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Below the Guard Rail

The “1.5 Degree Report” from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change describes scenarios and potential actions to pull the earth away from the brink of catastrophic climate change. The report’s findings are stark but it shows that there are pathways to achieve climate security. The study nevertheless repeats some common errors in framing the ways forward and does not fully explore the potential for transformative change. Some options from the literature that deserve serious consideration are discussed.

How the Most Vulnerable Countries Fared at the Paris Meeting

The most vulnerable countries of the world had specific concerns going into the Paris meeting of the Conference of Parties on climate change. Some of these concerns were met at the conference, although the long-term implications remain to be seen.

Developmental Benefitsfrom a Low-Carbon Pathway

The Interim Report of the Expert Group on Low Carbon Strategies for Inclusive Growth neither prioritises inclusivity nor offers concrete solutions to adopt a low-carbon pathway. Such a growth path can produce co-benefits and savings while moving millions out of poverty in India. It is socially, financially and politically the right way forward, but it needs to be articulated in much more explicit terms than what is currently proposed by the government.

The Inter-Academy Report on Genetically Engineered Crops: Is It Making a Farce of Science?

The leading academies of science in India have, at the request of the government, prepared a report that was expected to give an independent scientific review of transgenic crops and the proposed Biotechnology Regulatory Bill. But the Inter- Academy Report that has been prepared is disappointing on several fronts - in its science, ethics and writing style.

Warming Up to Immigrants: An Option for the US in Climate Policy

Climate migrants and exiles pose a unique challenge that requires a special international strategy, which only the United States, with its well-established and transparent regimes for legal immigration, has the experience and capacity to develop. To begin with, the US could take the initiative in formulating domestic policy to start absorbing a significant proportion of the most vulnerable climate exiles from small island states. It could raise and attend to an urgent issue on the impacts of warming and at the same time claim a leadership position in global climate negotiations by tacitly accepting its historic responsibility for climate change.

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