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The uncertain death of king coal

4 August 2017

by Omair Ahmad After three years of declining coal production, China has suddenly seen a rise in both its production and consumption. While analysts debate whether this is a mere blip in an overall declining trend of coal use, the rest of Asia is also caught in the midst of a strange debate where [read more]

Indus Cascade – a disaster in the making

5 July 2017

The Indus Cascade project will not help Pakistan, argues Hassan Abbas, instead it will come at great cost, and will make Pakistanis vulnerable to natural disasters or enemy attack Hassan Abbas, July 5, 2017 In May 2017, Pakistan and China signed a Memorandum of Understanding through which China [read more]

Throttling climate science, Trump style

29 March 2017

Joydeep Gupta The US President’s executive order to roll back the Clean Power Plan will not impact the policies of other countries, but moving money away from climate research will. US President Donald Trump’s executive order repealing previous president Barack Obama’s Clean Power [read more]

Biodiversity talks end with slew of announcments

20 December 2016

Mike Shanahan International negotiators have agreed to measures to restore eco-systems, improve conservation and track biodiversity targets Intergovernmental negotiations under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Cancún, Mexico ended on Friday with a slew of decisions aimed at [read more]

Murder in Myanmar

19 December 2016

Beth Walker Journalist’s death highlights plight of Myanmar’s forests and corruption of illegal logging trade to India and China. A Burmese journalist was found dead on 13 December, while investigating illegal logging and wood smuggling near Monywa, in the Sagaing region of northwest Myanmar, [read more]

Diwali firecrackers: the chokehold of tradition

31 October 2016

Omair Ahmad Despite a renewed conversation on air pollution, there was no impact this Diwali on the use of firecrackers, which create the most dangerous pollutants The day began with a bang, or actually a series of bangs, as children started setting off firecrackers in the morning to celebrate [read more]

Gasping Delhi awaits Diwali pollution explosion

28 October 2016

by Juhi Chaudhary & Omair Ahmad As Diwali, the festival of lights, approaches, the Delhi government is cracking down on Chinese firecrackers in a bid to stop the rise in air pollution. As Diwali, the festival of lights, approaches, the Delhi government is cracking down on Chinese firecrackers [read more]

Adani should bow out gracefully from its Carmichael coal mine

31 August 2016

John Quiggin  – Professor, School of Economics, The University of Queensland (reproduced from “The Conversation”) The rejection by the Federal Court of the most serious remaining legal challenges to the proposed Carmichael mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin means it is finally [read more]

The dark side of green energy

30 August 2016

Rare earth metals are essential for wind turbines and electric vehicles but leave a toxic footprint and potential short supply may become a limiting factor. Liu Hongqiao, August 30, 2016 Rare earth metals, hard-to-find materials, with unfamiliar names such as lanthanum, neodymium and europium, [read more]
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