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Decarbonising India

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

Most people seem to have missed this major announcement made by the Finance Minister of India about a carbon tax on coal. The fact is that a climate tax should be applied on all fossil fuels including oil, gas and coal. This money should be used to fund non-carbon energy. Simultaneously, significant tax incentives, including

I wish some of India's sharper climate scientists and economists would play a more pro-active role on the climate change front. 

From what I have picked up from climate science papers, 2010 may well turn out to be the hottest year on record. People living in mismanaged urban India will discover this to their dismay just as


An island near the Bay of Bengal is being swallowed by the rising sea, possibly making it one of global warming’s earliest victims. The fact, if established beyond scientific doubt, could be the spur to global climate negotiations that seem to have cooled off after the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change admitted to


1,000 Days To Save The Tiger

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

I penned these words together with Valmik Thapar, tiger defender, as far back as September 1996. But they could have been written year after year, because very little real action actually emerged in India to protect our wildlife, including the tiger. In the intervening years tiger habitats continued to be sacrificed to dams,


Global warming a question

Posted by: arun tp on

 

"Global warming" and resulting scenario is partially the result of Industrialization and Scientific advancement. Partially is used instead of probable as the time and space is related to the climatic change resulting from the ongoing evolution of universe, the evolution related to the galaxies, its space, evolution of the


Water Table a major question?

Posted by: arun tp on

 

Every life form's depends on Water. Nothing special after Industrial Revolution, the world was soaked in new attitude towards environment. New term "Industrial estates" bloomed around the continents, disregarding wastage treatments, pushing untreated wastes organic as well as inorganic into the virgin natural environment


Save Our Tigers

Posted by: Bhaskar P on

According to the website www.saveourtigers.com, which has been put up by Aircel as part of their incredible campaign a total of 118,191 people have logged on to sign their support for the tiger. The truth is that the campaign has touched a chord with young persons. And the tiger needs young persons more than anyone else in the


HOME

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

What is it in our rootedness that virtually forces us to stay fixed to what has been ‘home' long after the qualities that define home - comfort, safety, security - have vanished? Why do we persist in living in neighbourhoods or cities long after they have ceased to be friendly and nurturing? Such were the thoughts that wafted


Just Eight Years Ago

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

Parliament’s Wild Heart: I wrote the piece reproduced below just over 8 years ago, when, for one brief shining moment, it seemed like politics and conservation might just make peace.

Subsequently, hawkish economists, ruthless politicians and hungry investors from within India and overseas, combined to destabilise the ecological


Bad weather for conservation

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

Trekkking through the Western Ghats forests of Bhimgad in Karnataka, I paused to take in the vista before me. I was at a height and thick forests stretched to the horizon all around me. I had just visited the only recorded site in the world of the endangered Wroughton's Freetailed Bat and the walk back was hot and strenuous. A