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Sunita Narain

Bhopal Gas Tragedy: After 30 years

Intro:  Bhopal was struck by two tragedies: the one that happened immediately, and the other that unfolded in the years that followed Bhopal was struck by two tragedies: the one that happened immediately, and the other that unfolded in the years that followed

30 years of Bhopal gas tragedy: A continuing disaster

Issue Date: Dec 15, 2014
See also:  Book Slideshow Bhopal gas victims speak out Photo Gallery Toxic Legacy Video 30 Years of Bhopal Gas Tragedy  

US-China climate deal: Maker or breaker?

Issue Date: Dec 15, 2014
In my previous article I wrote that India should demand an ambitious climate change deal, because we need the world to stay safe—below the guardrail of 2°C rise in temperature. I also said that for the deal to be effective, it is necessary to ensure that every country has the right to development but within the planetary limits. In other words, we must operationalise equity, a prerequisite for global cooperation on climate change.

Last call to get climate deal right

Issue Date: Nov 30, 2014
The Indian government must not use “equity” to block climate change negotiations. It must be proactive on equity and put forward a position on how to operationalise the sharing of the carbon budget—accounting for countries’ contribution to past emissions and allocating future space—in climate talks.

World’s two biggest polluters-China and US-strike deal to cut carbon emissions

Issue Date: Nov 12, 2014
China, the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter, has committed for the first time to cap its rapidly growing carbon emissions by 2030. Chinese president Xi Jinping and his US counterpart, Barack Obama, struck a deal in Beijing on Wednesday to limit greenhouse gases. The agreement was reached at the conclusion of the APEC trade summit in China. ;

Letters - November 1-15, 2014

Issue Date: Nov 15, 2014
Beware of greenwash

Making sense of green building rating

Issue Date: Nov 15, 2014
The building sector is set to grow exponentially. It already has a huge environmental footprint, with the domestic and commercial sectors consuming some 30 per cent of India’s electricity. So, the imperative to go green is clear. The question is where India is and where it should go. The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) has issued the Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) to improve the energy performance of buildings by 40-60 per cent. But the use of the code in design is not linked to the actual performance of the building after it has been commissioned.

Ozone-smart, climate-cool

Issue Date: Oct 31, 2014
One item on the agenda of the much-discussed Narendra Modi-Barack Obama meeting that has Indian commentators flummoxed is hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The joint statement issued after the meeting of the two heads of states says rather ambiguously that the two sides agreed to cooperate on “next steps to tackle the challenge posed by HFCs to global warming.”
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