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To erase plastic waste, focus on recyclability

Plastic is a ubiquitous and long-lasting substance — essential for almost everything we do. But it has now become a bane to our environment.

 We need to focus on the real waste warriors of our world(HT PHOTO)
Published on Jun 05, 2023 08:56 PM IST

IPCC report shows nations need to act

About half of the world is vulnerable to the climate crisis, which will hurt the poor disproportionately. Governments must act at the scale and speed that is necessary

The latest IPCC report says four million people in India have migrated because of climate-induced displacement (AP)
Updated on Mar 07, 2022 06:57 PM IST
BySunita Narain

Running – not walking – the talk on climate

India’s climate targets are laudable. But to fight the crisis equitably, the industrialised world must raise ambitions and provide finance, China must reduce emissions

The issue will be to ensure that growth is equitable, and that the poor are not denied their right to development. As we set the goal to grow without pollution, we must work on increasing clean, but affordable, energy (ANI)
Updated on Nov 02, 2021 10:44 PM IST
BySunita Narain

Our future is at stake in Glasgow

The world must recognise climate justice, call out advanced economies and China, frontload emissions reduction targets to 2030, phase out coal

COP26 must not dilly and dally around empty promises of net-zero targets for 2050. It must discuss how countries will frontload emission reductions for 2030 (REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 28, 2021 02:05 PM IST
BySunita Narain

The exhaustion of the carbon budget

Seven countries and the EU have already used up 74% of the carbon budget available to keep temperatures below the 1.5 degree threshold. India is a victim but will have to be proactive

Instead of being punctuated with suffices of uncertainty, the 2021 IPCC report says that it is “virtually certain” and can speak with a “high order of confidence” of the human-induced climate crisis impact (Shutterstock)
Updated on Aug 15, 2021 08:33 PM IST
BySunita Narain

On climate, what the US needs to do

Joe Biden has done well to rejoin the Paris accord. But his administration will have to overcome Trumpism, take responsibility for historic emissions, and change energy consumption patterns at home

Pushing against the climate crisis — in spite of the terrible fire and hurricane damage — was his way of putting the economy before all else. This is what Biden-Harris will have to overcome with smart policies and even smarter communication. (AFP)
Updated on Jan 24, 2021 06:25 AM IST
BySunita Narain

Pollution: Why every one per cent counts, writes Sunita Narain

The source of pollution here is local. Action has to be taken through local agencies. And it has to be systemic

The sources of pollution here include construction and road dust, garbage-burning in vacant areas, and industries that spew pollutants from their stacks or congestion points for traffic.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 15, 2020 08:29 PM IST
BySunita Narain

Delhi: An agenda to bring back blue skies

A fundamental transformation is needed, aided by strong governance capacity

We need to do much more to reduce the number of vehicles — remember every time we clean up the tailpipe of the vehicle, but then add many more on the road, the end result of clean air is negated(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 12, 2020 11:52 PM IST
BySunita Narain

Excerpt: Conflicts of Interest by Sunita Narain

In this excerpt from Sunita Narain’s new book about her journey through India’s Green movement, the environmentalist writes about the murderous smog that choking not just Delhi but all our cities

Morning smog resulted in low visibility in New Delhi on November 9, 2017.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 24, 2017 11:20 PM IST
Hindustan times | BySunita Narain

Why floods are the new normal this monsoon

Climate change will only increase as weather and rainfall will only get more variable, more extreme and more catastrophic.Since rain will come in more ferocious events, we must engineer for its storage and drainage

Waterlogged roads in Chandigarh, August 21. The city had deficient rainfall till August 21, and then it got 115 mm of rain in just 12 hours. It drowned.(Ravi Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Sep 08, 2017 12:13 PM IST
BySunita Narain

We’re beginning to win the battle for clean air, bit by bit

The biggest win of this winter is the Supreme Court nudging the government to prepare India’s first smog alert system. There is now a framework to push action. This needs to be lauded and implemented.

School students wear masks to protect themselves from the toxic Delhi air, Mayur Vihar, Delhi. (File Photo)(Mohd Zakir/HT)
Updated on Feb 07, 2017 09:15 AM IST
BySunita Narain

Building liveable cities will need smart planning

Urban planning needs to redesign systems for providing services and then redesign the utility to supply most efficiently and to all, writes Sunita Narain for HT@90 series.

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Updated on Dec 20, 2014 04:57 PM IST
Hindustan Times | BySunita Narain

Step on the gas: What India must do for the planet

Jairam Ramesh is right when he says that India should agree to phase out HFC — a powerful greenhouse gas. But he is wrong when he argues that the non-patented substitutes for this chemical are inflammable and therefore, not desirable.

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Updated on Sep 23, 2014 01:10 AM IST
BySunita Narain and Chandra Bhushan

'It can't be business as usual'

Rio+20 has ended on a whimper. The final outcome entitled, The Future We Want, is weak and inconsequential in terms of the urgent actions needed to manage a fast deteriorating global economy and the crisis of ecology.

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Updated on Jul 01, 2012 12:17 AM IST
Hindustan Times | BySunita Narain

Kick ass for Bhopal

We need tough corporate liability laws so that companies think twice before they expose us to danger, writes Sunita Narain.

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Updated on Jun 24, 2010 12:08 PM IST
None | BySunita Narain

The ‘idea of environment’ needs a new practice

We all, more today than yesterday, believe in the need, indeed the imperative, of managing and protecting the environment. The ‘idea’ of environment has been accepted. The challenge now is to make the ‘practice’ of environment work, writes Sunita Narain.

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Updated on Jun 05, 2010 01:15 AM IST
None | BySunita Narain

How green is my colony?

Building green is not about a little more efficiency. It is about creating buildings that optimise on the local ecology, use local materials and most importantly, are built to cut power, water and material requirements, writes Sunita Narain.

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Updated on Jul 31, 2009 12:07 AM IST
None | BySunita Narain

Change the flush and forget mindset

How do we make India water-secure? First, we need to recognise that cities and industries will need more and more water. Moreover, cities will take water currently in use by someone else. This will lead to tension and even violence.The only answer is for our cities and industries to become water-prudent, and cut down on waste. This means rethinking our current systems, writes Sunita Narain.

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Updated on Jul 26, 2009 11:23 PM IST
None | BySunita Narain

'We need a regulatory spine'

"We expected Govt to respond to the issue of lack of regulations for soft drinks industry with urgency," writes Sunita Narain, head of CSE.

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Published on Aug 23, 2003 11:48 PM IST
PTI | BySunita Narain, New Delhi
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