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 energy to infrastructure, IPCC lists four pathways to curb global warming
Mon, Oct 08, 2018

As of now, the world is striving to prevent the temperature rise beyond 2 degrees Celsius, in accordance with the stated objective of the Paris Agreement of 2015.

Explained: How to reach a 1.5-degree world
Mon, Oct 08, 2018

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change releases its ‘special report’ on keeping warming to under 1.5°C as compared to pre-industrial times. Why is this important, and is it even doable?

Nobel Prize in Physics, 2018: Tools made of light, ‘optical tweezers’ and high-power laser pulses
Wed, Oct 03, 2018

Arthur Ashkin — who, at 96, becomes the oldest scientist ever to be awarded a Nobel Prize — is credited with having invented what is famously known as “optical tweezers”.

Explained: Why September is drier than usual
Tue, Sep 25, 2018

Express Explained: Monsoon set to close with driest Sept since 2001. A look at the causes, and what it means to overall season.

There’s Space for Petty Gains
Sat, Sep 22, 2018

Veteran rocket engineer S Nambi Narayanan on being embroiled in the ISRO spy case along with six other colleagues and how the fictitious case set India's space programme back by years.

Beyond spy scandal: Nambi Narayanan pioneered liquid propulsion engine
Tue, Sep 18, 2018

India had been using Russian-made cryogenic engines to power its earlier GSLVs. It is only now that it has been able to master the technology and started using indigenous cryogenic engines in its rockets.

Erratic monsoon rainfall in India partly due to air pollution: Study
Sat, Sep 15, 2018

The group analysed satellite data and data from atmospheric computer models from the last 16 years to make an assessment of the likely impacts of changes in cloud behaviour over land area of about 16 lakh square kilometres.

How Chandrayaan-1 helped confirm and reconfirm water on the Moon
Wed, Aug 22, 2018

From first evidence of water in 2009 to latest finding on ice, a role for ISRO and NASA instruments aboard Indian spacecraft.

Kerala floods: The prescriptions for the Western Ghats
Wed, Aug 22, 2018

Amid Kerala floods, Madhav Gadgil says his 2011 ecology suggestions may have limited scale of disaster. What did his report say, and why did states object, leading to another panel that made new suggestions?

Kerala tragedy partly man made: Madhav Gadgil, expert who headed Western Ghats report
Mon, Aug 20, 2018

Kerala floods: The committee had strongly recommended a ban on certain new industrial and mining activities in the area, and called for strict regulation of many other “developmental” works in consultation with local communities and gram panchayats.

Fury: Tracking the unfolding tragedy in Kerala, from Ernakulam to Thrissur
Sun, Aug 19, 2018

As Kerala witnesses one of the worst floods in its recent history, The Sunday Express covers the unfolding tragedy — from one of the biggest relief camps in Ernakulam to the site of a landslide collapse in Thrissur.

Gaganyan: How to send an Indian into space
Thu, Aug 16, 2018

PM Narendra Modi announces 2022 target, marking culmination of nearly 15 years of preparations by ISRO. How much ground have scientists already covered, and how much more remains before manned mission takes off?

Maths that won Fields Medal: number theory diversified, optimal transport
Fri, Aug 03, 2018

India-origin Akshay Venkatesh takes number theory to new disciplines, Germany’s Peter Scholze works on ‘perfectoid spaces’

Here’s how the government plans to use DNA profiles, samples and records
Tue, Jul 10, 2018

After a series of attempts to legislate DNA technology, a Bill on the subject has been cleared by the Cabinet. Whose DNA does the Bill propose to use, and how? How will it address privacy concerns?

Rain check: June nearly normal
Tue, Jul 03, 2018

After an extended dry spell, late rainfall helped the first month of the monsoon end well. A look at what had caused the dry spell, what broke it, and what the weather office expects in the near future.

In the liver’s secrets, new hope for medicine
Tue, Jun 19, 2018

From the Lab — The research: The mechanism through which the liver regulates fat secretion into the bloodstream

Fact check, ground reality: Can mass jumping by World Cup fans trigger an ‘artificial earthquake’?
Tue, Jun 19, 2018

This is not the first time that “earthquakes” have been attributed to sports fans. It has happened even in India: during IPL matches, there are readings on a seismograph whenever a boundary is scored.

Using seven rivers, three interlinking projects to build a national water grid
Mon, Jun 18, 2018

Union Cabinet gets an update on progress of special committee. What is this panel, and which rivers does its latest report cover?

Costs and benefits: Why birds of a feather sometimes don’t flock together
Tue, Jun 05, 2018

Through the literature review, the scientists tried to ascertain whether the motivation for mixed-species socialising was always to benefit from such complementary skills.

From The Lab: New way to clean water polluted by mercury
Tue, May 22, 2018

About four years ago, a group of researchers from IIT-Madras developed a simple kit to help people test whether their drinking water had traces of mercury, or similar toxic heavy transition metal ions like cadmium or lead.