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.

Articles By Amitabh Sinha

Explained: What to read in ozone hole size

The annual ozone hole over the Antarctic has been found to be at its smallest since the 1980s. What causes the hole, and what does the small area this year mean in the context of climate protection efforts?

Punjab water law change, delayed burning, wind pattern behind NCR smog

Farmers in Punjab and Haryana have been setting fire to their fields after harvesting of paddy since the 1980s. That was since the time combine machines, instead of manual labourers, started being used for harvesting and threshing their grain.

Explained: Why Delhi is gasping for breath while Chandigarh is (somewhat) better off

Chandigarh is close to the stubble-burning zone. However, its air is better than Delhi’s because of its geographical location and the direction of wind that blows during this season.

Explained: What it means to host UN convention on climate change

Chile has pulled out as hosts of annual climate change event, citing unrest at home, and Spain has now stepped in. How is the host decided, and why are some countries not enthusiastic about that role?

Rising seas in India and the world: threat freshly assessed, what changes

A new study claims to remove over-estimations in the assessment of land elevations in coastal areas. As a result, it finds that much larger areas of land were threatened by rising sea levels because of climate change.

Explained: Why Chile can’t host the COP25 climate conference

The annual climate conference, held toward the year-end, takes decisions related to global response to climate change.

Explained: Why did monsoon end with so much rain? Hunt for clues in Indian Ocean

The record-breaking rainfall this monsoon season, particularly during August and September, has left weather scientists confounded. Why was there so much rain?

Explained: Why Cyclone Kyarr is unlikely to hit India’s west coast

Cyclone Kyarr is expected to develop into an 'extremely severe cyclonic storm' by this evening, which is the second highest category of tropical cyclones according to their strength.

Explained: Monsoon out, monsoon in

The day the southwest monsoon finally withdrew, the northeast monsoon arrived. The winter monsoon brings much less rain than the summer monsoon, but it is important for the South, especially Tamil Nadu

Explained: Delhi diplomacy to fight disaster

At climate summit in New York, PM Modi pushed the global Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure. As world observes International Day for Disaster Reduction, a look at the initiative India has taken

Explained: Behind Nobel, Chemistry of mobile batteries

This year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry recognises the work that led to the development of something that we all are familiar with, and depend very heavily upon - the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that power most of the portable devices that we use, such as mobile phones.

Explained: Why monsoon isn’t over yet

The season officially ended with September, but rainfall has continued in several parts of the country. A look at the trends marking the delayed withdrawal, and other aspects that make this monsoon unusual.

Explained: How did minor planet ‘Jasraj’ get its name?

A minor planet between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter has been named after the legendary vocalist Pandit Jasraj.

Explained: Why the latest IPCC report on oceans matters

The latest report, on Ocean and Cryosphere, is the last in a series of three that the IPCC had been asked to produce to assess the impacts of climate change on specific themes.

Explained: Can Greta Thunberg’s campaign have an impact?

At 16, the schoolgirl, who has berated world leaders at UN climate conference, is the most recognised face of climate activism. What are the events leading to her cult following? Can her campaign have an impact?

Amazon fires: Why issues around forest are complex, what Brazil is doing

The fight against deforestation in Brazil has been extremely successful since 2005.

‘Complete ban will be difficult… Not enough viable alternatives’, says Swaminathan Sivaram

Any transformative action to preserve the quality of our environment will be accompanied by some disruption, which is inevitable and has to be managed.

Plastic planet: The scale and problem of single-use plastics

In 5 minutes, around the time it takes to read this piece, around 5 million plastic bottles will be bought around the world, many of those in India. With PM Modi calling for an end to single-use plastic, The Indian Express examines the scale of the problem. But first off, what is single-use plastic?

Explained: Why PM Modi is attending a special climate meet on sidelines of UNGA

PM will attend Monday’s high-profile special summit aimed at identifying concrete and urgent solutions, but India has said it is already doing its best — UN Secy Gen’s new asks should be for developed nations.

Chandrayaan-2: ISRO panel to release report on Vikram lander soon

A source said an internal ISRO committee, constituted to go into the likely reasons for the failure in making the soft-landing, was likely to submit its findings “very soon”, possibly within the next couple of days. The source said the committee had met a few times and almost finalised its conclusions.