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RK Pachauri

Downplaying climate change is dangerous

Friday, 19 May 2017 | RK Pachauri | in Edit

Governments the world over appear to be influenced by the unhealthy interference of vested interests, and take positions not on facts but for short-term gains There is now a growing resolve across the world to deal with the challenge of climate change, even though action thus far has been inadequate and...

Earth Day is for action and not for lip service

Friday, 05 May 2017 | RK Pachauri | in Edit

The Trump regime needs to remember the efforts put in by people like Senator Gaylord Nelson and his successors, before dismissing a worldwide threat as a mere hoax It was the vision, commitment and initiative of a remarkable political leader in the US, Senator Gaylord Nelson, which led to the institution...

Ignoring refugee crisis at one’s own peril

Friday, 21 Apr 2017 | RK Pachauri | in Edit

The number of lives affected on account of displacement as a result of violence and extreme events, and now increasingly climate change, would perhaps equal those who suffer large-scale war impacts World Refugee Day will be observed on June 20 this year, and it would take place against the backdrop of...

A wall without brick and mortar will be expensive

Friday, 07 Apr 2017 | RK Pachauri | in Edit

Whatever the US wall of concrete may achieve, the cost of alienation of Mexican hearts and minds may prove inestimable, and the prospect of altering partnerships, forged for new investments, can then prove impossible Ever since US President Donald Trump’s election campaign, when he came up with the threat of constructing...

More renewables, and carbon tax, needed

Friday, 24 Mar 2017 | RK Pachauri | in Edit

Climate sceptics, who follow the strategy of creating doubt in the minds of the public to stall action for reducing emissions of GHGs, need to be asked: What if the scientific community of the world is right? The International Energy Agency (IEA) has reported that for the third year in succession,...

Threat is real, response surreal, self-destructive

Friday, 10 Mar 2017 | RK Pachauri | in Edit

Given that the political leadership of big powers continues to display massive myopia on nuclear arsenal, the “wise citizens must step forward and lead the way”, as the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has advised Scientists have, in recent years, been concerned about comets hitting the Earth and causing large-scale destruction of...

India should gear up for one belt one road

Friday, 24 Feb 2017 | RK Pachauri | in Edit

The present Government should tap adequate and appropriate intellectual resources to define its position with respect to the OBOR project. India will gain more as an insider than as a disinterested bystander While the world and the US public nervously assess global changes likely to take place with the incumbency of...

A win-win situation for India in Latin America

Friday, 10 Feb 2017 | RK Pachauri | in Edit

Now that Donald Trump is forcing his country’s gaze to other parts of the world, it is time that we develop a comprehensive strategy for engagement with the LAC region which are of enormous value to India’s growth Donald Trump’s election as the 45th President of the US has had a...

Disturbing disparities world over and Davos

Friday, 27 Jan 2017 | RK Pachauri | in Edit

One encounters enormous power and influence in gatherings like Davos, but a new forum must emerge, to focus on actions dealing with the next quarter century and not merely the next quarter of profits for business January is the month when the rich and mighty of the world descend on that...

Indian culture and Western dynamism

Friday, 13 Jan 2017 | RK Pachauri | in Edit

Culture and tradition are and must be an essential part of Indian life. But we must also adopt some desirable traits of Western culture and civilisation. The pernicious and undesirable characteristics must be shunned Culture, tradition and adherence to some of our time-tested values have to become an essential part of...


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