Arunabha Ghosh
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A fellowship between people and the planet

  • The past decade yielded several commitments toward sustainability. Yet, the share of renewables barely budged. Biodiversity loss continues. Land degradation persists. Why? 
We have collectively failed to bridge the here and now and a future that is also already here. (AP)
We have collectively failed to bridge the here and now and a future that is also already here. (AP)
Published on May 03, 2022 08:01 PM IST
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A plan for India’s Energy Vision 2047

India’s primary energy demand will more than double by 2047. Fulfilling it will need telescopic vision, attention to challenges, and a spider web to weave together technologies, finance and institutions
Energy geopolitics will change. From current worries about rising oil prices due to supply constraints, attention will shift to new energy sources and growing centres of demand(ANI)
Energy geopolitics will change. From current worries about rising oil prices due to supply constraints, attention will shift to new energy sources and growing centres of demand(ANI)
Updated on Mar 14, 2022 11:20 PM IST
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A people-centric agenda for clean air

Set more aggressive targets; act on available information on polluters; expand focus to rural areas; build institutions to operate across an airshed; and make air quality a poll agenda
Demand for clean air will grow when citizens experience a palpable change in quality of life. (Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Demand for clean air will grow when citizens experience a palpable change in quality of life. (Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 21, 2021 08:17 PM IST
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ByArunabha Ghosh and Tanushree Ganguly

COP26: A tale of five stories

The Glasgow climate meet was marked by a hard push for the interests of rich countries, soft wording for those of vulnerable countries
Delegates talk during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, November 13, 2021 (REUTERS)
Delegates talk during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, November 13, 2021 (REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 17, 2021 01:23 PM IST
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COP26: Play both the good and bad cop

India is a climate leader that delivers and can ramp up its ambitions. But it must also point to the utter hypocrisy of the developed world
Rather than wordsmithing language only negotiators understand, their political masters must send a different memo: Invest in the building blocks of collective action, namely ambition, action, financial contributions, technology collaborations, insurance cushions, and development orientation. If the trust equation is undermined, there is little hope that the integrity of the carbon equation will be maintained. (AP)
Rather than wordsmithing language only negotiators understand, their political masters must send a different memo: Invest in the building blocks of collective action, namely ambition, action, financial contributions, technology collaborations, insurance cushions, and development orientation. If the trust equation is undermined, there is little hope that the integrity of the carbon equation will be maintained. (AP)
Updated on Oct 13, 2021 04:44 PM IST
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Next month, air pollution will be back

Authorities must take pre-emptive action, help farmers tackle farm fires and support the poor with cleaner fuel. Citizens have a right to breathe
The past year has been a stark reminder about the links between environment, health and prosperity. Climate action — cleaner power, industries and transport — will greatly help with air quality. (HT archive)
The past year has been a stark reminder about the links between environment, health and prosperity. Climate action — cleaner power, industries and transport — will greatly help with air quality. (HT archive)
Updated on Sep 13, 2021 06:04 PM IST
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Climate crisis: No one will be spared

The biggest lesson from the IPCC report is that the distant is here, the future is now, and the time to act was yesterday
Representational Image. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Representational Image. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Aug 11, 2021 01:26 PM IST
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The potential of India’s circular economy

Tech innovation, finance, policy and behavioural change can create markets where none existed. Leverage it
Responsibility requires that, by understanding the impact of our choices, we reduce our footprint. Recognising business opportunities could drive efforts that go beyond individual action towards wealth creation from recycling. (Representational image/REUTERS)
Responsibility requires that, by understanding the impact of our choices, we reduce our footprint. Recognising business opportunities could drive efforts that go beyond individual action towards wealth creation from recycling. (Representational image/REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 13, 2021 05:39 PM IST
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On climate, our hubris is the problem

Unless we move beyond techno-centrism, discuss a fair development deal, and change lifestyles, summits won’t yield outcomes
Representational image. (AP)
Representational image. (AP)
Updated on Jun 14, 2021 03:37 PM IST
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Climate crisis: Be the Indian elephant

Like the virus, the climate crisis doesn’t recognise borders, occurs in waves, and affects some more than others. Draw up a plan
Representational Image. (Vipin Kumar /HT photo)
Representational Image. (Vipin Kumar /HT photo)
Updated on May 10, 2021 06:47 PM IST
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Imagining a climate-resilient economy

Should India commit to eliminating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by a certain date in future (net zero)? This is an important but a partial question
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Updated on Apr 15, 2021 07:02 AM IST
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Save the Himalayan river systems

They are under stress. It’s time to devise a new development pathway and decentralise water governance in the region
The Himalayas-Hindu Kush region (known as the Third Pole because of the amount of water stored as ice) is home to 10 major river systems (SHUTTERSTOCK)
The Himalayas-Hindu Kush region (known as the Third Pole because of the amount of water stored as ice) is home to 10 major river systems (SHUTTERSTOCK)
Published on Mar 17, 2021 08:54 PM IST
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Aligning growth, politics and climate

India continues to witness the wanton destruction of biodiversity and fragile ecosystems from ill-planned and poorly executed infrastructure projects.Crises, external pressure, economics, and internal disasters are converging. India must step up
For systemic change to be environmentally and politically sustainable, the interests of the elite and the climate-vulnerable must converge. (REUTERS)
For systemic change to be environmentally and politically sustainable, the interests of the elite and the climate-vulnerable must converge. (REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 16, 2021 06:30 AM IST
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Commit to a decade of climate resilience

India’s vulnerability to climate risks, growing experience with handling disasters, and new initiatives to strengthen infrastructure position it at the forefront for an adaptation action agenda
Every year, floods and droughts affect 97.5 million and 140 million people, respectively (UDAY DEOLEKAR)
Every year, floods and droughts affect 97.5 million and 140 million people, respectively (UDAY DEOLEKAR)
Published on Jan 12, 2021 07:58 PM IST
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A manifesto for the climate summit

Summits serve three purposes. High-level participation allows leaders to negotiate knotty issues, building on personal rapport and the promise of grand bargains. Alternatively, leaders could set a new agenda, drawing others to their cause
If we could earn cents for every climate speech made, we would all be rich and resilient by now(AFP)
If we could earn cents for every climate speech made, we would all be rich and resilient by now(AFP)
Updated on Dec 11, 2020 07:45 PM IST
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Environment Day: Create a new social contract

Build local capacity and resilience against risks; boost a low-carbon economy for jobs, growth and sustainability
With $13 billion in estimated damage, the costliest cyclone in the northern Indian Ocean (Amphan) underscores why the tail risks of today could become the norm tomorrow(PTI)
With $13 billion in estimated damage, the costliest cyclone in the northern Indian Ocean (Amphan) underscores why the tail risks of today could become the norm tomorrow(PTI)
Updated on Jun 04, 2020 06:47 PM IST
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In a slowing economy, the quest for sustainability

India needs a new consensus on its energy and economic transition for a sustainable future. Time is running out
Clean tech developers must find niches in the economy that will drive growth(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Clean tech developers must find niches in the economy that will drive growth(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Feb 23, 2020 10:32 PM IST
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It’s time for a democratic demand for clean air

Air pollution affects our health (there were 1.24 million related deaths in 2017) as well as economic growth. Using a 2013 World Bank estimate that the health cost of air pollution is 3% of the GDP, this amounts up to $80 billion as of 2018.
Last Thursday, Members of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha, which is currently in session, debated air pollution.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Last Thursday, Members of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha, which is currently in session, debated air pollution.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 26, 2019 04:30 PM IST
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The missing link in the climate battle

Distinction between climate mitigation and adaptation are passe. Both are crucial to growth
Vulnerability is exposure to physical harm from climate stresses and the financial consequences of not having a safety net(Santosh Kumar / Hindustan Times)
Vulnerability is exposure to physical harm from climate stresses and the financial consequences of not having a safety net(Santosh Kumar / Hindustan Times)
Published on Oct 27, 2019 10:53 PM IST
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The stepchild of the Rio Earth Summit may finally get its due

Desertification ended ancient civilisations. The world is facing the same threat. The Delhi meet offers a plan
'Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, Greater Noida, September 9, 2019(AFP)
'Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, Greater Noida, September 9, 2019(AFP)
Updated on Oct 13, 2019 07:18 PM IST
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India’s energy transition is now the world’s energy transition

This unfolding revolution is, however, hemmed in by legacy issues and overconfidence with short-term policy successes.
Residents of Dheeraj Dreams complex installed solar panel at Bhandup, Mumbai, April 14(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Residents of Dheeraj Dreams complex installed solar panel at Bhandup, Mumbai, April 14(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Published on Jul 16, 2019 06:46 PM IST
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Our cities need sustainable mobility

We must see the growth of electric vehicles as an opportunity to create more liveable cities
Growth in EVs in India is not just a question of pushing one technology over another(Pradeep Gaur/ Mint)
Growth in EVs in India is not just a question of pushing one technology over another(Pradeep Gaur/ Mint)
Updated on May 21, 2019 12:22 PM IST
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ByArunabha Ghosh and Karthik Ganesan

Systemic transformation in agriculture must put the farmer at the centre

Farming must become sustainable since agriculturists are struggling to build resilience against many threats
Decades of intensive agriculture has added to water stress and declining soil health(PTI)
Decades of intensive agriculture has added to water stress and declining soil health(PTI)
Updated on Apr 02, 2019 08:36 PM IST
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The electricity system of the future will be more decentralised

The inertia in the legacy electricity system persists due to regulatory barriers. For instance, time-of-day electricity pricing (currently absent) could nudge consumers to use appliances in off-peak hours. This would make it more feasible for distributed renewables to supply customers without needing additional storage.
Technological disruptions have spawned many distributed renewable energy business models. If urban households struggled to get easy financing to purchase rooftop solar systems, entrepreneurs have leased systems(Bloomberg)
Technological disruptions have spawned many distributed renewable energy business models. If urban households struggled to get easy financing to purchase rooftop solar systems, entrepreneurs have leased systems(Bloomberg)
Updated on Feb 27, 2019 10:11 PM IST
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India, the world’s fastest growing major economy, must develop sustainably

India must focus on sustainable urbanisation, green industrialisation, and inclusion of the rural economy.
Polluted Vaishali drain in Ghaziabad. If we dio not confront air and water quality as matters of public health and economic productivity, our cities will not be liveable and will lose out on investment.(Sakib Ali / Hindustan Times)
Polluted Vaishali drain in Ghaziabad. If we dio not confront air and water quality as matters of public health and economic productivity, our cities will not be liveable and will lose out on investment.(Sakib Ali / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jan 18, 2019 08:07 AM IST
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US exit from Paris climate deal: How it affects India’s renewable energy ambitions

While Donald Trump’s announcement of the US pull out of the Paris climate agreement is unfortunate, there are many other ways for India and the US to collaborate on the energy front.
HT Image(AFP)
HT Image(AFP)
Updated on Jul 13, 2017 11:40 PM IST
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Choosing sustainable development

Development, environment and pollution are political issues. They have been at the core of the confrontation between developed and developing countries for more than four decades. And, increasingly, they are going to define political priorities and the distribution of economic and social welfare in India.
Development, environment and pollution are political issues. They have been at the core of the confrontation between developed and developing countries for more than four decades. (Photo: Shutterstock)
Development, environment and pollution are political issues. They have been at the core of the confrontation between developed and developing countries for more than four decades. (Photo: Shutterstock)
Updated on Sep 18, 2015 02:21 PM IST
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