Indo-French Partnership Led to COP21 Success

Secretary_Kerry_Looks_at_a_Book_Presented_to_Him_by_Indian_Minister_for_the_Environment,_Forest,_and_Climate_Change_Prakash_Javadekar_Before_Their_Meeting_at_COP21_in_Paris_(23532297261)The success of Climate Change Summit in Paris in December owes a lot to a strategic partnership between India and France and the outcome has further strengthened this bond, says Javadekar. (more…)

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Ending climate change begins in the city

Smoke and silhouette of industrial buildings, Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand

FRANCE 24 TV’s special series on the Paris Climate Conference, interview with Rajendra Shende. (more…)

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Chinese Characters Get Hazy :Coal or Renewables

China Air pollution Achim Steiner (1)

Air Pollution in Chinese cities risks China’s clarity on renewables. China could decouple its economic growth from its carbon footprint and air pollution.  (more…)

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20 COPs in 23 years: We are now told that one more COP will not transform the world .

Christiana_Figueres, (1)Get ready for ‘sustainable negotiations’! We are not yet there. After 23 years and 20 COPs,UNFCCC says 21st COP will  not decide the transformation.  (more…)

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President Obama’s ‘insane’ approval for Arctic drilling

Former-Vice-President-Algore crticises obama It is ‘insane’ on part of President Obama to approve drilling for oil in Arctic , says Al Gore, in rare criticism of Obama’s policies.  (more…)

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Have courage to think differently, travel to unexplored path-Dr Kalam

Dr. KalamDr. APJ Abdul Kalam talks his heart out and makes us reflect inwards.

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Underwhelmed: G 7 Summit’s pledges on climate change

France 24 June 2015In my interview by Francois Picard , well recognized expert-anchor at France 24 ,a French TV, immediately after G7 Summit 2015 in Schloss Elmau, (more…)

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Paris Climate Meeting: Enforcing the Change or Making it way of life?

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What does it take to make us change our ways with regard to climate change? The last major climate change summit in Copenhagen in 2009 ended in failure, with few consequences for those present. But temperatures are rising and extreme weather patterns have got worse. When does it become politically worth it to enforce change? And when it does it also start making good business sense?

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Soiling the mind? No, it is like cleaning the vision.

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This interview will clean your mind about the soil that feeds the world. Read what Soil Experts say on the occasion of GlobalSoil Week 2015 (more…)

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Technology Transfer : My l’intervista ( Interview) in Italian Avvenire.

with italians

We must combine tradition and new techniques, technology transfers could be both ways : north to south and south to north. My speech in Italy, Milan  (more…)

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India Is Not China-Peaking Emissions

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I was interviewed by French Journalist when President Obama Visited New Delhi. Many expected that India would announce the year its emissions will peak-as was done by China when Obama visited Bejing earlier. Here is brief interview on page 4 of Ouest France. (more…)

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100 years back Mahatma returned to India .

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100 years back 9th January 1915 Mahatma Gandhi returned to India to unleash it from the British Rule, Media India group interviewed me, as one of the Non-Resident Indian, (more…)

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Achim Steiner on Post-2015 scenario

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Achim Steiner, UN USG and ED of UNEP speaks candidly on post-2015 agenda for Sustainable Development. Most thoughtful.  (more…)

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Financial Crisis and United Nations

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The world leaders know that UN is the only show in the town, only multilateral platform to address the global and regional concerns. UN is indispensible when it comes to handling multitude of crisis that are interlinked. Interview given by Rajendra Shende, Chairman TERRE Policy Centre to a newspaper in India, 2014. (more…)

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Dr. Newman of NASA interviewed by Rajendra Shende, TERRE on Status of Ozone Layer

Ozone Paul New man

Dr. Paul Newman, Chief Scientist for Atmospheric Sciences Earth Sciences Division of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, USA answered in cyber space key questions of Rajendra Shende, Chairman TERRE. (more…)

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With Navi Radjou: Author of Jugaad Innovation -a best seller

JugadNavi Radjou , author of the best seller ‘ Jugaad Innovation’, Silicon Valley strategist and fellow at, University of Cambridge, and a World Economic Forum faculty member, talks to me ,  (more…)

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How resource scarcity is driving the third Industrial Revolution


Will shortages of energy, materials, food, and water put the brakes on global growth? Far from it. The authors of the new book Resource Revolution argue that high resource prices are spurring innovations powerful enough to unlock a new phase of global economic growth. (more…)

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Western Ghats Maratha Forts should be in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List


Rajendra Shende gave interview to journalists  of  State of Maharashtra, India in Jan 2014 which was disseminated during conference held in one of the forts : Sajjan Gad near Mr. Shende’s home town (more…)

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Chairman Mao’s Home Province Hunan: Is there still to learn from farmers?

China Farmer factory

Food Security , a Challenge for China in wake of soil degradation. Interviews with Chinese Farmer, Vice-minister of land and resources, NGO, and a scholar. Extract from China Daily and New York Times. (more…)

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Paul Newman of NASA on Occasion of Ozone Day

Paul speakingChincoteague, Virginia: on hurricane aircraft field mission at the Wallops Island Flight Facility, Paul Newman responds to the key questions on 14th Sept 2013. (more…)

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Impacts of Climate Change on Vineyards

Climate Change Impact on Wine
Viticulture is famously sensitive to climate and changes in wine production have been used as a proxy to elucidate past climate change. I was interviewed on Canal+ D8 le JT in Paris on the study published by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that existing vineyards in south of France are likely to vanish.

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Lesson for the Climate Treaty

China speechThe Climate Change treaty, struggling to reach a global agreement has valuable lessons from the Montreal Protocol a remarkable success story. In the interview I outline the elements that can change the game.


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Talk Deals or Take Actions?

In the Margins of UNFCCC meeting in Durban on 2 DEC 2011 , Busani Bafana , an award winning journalist from Africa speaks to the  former Head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) OzonAction programme, RAJENDRA SHENDE.

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Bad news after good? –Recent Arctic stratospheric ozone losses

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Rajendra Shende, Head of OzonAction, UNEP speaks to NASA scientist and co-chair of the  Montreal Protocol Scientific Assessment Panel Dr. Paul Newman on 8th April 2011

The breaking news of record losses of the stratospheric ozone over the Arctic and northern Europe, thereby exposing large populations to the risk of elevated ultraviolet radiation (UV) is quite unsettling and disquieting.

 Rajendra Shende requested Dr. Newman to briefly explain for the benefit of the National Ozone Units around the world two recent and apparently contradictory observations relating to levels of stratospheric ozone depletion. One report appeared to be very positive; the other seemed to be a serious warning:

  1. The loss of stratospheric ozone over Antarctica in September 2010 was one of the lowest on record.
  2. A record loss of stratospheric ozone was recorded over the Arctic in March 2011.

The interview:

Mr. Shende: “How should National Ozone Officers engaged in implementation of the Montreal Protocol, which is considered to be a grand success, explain this situation to their Ministers and their fellow countrymen?”


Dr. Newman: “This low Arctic ozone is very interesting, but in the long term the ozone layer will recover thanks to the Montreal Protocol. Without the Montreal Protocol, this year’s ozone destruction would most likely have been worse. The slow recovery of the ozone layer is due to the fact that ozone-depleting substances stay in the atmosphere for several decades.”


Mr. Shende: “It is stated that the loss observed is also due to the very low stratospheric temperatures. What are the reasons for low temperatures?”

Dr. Newman: “The Arctic stratosphere has been abnormally cold during March because of a lack of weather systems.  In a typical winter, we see a number of very large scale weather systems that move upward from the lower atmosphere, the troposphere, into the stratosphere. These weather systems warm up the Arctic during the winter and spring. Surprisingly, these weather systems have been rather weak this winter. The reason for the lack of weather systems is an area of active research.”



Mr. Shende: “UNEP and WMO early this year released the ‘Report of 2010 Assessment of the Scientific Assessment Panel’ which provides an objective synthesis of the impending recovery of Ozone Layer. How does this synthesis match with these recent observations?”


Dr. Newman: (emphatically) “This loss does not change the conclusion of Scientific Assessment Panel that Arctic ozone will continue to increase as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) decrease. The Montreal Protocol is an international treaty adopted under the UN umbrella in 1987 to protect the ozone layer – banning the production of ozone-depleting CFCs worldwide today. CFCs released during prior decades however, will take many decades to disappear. Until that time Arctic ozone levels are vulnerable, essentially depending on the year-to-year variations in March-April Arctic stratospheric temperatures at altitudes around 20 km.


It’s like an upset of a great soccer team – events occasionally happen to cause a great team to be poor while a poor team is great. In the end, it’s the entire season that counts.”



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