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Thursday, January 23, 2020

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.

Explained: How warm was 2019, and why?
Mon, Jan 13, 2020

During a severe winter, new reports have declared 2019 as the second warmest ever globally, and the seventh warmest in India. A look at these trends, what caused them, and the climate change connection

Explained: Reading Australia fire signals
Mon, Jan 13, 2020

Forest fires are routine during the Australian summer, but what’s happening now is on an unprecedented scale. A look at the extent of damage, and how the likely causes bear out long-time climate concerns.

Explained: What carbon numbers mean for climate target
Mon, Jan 06, 2020

India, as part of its contribution to the global fight against climate change, has committed itself to creating an “additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent” by 2030.

Explained: Why this winter is extra cold
Mon, Dec 30, 2019

The unusually cold December this year could just be another instance of extreme climates becoming more and more frequent, a result of climate change. Across the world, the frequency and intensity of both heatwaves and cold waves have increased in the last few years.

Explained: Why EU Green Deal matters
Sat, Dec 21, 2019

The European Union has come up with a climate action plan when the global climate talks failed to reach key objectives. What is the EU’s plan, how does it compare to others’, and how much remains to be done?

Longest UN climate talks end with no decision about key issue on agenda
Mon, Dec 16, 2019

Details of new carbon market postponed to next summit; after objections over draft agreement, final text lacks specifics

COP25: Climate talks headed for breakdown as countries reject draft
Sun, Dec 15, 2019

Country after country rejected the draft agreement text that was put together on Saturday morning after a whole night of effort to find a compromise language on contentious issues.

COP25: No significant progress made on key issues, talks to continue next year
Sat, Dec 14, 2019

The final decisions from the Madrid talks are likely to address one of the major concerns of developing countries like India by allowing for some mechanism to assess the performance of developed countries in meeting their pre-2020 commitments.

As climate talks wind down, pre-2020 targets take centre stage
Fri, Dec 13, 2019

There was also an indication that the final outcome from Madrid would have some sort of acknowledgment of the fact that the developed countries had not done enough to deliver on their pre-2020 promises.

European Union hikes its 2030 climate targets; what about 2020, BASIC countries ask
Thu, Dec 12, 2019

In its announcement, EU said it would bring in a climate law by March next year to commit itself to a net-zero emission status by 2050.

Carbon market: Talks in Madrid go nowhere
Tue, Dec 10, 2019

Countries like India, China and Brazil want their unsold carbon credits to be valid in the new market while the developed countries are opposing it on the ground that many of these credits were bogus and did not represent actual emission reductions.

India among top performing countries on climate action: Report
Tue, Dec 10, 2019

India was placed ninth on the list prepared by Germanwatch, an independent group, mainly because of its aggressive renewable energy deployment target for 2030.

Carbon markets, biggest agenda at Madrid, in danger of going unresolved
Tue, Dec 10, 2019

There has been virtually no progress at the Madrid climate talks on two of the most contentious issues relating to the creation of a new carbon market under the Paris Agreement.

Futile to seek bigger commitments when targets not being met: India at Madrid conference
Tue, Dec 10, 2019

Javadekar: India on course to meet and exceed targets, others must focus on implementing Paris pact.

Don’t meddle after deciding to withdraw, developing countries tell US
Sun, Dec 08, 2019

The US had announced its decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement within months of Donald Trump becoming president.

‘Attempts being made to silence us’: Greta Thunberg at Madrid conference
Sat, Dec 07, 2019

Thunberg participated in a massive demonstration in the city centre in Madrid in which thousands of people turned up demanding greater action from countries to fight climate change.

Explained: Why ‘carbon market’ is debated
Sat, Dec 07, 2019

It is a major contentious issue at Madrid climate talks, dividing the developed and developing world. What is the concept, why was it felt necessary, and what are the major points of disagreement?

Let’s assess failure of developed countries in acting on climate, says India
Fri, Dec 06, 2019

India and the other countries said that the developed countries must be given another two years, until 2022, to fulfil their earlier commitments.

India fifth most affected by climate change disasters
Thu, Dec 05, 2019

In 2018, India’s higher rank is attributed to the Kerala floods, cyclones on the east coast and the heatwave.

Explained: How CO2 emission trend reflects India slowdown
Thu, Dec 05, 2019

The numbers put out by Global Carbon Project are estimates, and not official. But these offer important indicators to global trends in carbon dioxide emissions in near-real time.