G8+5: Numbers Don’t Add Up For Climate Change

G8+5: Numbers Don’t Add Up For Climate Change   THE G8 Summit held in Heiligendamm, Germany on June 6-7, 2007 had climate change as a focal theme. The German Chancellor Angela Merkel, currently holding the … Read more

India’s Climate Action Plan

  The Prime Minister, as head of the Council on Climate Change, released the much-anticipated National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) on 30th June 2008. The NAPCC was expected to lay down a national … Read more

New policy on ethanol-blended petrol: will less sugar be more sweet?

                        New policy on ethanol-blended petrol: will less sugar be more sweet? The government has been actively pursuing a policy of promoting ethanol- blended petrol (EBP). Petrol blended with 5% ethanol (E5 petrol) was introduced … Read more

Energy, Global Warming And Development – II

IT can be argued that increased use of electricity does not automatically mean a proportionate increase in CO2 emission. However, if we look at our current energy options, there is little doubt that fossil fuels … Read more

Energy, Global Warming And Development

Climate change and global warming makes for some strange bedfellows. We had the spectacle recently of Montek Singh Ahluwalia, the vice chairman of the Planning Commission, teaming up with the Liberty Institute, which claims to … Read more

Hell And High Water: Hurricane Katrina Hits US

THE havoc wreaked by Hurricane Katrina last week in the USA’s Gulf of Mexico region, and the response by the US government in terms of preparedness, rescue and relief, has shocked not only the people … Read more

Tsunami Devastation

THE toll of death and destruction caused by the tsunami waves on December 25 and 26, mostly in south and south-east Asia but also in far-off Indian ocean islands and even on the east African … Read more

Russia Ratifies Kyoto Protocol

LAST week the Russian Duma, its lower house of parliament, ratified the Kyoto Protocol with an overwhelming majority. The Cabinet had last month approved Russia joining the international covenant, yet there had been fears of … Read more

Draft New Environment Policy

INDIA has seen so many new policies being announced on this or that subject, but these policies have most often not being taken seriously by the government and the agencies charged with implementing them, and … Read more

River Grid Project Becomes Sangh Parivar Agenda

THE ambitious programme launched by the BJP-led government for inter-linking of rivers in different parts of the country is rapidly gathering momentum under the aegis of the Task Force headed by former union minister Suresh … Read more

Interlinking Rivers: More Than Meets The Eye

AT various points of time, suggestions have been made for transferring water from flood prone areas to those facing droughts. The first and perhaps the most well known one was Dr K L Rao’s Ganga-Cauvery … Read more

Flop-8: Climate Conference In Delhi

NOT too many people had great hopes from the 8th Conference of Parties (or COP-8) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Even before the conference began, it was known that COP-8 would not … Read more