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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.

As Sachin Says Goodbye, Say Grace

Much like W G Grace 150 years ago, Sachin Tendulkar has been instrumental in spreading the popularity of the game of cricket.

A Prolonged Enquiry

The Politics of Climate Change by Anthony Giddens (Cambridge: Polity Press), 2011; pp ix + 269; second edition; $55.

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.

India's Climate Policy: Development and Equity

An India That Can Say Yes: A Climate-Responsible Development Agenda for Copenhagen and Beyond by Praful Bidwai.

On the Himalayan Glaciers Controversy

A huge controversy has been generated in recent weeks over the much quoted lines in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) 2007 report: “Glaciers in the Himalaya are receding faster than in any part of the world and, if the present rate continues, the likelihood of them disappearing...

Politics of Global Warming

Politics of Global warming Nagraj Adve anti-war and other mass movements, about climate politics in the 1990s, the Kyoto Protocol and subsequent negotiations, the resistance of corporations and other powerful elites to change, and the The earth

Why Ban the Bajrang Dal?

The People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) finds the activities of the Hindutva group, in particular, that of Bajrang Dal (BD) and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), repugnant and considers them a major threat to social peace and harmony. However, we do not support the demand being made for...

Silencing Dissenting Voices

PUDR strongly protests against the arrest of and demands the immediate release on bail of Prashant Rahi, a senior journalist who has been in the custody of the Uttarakhand police since December 17, 2007. The police have accused him of being a Maoist commander. He has been charged under Sec 121 (...

Suppression of Dissent

The People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) condemns the arrest and continued detention of Govindan Kutty, editor of People’s March. People’s March is a legally registered publication that has been appearing for seven years, reporting regularly on various movements taking place in different...

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