Chetan Chauhan

Chetan Chauhan heads regional editions as Deputy National Affairs Editor. A journalist for over 20 years, he has written extensively on social sector with special focus on environment and political economy.

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Ecostani | As Opposition nominates Sinha, the politics of presidential polls

  • As India is set to have a new President on July 25, here are the mechanics that drive the presidential elections in India: 
On Tuesday, the Opposition finally announced Yashwant Sinha as its joint candidate. (HT Photo)
On Tuesday, the Opposition finally announced Yashwant Sinha as its joint candidate. (HT Photo)
Published on Jun 21, 2022 07:27 PM IST
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UN study points to difficulties in breeding cheetahs in captivity

  • As of now, cheetah experts, two from South Africa and one from Namibia, are studying the changes made in the Kuno habitat for cheetah relocation and breeding.
India is getting six cheetahs from South Africa and four from Nambia in the first tranche.(Shutterstock)
India is getting six cheetahs from South Africa and four from Nambia in the first tranche.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 20, 2022 01:40 PM IST
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Ecostani | On normal monsoons, IMD data hides more than it reveals

  • The India Meteorological Department's definition of a normal monsoon requires urgent change. As extreme weather events rise due to the climate crisis, cumulative rainfall alone cannot define a season.  
It is awareness about the number of rainy hours that can help make people understand the impacts of the climate crisis on the Indian monsoon. (HT File Photo)
It is awareness about the number of rainy hours that can help make people understand the impacts of the climate crisis on the Indian monsoon. (HT File Photo)
Published on Jun 06, 2022 02:13 PM IST
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Ecostani | 2022: The link between climate, extreme weather, and inflation

  • IPCC’s caution for the future is visible in India today, where we have seen the record coldest and warmest period in less than five months, with the vulnerable set to lose the most 
On May 15, Delhi recorded 49.2 degrees Celsius, the highest for the city since 1901. (AFP)
On May 15, Delhi recorded 49.2 degrees Celsius, the highest for the city since 1901. (AFP)
Published on May 16, 2022 08:06 PM IST
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Ecostani | Bird population is declining. Here's why

The State of the World’s Birds shows that the birds are losing their homes because of excessive developmental activity and encroachments, especially on the water bodies
Humans need to save bird habitats for themselves, not birds. (Praful Gangurde/ HT Photo))
Humans need to save bird habitats for themselves, not birds. (Praful Gangurde/ HT Photo))
Updated on May 09, 2022 08:07 PM IST
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Coal shortage, heatwave: States face worst power crisis in 6 years

Power distribution companies fear that the situation will worsen next month if coal supplies do not improve.
With the temperatures rising across India, the peak power demand has risen by up to 50% in some states such as Punjab. (HT file)
With the temperatures rising across India, the peak power demand has risen by up to 50% in some states such as Punjab. (HT file)
Published on Apr 29, 2022 11:24 PM IST
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Coal demand up amid crunch, power concern

Thermal power plants account for 70% of India’s power generation capacity of 3,99,496 MW and according to the power ministry’s website some are running below 30- 40% capacity on account of coal shortage.
India is scrambling to ensure adequate coal supply for the thermal power plants. (Reuters)
India is scrambling to ensure adequate coal supply for the thermal power plants. (Reuters)
Updated on Apr 27, 2022 04:34 AM IST
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Heatwaves, coal shortage spark fear of power crisis

According to officials across seven states, a surge in electricity demand because of a series of heatwaves since mid-March has prompted Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Goa and Karnataka to reduce power supply for industry and reschedule supply for the farming sector.
According to data from the power ministry, normative coal stocks, the quantum required to keep plants running at full capacity for 26 days, were low across India, except in coal-rich states such as Odisha, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. (PTI Photo)
According to data from the power ministry, normative coal stocks, the quantum required to keep plants running at full capacity for 26 days, were low across India, except in coal-rich states such as Odisha, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. (PTI Photo)
Updated on Apr 23, 2022 05:28 AM IST
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Ecostani | Is your food healthy or not? FSSAI should clearly tell consumers 

  • Not having the right front-of-package label (FOPL) or a delay in making FOPL mandatory will have an adverse health impact for millions of Indians, as the problem of obesity grows
The WHO recommends FOPL nutrition labelling as policy to promote healthy diets and reducing consumption of foods high in sodium, saturated and trans fats, and added sugar. (Reuters)
The WHO recommends FOPL nutrition labelling as policy to promote healthy diets and reducing consumption of foods high in sodium, saturated and trans fats, and added sugar. (Reuters)
Published on Apr 05, 2022 12:08 PM IST
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Haven’t progressed much on protecting forests for climate mitigation: IPCC report lead author

The report shows how climate change was devastating global ecology and impacting the lives of people
Jo House (Sourced image)
Jo House (Sourced image)
Published on Apr 05, 2022 10:16 AM IST
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Examine the cheetah project with an open mind: The Kuno experiment

  • More than 117 years after the project to rehabilitate lions from Africa failed, the government has readied a five square kilometre enclosure for cheetahs to be brought from Namibia by end of this year.
The cheetah relocation project is important as it would help conservationists to understand the behaviour of cheetahs in a new habitat. (Getty/Representational Image)
The cheetah relocation project is important as it would help conservationists to understand the behaviour of cheetahs in a new habitat. (Getty/Representational Image)
Published on Mar 24, 2022 05:44 PM IST
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83% increase in rejection of RTI applications on national security grounds: Data

In 2019-20, the Central government ministries and departments received 1.29 million RTI applications.
The biggest reason for rejection of RTI applications continued to be section 8 (1) J, which prohibits providing personal information. (File)
The biggest reason for rejection of RTI applications continued to be section 8 (1) J, which prohibits providing personal information. (File)
Updated on Mar 05, 2022 02:12 PM IST
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Ecostani | The IPCC report is a reality check for India’s climate preparedness

  • India has climate missions at the Centre and state levels, but a lack of funds remains a hindrance to climate mitigation. The IPCC report comes with dire warnings. India should take note  
The IPCC report comes after the failure of negotiations among close to 200 countries at Glasgow last year to arrive at an action plan to mitigate the impacts of the climate crisis. (AP Photo)
The IPCC report comes after the failure of negotiations among close to 200 countries at Glasgow last year to arrive at an action plan to mitigate the impacts of the climate crisis. (AP Photo)
Published on Mar 03, 2022 06:36 PM IST
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Ecostani | 2024: Will an Opposition alliance without the Congress succeed?

  • As Banerjee of Bengal and Rao of Telangana attempt to stitch together a national front against the BJP, observers believe that this will do more to bolster the ruling party than put up a formidable fight against it
Before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Rao tried to foster such an alliance but began to have cold feet after the regional parties weren't forthcoming with the initiative. (PTI file)
Before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Rao tried to foster such an alliance but began to have cold feet after the regional parties weren't forthcoming with the initiative. (PTI file)
Published on Feb 17, 2022 10:51 AM IST
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Ecostani | As voting begins tomorrow, western UP will be the true litmus test

  • In all elections in the past decade, the party which had done well in western UP has won the elections in the country’s most politically significant state.
To the BJP's credit, people acknowledge that it has been able to improve law and order and the supply of electricity in the past five years. (PTI Photo)
To the BJP's credit, people acknowledge that it has been able to improve law and order and the supply of electricity in the past five years. (PTI Photo)
Published on Feb 09, 2022 12:02 PM IST
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Ecostani | Reading between the lines: The grim reality of India's forests

  • The richness of India's forest system is slowly eroding with various factors contributing to this decline. Here is a deep dive into the fine print of the latest forest report:
The biennial forest survey report is the most comprehensive survey done anywhere in the world to gauge the quality of forests. (File Photo)
The biennial forest survey report is the most comprehensive survey done anywhere in the world to gauge the quality of forests. (File Photo)
Published on Jan 19, 2022 06:00 PM IST
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Ecostani | Hindutva and Mandal politics: The core of UP elections

  • In reaction to Mandalisation, Hindutva or Kamandal politics came into play, which has since been a pivotal part of UP politics
Notwithstanding the BJP claims, there is no denying that the so-called discontent of the non-Yadav OBCs had been a constant talking point throughout the Yogi rule(PTI Photo)
Notwithstanding the BJP claims, there is no denying that the so-called discontent of the non-Yadav OBCs had been a constant talking point throughout the Yogi rule(PTI Photo)
Published on Jan 11, 2022 05:08 PM IST
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Three reasons why the 2022 elections are important

The election results will tell us whether the BJP has been able to neutralise the resentment of farmers in Punjab, western Uttar Pradesh and the plains of Uttarakhand by repealing the three farm laws, which BJP leaders often insisted will help double farmers’ income by 2022.
Workers remove a hoarding displaying an image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. The Election Commission has announced dates for state elections in Uttar Pradesh and four other states (AP)
Workers remove a hoarding displaying an image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. The Election Commission has announced dates for state elections in Uttar Pradesh and four other states (AP)
Updated on Jan 08, 2022 06:44 PM IST
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Ecostani | Aadhaar-Voter ID link: Why pre-legislative consultation was needed

  • Many concerns could have been addressed had the government adhered to the 2014 pre-legislative consultation with stakeholders on bills
Even the Election Commission has maintained a puzzling silence, and not addressed these concerns that have come from both citizens and civil society(File Photo)
Even the Election Commission has maintained a puzzling silence, and not addressed these concerns that have come from both citizens and civil society(File Photo)
Published on Dec 21, 2021 08:35 PM IST
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Ecostani | The farmer agitation may be over, but the politics has just begun

Political parties in the poll bound states are now eyeing the support of farmer leaders to ride their newly gained acceptability and popularity
In western Uttar Pradesh, Bharatiya Kisan Union leader, Rakesh Tikait, has grown into a prominent Jat leader (HT Photo)
In western Uttar Pradesh, Bharatiya Kisan Union leader, Rakesh Tikait, has grown into a prominent Jat leader (HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 14, 2021 03:55 PM IST
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Ecostani | In NCR’s bleak winter, the SC must rise to fight bad air

Sources of air pollution aside, the Capital’s bad air is a reflection of an overall governance failure. People in the NCR are looking to the SC for some relief
Delhi’s environment minister, Gopal Rai, quoted a Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) study claiming that 60% of Delhi’s air pollution comes from outside the Capital (PTI)
Delhi’s environment minister, Gopal Rai, quoted a Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) study claiming that 60% of Delhi’s air pollution comes from outside the Capital (PTI)
Updated on Dec 06, 2021 03:36 PM IST
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Ecostani | Proceed with Char Dham project — with strict ecological safeguards

The change in Centre’s stand should be looked at with regard to the ecological cost of the project so far
Although the state government has not conducted any survey of such sinking villages, locals say impact of road construction can be seen in villages on steep slopes (File Photo)
Although the state government has not conducted any survey of such sinking villages, locals say impact of road construction can be seen in villages on steep slopes (File Photo)
Updated on Nov 29, 2021 05:15 PM IST
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Why the demand for MSP law is central to the farm movement

The MSP law needs to make farmers active participants in the agriculture reform story. Having gone through pain and anguish for a year, farmers may not return home without an MSP guarantee law
Seeking a law for MSP has been a long pending demand of farmers from across the country (Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times)
Seeking a law for MSP has been a long pending demand of farmers from across the country (Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 23, 2021 11:35 AM IST
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What COP26 achieved and what it didn’t

The United Nations climate conference in Glasgow started on October 31 with the heads of over 140 countries scaling up expectations with impressive announcements
The political decision at Glasgow asks nations to enhance NDCs every five years instead of 10, and double money for climate adaptation by 2025.(Reuters)
The political decision at Glasgow asks nations to enhance NDCs every five years instead of 10, and double money for climate adaptation by 2025.(Reuters)
Updated on Nov 15, 2021 02:57 PM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Brace for bitter cold and high pollution this winter

Farm fires this year started late because of delay in paddy harvest in six paddy cultivating states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, the climate trends said
An expert said there was a high probability of 2nd back to back La Nina that could cause an intense cold wave from December 2021 to February 2022. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
An expert said there was a high probability of 2nd back to back La Nina that could cause an intense cold wave from December 2021 to February 2022. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 09, 2021 11:29 AM IST
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Explained: PM Narendra Modi’s commitments at COP26 summit on climate change

Here’s an explainer on what Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi committed at the UN-led COP26 summit on climate change mitigation, held in Glasgow, Scotland
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the venue of the COP26 UN-led summit on climate change, in Glasgow, Scotland on Tuesday. (AP)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the venue of the COP26 UN-led summit on climate change, in Glasgow, Scotland on Tuesday. (AP)
Updated on Nov 03, 2021 11:27 AM IST
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China will take one-third of carbon space by 2030, India 7%, says CSE

The arguments presented by the CSE advocated the concept of climate justice which calls for right of the developing world to grow to provide basic facilities to its people
CSE’s director general, said that even with enhanced NDCs the world will cross the 1.5 degree Celsius temperature rise threshold since pre-industrial era by 2030 and in this a major contributor would be China. (AP Photo)
CSE’s director general, said that even with enhanced NDCs the world will cross the 1.5 degree Celsius temperature rise threshold since pre-industrial era by 2030 and in this a major contributor would be China. (AP Photo)
Published on Oct 30, 2021 10:25 AM IST
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A Glasgow explainer: Decoding the climate jargon

The Glasgow conference comes at the time the IPCC has warned countries that the conference could be the last opportunity to enhance emission control measures to keep the temperature below a 1.5 degree Celsius rise from the pre-industrial level by the turn of the century
Carbon markets, a mechanism to trade carbon credits, has been defined under Article 6 of the Paris agreement (Kunal Patil / HT Archive)
Carbon markets, a mechanism to trade carbon credits, has been defined under Article 6 of the Paris agreement (Kunal Patil / HT Archive)
Updated on Oct 28, 2021 01:51 PM IST
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March from many monarchies to a democracy

  • Thus, by all accounts, the first election held between October 1951 and March 1952 was no ordinary one.
At the time of Independence, around 555 princely states covered 48% of the territory of undivided India
At the time of Independence, around 555 princely states covered 48% of the territory of undivided India
Updated on Oct 28, 2021 01:30 PM IST
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75% districts in India vulnerable to climate crisis, face risk of floods: Report

The study estimates that over 75% of the Indian districts, including 95% of coastal ones, are extreme event hotspots.
Around 45% of these districts have undergone unsustainable landscape and infrastructure changes, a reason for increase in climate vulnerability of these districts. (PTI)
Around 45% of these districts have undergone unsustainable landscape and infrastructure changes, a reason for increase in climate vulnerability of these districts. (PTI)
Updated on Oct 27, 2021 03:52 AM IST
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