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Sunita Narain

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.”

The myth of green building

Issue Date: Oct 15, 2014
There is no question that India and other parts of the still-under-construction world must build green. The building sector is a major contributor to climate change and local environmental destruction because of construction materials used; energy expended for lighting, heating and cooling; and water consumption and waste discharge. This is the threat. There is an opportunity as well.

Letters - September 16-30, 2014

Issue Date: Sep 30, 2014
To eat or not to eat

Green clearance test for NDA

Issue Date: Sep 15, 2014
Environmentalists are rightly alarmed that the NDA government is busy dismantling the environmental regulatory system in the country. Over the past two months, the media has reported that clearances for projects, from mining to roads, have been fast-tracked. While the web¬site of the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MOEF) has not been updated in August, in the two months till July end, forest clearance was granted to over 92 pro¬jects, which will divert some 1,600 hectares of forest.
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