब हम महसूस करेंगे कि करीब दो दशकों से जलवायु परिवर्तन के विज्ञान और संकेतों की अनदेखी करने, और लचीलापन विकसित करने व खतरे कम करने के लिए विकास के अपने तौर-तरीकों को नहीं बदलने की असल में हम क्या कीमत चुका रहे हैं।
Tourism destinations are also sinking under the steady onslaught of climate change-induced extreme weather events — heavy rains, floods, forest fires, storms, heat waves and water scarcity
India is one of the few countries where environmental education is compulsory in formal education. However, like moral science, it remains at the bottom of priority subjects
Identification and assessment of risk at potentially polluted sites is the essential first step in the management of soil pollution. If contamination at a given site is at levels that can cause harm to organisms, information about that site should be collected at the appropriate governmental level and made available to the public, and remediation or risk minimization actions taken accordingly, especially if the site is used for food production or as a water reservoir for human consumption.
COP27 failed to deliver on people’s expectations for swift and timely climate action at a time of poly-crisis. Its one success, the breakthrough Loss and Damage deal was actually a no-brainer. If countries cannot mitigate, rest assured there is going to be loss and damage. Having a fund to help the worst affected is a good idea, but wouldn’t it be better to reduce emissions and thereby reduce loss and damage as much as possible? Where is the money going to come from, anyway?
While Egypt, the host of the climate conference, COP27, did not allow protests in the streets of Sharm el-Sheikh where the conference was held, the United Nations (U.N.), permitted climate activists to raise their voices in the Blue Zone. This area is usually reserved for official proceedings and activists are usually not allowed to protest here.
The good news from the COP27 at Sharm El-Sheikh, the creation of the long-due Loss and Damage Fund is eclipsed by what the annual climate summit of the UNFCCC failed to deliver — for rich countries to come clean on the promise and delivery of much-awaited climate finance, and the ambition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by phasing out all fossil fuels in the timeline required to limit warming to 1.5 C as required by science.
Today is World Fisheries Day, celebrated to underscore the critical importance of protecting healthy ocean ecosystems and safeguarding the interests and development of the fisherfolk community all across the world.
India announced its ‘Long Term Low Emission Development Strategy (LT-LEDS), a roadmap to achieve net-zero emissions by 2070 on November 14 at COP27. The plan focuses on the “strategic transition” of high-emission sectors, including electricity, transport, industries, and urbanisation, and a short discussion of India’s adaptation needs in light of its vulnerability to climate impacts.
If there was any hope for a meaningful outcome for climate action at 27th UNFCCC conference of parties (COP27) at the Red Sea resort town of Sharm El-Sheikh, it had already begun fading by the time the last delegate walked out of the venue on November 13 evening for an underserved break for the weekend.
With the growing realisation that Climate Change knows no borders, neither does air pollution nor groundwater depletion, the call for SAARC’s revival for cooperation on climate action is not only timely but also critical for the survival of citizens in the region.
Developed economies could write off a developing economy’s debts, unburdening them of repayments and interest, allowing them to redirect the money towards supporting their own loss, and damage costs
COP27 has been dubbed as an ‘African COP’ by some, and as an ‘Implementation COP’ by others, but it’s mainly going to be ‘Show me the money COP’
The proposed climate action plan is still in its early stages but the next climate-induced disaster is not. The government should not wait, it must listen to the science and make a robust climate action plan with full public participation immediately
It may be hard to believe looking around you, but India, sitting right at the bottom of the Environmental Protection Index, has played a critical role in the shaping of international environmental treaties.
An environmental photojournalist recalls his early days of reporting for Sanctuary Asia, and the story that led him to activism.
When Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said, “With full faith, I want to say that petrol will vanish from the country after five years. Your cars and scooters will either be on green hydrogen, ethanol flex-fuel, CNG or LNG," at a function in Maharashtra recently, he was not joking, but pointing to a fact that many thought was only possible in the realms of science fiction.
If the Delhi government is serious about phasing out diesel-based vehicles, and the proposed four-month ban is the beginning of such a move, it must look at the Shanghai model to quell the unrest first by ensuring just transition
The latest directive from the Commission for Air Quality Management is a step in the right direction, but for it to be effective it cannot have double standards and give a free pass to thermal power plants
Rich countries, including the United States, Canada, Japan and much of western Europe, that account for just 12 percent of the global population today are responsible for 50 percent of all the planet-warming greenhouse gases released from fossil fuels and industry over the past 170 years
Nature-based solutions are a way of strengthening natural processes that aid water conservation. Manmade interventions can be used in conjunction with these natural processes to conserve water for use over time
For a world riddled with plastic waste in all its nooks and crevices, the plastic pollution treaty cannot afford to be too late, too little, and too vague like the Paris Agreement is in arresting runaway Climate Change
To unlock the full potential demand for hydrogen, India will have to invest in continuous innovation, by increasing R&D budgets, and support for demonstration projects to make sure key hydrogen technologies reach commercialisation as soon as possible
In what is being hailed as a ‘climate friendly budget’ the trick will be to accelerate the implementation projects while ensuring that further environmental destruction is halted by not wasting more money on ecologically-harmful projects such as the Ken-Betwa river-linking project
If fashion were a nation, its emissions would be higher than aviation and shipping combined.
India had suggested that it will address all fossil fuels in an equitable manner, but that would place most of the burden squarely on the US and rich countries.
To achieve climate justice we have to ensure that the voices, lived experience, & knowledge of minorities, and the indigenous are meaningfully heard by those in positions of power
At half time of COP 26, it is increasingly doubtful that the ‘last chance for climate’ summit will deliver on the UK COP presidency’s ambition
Even if India’s Net Zero goal is a decade behind China and two decades behind the United States, if the emission reduction target covers all greenhouse gases, it will be compatible with what scientists say is needed to avoid catastrophic global warming
The contentious issue of funding loss and damage is no longer on the official negotiating agenda for COP 26, but that has not deterred the group of 45 nations, including civil society, from renewing their call for funding for loss and damage at the summit
If the science says ‘global net-zero by mid-century’, there is a strong moral case for developed countries adopting an earlier date based on their historical emissions, instead of expecting developing countries (such as India) to make deep carbon-cuts in the same time frame
Research has shown the most effective way to address Climate Change is to take investment dollars away from companies that harm our planet, and redirecting them to companies that actively promote adaptation and disaster risk reduction
There’s still no clarity on what constitutes climate finance and how it should be distributed & spent.
An estimated 30,000 protesters, mostly children and young people, marched in Glasgow city centre on Friday, November 5, 2021, to call on world leaders and negotiators at the COP 26 climate summit to act faster on the climate crisis.
A key meeting will be held on July 15 to negotiate new rules to eliminate fisheries subsidies that result in overfishing.
What began as a response to an economic crisis has led to an unprecedented environmental crisis that is set to reverse what little gains we made over the last three decades
Though its findings echo similar climate change assessment reports, the ‘Assessment of Climate Change over the Indian Region’ is the first-ever indigenous attempt to document and assess climate change in different parts of India
Banning single-use plastic will hurt a large part of existing investments in machinery and impact jobs in the plastics industry, but future costs of removing all single-use plastics accumulating in the environment will most certainly be higher than the costs of allowing this polluting industry to grow today.
The IPCC report gives the most comprehensive and detailed picture yet of how climate change is altering the natural world. Many of the changes observed in the climate are unprecedented in thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of years.
A country that has a tourism sector that both cares about the sustainability of the environment and nurtures its places of natural beauty is going to attract discerning international and local visitors who are willing to pay the extra dollar.
At a time when countries including the United States and China are increasing their climate change ambitions ahead of COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow, sadly, there was no mention of ecosystem restoration, forest and wildlife protection, phaseout of coal, etc.
Padma Vibhushan Sunderlal Bahuguna began the Chipko Andolan with Chandi Prasad Bhatt and Gaura Devi in the 1970s. Twenty years later, he spearheaded the Anti-Tehri Dam movement.
Instead of coming to the UN with concrete plans to cut emissions to net-zero, rich countries and large emitters such as the US, Australia, Saudi Arabia, and Brazil skipped the New York summit, while others practically came empty-handed to the table.
Payeng of the Mising tribe of Northeast India, previously known as the Miris, the second largest ethnic group in Assam after the Bodos, was hired as a labourer for an afforestation project undertaken on 200 ha. of land on Aruna sapori by the Social Forestry Division of Golaghat district in 1979. The five-year project was abandoned in three years and while the rest of the workers packed up and disappeared into government files, Payeng, who had nowhere else to go, continued to plant more trees, while nurturing the existing vegetation, on his own.
The forested state of Chhattisgarh holds the key to the water security of much of Peninsular India. Managed well, it has the capacity to enhance India’s climate resilience, even as it boosts water security for millions.
International geologists and glaciologists studying satellite imagery say the cause of the flooding disaster to be a landslide and not a glacial outburst.
The scale and intensity of this year’s unfolding disasters, be it the Australian bushfires or the Indonesian flooding, unequivocally reiterate that the link between the current extremes and anthropogenic climate change is scientifically undisputable.
India has to strictly regulate the disposal of toxic fly ash from coal-fired power plants to minimise environmental and health risks to local communities
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman must prioritise and scale up fiscal action to address the unfolding climate crisis and environmental emergency by bolstering allocations to the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC)
Budget announcements on climate change are nothing but a lip service and the proposed incremental measures fall short in their intent to transform India into a sustainable, low-carbon, high-growth economy is disappointing.
Two recent reports paint a deadly picture of corporate irresponsibility on the one hand and illegal waste trade on the other that has allowed illegal recycling facilities to thrive, facilities that are profiting by circumventing costs linked to licence and environmentally sound treatment process
It is important to note that China’s efforts to cut emissions so far have been more about pragmatism than climate leadership. Pollution and other environmental threats are increasingly seen as threats to the communist party’s standing
Ranganadi means red river. But Ranganadi ran black and turbid on Rongali Bihu, the Assamese New Year’s Day, in April 2019.
Stubble-burning is an unintended consequence of the technology developed for the Green Revolution. Some estimates say farmers in northern India burn about 23 million tonnes of paddy stubble every year
Using salvaged plastic waste in roads may be doing more harm than good.
India ranks in several climate change performance studies, but that’s owing to its ambitious renewable energy and energy efficiency targets. It must recognise the role of nature-based solutions to adapt to climate change's adverse effects and foster climate resilience
Numbers can be gratifying… and misleading. Animal numbers might well be growing but the Kaziranga national park is not. In fact, rapid habitat defragmentation, disrupted corridors, deforestation in Karbi Anglong, and relentless poaching have combined to bring this World Heritage Site to its knees.
Once again, we are reminded of the inherent risks of nuclear power, which will always be vulnerable to the potentially deadly combination of human error, design failure and natural disaster.
Early warnings passed on through community social media networks on the Bhutan-India border save lives when official channels take far too long.
From mosquitoes, to failed crops, to a bulging glacial lake, Lachen, a picture postcard village high up the Himalayas, is threatened in all sorts of ways.
The retreat of glaciers in Spiti valley due to climate change has reduced water availability in summers but farmers are adapting by planting apple orchards and growing crops new to the region
A revival of India’s traditional water harvesting practices will help ensure water and food security, while reducing the risks of climate disasters
Bhutanese officials scramble to restore irrigation channels after farmers thwarted by sealed border
The community tensions triggered by the tourism boom are palpable in nearly every park. Even when the impact of garbage and sewage on the habitat is clearly visible, there are few studies available on how this impacts the flora and fauna.
Three of India's eastern-most rivers, Siang, Dibang and Lohit, meet the mighty Brahmaputra river at a unique tri-junction near the borders of upper Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. Located at this confluence, on an island about 12 km. from the tea town of Tinsukia, is the Dibru-Saikhowa National Park and Biosphere Reserve.
The experience of the Saralbhanga River, which flows from Bhutan to India, shows the power of involving local people in river management
Amid the hype about the Paris Agreement, here are some home truths about what it holds for the future.