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.

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.

For better wireless efficiency, weak signals can be an advantage
Mon, Oct 23, 2017

Opportunistic selection is already being used by 4G wireless networks today. They are likely to become the backbone of 5G and subsequent generations of wireless technologies

In fact: Cosmic cataclysm, multi-messenger astronomy
Fri, Oct 20, 2017

What the new gravitational waves discovery from the observation of a neutron star collision 130 million light years away means for the future of astrophysics.

From the Lab: Why some bacteria multiply in certain set-ups and resist antibiotics
Mon, Oct 09, 2017

Human beings, and indeed other organisms as well, have some molecules that correct these modifications and hence protect the integrity of the genome.

A theory is validated, revelations are promised: ‘Indian Ligo’ rolls
Wed, Oct 04, 2017

‘Indian Ligo’ is slated to begin operations in 2024. The process of recruiting scientists is currently under way

Rise in demand for engineering and tech courses
Mon, Oct 02, 2017

Number of colleges approved by the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) for offering undergraduate and postgraduate engineering and technology courses rose from 1,503 in 2006-07 to 6,472 in 2016-17.

From gravel below the tracks, reading the signs of derailment risk
Mon, Sep 25, 2017

The team has defined an “optimum” fouling point and “critical” fouling point to check state of fouling in the track. If the ballast has reached “optimum” fouling point, deep-screening is recommended immediately.

Between the Headlines: In 10 years, staff down 10% in Railways
Mon, Sep 18, 2017

There were a total of 14,06,430 regular employees in the Indian Railways on March 31, 2007. Nine years later, as on March 31, 2016, this number came down to 12,68,738.

Nitin Gadkari, 60, Minister, Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation: Ganga clean-up the biggest challenge
Mon, Sep 04, 2017

Among Gadkari’s tasks will be taking forward a move to enact a Ganga law, on which there has been little movement after a committee headed by Justice (retired) Giridhar Malviya submitted its report last May

Strategies to tackle urban flooding: On the table, plans to develop alerts, improve drainage
Fri, Sep 01, 2017

In the roadmap circulated to the state governments, the NDMA has asked the civic authorities to ensure regular cleaning of drains, mapping of water bodies, and creating a system to alert people about heavy rainfall forecasts as short-term measures to deal with flooding.

Behind Mumbai flood, cruel August
Wed, Aug 30, 2017

Had so much rainfall happened in May or June, the situation in Mumbai might have been less severe, says meteorological office; elsewhere in the country, distribution of rainfall this year is the reason why most flood-prone areas have actually suffered floods

Bengaluru’s record rain brought largely man-made floods. Here is how, why
Thu, Aug 17, 2017

On July 28 last year, a heavy overnight downpour dumped 51 mm of rain on the city, resulting in the flooding of many low-lying neighbourhoods, especially in the south and the east.

In a matter of life and death, small steps and commonsense worked
Mon, Aug 07, 2017

Heat-related deaths have fallen from 2,000 in 2015 to just 222 this summer. Simple, determined steps, costing virtually nothing, by NDMA, states achieved remarkable success. The Indian Express tells the story

Pushpa Mitra Bhargava: Man of science who never bowed down to authority
Wed, Aug 02, 2017

One of the most outstanding biological scientists in India, Pushpa Mitra Bhargava was a perennial and powerful dissenter and never bowed down to authority. He was suffering from multiple health problems. He is survived by a son and a daughter.

Understanding the new DNA tech Bill: All your questions answered
Tue, Aug 01, 2017

The 2015 draft DNA Fingerprinting Bill is back in a new version, and includes some important additions and deletions. What are they? What is the need for such a law in the first place, and what are the problems with having one?