Monthly Archives: May 2014

Sustainable energy security: India’s quixotic ambition and simple ways to manage it

Last year (2013), India’s petroleum minister M Veerappan Moily presented a grand vision for the country’s energy security. The peg of the entire plan was to achieve energy independence by 2030. Now every country and its leaders have a right … Continue reading

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Sustainable air quality: How Delhi lost the plot – part 2

India’s capital Delhi has expanded at a phenomenal rate during the last two decades. Presence of economic opportunities in and around the city and lack of it in the hinterland, forced hundreds of thousands of people from all over the … Continue reading

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Sustainable urban air quality: How Delhi squandered its chances – part 1

These days India’s capital, New Delhi, is witnessing an intellectual debate thanks to two consecutive damning reports by an international agency and an US University. In January, Yale University, claimed that Delhi’s air quality is worse than that of Beijing. … Continue reading

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Biodiversity: Mono-culture a threat to Himalayan eco-system

The famed Indian summers are once again turning the entire Sub-Continent – India, Pakistan and Bangladesh – into an oven with no respite. However, during the last two decades another sinister impact of scorching summer heat has been witnessed in … Continue reading

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Sustainability: Dangerous delusions

Let me begin with a short story. Once upon a time there was a king who wanted to build a large city with a temple at its centre. His architects built a magnificent temple and also created a 10 km … Continue reading

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