The July 2023 G20 conference hosting 40 leading thinkers from 14 countries, culminated in a G20 report titled “A Green and Sustainable Growth Agenda for the Global Economy” in December 2023. It was launched by the Hon’ble Minister of Labour and Employment, and Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Bhupender Yadav.
The biggest concern for India and other developing countries is scaling up of climate finance for adopting transition pathways towards achieving net-zero emissions.
A more sensible solution is carbon dioxide removal but it isn't a priority yet. The biggest fossil fuel producers, which include the US, wouldn’t have had a market but for takers of their products in the very same rich countries whose climate campaigners shout the loudest against fossil fuels.
The rich world, whose proponents are the most vocally outraged at COP28’s failure to agree to a swift phase-out of fossil fuels, is the biggest user of fossil fuel energy.
The recent rains in early November were major news across all media, more so for the concerns of the World Cup Cricket match that was scheduled at the Chinnaswamy Cricket stadium in Bengaluru than for the safety and security of its citizens. Several city areas were inundated, leaving commuters stranded, homes gutted with rain and sewage waters, livelihoods on the streets of Bengaluru tossed and several helpless as they saw the rains ruin their homes, savings, belongings and more.
Policymakers have failed to recognise the role of climate, forest and biodiversity in ensuring the welfare of people through sustainable development. This is obvious as the trajectory of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, led by fossil fuel production, is on the upswing despite the governments’ efforts to fulfil commitments to achieve net-zero emissions.
Himalayas are the youngest range of mountains and are still in the formative stages. This means that this area is extremely sensitive to earthquakes, and frictional shear rocks are present in this area. Constructing in this zone is dangerous.