Raise a Toast! Trump Is Willing to Fund This Climate Treaty

Raise a Toast! Trump Is Willing to Fund This Climate Treaty

George Bernard Shaw, polemicist once said that ‘England and America are the two countries separated by the same language’. When the UN conference on the Montreal Protocol on the substances that deplete the ozone layer ended in Montreal on 24th Nov, albeit in the wee hours of 25th November, I thought that the same can be said for the two cities, Paris and Montreal, not only about French language but also the Agreements signed there on global action on Climate. The UN meeting in Montreal celebrated 30th Anniversary of the success of the phase-out of the Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS). The meeting in Bonn, week before, after its 25 years of the global efforts was still wondering how to even finalize the rule book to stabilize the climate and keep rise in temperature not more than to 2 deg cent before 2100, while making the efforts to limit that rise to 1.5...
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Breaking-away of the Iceberg …and Locking-up of the World

Breaking-away of the Iceberg …and Locking-up of the World

The world today is ‘locked’ in more sense than one. Brutal inequality, dreadful terrorism, unashamed threats on territorial claims and bullying on nuclear missile attacks have all locked the civilization in spiral trajectory of global hazard without any sign of slowing down. Recent climate studies by Nature Climate Change, published on 31st July 2017, expose that the world has also ‘locked’ itself in the way never happened in human history of more than eight hundred thousand years when even ancestors of Neanderthals-homo  sapiens sapiens  lived. It reveals steady and steep rise of warming of the Earth’s temperature due to the human induced Green House Gases (GHGs) that have already been emitted in the past, thereby locking the fate of the Earth due to climate change. As per study, there is only one percent chance, irrespective of the global action, to limit the temperature rise at 1.5 deg Celsius. 1.5 deg C is...
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Obituary : Genetically UnModified Environment Minister

Obituary : Genetically UnModified Environment Minister

‘Walking away from the decision-making could be the hardest but it could also be the best decision’, says a wise fable. Anil Madhav Dave, India’s Minister of Environment surely faced such predicament . His fate took decision for him.‘Walking away from the decision-making could be the hardest but it could also be the best decision’, says a wise fable. Anil Madhav Dave, India’s Minister of Environment known for the most ordinary personal life with extraordinary passionate traits, surely faced such predicament recently. His fate took decision for him. He walked away from decision making. History has already made an addendum to the wise fable to Anil Dave’s story. He walked away for eternity. He passed away on 18th May 2017. Narmada river was to Anil Dave what Mars is to Elon Musk. Musk has openly stated that he wants to die on Mars, where he wants to set the human colonies...
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At 70, UN sets 17 goals: To be achieved in less than 17 years.

At 70, UN sets 17 goals: To be achieved in less than 17 years.

Just imagine, that when you enter the age of 71, you dare an adventure by declaring   your resolve to achieve the 17 new goals by the time you become 85. You do not just proclaim them but also show an extraordinary determination by providing 169 quantifiable targets for these goals to prove that you mean business. Further, you venture into great festivity by displaying those 17 goals by illuminating your own huge building on the banks of Hudson River of New York. You do not stop at that and invite all your high level friends to demonstrate your strong will and garner their support to achieve these social and environmental goals Global community is provoked to acclaim your resolve. News is spread across the globe. Sounds strange? Not for United Nations (UN), which did exactly that last week on the occasion of its 70th anniversary. The 193-Member United Nations General Assembly on 25th September 2015,...
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Mongolia : Of Horses, dunes and Nomads

  Vastly remembered as the land of the Mongol plunderers and Genghis Khan in history, Mongolia that had been under the influence of the neighboring countries China and Russia until 1990's is opening to the rest of the world. By Rajendra Shende A flight route from Frankfurt to Beijing goes exactly over Ulaanbaatar, capital of Mongolia, where pilot would take a light southwardly turn towards the inner Mongolia to proceed later to Beijing. Early morning when I would get up, during my more than two-dozen visits to China, on the left side, 10 kms below I would gaze through window to see tiny spots of Ulaanbaatar. I could clearly see the west-east route of trans-Siberian railway and Tuul, the river around which the city is established. Sipping Indian tea offered early in the morning by the air hostess, my memories of visits to Mongolia would descend on Tuul river banks, Gandan monastery on...
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