Forest fires: Have we reached a tipping point

Forest fires have always been a part of Earth’s natural cycle. But the recent spurt – wildfires have affected the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe in the last year and is wreaking havoc in Australia – is anything but natural. The ongoing months-long bushfire disaster in Australia, particularly in Victoria and New South Wales … Read more Forest fires: Have we reached a tipping point

Europe’s biomass problem

Biomass was central to the pioneering Indian environmentalist Anil Agarwal’s thesis on the differing environmental challenges in rich and poor countries. Much of the Third World’s resources were employed to produce biomass for consumption in the West. But for their own consumption (however low), the poor were more dependent on biomass than the rich, living … Read more Europe’s biomass problem

Climate Emergency CoP 25: Madrid, the longest CoP ever, ends in disappointment

The 25th Conference of Parties (CoP 25) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Madrid, the longest in history, ended in deadlock and disappointment over most of the contentious issues, on December 15. It would not be a long shot to call the CoP 25 in Madrid a failure. The disappointment … Read more Climate Emergency CoP 25: Madrid, the longest CoP ever, ends in disappointment

Climate Emergency CoP 25: The inadequacy of net zero

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s report last year on Global Warming of 1.5°C indicated that the world as a whole needed to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Due to the objections of the United States, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, the 24th Conference of Parties (CoP) in Katowice last year did … Read more Climate Emergency CoP 25: The inadequacy of net zero

Just 5 oil cos spent 251 mn euros in lobbying against climate policies: Report

Global oil and gas majors BP Plc, Chevron Corpo, Exxon Mobil Corp, Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Total SA, along with their lobby groups have spent at least 251 million euros in buying influence at the European Union, since 2010, according to a new research. Their lobbying prompted the EU and European governments to set … Read more Just 5 oil cos spent 251 mn euros in lobbying against climate policies: Report

Weather alerts: Will everyone continue to have access

Part 2: The weather paywall: Will a free public service be corrupted The mushrooming weather forecasting ventures have opened up a front of conflicts between public and private agencies. Experts, mostly associated with experienced public agencies, said most of these startups might be issuing inaccurate forecasts as a changing climate has made weather prediction extremely … Read more Weather alerts: Will everyone continue to have access