Chandra Bhushan

Moving beyond coal for green power: How to create an alternative economy using DMF funds in coal mining areas

The existing overcapacity, coupled with increasing non-competitiveness of coal power plants, means that the country doesn’t need to construct new coal power plants till 2027.

Opinion News

Rising air pollution: Lessons Delhi can learn from Chinese capital Beijing

Delhi faces the same challenge as Beijing did—what we lack is political willingness and public anger to force the govt to take hard action.

Opinion News

Saving the earth from disastrous climate change needs a Plan B. Here is what that could be

The world cannot afford warming of 2°C. To have a fighting chance to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, the goal must be firmly fixed at 1.5°C

Opinion News

Pro-GM lobby is the biggest enemy of biotechnology – Here is why

The pro-gm lobby is pushing for a weak regulatory system for the quick introduction of GM foods in the market, hurting the growth of biotech in the long run.

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Garbage management is about fighting corruption

There is too much money in waste (mis)management. Proper waste management will mean less money for the corrupt and the criminals

Opinion News

What’s next for flood-devastated Kerala?

An estimated 25–30 trillion litres of water fell over the state, enough to cause floods even if Kerala’s ecosystem was in pristine condition

Opinion News

Why the credibility of FSSAI is key to promoting biotech in India

The food standard regulator has so far not assessed the safety of even one GM food and neither does it have a set procedure to assess safety.

Opinion News

Failing the mining-affected – How poor planning and implementation are leading to misplaced investments

DMF funds are being diverted for urban projects that have nothing to do with the priorities of mining-affected areas and communities.

Opinion News

The unacceptable logic of the markets

India is the fourth worst-affected country despite it contributing only 5% in causing climate change, while it is over 20% for the US and the EU.

Opinion News

What model does the Swachh Survekshan bat for?

The Survekshan ranks cities that do their waste management in a highly decentralised fashion poorly, despite their sustainable waste-management systems.

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It is time India too recognises its own Dust Bowl

The Dust Bowl, considered one of the greatest man-made ecological disasters, was a period of severe dust storms that lasted nearly a decade, starting 1931, and engulfed large parts of the US.

Opinion News

Environment regulators to blame for Tuticorin killings – Explained here

In the last 20 years of its existence, the plant was found on numerous occasions to flout pollution norms with impunity and forego permit requirements.

Environment regulators, tuticorin killings, vedanta  Sterlite copper-smelter plant, TNPCB News

Green responsibility order achieves little

The idea that MOEFCC'S corporate environmental responsibility order will cover firms that do not fall under csr or larr norms, is a fallacy.

csr, greenfield prosects, cst News

Draft forest policy misses the wood for the trees

A truly effective forest policy for India must be based on facilitating community-managed forests. The Draft 2018 POLICY undermines this instead.

forest, forest policy act News

The politics of samosa-versus-burger

By equating samosa with burger, industry wants to dilute the regulation on sale of junk food to children

There has been growing concern in India about childhood obesity and the rising incidence of diseases like hypertension and diabetes. News

How India can end energy poverty by 2040

Renewable energy, efficient appliances & buildings, and low battery cost will fundamentally change the way we produce and consume energy.

wind energy, power energy, renewable energy, poverty, poverty in india News

The Real Mainstream: Draft pesticide Bill not worth the paper it’s written on

The pesticide industry has frequently used SLAPP—Strategic Lawsuit against Public Participation—to browbeat scientists and activists into silence.

draft pesticide bill, Centre for Environment and Agrochemicals, pesiticide manufacturers News

The Real Mainstream: Can the thermal power sector be trusted again?

In the heydays of ‘India Shining’ in 2003, the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) had experimented with an alternate model to control pollution from industries.

thermal, thermal power, thermal power plants, energy, thermal energy, TPP News

The post-antibiotics apocalypse: How the recent Union Budget actually downgraded the focus on AMR

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) arises when microbes survive exposure to a drug that would normally kill them or stop their growth.

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There is little evidence that permit system helps our forests

There is little evidence that permit system helps our forests. It is time that we free our farmers, forest dwellers and wood market from archaic laws.

transit permit , bamboo, forest, forest act, elhi Preservation of Trees Act, 1994 News

Why draft Food Safety and Standards (Advertisements and Claims) Regulations, 2017 and Consumer Protection Bill, 2018, are steps in right direction

The Union government is giving final shape to the laws to regulate the labelling and advertisement of food products.

food safety bill, food advertisement regulation, food standards regularisation News

The Paris Agreement is an example of what is wrong with the current framework

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) completed 25 years of its adoption in 2017.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, UNFCCC, paris climate agreement, partners in paris climate agreement News

Cleaning up coal plants and promoting renewable energy go hand in hand

CSE firmly believes that India’s growing needs can be met only by “considering all options.” CSE does not believe that the debate at this point is either renewables or coal.

Opinion News

Climate change: India pulled off a coup at Kigali; here’s how

It achieved most of its goals with the legally-binding HFC phase-down agreement

Opinion News

Column: The ‘historic’ Paris agreement

The agreement is robbing the carbon space of the poor so that the rich can continue with their lifestyle.

Column: The ‘historic’ Paris agreement
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