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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Articles By Chandra Bhushan

49 Articles

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 News

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) News

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 News

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.

Opinion News

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) News

Only decontrol can solve urea industry’s problems

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

Opinion News

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 News

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 News

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 News

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 News

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 News

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.

Opinion News

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 News

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 News

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 News

Swachh Survekshan disappoints again, sweeping waste under the carpet a myopic approach

Sweeping waste under the carpet is a myopic waste management approach—sustained efforts are required, and it is this that the survekshan should rank in the future.

cleanliness, cleanliness drive News

Building common-sense

Multiple clearances are neither leading to the construction of environmentally sound buildings nor improving the environmental quality in urban areas

Opinion News

Garbage management: Is waste-to-energy plants a feasible option?

WTE plants have a role, but not in the way our planners are envisaging. They should be the last resort to manage high-calorific-value waste that cannot be managed by other technologies.

Opinion News

Meghalaya’s mining quandary: No rat-hole mine is environmentally sound and safe, ban it forever

There is no such thing as environmentally sound and safe rat-hole coal mining and hence this primitive practice must be banned forever.

Opinion News

India must implement environmental blueprint unveiled last year

The year 2018 was full of declarations. In the country, some major policies and programmes were launched to tackle issues ranging from air pollution to plastic pollution.

climate change, paris agreement News

The hits and misses of 2018: Govt tackling major environmental problems but there is much to worry about

The year laid down the governance blueprint for tackling some major environmental problems. But there was as much news to cheer as to worry about.

Opinion News

Explained: How the rulebook agreed at Katowice further dilutes the Paris Agreement

Countries are now on their own to mitigate, adapt as well as pay for the costs of climate impacts, but this cannot keep the rise below 2oC.

Opinion News

Explained: Why Paris Agreement can’t secure the world from climate change

These words were spoken nearly 100 years ago by the then US president Woodrow Wilson to describe his vision of a new world order after the first World War.

Opinion News

India in the firing line of antimicrobial resistance

World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) was observed across the globe during November 12-18 2018.

antibiotics, union budget, budget 2018, AMR News

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