The carbon markets conundrum at COP26

Synopsis: Article 6 of the Paris Agreement needs special attention in the upcoming climate summit. It may help in encouraging carbon mitigation efforts in developing countries. Article 6 of the Paris Agreement for the carbon market would be at the center of discussion in the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26). It has been a… Continue reading The carbon markets conundrum at COP26

International trade is not a zero-sum game

Synopsis: Trade protectionism is increasing in India. It may harm India’s trade relations with other countries. Introduction During the recent G-20 ministerial meeting in Italy, Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal stated that India is deepening trade ties with several countries. India is indeed negotiating free trade agreements (FTAs) with several countries. However, rising trade protectionism in… Continue reading International trade is not a zero-sum game

Can biomass co-firing offer a viable solution to coal shortage and stubble burning?

Synopsis: Co-firing policy floated by the government for the thermal plants is a win-win solution for farmers and environment. Introduction India’s economy is on the path to recovery since the second wave of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The first half of October saw a 4.9% increase in electricity consumption compared to September. However, coal… Continue reading Can biomass co-firing offer a viable solution to coal shortage and stubble burning?

Uttarakhand Floods: Respect Himalayan landscape if you want to preserve it, say experts

Synopsis: To save biodiversity-rich places the governments of Uttarakhand and the entire Himalayan region must preserve their forests and reflect on their infrastructure model. Introduction The latest floods in Uttarakhand caused terrible damage to life and property are a warning about the climate tragedy that is building up in the Himalayas. If the mountain range’s rich… Continue reading Uttarakhand Floods: Respect Himalayan landscape if you want to preserve it, say experts

Will privatisation take off after the Air India sale?

Synopsis: Implications of the sale of Air India for the future of India’s public sector. Introduction Recently, the Tata Group emerged as the winning bidder for Air India, the debt-laden national carrier. Further, in this year’s Budget, the government unveiled a bold new disinvestment policy for even the strategic sectors. The government is also pursuing… Continue reading Will privatisation take off after the Air India sale?

The outlines of a national security policy

Synopsis: Once cyber-technology becomes a key variable in the defence policies of a nation, land size or GDP size are irrelevant. Introduction In the 21st century, the world is moving to cyber weapons-based warfare. Therefore, after cyber-technology enters as an important variable in nations’ defence policies, the size of a country will cease to matter.… Continue reading The outlines of a national security policy

Cat to the rescue: Govts, insurers must issue catastrophe bonds for citizens’ financial protection from weather events

Synopsis: With India prone to disaster activities, there is a need to launch the cat bonds or catastrophe bonds. Introduction Climate change has an adverse impact on the nature and environment. It led to a lot of devastating activities like floods, fire etc. India is also facing the brunt of these activities. National Disaster Management Authority… Continue reading Cat to the rescue: Govts, insurers must issue catastrophe bonds for citizens’ financial protection from weather events

Reform fuel pricing

Synopsis: Govt must follow a transparent fuel pricing mechanism. Introduction The government’s approval of the full privatisation of Air India has raised expectations that the disinvestment of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) may be carried out effectively and as planned before the end of this financial year Yet there are broader questions about the management… Continue reading Reform fuel pricing

India’s difficult transition from fossil fuels to net-zero emissions

Synopsis: India faces many challenges in reducing dependence on coal and oil but the greater use of gas in our energy mix could ease the way. Introduction The coal crisis has forced the Indian government to ramp up domestic production and imports of coal, the dirtiest fossil fuel, while the world focuses on net-zero carbon… Continue reading India’s difficult transition from fossil fuels to net-zero emissions