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Sethusamudram project is not worth pursuing

Friday, 17 Nov 2017 | RK Pachauri | in Edit

Technically, economically and ecologically, the cutting across the bridge is a bad investment that will not serve the country's interest It has been reported that earlier this week, the Supreme Court asked the Government of India to spell out within six weeks its stand on the Sethusamudram project. There is strong...

Waging a war on the world’s mounting trash

Friday, 03 Nov 2017 | RK Pachauri | in Edit

Growing waste mountains are a cause of concern for countries across the world. Attempts must be made to reduce the generation of waste at every stage and harness its extensive conversion for useful purposes Understanding the circular nature of the global economy implies that we become aware of the reality that...

Nudging economics in a new direction

Saturday, 21 Oct 2017 | RK Pachauri | in Edit

In times when our consumption decisions are wreaking havoc, Nobel Prize winner Thaler's work provides useful opportunities for public policy and action by all stakeholders to nudge us in the right direction This year’s Nobel Prize in economic science would perhaps have surprised many — as perhaps in some earlier...

Naypyidaw's long awaited dawn

Friday, 06 Oct 2017 | RK Pachauri | in Edit

Myanmar has taken a giant step towards democracy, even as it is shackled by the Army, which will do everything to turn the clock back. But, fortunately, the country has the rare gift of a leader who is highly intelligent Myanmar has been in the news in recent weeks generally for...

Brics: Building a sustainable future

Friday, 22 Sep 2017 | RK Pachauri | in Edit

With their collective significance, Brics leaders can strike a dominant position if they pursue a cohesive agenda and chart some new paths, which could make a difference in the world The last meeting of the Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) leaders took place on September 4, 2017, in...

The two biggest threats to world peace today

Friday, 08 Sep 2017 | RK Pachauri | in Edit

Indeed, nuclear weapons and climate change are the gravest risks to society today. It's encouraging that the Peace Foundation is focused on these threats. But their voices must be heard across the planet New Zealand, which is one of the most peaceful nations in the world, hosts a unique not for...

The dark side of shopping malls

Friday, 25 Aug 2017 | RK Pachauri | in Edit

If we are serious about Digital India, we need to make policy choices on whether the scarce resources should go for the enhanced welfare of the largest number rather than catering to the fancy of the privileged few India and most developing countries are held up as examples of societies pursuing...

Protecting and conserving life below water

Friday, 11 Aug 2017 | RK Pachauri | in Edit

The impacts of our actions and threats across the globe, as a result of rising levels of reckless consumption, are a stark reminder that human society needs to urgently change course, if we wish to preserve ecosystems An important conference was organised in June by the United Nations to focus on...

Chaos of countless cars and air pollution

Friday, 28 Jul 2017 | RK Pachauri | in Edit

Nothing corrodes the quality of life more than chaotic urban transport. A developing country like India must come up with a long-term, efficient transport policy, and implement it faithfully Anyone living in a major metropolitan area anywhere in the world sees the growing chaos with increase in the population of cars....

Looming expectation of chaos at next G20 meet

Friday, 14 Jul 2017 | RK Pachauri | in Edit

The visible sidelining of the US and trying to accommodate President Donald Trump’s preference of fossil fuel may be rendering the group of twenty pretty useless This year’s G20 Summit held in Hamburg, Germany, exhibited something distinctly different from previous sessions. First, it was apparent to all that the US, with...


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