Category Environment, Energy, Climate Change and Sustainable Development

Stalemate on GMO Crop Policies: A Barrier to Agricultural Advancement

A Amarender Reddy GEAC’s Recommendation and the Promise of DMH-11 The government’s Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) has recommended the environmental release of transgenic Dhara Mustard Hybrid-11 (DMH-11) for testing in farmers’ field crops and seed production. If testing in…

Carbon tax- a genuine concern for climate or just a way to fight back?

The most important issue of our day is climate change, and this is a pivotal period. The effects of  climate change are unparalleled in magnitude, ranging from shifting climates that endanger food  production to increasing sea levels that increase the likelihood of catastrophic flooding. Without  immediate action now, future adaptation to these effects will be more challenging and cost prohibitive. 

India’s Sustainability Dilemma: Growing Economy vs. Climate Goals

In less than a month ( September 9-10),  leaders from the world’s most powerful countries will be in New Delhi  for the G20 Summit, which for the first time in history will be held under the patronage of an Indian presidency. While the summit will undoubtedly address many of the most pressing issues facing the global community, one topic has been placed at the center of debate —sustainable development.

India’s Path to Net-Zero Emissions: The Role of the International Solar Alliance

The International Solar Alliance (ISA) is an initiative that was launched during the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris in 2015. It was jointly founded by India and France with the aim of promoting solar energy deployment and reducing dependence on fossil fuels. The ISA seeks to address the challenges of climate change and sustainable development by mobilizing resources, fostering technology transfer, and facilitating collaboration among solar-rich countries. The alliance focuses on harnessing solar power through the deployment of solar projects, sharing best practices, and developing innovative financing mechanisms.

Natural Disasters: A Consequence of Failed Policies

The govt should enforce policies and regulations which limit the extent of forest land that can be legally converted for non-forest use. Torrential rain and floods have caused devastation in Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Delhi. Natural disasters have become a frequent worldwide phenomenon in recent years. The governments and the people will think that ‘this too shall pass’ and ignore it. But nature won’t relent. Author Charles Simmons said, “Sickness is the vengeance of nature for the violation of her laws.” The big question is: will governments learn lessons from such disasters and go for course correction? One can attribute the recent floods and landslides to policy failure. Himalayan states have become the hub of tourism, with a sharp rise in personal income and a flourishing demand for recreational activities.

INDIA STRIKES WHITE GOLD

On February 9, 2023, the Geological Survey of India struck gold in the foothills of the Himalayas in the form of 5.9 million tonnes of lithium reserves in the Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir. This discovery comes at a crucial time as the world is moving toward more sustainable energy, and lithium-ion batteries are integral as they power phones, laptops and, most importantly, automobiles.