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  • Development vs Ecology: The Gadgil Committee Report and the Kasturirangan Committee Report on Western Ghats and the way forward

    Most recently, the debate surrounding ‘development vs. ecology’ came to light in 2018 when while commenting upon the Kerala floods, which were the worst of its kind in several decades, Madhav Gadgil – the chairman of the Gadgil Committee on the Western Ghats – said that the Kerala floods are very much man-made. He further added that the scale of the disaster could have been much smaller, had the authorities followed environmental laws. It is in this context that we’re reminded of “Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel (WGEEP) or the Gadgil Committee,” and “Kasturirangan Committee,” which were constituted to study the ecology of the Western Ghats region, and were entrusted with the duty of striking a balance between the developmental activities, and protection of the ecologically sensitive Western Ghats.

  • China suffering from the worst drought in 60 years

    China is facing its most extensive drought in nearly 60 years. This drought has dried up rivers and affected power generation at hydroelectric power plants. As per the data from the national meteorological department, after 64 years, China faced its longest summer and, as a result, the Yangtze, the longest river in Asia, which is also the largest river in China, has dried up. The drying up of the Yangtze has caused water shortages in the dam and affected hydroelectric power plants, leaving large cities or small towns facing a power crisis.

  • Are we on track to end public financing for fossil fuel projects by the end of 2022?

    Two very significant climate commitments were made in 2021. On April 21, 2021, 43 financial institutions from around the world formed the Net Zero Banking Alliance (NZBA). They pledged to make all lending and investment portfolios net greenhouse gas neutral by 2050. More than a year later, NZBA grew into a strong 108-member alliance that committed to discontinuing finance to coal-related activities in developed nations, and other countries by 2030 and 2040, respectively.

  • Hurricanes are becoming unpredictable: Courtesy Climate Change

    While scientists are still under dilemma, whether climate change has enhanced hurricane Fiona’s strength or nature’s, there’s valid proof that these disastrous storms are becoming worse with time.

  • COP27 101: A Guide for the Uninitiated

    You’re aware of climate change, of course. After all, you read and watch the news. And lately, there has been a lot of fuss about it in the media, ain’t it? Melting glaciers, scorching temperatures, the wildfires, the heatwaves, the flooding, the droughts – all fallouts of climate change, so the scientists claim.

  • India’s status of containing global warming at 1.5 degree Celsius

    The challenge to maintain global warming below 1.5°C has reached a point of “now or never”. A study report issued by IPCC working Group III claimed that nations worldwide need to take all required measures to bring down the greenhouse gas emissions so as to limit global warming.

  • Pakistan Floods: Issues of Equity and Fairness

    Pakistan has been through one of the toughest times in its history since its inception. The devastating floods that have swamped over one-third of Pakistan have received wide media coverage globally. Flooding in Pakistan has killed at least 1,400 people and caused more than $30 billion in damage since June 2022.

  • Indigenous Knowledge is the Root of Survival

    Climate Action is one of the major global concerns at present. This is perhaps the most contentious issue that brings every single leader of the world to a common forum. Sustainable Development Goal-13 is about climate action, and is one of 17 Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. The official mission statement of this goal is to

  • From Being a Secondary Disaster Management Worker to Primary Disaster Affected Person

    Two days ago a small rivulet flowing in front of my house swelled, turning and tossing things parked on the road adjacent to the small rivulet. Gushes of water entered a portion of my house compound. The nature’s fury hitherto watched from a distance, was in front of me for the first time. If I honestly remember, my first thoughts, it was fear and impending doom.

  • Monsoon in India is changing its patterns

    Incessant heavy rainfall and floods occurring over peninsular India indicate a radical change in the monsoon patterns. The IMD (Indian Meteorological Department) report, published on March 30, 2021 showed the variability and changes in the monsoon rainfalls of 29 states and Union territories at state as well as district levels.