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  • Going local for Climate Action

    The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is the defining global health crisis of our times and is proving to be one of the greatest challenges faced by humanity. It is wreaking havoc around the globe and has forced most of human work to shut down. However, these uncertain times have inadvertently helped the environment, with frequent sightings of...

  • Low-carbon commitments in a post-COVID-19 India

    India has been under a complete lockdown since March 24 to arrest the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Six weeks into this unprecedented lockdown, there have been 49,501 recorded cases of COVID-19 and 1,697 deaths (as of May 6). This crisis, apart from being a human tragedy, is also expected to hit the economy hard.

    A closer look into the current scenario, however, reveals that we are facing three converging crises: the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, its immediate impact on the economy and the ever-present threat from climate change. What remains to be seen is how the pandemic and its...

  • Business leadership in the era of Climate Emergency

    This blogpost was originally published in Mint on 21 January.

    Climate change is one of the top issues for the policymakers, investors and chief executives gathered in Davos at the 50th World Economic Forum annual event. Acting on climate is no longer just a political imperative but defines business leadership in today’s carbon-constrained world.

    Climate Action: A Business Imperative
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  • How Transit-Oriented Development Can Advance Climate Action in India

    Under the Paris Agreement, by 2030, India has committed to reducing the emissions intensity of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 33-35 percent as compared to 2005 levels. Since economic activity is concentrated in urban areas, cities need to take the lead in achieving this target. Therefore, cities need to pursue development in a clean, green, inclusive, equitable and...

  • Kerala Flooding: Natural Calamity or Manmade Disaster?

    As India prepared to commemorate its 72nd Independence Day, the southern state of Kerala saw little reason to celebrate. The monsoon rainfall this year was heavier than normal and had reached alarming levels. On an average, districts received 30 percent excess rainfall, with some districts recording between 70 to 90 percent excess.

    In agricultural India, an abundant monsoon is a blessing. However, successive spells of heavy and excess rainfall...

  • Easing a Data Drought to Propel City Climate Action

    Imagine a government official working in an Indian state overwhelmed by a multitude of pressing concerns – solid waste burning, water contamination, air pollution. Tracking greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions has not been her top priority. And then she gets tasked with generating a climate action plan.

    But how can she get started on a plan that will have real impact in the absence of the granular data on GHG emissions from her state? She may not know how many vehicles are on the road (purview of the transport department) or how much solid waste is being generated (overseen by the...

  • How Indian companies are moving quickly on carbon pricing

    This blog post originally appeared on ET Energyworld.

    In Davos, Switzerland last month, the World Economic Forum recognized climate change as among the top existential risks facing businesses over the next decade. Businesses have already taken note as more than 1,300 companies that together generate $7 trillion in revenue have adopted or are planning to adopt a market solution to the climate problem.

    One of them is a leading Indian textile manufacturer. Its...

  • Keeping Heads Above Water: Lessons for Building Resilience After Flooding in South Asia and Texas

    This blog post originally appeared in WRI Insights.

    Arriving in Katmandu days after Hurricane Harvey made landfall, I watched footage of the storm's torrential rains batter southern Texas and saw heartbreaking images of families trapped on rooftops surrounded by toxic stormwater.

    Here in Nepal, more than 13,000 kilometers (8,077 miles) away from Houston, the worst monsoon season in years is also inundating villages outside the capital....

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