Former Deputy Director General, Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi
Best way to remove carbon: Sequestering it in its natural sinks
To curb desertification, we need to restore degraded soil via forestry, improve vegetative cover, enhance water use efficiency, reduce soil …
No bricks in the wall
India needs solutions to maximise utilisation of fly ash and reduce consumption of clay and air pollution from fired clay brick kilns
'Climate catastrophe' and not 'Climate change'
Even as a major British newspaper changes its terms for climate change, it is imperative that India, suffering the most from it, builds a …
Time to abandon UNFCCC to address climate change
The progress made by United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change so far and its potential to deliver results in the future looks …
Yes, green issues are missing from poll discourse, but who is to be blamed?
It’s the civil society that has failed to inform and engage citizens on this crisis
A burning question
Waste-to-energy plants are being touted as a wonder solution for garbage management. But how feasible is this option?
'Rat-hole coal mining must be discontinued'
There is no such thing as environmentally acceptable and safe rat-hole coal mining
Agenda for 2019
The governance blueprint to combat major environmental problems must be institutionalised and strictly enforced
Lessons from Beijing to Delhi
In just four years, Beijing has improved its air quality by setting time-bound targets and implementing a comprehensive regional action plan
Why world cannot afford a 2°C rise
The climate change goal must be fixed at 1.5°C so that we get a chance to avert the worst impacts
Climate change should be at centre of India's development policies
Beyond a certain temperate increase, our ecosystem and economy cannot adapt and, climate change is a clear and present danger
Swachh Survekshan 2018 misses the clean mark
Majority of the top 50 cities recognised as clean by the Swachh Survekshan-2018 dump waste in poorly managed landfills and dumpsites
India’s very own Dust Bowl
Rising temperatures, changing weather patterns, depleting groundwater, unsustainable agriculture and deforestation are turning large parts of …
Environment ministry, Tamil Nadu Pollution Board must own up to Tuticorin killings
Until we reform environmental governance fundamentally, cases like Sterlite will keep happening and environmental conflicts will only grow
Letting go of the colonial hangover should be the goal of the new forest policy
Forest department in India needs to reverse its role from being the owner and regulator of forests to becoming a facilitator in community-managed …
An open letter to Sania Mirza
The truth of the matter is that antibiotics are rampantly misused in India by the poultry industry to fatten chicken in less time and with less …
A tree grown outside forest is a tree protected inside forest
Can we do away with permits, allow forestry-based economy to grow and still increase forest cover, protect wildlife and conserve our ecology?
How to beat Trump on climate change?
It looks like the US will not withdraw from the UN Climate Convention or the Paris Agreement. It would keep the seat and undermine the progress …
Differentiated and legally binding
Unlike the Paris Agreement, Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol is legally binding with mandatory HFC reduction targets for countries
A renewable energy future for India
The challenge before India is how to meet its energy requirements without compromising the ecology of the country. In addition, we have to be …
A monopoly like none other
An amendment to the Montreal Protocol without addressing IPR issues of HFOs would mean that the entire MAC sector would be at the mercy of three …
Post-Paris climate: the ‘historic’ Agreement
The absence of the term ‘carbon space’ in the Paris Agreement is a reason to worry as this will hurt India in the long run
High ambition coalition! Are you joking?
Chandra Bhushan explains why by no stretch of imagination can any one call the past, present and future climate actions of the US and the EU (…
Who is afraid of transparency?
Flaring up issues of transparency and reporting of climate actions could be a tactic by developed nations to divert attention from more …
A well-hatched plot
Indications are that India will be made the "fall guy". Developed countries will try at every step to propose changes in the 1992 convention, …