Amazon forest fires: Policy lessons for India

Amazon forest fires: Policy lessons for India

For India and other South Asian countries, there are several policy options to be considered. First, there is no need to clear the forest by cutting or by burning to get extra land to grow more food to feed the growing population. The easier option is to stop the food waste so that existing food production itself can meet the needs of the growing population. About 30% of the food produced is wasted, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) (more…)...
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Why One and Half a Degree  is so important?

Why One and Half a Degree is so important?

The difference between day and night temperatures could be more than 20 deg C. So what is so ‘special’ about the Special Report by Intergovernmental Panel on Global Warming of 1.5 °C (SR15)? Rajendra Shende explains the extraordinary alarm raised by the report for the humanity. The report also tells categorically what actions are needed to limit the rise to 1.5 deg C . (more…)...
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Continental Rift: It is not about Trump Leaving Climate Agreement

Continental Rift: It is not about Trump Leaving Climate Agreement

A study released by the American Psychological Association (APA) says that climate change also takes a significant toll on mental health. That includes the loss of personal and professional identity, loss of a sense of control, feelings of fear and fatalism. Do not we already witness this mental degradation among the leaders of super powers and even among us who elect them? (more…)...
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Dream of a smokeless civilisation : The needy vs. the greedy

Dream of a smokeless civilisation : The needy vs. the greedy

Fifth extinction on planet Earth was 60 million years back. It was due to storm of dust and clouds of micro particulate matter ( PM) detonated by the massive meteroite that crashed on the Earth from space. Sixth extinction will be detonated by the enormous human greed. READ. by Rajendra Shende, Chairman, TERRE Policy Centre, and former Director UNEP and IIT alumni. (more…)...
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Middle Class Budget that tracks Middle Path  Canada needs ambitious path on Climate Change

Middle Class Budget that tracks Middle Path Canada needs ambitious path on Climate Change

I am a great fan for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for he represents new and young Canada. His offbeat approach leaves behind archaic diplomacy of 20th century and adopts ‘disruptive diplomacy’ for minorities, migration and middle class. His government’s budget of 2019, presented by Finance Minister Bill Morneau on March 19, 2019 is called ‘Investment in the Middle Class’. (more…)...
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Piloting  is done . Now PM Modi should fly ‘ thirdway’. Here is how

Piloting is done . Now PM Modi should fly ‘ thirdway’. Here is how

The world must be wishing that Pakistan closes the terrorist camps it arbors as quickly as it has agreed to release Indian Air Force pilot, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. Without going into the ‘ tactical game theory? employed in such battles and without indulging in a nuclear-winter scenario-building in a potential conflict escalation, what is needed in today?s international diplomatic arena is a ‘third way? strategy. It is not about you win or I win , it is about a ‘third way? i.e. uprooting the fundamental cause of terrorism so that peace wins. (more…)...
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