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PARIS COP21 DESPATCH III
Shifting goalposts as summit winds down

As the draft agreement is getting ready at the Climate Change Conference in Paris, Darryl D’Monte gives a final round-up on how countries are changing their alliances keeping their own interests in mind, and if it will be possible for a developing nation like India to work towards a low-carbon future.

Environment

PARIS COP21 DESPATCH II
The Paris Climate Accord
The Paris Climate Accord is undergoing final round of negotiations and will be announced soon. Darryl D’Monte reports from the Climate Change Conference in Paris, on how there will be a huge gap between the promises made in the accord and what will end up happening on the ground.
Environment

PARIS COP21 DESPATCH
Will voluntary action to curb GHG emissions achieve anything?
Darryl D’Monte reports from the Climate Change Conference in Paris, on the consultations in progress and in particular, the stance of the developed world, its implications for India and the world at large.
Environment

CLIMATE CHANGE POLITICS
Looking beyond ‘Chindia’s’ common cause on climate
The joint statement by India and China on climate change at the end of PM Modi’s recent tour of the country has expectedly created considerable hype. Darryl D’Monte takes a balanced view of its import and the real challenges for India in the face of global climate politics.
Food Security Government

CLIMATE ACTION
A time to take up the reins
The official Indian response to the recent US-China climate deal is characterised by its historical stance on differentiated responsibility and over-reliance on coal energy. Sunita Dubey calls for an urgent re-assessment of its position and stresses the need for stronger commitment.
Environment Government Opinions

REVISITING THE CHOPRA COMMITTEE REPORT
Will selective plans for the Ganga work?
Rejuvenation of the Ganga has purportedly grabbed a big share of the new government’s focus, but would plans ignoring the upper Ganga basin really be effective? Shripad Dharmadhikary discusses the findings of an expert body that could be crucial to the agenda.
Energy Bio Diversity Wild Life Environment

EYE ON PARIS 2015
Should India tone down its moralistic stance in Paris climate talks?
Could India’s inflexible and rather aggressive attitude in global climate negotiations jeopardise its domestic mitigation of the real threats from climate change? Darryl D’Monte summarises the key take-aways from a TISS conference that dwelled upon this and related issues.
Environmental Hazards Environment

CONFLICT ZONE REALITIES
Women along the LoC: Battling climate change and landmines
For women living along the conflict-ridden borders of Kashmir, caught between cross fire and attempts to check infiltration, the threat of landmines is a constant reality, made worse now by environmental degradation. Chetna Verma’s tales expose their rising vulnerability.
Peace J & K Women

CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACT
Why large dams aren't a water solution for the future
The uncertainty of the nature and extent of climate change impact on the water sector calls for adaptive and flexible measures to effectively combat and address the issues likely to arise in the future. Shripad Dharmadhikary quotes from a recent report of an IPCC Working Group to establish the fact.
Water Environment

BOOK REVIEW
Addressing climate change, the Sikkim way
A new volume that outlines in detail the climate change issues, impact and adaptation strategies in Sikkim could also provide replicable models for other states, particularly in the Himalayan region. Seema Bhatt reviews the publication.
Reviews Books

CLIMATE CHANGE EDUCATION
Moulding the young as change agents
While formal education on climate change is largely structured around doctrines and laws targeted at mature minds, some have realised the importance of building awareness and inspiring action among the younger brigade. Angelica Pereira reports from Mumbai.
Environment Environmental Education MAHARASHTRA

CLIMATE ACTION PLANS
When will Indian politics wake up to climate change?
Initiatives that do not factor in climate resilience and related gender concerns cannot address development challenges, but the manner in which state-level climate action plans are being implemented shows these are yet to become electoral planks. Aditi Kapoor reports.
Environment Women

RURAL GREENING
Women lead the way in eco-conservation
Women in the Sunderbans region of West Bengal are setting a trend in climate change mitigation through projects under the "Common Property Resource" initiative, and carving new frontiers in livelihood security in the process. Ajitha Menon reports.
Environment WEST BENGAL Work+Life
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