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Articles By Nagraj Adve

A Flawed Climate Road Map

India submitted its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution on 1 October. The policy document on climate change has received laurels from diverse quarters. INDC justifies the projected rise in India's emissions by emphasising the country's development imperatives. This obscures the fact that the well-off will stamp their ecological footprint and the country will justify the rise in its emissions by hiding behind the poor.

Moving Home

Global warming and changing rainfall patterns have resulted in shifts or extensions in species' range in every terrain, region and ecosystem in India. If it is indicative of a wider unfolding process related to climate change, it would suggest that a staggering number of species in India are moving home. This would adversely affect human habitat as well.

The IPCC's 'Summary for Policymakers'

Recent reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's "Summary for Policymakers" make for alarming reading about the global warming phenomenon. How bad climate impacts will be beyond the mid-century depends crucially on the world urgently shifting to a development trajectory that is clean, sustainable, and equitable, a notion of equity that includes space for the poor, for future generations and other species.

Equity and Social Justice in a Finite Carbon World

Any serious analysis of any facet of global warming without a mention of capitalism is incomplete to that degree. A major study that was a background paper at a recent conference on climate change in Mumbai is undoubtedly a pioneering addition to the global warming literature. However, the policy paper is disturbing not just because of the generosity of emissions it allows to countries, but also for what it lacks - a discussion of the multifaceted aspects of equity and sustainability and of the logic of industrial capitalism, issues that lie at the heart of global warming.