Chandra Bhushan

Chandra Bhushan is an environmentalist and a researcher, writer and campaigner for sustainable development. He was honoured with Ozone Award by the UN-Environment in 2017

for his contributions to climate change mitigation and ozone layer protection.
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India must change its testing strategy

In a war, you don’t only use your best weapons, you use everything in your arsenal. This has to be the maxim in our fight against Covid-19.

The anatomy of a pandemic: Silent infections could erode containment efforts’ efficacy

Silent infections could erode containment efforts’ efficacy; developing anti-virals and vaccine must be part of the near-term vision.

covid 19, coronavirus

Relation between coronavirus and global warming: Climate crisis changes disease pandemics

Climate change, habitat loss, antimicrobial resistance, and other factors are increasing the chances of global outbreak of novel diseases. The issue is, how do we minimise and manage these outbreaks

Here why energy sector embrace technological disruptions and use them as an opportunity

Competition from Solar-plus-battery-Storage power seems set to challenge the viability of coal/gas-based power, and in the long run, of discoms

Renewables are considered ‘infirm’, as solar plants are held to be capable of supplying power only when the sun shines, and wind plants, when the wind blows. (Representative image)

Budget 2020: Investment in clean air would have cascading benefits for Economy, Brand India

Budget 2020-21: The finances for this can be mustered by shifting resources from kerosene subsidies, and NCEF.

Bushfires in Australia: Lessons India can learn from catastrophe down-under

Many parts of India share the same ecosystem and conditions that have set Australia ablaze. We need to learn lessons to avoid similar catastrophes.

The scale of the devastation that the forest fires have inflicted on Australia is unheard-of. (AP Photo)

Income inequality, climate crisis: What the next decade holds for us

The quartet of drivers would put massive stress on our society. But, these challenges are also an opportunity to make big-ticket governance reforms

As per the IPCC’s assessment, to limit warming at 1.5°C, CO2 emissions have to be reduced by 45% by 2030, and reach net-zero by 2050. (Representational image)

COP 25: Failure of talks shows countries willing to sacrifice future of planet

The failure of COP25 talks shows that To make a few billion dollars from the carbon market, countries are willing to sacrifice the future of the planet.

The unfinished agenda of Bhopal

This was opposed by the NGOs, who wanted the site to become a memorial for industrial disaster.

The real mainstream: Hydrogen or electric vehicles?

Currently, both electricity and hydrogen are produced from fossil fuels. Most hydrogen is produced by natural gas, while power is produced by burning coal and natural gas. Studies done in India indicate that with the current

Hydrogen vehicle, electric vehicle, Delhi NCR, Niti Aayog, infrastructure 

The truth about air pollution in Delhi

Contrary to the claims made by the Delhi government, air pollution in the city has deteriorated significantly since 2012

Air pollution, Delhi, AAP govt, Greenpeace,  Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi pollution

Multiple categorisations trip single-use plastic regulation

Uttar Pradesh has only one category of SUPs—products that are banned. Its list of banned products includes all kinds of carry-bags and disposable cutleries.

Single-use plastics: A roadmap to eliminate this menace

Even after enacting four major legislations in the last 20 years, we have not been able to eliminate even one single-use plastic product.

Regulations, and penalties are not sufficient to eliminate the use of single-use plastics. We need a transformation in the market and the municipal services

Why US and China need to decarbonise their economies to ensure limit in global temperature

Under Donald Trump, energy-related CO2 emissions of the country have grown in 2018, at a rate that is the highest since 2010, and is likely to be the second-highest in nearly two decades.

Without serious commitments by the US and China to decarbonise their economies, the world is not likely to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C or below 2°C (Representational image)

Thermal power industry is brazening out meeting new emission norms

Coal-fired Plants are brazening out meeting the new emission norms in the hope of another extension, courtesy confusion among govt authorities.

Power plants recently disclosed the status of their implementation of the SO2 norms, the most time-consuming and expensive retrofit

Deforestation, desertification and climate solutions

A decade later, the carbon market has collapsed and the developed countries’ funding commitments for REDD+ have also been much lower than expected.

Solar pump scheme needs serious relook

Renewable energy is clean energy, but it doesn’t always lead to green solutions. For clean energy to become green, solutions must be comprehensively designed

With solar power predicted to be at least 30% cheaper, the subsidy burden is likely to reduce significantly (Representational Image)

Only decontrol can solve urea industry’s problems

The government's urea pricing policy effectively disincentivises any investment by the industry in environmental protection.

Junk food must carry warning labels

It is in the interest of the consumers, the food industry and the nation that the dangers of junk food are disclosed and widely disseminated

Junk food, warning label, FSSAI, Food Safety and Standards, All India Food Processors’ Association, RDA, obese

Water management: Here’s how most cities in India can meet domestic needs

Singapore is the world’s foremost city in rainwater harvesting. It gets abundant rainfall, about 2400 mm/year, but has very small landmass to harvest rainwater.

Water management, Water crisis, india, domestic needs, drinking water, sewage, Direct Potable Reuse

Heatwaves to become more intense, declare it a natural disaster

Bihar alone is not suffering because of searing temperatures. Over the past month, parts of Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Telangana, and Maharashtra have witnessed record te

temperatures in few places reached almost 47 degree Celsius skymet alert for heat waves

Prioritise action on air pollution

India produces about 60 million tonnes of waste annually, of which only about 25 per cent is processed, and the rest is dumped or burned in open areas.

Climate change, Climate change news, Climate change latest news, air pollution, air

Junk the term climate change, replace it with one that recognises impending catastrophe

Scotland has already declared a climate emergency and is setting targets to reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs) emissions to net-zero by 2045.

Climate catastrophe, climate change, the Guardian, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, ecosystems, opinions

India needs national and state missions to modernise the brick sector

Demand-side regulations like mandating a certain percentage of building materials from fly ash in the building by-laws of cities could go a long way in increasing the utilisation of fly ash.

No bricks in the wall

The recent draft notification on utilisation of fly ash for making bricks is poorly designed and, if implemented, will shut down the construction industry.

comstruction sector, construction industry

Why environmental issues are non-existent in this election

On climate change, the Congress has used all the right words and promised an action agenda to combat global warming. The BJP, on the other hand, is largely silent on the issue of climate change apart from the promise of achie

csr, corporate social responsibilty, corporates, employees, opinion, financial express

UNFCCC@25: Little to show, need new platforms and ideas to combat climate change

UNFCCC doesn’t have the tools to drive global collective action to combat climate change; we need new platforms and ideas to drive transformation

UNFCCC, Climate Change, United Nations, Global Warming, Paris Agreement, industrial sectors, Kyoto Protocol
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