Troubled Talks, Gaping Gulf and Courageous Qatar

Troubled Talks, Gaping Gulf and Courageous Qatar

Doha-round on climate change 22 Nov 2012, Middle East, Four years back almost at the same time of the year; I was in Doha, capital city of  Qatar for the 20th Meeting of the Parties (MOP) to the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the Ozone Layer. I was leading the UNEP OzonAction Programme that enabled the developing countries to comply with the phase out of the Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS). Though the meeting centered around the protection of the stratospheric ozone shield that protects the life on the earth, there were serious scientific and technology discussion on the links between the climate change and the recovery of the ozone layer and vice a versa. (more…)...
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Remembering Gandhi in Durban : Climate talks on equity

Remembering Gandhi in Durban : Climate talks on equity

Well received by the blogging community , this blog from me  that appeared on 6th Dec 2011, when Durban negotiations were getting heated. As the Environment Ministers and the world leaders gather in Durban for the second and final week of the 17th global meet on climate change, I recall the stories of Mahatma Gandhi going back more than 100 years back in Durban. Mohanda Gandhi was just in his mid 20s when he arrived in South Africa around 1893 to work as a legal representative. He took up the issue of discrimination and inequity for the local Indians there. I recalled how in the court in  Durban  the magistrate asked him to take off his turban and  how he was thrown out of the train. That was the beginning  of the Gandhian march  towards satyagraha and non-violence....
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Sustaining un-sustainability: Storing CO2 for next generation

Sustaining un-sustainability: Storing CO2 for next generation

The world is getting addicted to unsustainable life style. In a way it strives to sustain the un-sustainability. I am not talking about the use of fossil fuel only. Take for example CCS- Carbon Capture & Storage. CCS approach is very simple. The electricity generating plants would continue to use fossil fuels without any regrets about climate change. That's because they would reduce ...
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Bail-out and Stimulus Package: Yes for Economic crisis, No for Climate crisis?

When markets collapsed and when most of the major banks around the world went kaput, the governments around the world rushed to bail out the market. Almost overnight stimulus packages got prepared, approved by cabinets, politburo, senates, and parliaments and even by executive order depending on the political governing system in the countries. (more…)...
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Bail-out and Stimulus Package: Yes for Economic crisis, No for Climate crisis?

Bail-out and Stimulus Package: Yes for Economic crisis, No for Climate crisis?

By Rajendra Shende, rmshende@unep.org 29 June 2009 When markets collapsed and when most of the major banks around the world went kaput, the governments around the world rushed to bail out the market. Almost overnight stimulus packages got prepared, approved by cabinets, politburo, senates, and parliaments and even by executive order depending on the political governing system in the countries. Almost in military-like marching order, all the sermons on virtues of open market economy made a 180 degree turn around. The goals of zero trade-tariffs and the best practices of 'leaving the markets to work upon themselves' were found to be strategically misconceived. In near orchestrated style, the governments around the world condemned the indulgence in not regulating the markets enough and ordered the system to intervene, control and even take over and nationalize the businesses. The intellectuals in political economy commissioned research and studies on virtues of monitoring the markets and vices of 'market based economies' and 'economic which can turn...
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