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Reimagining climate-resilient food systems in a post-pandemic world

Published on Aug 23, 2022 11:19 AM IST
The World Health Organization (WHO) has found that every year, nearly 600 million people (7.5% of the global population) fall ill from eating contaminated food and 420,000 die because of it.

The Thar needs restoration; and greening is not the solution

 Today, while we are celebrating the 75th Independence of our nation, our desert is greener than it ever was. Yet this greening does not symbolise a healthy functional state of the Thar ecosystem.
Published on Jul 19, 2022 10:49 AM IST

Why open data is key to environmental action

Environmental campaigns are marked by rousing calls for collective, transformative action on a global scale. A lot of organisations and individuals - from state actors and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives to grassroots initiatives - grapple with patchy information about the sector or region that they are involved in.
Published on Jul 01, 2022 04:57 PM IST

Governments and industry must collaborate to protect the environment

The recently held 26th meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP) underlined the urgency to limit the average global temperature rise to below 2 degrees by phasing down the use of fossil fuels, financially supporting the mitigation of climate change in developing countries and achieving net-zero carbon emissions by the year 2050, among others.
Published on Jun 05, 2022 09:49 AM IST

Boost collaborations for green transformations

One of the biggest challenges ahead of the policymakers is— bridging the gap and creating a close connection between the challenges of changing climate, cities and its people.
Published on Jun 05, 2022 09:39 AM IST

Tree planting in open ecosystems has few benefits

Here, India promised to bring 26 million hectares of degraded land under restoration efforts by 2030.
Published on Jun 05, 2022 09:10 AM IST

Localising green transitions in India

At COP-26 in November 2021, the Government of India announced a five-point plan to tackle climate change, including an ambition to reach net zero emissions by 2070.
Published on Jun 03, 2022 08:04 PM IST

Planet politics in the era of climate crisis

According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 2021, India is at the topmost hotspot of terrestrial water storage loss (TWS), having lost TWS at a rate of three to four cm each year, the highest loss recorded after Antarctica and Greenland.
Published on May 24, 2022 03:04 PM IST

 The ease of doing sustainability

The problem is relying on virtue signalling to save the planet is counter-productive.
Published on May 10, 2022 02:16 PM IST

Is the apex court backtracking on environmental principles?

The process of EIA has been established under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 to give effect to the precautionary principle.
Published on Apr 27, 2022 03:33 PM IST

Work towards a robust climate action now

The climate-critical 1.5°C temperature increase is expected to arrive a decade earlier than the IPCC anticipated three years ago under all emission scenarios. Southeast Asia is also expected to be one of the world’s most sensitive regions to climate change.
Updated on Apr 13, 2022 01:53 PM IST

 Manage or close the tap: International law to end plastic pollution

Proceeding with the intention to end plastic pollution, an international legally binding instrument needs to be introduced
Published on Mar 29, 2022 07:37 PM IST

India must act on mining and exploration of critical minerals for green tech

in 2015, India announced its Nationally Determined Contributions, including reducing its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) emission intensity by 33-35% in 2030 from 2005 levels. This commitment has been revised to a 45% reduction during COP26. Critical minerals shall play an important role to achieve these goals.
Updated on Feb 23, 2022 03:48 PM IST

Biodiversity loss and climate change pose a real threat to our agri-food systems

Biodiversity, whether at the level of genetic, species or ecosystem, strengthens the capacity of smallholder farmers, livestock keepers, pastoralists, forest dwellers, fishers and fish farmers to produce food and a range of other goods and services in a vast variety of different environments.
Published on Feb 16, 2022 11:00 AM IST

Common but different futures: AI inequity and climate crisis

Artificial Intelligence or AI will provide the most game-changing solutions to the climate crisis.
Published on Feb 13, 2022 01:57 PM IST

Airing differences: Political narrative on air quality management in India

Air pollution exposure is a pan-India, year-round public health crisis estimated to cause the deaths of more than 1.2 million Indians every year.
Published on Dec 18, 2021 08:25 PM IST

Climate entrepreneurship or green jobs can drive bottom-up climate action

Solar panels at the site of solar energy projects developer Saurya Urja Company of Rajasthan Limited, at the Bhadla Solar Park in Bhadla, in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan. (AFP)
Updated on Dec 20, 2021 02:44 PM IST

Goal-setting and planning for decarbonising India's power sector

Since 2010, when the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) was launched, there have been unprecedented technological and other changes in the energy sector, particularly dramatic reductions in the cost of renewable energy (RE)- based power.
Updated on Dec 13, 2021 07:35 PM IST

The future of climate action: In search of a united global south

Preventing further social and economic damage because of climate change requires costly mitigation and adaptation policies and technologies.
Published on Nov 13, 2021 05:21 PM IST

Mapping India’s climate vulnerability: A district-level assessment

The first tranche of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report is a grim reminder of the make-or-break choices that we need to make in a 1.5°C-breaching climate.
Published on Nov 11, 2021 09:41 PM IST

India & Climate Change: Implications of setting a net zero target

Coal secretary Anil Kumar Jain says that in order to achieve net zero carbon emission, Coal India has to think beyond coal and that it has to diversify and reduce dependence on coal.
Published on Oct 30, 2021 12:31 PM IST

Ahead of CoP 26 meet: A Negotiation Strategy

FILE PHOTO: People take part in a Climate March in Brussels, Belgium, ahead of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, October 10, 2021. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo
Published on Oct 26, 2021 07:22 AM IST

What is polluting India’s air?

The ministry of environment, forest and climate change (MoEFCC) launched the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) with the goal to ensure that India meets its National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) within a stipulated time frame.
Published on Oct 20, 2021 10:15 AM IST

How is India using its solar pumps for irrigation?

While the technology is green, it is important to understand its on-ground usage after deployment.
Published on Oct 19, 2021 12:20 PM IST

Climate change, competition, and power sector

Along with global warming, climate change has also led to an increase in the frequency of extreme weather events, including more intense rainfall and flooding. 
Updated on Sep 19, 2021 10:15 PM IST

Challenges for natural gas to become India’s bridge fuel

Can natural gas be a prime component in India’s energy mix? Examining its relevance both through the lens of competitive economic viability as well as other impacts
Updated on Sep 05, 2021 01:44 PM IST

Powering agriculture in India

GDP data released on Tuesday show the agriculture sector, which employs half of all Indians, has consistently grown throughout the pandemic. (HT Archive)
Published on Sep 02, 2021 03:27 PM IST

Coal power’s Trilemma

FILE PHOTO: Steam and other emissions rise from a coal-fired power station near Lithgow, 120 km (75 miles) west of Sydney, July 7, 2011. Australia is set to slap a carbon tax of A$23 a metric ton ($24.60) on its major emitters, newspapers said on Thursday, but it has halved the number of companies liable for the tax in a bid to overcome hostility to the policy. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz (AUSTRALIA - Tags: POLITICS ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Published on Jan 28, 2022 01:45 PM IST

India’s milk revolution needs to become climate-friendly

Milk production is rooted in animal husbandry, and rearing of cattle, buffalos and goats is a major source of one extremely potent greenhouse gas, namely methane.
Published on Oct 28, 2021 12:11 PM IST

Unpacking pre-2020 climate commitments

In this 2018 photo, plumes of smoke rise from Europe's largest lignite power plant in Belchatow, central Poland.
Published on Aug 16, 2021 02:02 PM IST
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