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Amitabh Sinha


Amitabh Sinha is Resident Editor, Pune. He writes on Environment, Climate Change, Water, Science and Technology, Space and Nuclear affairs, and related stuff. He has worked with PTI, Reuters, and BBC before joining The Indian Express in 2007. Amitabh has a PG Diploma in Journalism from IIMC, New Delhi, and a Masters in Public Administration from National University of Singapore.

From the Lab: Using the Raman Effect more effectively to study tiny particles
Mon, Feb 12, 2018

While Raman Scattering is a very effective way of gaining some information about the object under observation, it is also an extremely weak phenomenon.

Union Budget 2018, Agriculture: Another Rs 1,000-crore push for irrigation
Fri, Feb 02, 2018

The Budget has allocated Rs 450 crore for groundwater management and regulation, which is Rs 175 crore more than the RE for last year.

Union Budget 2018: To end stubble-burning and fight pollution, a scheme for farmers
Fri, Feb 02, 2018

Though Finance Minister Arun Jaitley did not spell out specifics of the scheme in the Union Budget 2018, official sources said the Centre was likely to offer a 50% subsidy on equipment required to be installed.

Throwing new light on possibilities of cancer treatment, research
Mon, Jan 29, 2018

Scientists have long known that it is possible to achieve a desired effect in certain biological processes by introducing nitric oxide from outside the body in specifically chosen concentrations.

Minister’s statement on Darwin’s evolution theory wrong, misleading, say scientists
Mon, Jan 22, 2018

Prepare statement against MoS Satya Pal’s Darwin remark, to send it to PMO

Change of heart diagnostics, numbers to make sense of ECG reports
Mon, Jan 15, 2018

Unlike many other diagnostic tests, like those for blood samples or urine for example, ECG reports do not contain numerical values that can be compared to standard healthy values

From the lab: Liquids as a source for elusive, high-power terahertz radiation
Mon, Jan 01, 2018

Scientists have so far not been able to develop a reliable source of terahertz radiations that can generate these waves as and when required.

Manipur University to hold Indian Science Congress in March
Thu, Dec 28, 2017

The chang of venue was decided on Wednesday at an “emergency executive committee” meeting of the Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA).

For the first time in 100 years, Indian Science Congress put off over fears of protests
Thu, Dec 21, 2017

Anticipating protests from students of Osmania University, where the 105th edition of the event was to be held from January 3-7, the university expressed its inability to host due to “disturbances on its campus and other reasons”.

Why new ‘Ram Setu’ video is no more than an interest-rouser, a talking point
Fri, Dec 15, 2017

A video went viral and brought back an old debate this week. The Indian Express analysed its contents and discussed it with geologists. Upshot: no scientific conclusions can be drawn — not until more is known.

Father of DNA fingerprinting Dr Lalji Singh in India dies at 70
Tue, Dec 12, 2017

Singh, the 25th vice-chancellor of BHU and a Padma Shri recipient, hailed from Kalvari village in UP’s Jaunpur district.

Meaning: Polluter pays principle
Fri, Dec 08, 2017

On what basis has the National Green Tribunal directed DDA to use money deposited by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's Art of Living foundation to restore the damaged Yamuna floodplains?

A cyclone called Ockhi — why this is raising such an unusual storm
Mon, Dec 04, 2017

Cyclones are no strangers to the Indian coast, our east coast in particular witnessing several cyclonic storms each year. Yet, Ockhi, the latest powerful cyclone, is unlike other recent ones.

Cyclone Ockhi: Over 200 fishermen rescued till now, high waves to lash Kerala coast today
Sat, Dec 02, 2017

Cyclone Ockhi: IMD director general K J Ramesh told The Indian Express, “The worst impact of the cyclone is likely to be over by tomorrow evening.”

Bonn climate summit ends with small victories for developing world, important decisions next year
Sun, Nov 19, 2017

After night-long meetings, negotiators finally agreed on the agenda of a special stock-taking meeting that the Paris Agreement had said should take place in 2018.

On last day, climate change meet moves into extra time
Sat, Nov 18, 2017

Termed ‘Facilitative Dialogue’, this meeting is supposed to assess whether the climate actions promised by all the countries under the Paris Agreement were commensurate with the overall objective of keeping temperature rise within 2 degree celsius compared to pre-industrial times.

Bonn climate change conference nears end amidst calls to phase out coal
Fri, Nov 17, 2017

A 'declaration' by the newly-launched alliance said that coal phase-out needed to be carried out "no later than by 2030" in the OECD and EU countries, and "no later than by 2050" in the rest of the world to meet the temperature goals set in the Paris Agreement.

With demand rising, solar prices may fall below the current record low of Rs 2.44, says ISA director general
Fri, Nov 17, 2017

Upendra Tripathy, director general of ISA, said: Technology and innovation, coupled with increased demand was likely to drive down the prices even below the current lowest price of Rs 2.44 per unit that was achieved at an auction for a solar project in Rajasthan earlier this year.

Bonn climate change conference: Big win for India and developing countries, key demands on ‘pre-2020 actions’ likely to be met
Thu, Nov 16, 2017

Right from the first day of the conference a negotiating group of more than 20 countries had demanded that 'pre-2020 actions' be included in the official agenda of discussions.

Solar Alliance to set up 1000 GW of solar energy by 2030
Wed, Nov 15, 2017

The 1000-GW objective, more of a desire when the ISA was launched last year, has now become its official target

Breakthrough eludes climate talks, scientists concerned over US role
Tue, Nov 14, 2017

Developing country negotiators lamented the fact that the United States, which has decided to pull out the Paris Agreement, was continuing to block any meaningful breakthrough on these issues and that other developed countries were not helping matters either.

Demonetisation, GST could have helped India cut greenhouse gas emissions in 2017: Report
Tue, Nov 14, 2017

2017 Global Carbon Budget report: If India's economy was able to recover quickly from these interventions, the annual growth in greenhouse gas emissions was once again likely to go over 5 per cent in 2018

Crop-burning could have been avoided this year, but finding money was a problem
Mon, Nov 13, 2017

Rs 3,000-cr package discussed in September but states wanted Centre to pay, which said no budget

How to manipulate the way molecules behave, with a fluorine fix
Mon, Nov 13, 2017

The “hardness” of fluorine atoms in certain conditions is a property that can be exploited for some interesting and useful manipulations.

Paris climate agreement: Some progress, but big issues remain unresolved at half-way stage
Mon, Nov 13, 2017

Small island nations, who face the prospect of getting submerged by the rising sea-levels, have been demanding a provision for compensation for damages that countries like them suffer due to climate change.

Developed countries should fill finance gap after US pullout: China
Sun, Nov 12, 2017

The decision of the United States to withdraw from the 2015 Paris Agreement has raised fears that the developed countries might not be able to fulfil this promise.

European Union defensive on pre-2020 action; India, China reject compromise formula
Sat, Nov 11, 2017

A defensive European Union on Friday played down an ongoing confrontation with developing countries over ‘pre-2020 actions’ on climate change.

Developed, developing nations lock horns on pre-2020 action
Fri, Nov 10, 2017

India Thursday repeated its demand for a deadline for ratification of the Doha amendments.

India on course to achieve its 2030 climate targets, says new report
Thu, Nov 09, 2017

A few years ago, in the run-up to another climate change conference, in Copenhagen, in 2009, India had promised to reduce its emission intensity by 20 to 25 per cent from 2005 levels by the year 2020.

India on course to achieve its 2030 climate targets: New report
Wed, Nov 08, 2017

In its NDC, India had promised to reduce its emissions intensity -- greenhouse gas emissions per unit of GDP -- by 33 to 35 per cent below 2005 levels by the year 2030

India to organise yoga sessions at Bonn climate change conference
Thu, Nov 09, 2017

This would be the first time that a yoga session has been planned at the Indian pavilion. A qualified yoga teacher will guide the sessions.

World Climate Conference: Tell us how much money you are putting forward, India asks developed countries
Wed, Nov 08, 2017

Developed countries have promised to "mobilise" $100 billion annually from 2020 to help deal with the impacts of climate change. However, there is still no clarity on how the developed countries plan to raise the money

Climate meet begins: India pushes developed countries to deliver
Tue, Nov 07, 2017

The two-week conference, is being held under the shadow of the decision of the Donald Trump administration to pull US out of the Paris Agreement, a move that severely undermines the goals and objectives of that agreement.

World climate conference opens with calls to limit global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees
Mon, Nov 06, 2017

India and other 'like-minded developing countries' made an intervention on Monday in a fresh bid to force the developed countries to deliver on their commitments under the Kyoto Protocol

In shadow of US pullout, world set to discuss Paris terms
Fri, Nov 03, 2017

The US is still part of the negotiations; the pullout will not be effective until November 2020. The biggest setback due to the US decision to leave the Paris Agreement has been to efforts to gather funds necessary for climate actions.

Coal burying Goa: Solutions in the air; slurry pipe, sealed trucks, wagons
Sat, Nov 04, 2017

Trains and trucks are used to carry coal to hundreds and thousands of kilometers, releasing huge amounts of coal dust in the atmosphere and leading to what Goa has to suffer.