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Himalayan controversy

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

The champagne bottles are being uncorked. The climate skeptics are in full cry in India, with the Himalayan glacier story criticising the IPCC report hitting the airwaves. The original IPCC reportstated that the total area of Himalayan glaciers would likely shrink from 500,000 sq. kms. to 100,000 sq. kms by 2035. The source for


 

I have just returned from the Sundarbans and marvel at the sheer pluck of those who defend tigers here, as well as those who live cheek by jowl with them.

With sea levels rising, floods and droughts increasing, and glaciers in sharp retreat, India's tigers and her tiger reserves across the country face a new threat from


India's Climate Connundrum

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

The Copenhagen outcome has to be one of the most disappointing results imaginable. Not because we negotiated badly, but because our ambitions were wrong to start with. When Jairam Ramesh began by announcing unilateral carbon intensity reductions for India I really thought he had convinced our Prime Minister that it was in


Twenty Ten and Beyond

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

I spent the last days of 2009 and the first days of 2010 in Kabini, Nagarhole. For over three decades now the cusp between the year gone by and the one just born has been spent by our family in one wild place or other. Its our way of reminding ourselves of what has real worth -- where our time, energy and life should be


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