Chandra Bhushan

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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India in the firing line of antimicrobial resistance

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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