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Saturday, April 04, 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: Medical masks, home-made masks, and what is recommended for whom
Sat, Apr 04, 2020

Home-made masks might not be as effective in blocking outside particles as professional masks, but they are nonetheless better than not having a mask at all. Simple masks made of cotton cloth do keep out larger particles. And these can be washed and reused multiple times.

Coronavirus: Clusters lead to a surge in spread but could help contain it too
Thu, Apr 02, 2020

Experts believe that from the perspective of containing the spread, the emergence of these clusters might be a good thing.

Explained: Where does virus go from here?
Thu, Apr 02, 2020

A look at various possible scenarios that can happen in the COVID-19 outbreak, which one of these is most likely playing out in India now, and the role of the lockdown in addressing the situation.

An Expert Explains: How India is building up defence during lockdown
Sat, Mar 28, 2020

The 21-day lockdown is likely to only delay largescale transmission of novel coronavirus in India, not eliminate it completely, most experts say.

Coronavirus: ‘Severe’ steps can cut cases drastically, says study
Sat, Mar 28, 2020

Without 'draconian measures'. the coronavirus could infect nearly 60,000 people by mid-May, shows projection

An Expert Explains: ‘Coronavirus tests needed, but each country has priorities’
Tue, Mar 24, 2020

As community spread of the novel coronavirus in India looms, answers to some key questions over testing for the virus.

Labs set to begin work on cracking the coronavirus code
Tue, Mar 24, 2020

Some top government laboratories hope to start getting the virus isolates from the Pune-based National Institute of Virology (NIV) in the next few days and begin work on the sequencing later this week.

Explained: How long can coronavirus ‘live’ in air, and on steel?
Mon, Mar 23, 2020

A paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Tuesday has come out with new information on the longevity of the virus in the air — and on different surfaces.

One COVID-19 positive infects 1.7 in India, lower than in hot zones
Thu, Mar 19, 2020

Coronavirus: Climate to lockdown may be factors but scientists say don’t know exact reason yet, figure may change

Union Budget: Old, polluting coal power stations to be closed, says FM
Sun, Feb 02, 2020

In another major decision for the green sector in the Union Budget, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced Rs 4,400 crore in the 2020-21 fiscal for improving air quality in cities with population of more than 1 million.

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.