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Climate Change Is Uninsurable, So, What Should We Do?

I have had a career that has spanned investment banking, public policy, and academia, in the early phase of my working life. As you can imagine, academia was the least, and investment banking the most, posh. I can recall a time when the Prague Symphony Orche­stra put on a private concert in Prague...

Climate Governance is Likely to Fail Without a Discourse on Climate Finance

Proposals to curtail greenhouse emissions and effectively tackle climate change are castles in the air so long as climate financing remains a nebulous and elusive feature of the climate action agenda.

Vaunting Rhetoric versus Grim Realities

While the rhetoric of collective responsibility to achieve “ambitious outcomes” in terms of climate action to address the “climate emergency” stands questioned in the 25th Conference of Parties, the grim realities of the inequalities between countries and the evasion of responsibilities and commitments by the developed countries point towards the fundamental role and continued importance of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change that remains wider in its scope and broader in its vision than the Paris Agreement. The developed countries are also seeking to manipulate the science–policy interface in an attempt to sideline the equity and climate justice-related perspectives of the developing countries.

The Promise of Environmental Action for Economic Growth

While governments around the world cite job losses as the reason for the lack of enthusiasm to invest in climate action, research indicates that the green economy has the potential to create employment and spur economic growth.

Impact of Climate Change on the Productivity of Rice and Wheat Crops in Punjab

The seasonal trends in climate variables and their impact on rice and wheat yields in Punjab are assessed using daily data of temperature and rainfall by district from 1986 to 2015. A significant rise in mean temperature is observed in both the rice- and wheat-growing periods. Rainfall during the rice-growing period has decreased 7% annually over the past 30 years. Significant climate change will lower the rice yield by 8.10% by 2080 and wheat by 6.51%. To mitigate the effects of climate change, it is necessary to adopt climate-resilient crop choices and irrigation practices and technologies.

How Does India Fare on Global Climate Change Indices?

The term climate change is often bandied about to refer to changing weather patterns, but such usage of the term is shorn of the nuanced and technical meaning it is endowed with. A comprehensive definition of climate change incorporates a host of related technical aspects. On the other hand, India, like other developing nations, bears the brunt of changing weather patterns more than the developed economies.

India Needs to Wake Up From Its Nuclear Fantasy

Nuclear power generation in India has consistently failed to meet projected output. The Indian nuclear establishment needs to stop promoting nuclear power as a viable source of clean energy.

Climate Governance Requires A Systemic Overhaul For A Peaceful Future

How does the upcoming Climate Action Summit hope to hear proposals for a peaceful future when its climate governance structure lacks the necessary fail-safes to counter systemic loopholes?

Can the G20 Decide the World’s Future?

The G20 needs to take a proactive role in including the needs of the developing world.

Is India Ready to Tackle Climate Change?

Global warming is taken up by Indian politicians only as a way to earn international appreciation; the government is not taking adequate measure to address the climate crisis.

India’s Domestic Climate Policy is Fragmented and Lacks Clarity

India’s domestic climate policy is outdated and relies on a disjointed institutional architecture, without having clarity on foundational values. There is a pressing need to revisit the National Action Plan on Climate Change, 2008, and to reformulate domestic climate policy in India. Policy integration, institutional design for effective implementation, and climate justice must play a central role in this new vision for India’s domestic climate policy.

How Can India Become a Global Leader in Solar Power Generation?

The advancement of the International Solar Alliance by India and France has gained prominence in the field of solar power generation. However, there are some critical challenges that India faces, such as poor supply chain of production, severely low tariffs and over-dependence on Chinese imports.

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