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The Paradigm of Nature: The measure of human progress -- economic or otherwise - must be judged by whether our activities improve the quality of our air, water and lands. This in turn will only be possible if equity is the foundation of human life across the world. Not just equity between humans, but between humans and the rest


Cancers are on the rise. So are diseases such as malaria, dengue and filaria. At least some of this can be traced back to climate change impacts. It is imperative therefore that citizens of large metros learn to alter behaviour to prepare themselves for life in an age of climate change.
 
Water shortages, health issues,

Copenhagen Blues

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

Post Copenhagen its every country for itself. This is the worst imaginable way to handle the planetary problem of climate change. India will not be able to escape either the impact of climate change, or the blame for being part of the conspiracy for the "business as usual" Copenhagen conclusion. If a chain is only as strong as


Tck Tck Tck

Posted by: Swati Hingorani on

Its the last three days of COP15 and its been a rollercoaster ride of exciting actions, disappointing results, some positive outcomes but mostly chaos. Countries continue to haggle over previously agreed upon provisions and as I type all sessions have been suspended. The result is that Im sitting at the computer centre in front


Today, Nobel Laureat Reverend Desmond Tutu presented more than half a million signatures on the "Countdown to Copenhagen" petition to Mr Yvo de Boer, in a function held at the City Square, in Copenhagen.

Despite temperatures hovering around zero, a huge croud of people clapped and cheered as Reverend Desmond Tutu entered the


Copenhagen or Bust

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

As Copenhagen unfolds, the debates are getting less and less productive. Ultra-nationalists (including polititicans, big business, and, increasingly some particularly closed-minded social activists) are behaving like the big boys of the nuclear age (US and Russia). What they have in mind for the people of Planet Earth is

The fossil awards presented the second dishonourable mention to an unprecedented trio of Austria, Finland, and Sweden, for their shameful and atrocious actions in the very first day of COP15. Their claim to dishonour arose from their promotion of a new text, that would allow countries to set their reduction targets against

Living Together

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

"Believing as I do that man in the distant future will be a far more perfectcreature than he now is, it is an intolerable thought that he and all other sentientbeings are doomed to complete annihilation after such long-continued slow progress." 

Charles Darwin

"Live together and flow with nature's tide. Or die alone." That's the


What's it like in Copenhagen?

Posted by: Linkesh Diwan on

Copenhagen is an amazing city. It's been billed as the happiest city in the world (a fact proudly related to me by two different Danes on an equal number of different occasions). The first thing we noticed when stepping off the plane was that it was quiet... silent! At the Airport! And what was really interesting was seeing