Sunita Narain
Sunita Narain is a researcher, journalist and activist on environmental issues. She works with the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) a public interest research organization based in Delhi and also edits a fortnightly newsmagazine, Down To Earth. Nominated as one of the world's 100 public intellectuals by Foreign Policy, she believes in pushing the envelope of ideas to seek change in society.

Entries by Sunita Narain

Pour une division équitable du «gâteau carbone»

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 12:28 AM

La lutte contre le changement climatique au niveau international a pris la forme d'un traité: la Convention-Cadre des Nations Unies sur les changements climatiques (CCNUCC), signée en 1992. Celle-ci reconnaît, à juste titre, à la fois la responsabilité historique des pays développés dans la création du problème et...

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The Possible India-US Deal on Climate Change: Will Obama's Visit to Delhi Bring a Return Gift?

(1) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 9:45 AM

When President Barack Obama visits Delhi for the Republic Day celebrations, climate change--a bugbear in the US-India relationship--is expected to be high on the agenda. The US president, heady from his dramatic breakthrough in brokering a climate deal with the Chinese, is hoping to get something from India...

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Smog Has to Be Cleared: Delhi's Air Pollution Saga

(1) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 7:00 AM

As winter approaches and the cold air settles, my city of Delhi begins to choke on toxic air pollution -- out mostly from the spit of the growing numbers of private vehicles. It was this time of the year, exactly 20 years ago, when Centre for Science and...

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30 Years After Bhopal Gas Tragedy: Need for Corporate Liability

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 1:00 PM

It is 30 years since the night of December 2-3 when methyl isocynate (MIC) gas leaked from the factory of Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) in the city of Bhopal. That night Bhopal died a million deaths as the city into a vast gas chamber. People ran on...

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Manmade Disaster: Floods in Indian Himalayas Are Warning of Future Events

(4) Comments | Posted June 23, 2013 | 3:04 PM

The northern Indian state of Uttarakhand is seeing unprecedented flooding. On June 15, in just 24 hours, over 240 mm of rain lashed the high Himalayan region; leading to flash floods, landslides, blocked roads and stranded people. As I write this, an estimated 70,000 people have been rescued; another 20,000...

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Monsoon Magic and When It Goes Wrong: Extreme Rain Events, Floods and Water Futures

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 4:37 PM

There is one being-Indian thing that spans the urban or rural, rich and poor divide: our annual watch and wait for the monsoons. It begins every year, without a fail, as heat climbs, and monsoons advance. The farmers wait desperately because they need the rain, at the right time, to...

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Trade Wars on Solar Energy Miss the Point

(2) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 3:11 PM

Solar energy in caught in the midst of furious inter-continental trade wars. The U.S. imposed anti-dumping duties on Chinese imports of solar panels; now EU has proposed the same. The Chinese have in turn threatened that they will take action against European exports of poly-silicon, the material used for manufacturing...

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Making Solar Energy Policy Work in India: Solar Is the Answer but What Is the Question?

(1) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 10:33 AM

The global solar energy business has seen massive turbulence and changes in the past few years. Countries like India, which have ambitious solar power programs, have to rework and re-engineer strategies in this changing world. The country has installed some 1,000 MW of solar power in the past...

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Superstorm Sandy: Give Climate Change Science a Chance

(6) Comments | Posted October 30, 2012 | 4:40 PM

I start this blog on climate politics as superstorm Sandy expends its fury on the eastern coast of the U.S. The satellite imagery shows the movement of the gathering storm as it builds and breaks over land, bringing with it massive destruction and massive upheaval in the wealthiest and most...

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One Swallow Does Make a Summer: Extreme Weather Events Are Linked to Climate Change

(2) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 11:11 AM

During my weekly conversation with my sister I told her about the unusual searing heat this June, the problems of power cuts and how we are coping in Delhi. She, in turn, told me that in Washington, D.C., where she lives, there was a terrible storm that damaged her roof...

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Rio+20: Why It Failed?

(8) Comments | Posted July 4, 2012 | 4:00 PM

The Rio+20 UN conference on sustainable development is over. The conference declaration, titled "The Future We Want," is a weak and meaningless document. It aims at the lowest common denominator consensus to say it all, but to say nothing consequential about how the world will move ahead to deal with...

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Davos Assessment on Climate Change Is Right and Wrong

(20) Comments | Posted February 12, 2011 | 11:09 AM

The World Economic Forum -- the gathering of power glitterati each year in Davos -- has assessed the top risks the world faces in 2011. According to this analysis, climate change is the highest-ranking risk the world will face in the coming years, when its likelihood and impact...

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