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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.

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.

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.

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