Short-lived pollutants: the other part of climate agenda

CO2 mitigation has to be conjoined with methane and black carbon mitigation to keep temperature rise below 2°C Methane, a short-lived climate pollutant, is generated from wet rice cultivation, oil and gas production and from…

Union Budget 2015: Missing the basics

Managing worsening environmental degradation requires massive investments in infrastructure, but Finance Minister Arun Jaitley confined himself mostly to expressing concerns over it    Credit: Wikimedia It is said that the Union budget indicates the thinking within…

Coal Toll

More than 70 per cent of India’s electricity is produced by coal-fired power plants. Most of them do not have modern technologies and use low-grade coal that is low on energy content and high on…

How we reviewed NDA’s interim budget last year

“It is for the first time that the government has acknowledged climate change adaptation as an important issue and the finance minister has allocated Rs 100 crore for it. But the fact is that there…

Adding another national regulator will not help environment

India needs second-generation reforms in environmental governance to protect environment and community rights and reduce transaction costs for industry. After more than two years of flip-flops by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF),…