Notes from Energy, Economy, Environment discussion at the Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee Center

The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study for the Longer-Range Future in collaboration with the Boston University Global Programs’ India Initiative hosted an informal discussion with former Minister Jairam Ramesh of India on October 6 titled “Energy, Economy, Environment.”

Sixteen participants joined in the discussion, including Boston University professors from Earth & Environment, the School of Public Health, the College of Communications, and the School of Management, as well as some former Pardee Center Graduate Summer Fellows.

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Column: India signs the Minamata Convention

Given their inevitable expansion over the next decade, it is imperative that India establish and enforce mercury emission standards for coal-fired power plants.

A year after it was adopted, India joined the global mercury abatement agreement. Not surprisingly, India dragged its feet a bit, but in the end signed up to the Minamata Convention on Mercury on 30 September, a year after it was adopted. The convention that took almost six years to take final shape is named after the Japanese city that, since the 1950s, has become…

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Conversations in Diplomacy (Belfer Center)

My talk on on climate, poverty, and India’s future at the Belfer Center on September 30, 2014.

 

Column: सही तस्वीर की जरूरत

कुछ साल पहले नोबेल पुरस्कार से सम्मानित इंटरगवर्नमेंटल पैनल ऑन क्लाइमेट चेंज (आइपीसीसी) ने एक चेतावनी जारी कर सबको चौंका दिया था कि हिमालय के ग्लेशियर 2035 तक खत्म हो जाएंगे। मई 2009 में जब मैं पर्यावरण एवं वन मंत्री था, तब यह बात मेरे संज्ञान में लाई गई थी। मैं चौंक गया। क्या सच में ऐसा हो सकता है? इसके बाद मैंने देश भर में पर्यावरण के क्षेत्र में कार्यरत अलग-अलग संस्थानों के वैज्ञानिकों से बातचीत की। इनका निष्कर्ष बिल्कुल अलग था और इससे आइपीसीसी की अजीबोगरीब घोषणा पर सवाल खड़े हो गए। हिमालयी ग्लेशियरों का अध्ययन करने वाले वैज्ञानिकों ने मुङो बताया कि हिमालय के ग्लेशियर आर्कटिक ग्लेशियरों से इस मायने में अलग हैं कि उनका निम्नतम बिंदु समुद्र की सतह से तीन हजार मीटर से अधिक है।

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Speech: Plotting a Sustainable Energy Future for India

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My speech on “The Growth Imperative: Plotting a Sustainable Energy Future for India” at the MITEI Energy Colloquium.

 

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Speech: Emerging Economies and Climate Change Diplomacy

My speech at Georgetown-India Dialogue and the School of Foreign Service Asian Studies Program to discuss the role of emerging economies and the challenges of climate change diplomacy.

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Column: Washington consensus on HFCs

US President Barack Obama and two Indian Prime Ministers agree on the road ahead.

Here are two remarkably similar excerpts from two statements signed between President Barack Obama with two successive Indian Prime Ministers in Washington within a space of just a year. The first is from a statement signed on 27 September 2013 with Manmohan Singh and reads thus: “The two leaders agreed to immediately convene the India-US Task Force on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) to discuss, inter alia, multilateral approaches that include…

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Column: More hot air at climate summit

India must recapture its capacity to proactively provide both intellectual and political leadership on climate change.

The United Nations Climate Summit just concluded in New York. Such a conclave was taking place after a gap of five years. Expectations were low even though public rallies took place before the summit. The usual brave speeches were made but there were no dramatic announcements. U.S. President Barack Obama outlined the country’s plans and programmes that are being driven entirely by executive action now and reiterated the goal of reducing U.S. emissions of greenhouse gases by 17 per cent below 2005 levels by 2020. The crux of the U.S.’s approach is to set and enforce…

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Column: Reading the Maoist challenge right

Recent statements made by the home minister on India’s Maoist insurgency seem to mark a reversal of the official thinking on this threat.

The Saranda model offers an example of successful transformation of Naxalite-affected areas. Recent statements made by the home minister on India’s Maoist insurgency seem to mark a reversal of the official thinking on this threat. He is reported to have said that this is part of some international conspiracy that requires…

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Column: नक्सलवाद की चुनौती

हाल के दिनों में गृहमंत्री राजनाथ सिंह ने भारत में नक्सलवादी-माओवादी उभार के खतरे को खत्म करने के मद्देनजर सारंडा मॉडल का जिक्र किया। सारंडा मॉडल नक्सली क्षेत्रों में आमूल-चूल परिवर्तन की दिशा में एक सफल उदाहरण है। इस संदर्भ में उन्होंने कहा है कि देश के कुछ नक्सली क्षेत्रों में अंतरराष्ट्रीय साजिश रची जा रही है, जिससे निपटने के लिए अर्धसैनिक बलों और स्थानीय पुलिस को कड़े कदम उठाने होंगे। हैरत की बात है कि मौजूदा प्रधानमंत्री इस मसले पर चुप हैं, लेकिन उनके पूर्ववर्ती मनमोहन सिंह ने लगातार इस बात पर बल दिया कि यह भारत की आंतरिक सुरक्षा के मद्देनजर सबसे गंभीर चुनौती है और इसके मूलभूत सामाजिक-आर्थिक के साथ-साथ सामाजिक-राजनीतिक पहलू भी हैं।…

 

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