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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.

India numbers up, but UP death registrations fell in pandemic year
Wed, May 11, 2022

According to data from the Civil Registration System (CRS), Uttar Pradesh registered 8.73 lakh deaths in 2020, down from 9.44 lakh deaths registered in 2019.

Explained: Counting India’s Covid deaths
Mon, May 09, 2022

The WHO’s estimate of 47.4 lakh Covid-related deaths in 2020 and 2021 has sparked a debate. Why are such estimates so different from India’s official count? A look at the nuances being missed in the debate.

Over 90% Covid deaths went unreported? Why the WHO data raises questions
Sat, May 07, 2022

The WHO’s estimate of 47.4 lakh Covid-related deaths in India in 2020 and 2021 flies in the face of overall death data, historical trends in death reporting, and Covid death compensation claims from states.

No medical care for 45% of recorded deaths in 2020, highest ever: New data
Thu, May 05, 2022

For several months in 2020, when the pandemic first gripped the world, non-Covid medical services were suspended or operating thinly in India, with 80 to 100 per cent of beds in several hospitals reserved for Covid patients.

Explained: The death data in CRS, and why they do not tell the full story of India’s Covid-19 toll
Thu, May 05, 2022

There has been unusually high interest in the CRS data for 2020, especially the death numbers contained therein, because of the large number of deaths caused by the pandemic. About 1.49 lakh people died due to Covid-19 in 2020, according to official figures.

Explained: As Covid-19 cases rise in India, making sense of the trends
Tue, Apr 19, 2022

Daily new Covid-19 cases are rising in Delhi and Haryana, as are active cases nationwide. Lifting of restrictions could be a reason, but it's too early to worry about a fourth wave when no new variant has been detected.

India’s space debris back to levels before 2019 anti-satellite test, lowest among major space-faring nations
Sun, Apr 10, 2022

India’s contribution to space debris had increased sharply in 2019 after the country’s first-ever anti-satellite test, during which India had demonstrated its capability to strike at an enemy country’s space assets.

Explained: What is the XE variant of Covid-19, and why you need not worry about it — at least for now
Sat, Apr 09, 2022

XE variant of coronavirus: Suspected to have infected a patient in Mumbai, it is a sub-variant of Omicron. So far, there is no indication that it is more dangerous that other variants.

What latest climate report says: No time to waste, but world is not out of options yet
Thu, Apr 07, 2022

The third and final part of the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report is clear: To have any chance of restricting global temperature rise to 1.5-2 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels, the world must act now. But there is a pathway, albeit narrow and difficult, that is still open. And it’s not that expensive either — what the world needs is the will to walk.

Explained: What is the IPCC, and why are its Assessment Reports important?
Tue, Apr 05, 2022

The IPCC's Assessment Reports (ARs), which are produced every few years, are the most comprehensive and widely accepted scientific evaluations of the state of the Earth’s climate.

Running out of time, climate action feasible and affordable, says IPCC
Tue, Apr 05, 2022

Stressing on stronger action in the near term, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said that global greenhouse emissions needed to peak by 2025 “at the latest” if the world wanted to restrict temperature rise to within 1.5 degree Celsius from pre-industrial times.

Explained: Why is China seeing a spike in Covid-19 cases, and should India worry?
Fri, Apr 01, 2022

China has imposed a hard lockdown in half of Shanghai, its financial capital and a global hub for international finance and trade. What are the numbers like in Shanghai? Has the country's aggressive strategy failed? Does the Chinese situation pose any risk to India?

‘Ujjwala Effect’: Study estimates over 1.5 lakh lives saved in a year, 13% reduction in air pollution deaths
Sat, Mar 19, 2022

The researchers maintain that the benefits of Ujjwala measured by them were conservative estimates and the actual benefits could be even higher.

Explained: What to make of Covid-19 resurgence in China, Hong Kong and elsewhere
Thu, Mar 17, 2022

Worryingly, the pandemic is showing signs of resurgence in a few areas, most notably in China where a sudden rise in cases is being reported. The surge in China follows an unprecedented wave in Hong Kong since early February.

Chandrayaan-2 orbiter makes new discovery about distribution of gas in moon’s atmosphere
Tue, Mar 08, 2022

New data from CHACE-2 mass spectrometer on Chandrayaan-2 show distribution of Argon-40 gas in lunar ‘exosphere’, beyond the areas this was known to exist, a statement from the ISRO said

Explained: Reading new climate report
Tue, Mar 01, 2022

The second part of the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report has warned of multiple climate changes even if steps are taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. What is new, and what is the significance of these reports?

Climate change impact far greater, frequent and disruptive than previously understood: IPCC report
Tue, Mar 01, 2022

The IPCC, a global body of scientists that makes periodic reviews of climate science, on Monday released the second part of its sixth assessment report.

Explained: Russian space agency’s threat on International Space Station amid Ukraine crisis
Thu, Mar 03, 2022

In a threatening series of tweets, Russian space agency chief Dimitry Rogozin said that Russia could respond to the US sanctions by letting the ISS fall from space.

Everyday Science: What are ISRO’s launch vehicles, and how are satellites placed into space?
Wed, Feb 23, 2022

Satellites, or payloads as they are often called, sit inside the rocket, and are ejected once they reach near their intended orbit in space. Most satellites have small propulsion systems and carry small amounts of fuel, because they encounter very little drag, or force, in outer space.

Centre signals third wave is ending, writes to states: Remove extra curbs
Thu, Feb 17, 2022

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan directed Chief Secretaries to lift the restrictions after considering the trend of cases, active cases, and positivity rate within the state.

Explained: The importance of the EOS-04 launch, ISRO’s first of 2022
Mon, Feb 14, 2022

As many as 19 launches are planned this year, including a few big-ticket ones like the Chandrayaan-3 and the uncrewed Gaganyaan mission.

Explained: Breakthrough in nuclear fusion, and why it is significant
Sun, Feb 13, 2022

Trying to harness energy from fusion reaction is not a new endeavour. Scientists have been making efforts to build a fusion nuclear reactor for several decades, but the challenges are high.

Explained: Why declining Covid-19 positivity rate could indicate ebb of third wave
Mon, Jan 31, 2022

During the third wave, the positivity rate is being considered a much better indicator of the spread of the disease than the daily case count.

India Covid-19 vaccination update: Pace of jabbing slows in 15-18 age group
Mon, Jan 31, 2022

This is not unusual or unexpected. Additional reasons could be that Omicron has been causing relatively mild disease, and vaccines have in any case not been great at warding off infection with this variant.

Covid-19 Numbers Explained: The third wave has likely peaked in India; here is why
Sun, Jan 30, 2022

🔴 On Thursday, 2.51 lakh new Covid-19 cases were detected, well below the 3.47 lakh that were discovered a week earlier, which remains the highest daily count in the third wave so far. The peak of the second wave had been achieved at 4.14 lakh.