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Climate Change and the Human Condition

The Climate of History in a Planetary Age by Dipesh Chakrabarty, New Delhi: Primus Books, 2021; pp 290, ` 995 (hardcover).

Policy versus Pretence

Air: Pollution, Climate Change and India’s Choice Between Policy and Pretence by Dean Spears, Noida: HarperCollins, 2019; pp x + 258, ₹ 250.

The Force Multipliers of Disasters in Uttarakhand

While Uttarakhand is vulnerable to disasters, climate change is increasing these vulnerabilities. Major human interventions like hydropower projects and highways implemented without an informed or democratic decision-making process act as force multipliers during such disasters. The violations of legal and other prudent norms in their implementation further increase the damages. The absence of necessary monitoring, early warning systems and the overall disaster management system add another layer of damages during the disasters. The lack of the ability to learn lessons from disasters and lack of any accountability ensure the perpetuation of the situation.

Framework for India’s Long-term Strategy for Curbing Climate Change

A long-term strategy is needed to mitigate the processes in India that lead to climate change. This strategy, if implemented through a proper institutional framework and after including the crucial stakeholders in the decision-making process, will have important implications for policymaking.

Climate Change and Disaster Management

Avinash Persaud had raised the issue of data gaps on climate change in his H T Parekh Finance column. It is elucidated herein that when different players assess the area of relevance to develop their strategies, games help in narrowing data gaps. This has immediate policy relevance because the Biden presidency’s approach to climate change has greater concern on the rights of forest dwellers of native populations.

Research Radio Ep 12: How Effective are Institutions for Climate Policy in India?

In this episode, we speak to Navroz K Dubash and Shibani Ghosh about the effectiveness of Indian institutions and policies to address the global environmental crises.

How Vulnerable are India’s Himalayan Region States to Climate Change?

In 2018, a group of academic institutions initiated a project to build capacities of the 12 Indian Himalayan Region (IHR) states through robust assessments of climate change vulnerability, adaptation planning, and implementation. A standardised assessment of vulnerability allows stakeholders to compare vulnerability across states, probe what has caused their vulnerability, and investigate how they might address these vulnerabilities.

Droughts, Heatwaves and Agricultural Adaptation

Extreme events as floods, droughts and heat waves ensue from climate change. There has been an increase in the frequency and intensity of such events in the past two decades. Some of the recent events have caused substantial damage to agricultural crops and loss to human lives. The recurrence of such events is a threat to social welfare, economy and humanity as a whole. Adaptation to climate change is the key and the way forward. It is observed that agriculture has historically adapted to shocks and extreme events. Agricultural adaptation and resiliency to extreme events over the last three and a half decades is gauged using secondary data.

COVID-19 Crisis: Economic Stimulus Packages and Environmental Sustainability

Carbon emissions across the world have dropped after economic activities came to a halt due to the COVID-19 crisis. The positive impact on the environment could last the duration of the lockdown. However, to carry forward the momentum, a great deal would depend on the measures governments across the world would take to stimulate the post-pandemic economy. But, several nations have already put environmental sustainability plans on the backburner.

Remembering Martin Khor: Journalist, Lawyer, and Climate Activist

Khor contributed greatly to the development discourse of the global South. He also wrote extensively for the Economic & Political Weekly, particularly on climate change.

Climate Change and Gendered Vulnerabilities: Accounting for Women and Patriarchal Systems in Climate Governance Policy

Climate governance policy remains strikingly ignorant of the sociocultural context that it is embedded in, and is thus unable to account for the gender and caste inequalities that are dominant in today’s patriarchal institutions.

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