India’s climate action is embedded in its developmental policy and local environmental benefits. The development pathway of India is marked by the dependence on climate-sensitive sectors—agriculture, water, health, infrastructure, natural ecosystems, and forestry and energy. This makes the socio-economic system of the country highly vulnerable to climate change and its impacts. India ranks 14 on the Climate Risk Index 2020 released by Germanwatch. Each year, weather-related extreme events lead to the loss of life in the thousands and economic losses in the billions. These risks have, especially in recent times, accumulated and intensified further straining the limited resources that are available for management and recovery. Scientific evidence further suggests that this trend of compounded risks shall also continue, and as a consequence, this will have a cascading effect across all sectors. In light of a significant developmental deficit in the country—addressing the challenges of increasing frequency of disasters, inadequate infrastructure, and climate change impacts necessitate building resilience in the long run.
As a Party to the Paris Agreement, India is well on track to meet (and exceed) two out of three of its quantified Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) targets by 2030, namely: (i) reducing the emissions intensity of GDP by 33–35 per cent from 2005 levels; (ii) 40 per cent non-fossil fuel electric installed capacity in 2030. Its progress in respect of the third target involving 2.5–3GtCO 2 e additional carbon sinks is mixed. India is the only G20 country whose Paris pledges for 2030 are compliant with a 2°C pathway. India has also been at the forefront of renewable energy growth and electricity sector decarbonization. The country has also shown its willingness to lead on climate action internationally with initiatives, such as the International Solar Alliance (ISA) and Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI).
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Indian Agrochemicals Industry Moving from Products to Solutions
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In this article, Anita Khuller discusses the targets and challenges for the implementation of e-mobility in India. She talks about various policy initiatives as well as the ways in which various states and cities in India are planning to promote and introduce electric vehicles in the country on a larger scale.
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“Remapping the Moghiya community’s role in conservation, and weaning them off their last resort of hunting through necessary and much overdue capacity-building—supplementing existing efforts—can help break the systemic poverty trap that limits their horizon of opportunity.”
Engaging Youth with Mother Nature For a Better Tomorrow
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In this article, Dhruv Verma discusses some facets of e-waste recycling that will leave you to ponder on this pertinent environmental issue.
Critically Endangered Forest Owlet Under Threat from Habitat Loss
Forest owlets are an endemic species to India. They are found only in small pockets of forest patches in India, and nowhere else in the world. The species were thought to be extinct, until a group of scientists rediscovered the species, and then started working on them. The forest owlets are threatened by severe habitat loss and development projects, apart from changes in climate. Sharada Balasubramanian writes about the birds, their rediscovery and how their habitat is threatened by ancient climate change and landscape modification.
Delhi Homes Record Poor Indoor Air Quality Low Willingness for Demanding Clean Air
In this article, Ashirbad Snehdip Raha tells us about a new research paper that measured indoor air quality in thousands of Delhi homes (across socioeconomic groups) between 2018 and 2020 and found very high levels of indoor air pollution and yet low demand for clear air or adoption of defensive behaviors. The study also observed that indoor PM 2.5 levels were consistently higher than those reported on the nearest outdoor government monitors. Surprisingly, PM 2.5 levels even inside more affluent homes were only 10 per cent lower than those found in poorer homes.
An Inspiration for All Delhi Teens Change Pollution Discourse in the Capital
As the National Capital Region continues to gasp for fresh air, two Delhi teens— 17-year-old Vihaan Agarwal and his 14-year-old brother Nav’s efforts have changed the discourse of pollution in the country. From the government to the Municipal Corporation and the court, they have become active on this issue and are trying to make Delhi breathable.
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